Environment

Google launches MethaneSAT satellite to monitor methane emissions worldwide

As part of a partnership program between Google and the Environmental Defense Fund, the MethaneSAT satellite is to be launched in March to track methane emissions. It will make 15 orbits around the Earth per day, according to Business Insider. Scientists say that reducing methane emissions is one of the ... Read more

American scientists investigate how fungi of the genus Fusarium affect ice formation

American scientists have investigated the ability of fungi to produce ice nucleators. These are proteins that can trigger the process of ice formation at higher temperatures, writes Ars Technica. There is a widespread belief in society that water freezes at zero degrees Celsius. However, in reality, pure water only freezes ... Read more

83% of new energy capacity comes from renewables – IRENA and WMO report

In 2022, 83% of new energy capacities were renewable. This is stated in the report of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), writes AusSMC. The document was presented during the UN Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai. According to the report, solar and wind ... Read more

Apple is going to abandon plastic packaging by the end of 2024

Apple intends to eliminate plastic packaging by the end of 2024. The tech giant’s plans are described in AppleInsider. Meanwhile, Apple’s environmental plans will not be limited to this. The company has also announced that it will no longer use leather in its products. Instead, it will use a material ... Read more

Scientists have found a “golden egg” at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, but do not know what it is

American scientists have discovered a mysterious small object at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. So far, they have not been able to determine what it is, but the discovery has already been dubbed a “golden egg” and a “golden ball”, writes Psyh.org. The object was found off the coast ... Read more

Scientists call for careful testing of oceans’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide

Scientists are calling for responsible research on how to capture carbon dioxide in the world’s oceans. The letter was signed by more than 200 scientists, writes The Verge. One way to prevent climate change from worsening is to absorb some of the emissions from the atmosphere. The oceans can do ... Read more

Google to introduce new APIs to track solar, air quality and pollen data

Google will unveil new application programming interfaces (APIs) that will use the company’s artificial intelligence capabilities to provide real-time information on solar energy, air quality, and even pollen, writes Engadget with reference to Yale Maguire, Google’s vice president of geosustainability. One of them is the Solar API. It will be ... Read more

Coffee grounds can make concrete 30% stronger, as found in Australia

A team of researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) has discovered that coffee grounds can be used as a substitute for silica in concrete production. In the right proportions, it provides a much stronger chemical bond than sand alone, writes Engadget. Coffee grounds cannot simply be mixed ... Read more

China’s CO2 emissions in the second quarter of 2023 recovered to record levels in 2021

While other countries are trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, China’s air pollution is increasing. According to a new analysis by Carbon Brief, in Q2 2023, China’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased by 10% year-on-year and were about 1% above the record levels recorded in 2021. Carbon Brief’s analysis, based ... Read more

Google will help pilots plan routes and avoid inversion trails

Google is working with American Airlines and Bill Gates’ climate investment fund, Breakthrough Energy, to develop more sustainable flight routes. The goal is to help pilots limit the climate impact of flying by avoiding routes that create inversion trails – fog condensed mainly from atmospheric moisture – that planes sometimes ... Read more

Antarctica is missing an Argentina-sized amount of sea ice – and scientists are scrambling to figure out why

As the Northern Hemisphere swelters under a record-breaking summer heat wave, much further south, in the depths of winter, another terrifying climate record is being broken. Antarctic sea ice has fallen to unprecedented lows for this time of year, writes CNN. Every year, Antarctic sea ice shrinks to its lowest ... Read more

People do not distinguish which waste cannot be recycled

Many people are confused about which products are recyclable and ignore the growing problem of waste generation. Such conclusions were reached by a group of researchers from the University of Virginia, which studies the psychology of waste, writes Futurism. Scientists shared their findings with The Conversation. In their experiments, they ... Read more

July 3 is the hottest day in the history of observations, meteorologists say

On July 3, meteorologists recorded the hottest day in the entire history of observations. This was reported by Engadget with reference to data from the US National Centers for Environmental Prediction. On this day, the global average temperature exceeded 17 degrees Celsius (62.62 Fahrenheit) for the first time since satellite ... Read more

Scientists have found microbes that can break down plastic at low temperatures

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute WSL have discovered microbes from the Alps and the Arctic that can break down plastic without the need for high temperatures. They published the corresponding results in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, writes Engadget. According to scientists, cold-adapted bacteria and fungi from polar regions ... Read more

Chromebooks are turning into trash, and that’s becoming a problem

The cheap design and short shelf life of Chromebooks lead to people treating them as disposable devices and creating piles of trash. This is evidenced by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), writes The Vice. Chromebooks have become an important part of the educational life of many students, especially ... Read more

Plastic allows coastal animals to travel by sea, study finds

Marine species of animals, which usually live in coastal areas, build “homes” from plastic waste and survive in them in the open sea. The results of this study were published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, writes Vice. Scientists led by Smithsonian Environmental Research Center marine ecologist Linsey Haram ... Read more

Scientists revived the “zombie” virus that spent 48.5 thousand years in permafrost

Warmer temperatures in the Arctic is causing the region’s permafrost — the frozen layer of soil below the ground — to melt and potentially reawaken viruses that, after being dormant for tens of thousands of years, could threaten animal health and people. Although a pandemic caused by a disease from ... Read more

Physicists propose to combat climate change with moon dust

A group of researchers from the University of Utah (USA) believes that they have come across a possible solution to the problem of global warming caused by human activity. Their advanced solution is to launch millions of metric tons of moon dust into Earth’s orbit every year to partially block ... Read more

Scientists have discovered a hidden zone of the Earth at a depth of 150 km below the surface

Scientists have discovered a hidden layer of partially molten rock, located at a depth of about 150 km below the Earth’s surface, which may solve ancient mysteries about the movement of tectonic plates. This was evidenced by the results of a new study. Previous studies have found hints of this ... Read more

Antarctica’s only electric car had to be redesigned due to climate change

The only electric car in Antarctica underwent tuning in connection with the realities of climate change. Venturi has announced that it has upgraded its Venturi electric vehicle Antarctica at the beginning of last year due to warming on the continent. The original vehicle was designed to operate in winter temperatures ... Read more

Mysterious white patches appear in the ocean, and no one knows why

Scientists have noticed a mysterious surge in the appearance of unexplained patches of white water in shallow waters off the coast of the Bahamas, according to a new study based on satellite observations. For nearly a century, people have been observing these so-called “whiting events,” which usually cover an area ... Read more

The UK bans the sale of some single-use plastics

The UK will ban businesses from selling and offering single-use plastic items, including plates and cutlery, by the end of the year reported the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The government will start implementing the legislation in October 2023. In addition to some types of plastic, the ... Read more

Scientists report that the Earth’s ozone layer is being renewed

For decades, Earth’s ozone layer, which protects life on our planet from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, has been damaged by common chemicals used in everything from refrigerants to hairspray. But now the holes in the ozone layer are shrinking, thanks to decades of global efforts to restore it. ... Read more

190 countries have agreed to preserve 30% of nature by 2030

It’s been a tumultuous year for the UN Conference on Biodiversity, this year dubbed COP15. The international event brought together delegates from more than 190 countries in Montreal to discuss the steps the world needs to take to save its species and ecosystems, reports ArsTechnica. The conference was postponed two ... Read more

Large polluters of the environment received from the EU almost 100 billion euros of free permits for carbon emissions — WWF

According to an analysis by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), over the past nine years, the EU has provided large polluting companies with almost 100 billion euros in the form of free permits for carbon dioxide emissions. Free quotas directly contradict the “polluter pays” principle, WWF said. €98.5 billion worth ... Read more