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21st February 2020

New £1.2bn supercomputer will improve weather and climate models

A new supercomputer will shrink the resolution of weather maps from 10 sq. km down to a single square kilometre and provide an 18-fold boost in the UK's processing power for weather and climate models.

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13th February 2020

Giant dams could protect Northwestern Europe from rising sea levels

A pair of giant dams, completely enclosing the North Sea, could protect up to 25 million Europeans from rising sea levels, according to a new study.

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5th February 2020

Sea level rise could reshape the United States and trigger migration inland

Using a machine learning algorithm, scientists have found that climate change-driven sea-level rise could trigger a mass migration of Americans to inland cities in the coming decades.

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23rd January 2020

Lab-grown fish company to launch cell-based seafood products in 2021

BlueNalu, a pioneer in the emerging field of "cellular aquaculture", recently unveiled its first cell-based seafood product at a private culinary demonstration in San Diego.

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20th January 2020

World's largest offshore wind farm begins construction

Construction has started on Dogger Bank Wind Farm, off the eastern coast of England in the North Sea. This will become the world's largest offshore wind farm when completed in 2025.

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17th January 2020

Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030

Microsoft has announced an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove its carbon footprint.

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30th December 2019

North Atlantic Current may cease temporarily in the next century

The North Atlantic Current transports warm water from the Gulf of Mexico towards Europe – providing much of north-western Europe with a relatively mild climate. Scientists predict a small, but not insignificant (15%) chance of a temporary halt to the current in the next 100 years.

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27th December 2019

Volkswagen accelerates production of electric cars

Volkswagen will achieve its goal of 1 million electric cars per year two years earlier than planned – turning out a million battery-powered cars by 2023, instead of 2025. The company has also presented a future concept for autonomous charging via mobile robots.

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10th December 2019

Drax aims to be world's first carbon negative company by 2030

Drax Power Station could become carbon negative by 2030, helping to remove millions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.

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22nd November 2019

Solar breakthrough creates 1,000°C for industrial processes

Heliogen – a secretive energy company backed by Bill Gates – this week emerged from stealth mode, to reveal a major new breakthrough in concentrated solar.

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10th November 2019

Zero carbon "mini digital city" to begin construction

Bleutech Park, a new mixed-use development within Las Vegas, will feature a range of futuristic and sustainable technologies.

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3rd November 2019

Nanotech solar cells boost efficiency by 10%

Researchers have developed a new film that is applied to solar cells, which combines nanocrystals and microlenses to capture infrared light. This can increase the solar energy conversion efficiency by 10% or more.

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2nd November 2019

New system captures CO2 at any concentration

A new carbon capture system has been demonstrated by MIT, which can work on the gas at almost any concentration using electrodes combined with carbon nanotubes.

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1st November 2019

New study triples estimate of people affected by future sea levels

A study published in Nature concludes that rising sea levels will threaten 300 million people by 2050, more than triple previous estimates.

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27th October 2019

Offshore wind to become a $1 trillion industry by 2040

Offshore wind power will grow exponentially over the next two decades – boosting efforts to decarbonise energy systems and cut air pollution – according to a report published this week.

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18th October 2019

Autonomous ship to cross the Atlantic next year

Marine researchers are building an unmanned, fully-autonomous ship that will cross the Atlantic in 2020, on the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower voyage.

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17th October 2019

India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill millions and threaten global starvation

A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could, over the span of less than a week, kill 50-125 million people – more than the death toll during all six years of World War II, according to new research.

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27th September 2019

Future sea level predictions revised upwards

The latest IPCC report includes a revised projection for sea level rise, upwards by 10 cm to 1.1 metres by 2100.

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25th September 2019

New climate-monitoring satellite planned for 2026

A new European mission – the Far-infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring mission ("FORUM") – will add a crucial measurement to help understand Earth's changing climate.

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21st September 2019

Bioreactor stores carbon 400 times more effectively than trees

A new algae-based device – condensed into a block of just 3'x3'x7' volume – can sequester as much carbon as an entire acre of trees. Could this be the solution to climate change?

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18th September 2019

Robotic farming company raises $14.5m in funding

FarmWise, a robotic farming company, is developing AI software and high-precision automation to cleanly pick weeds from fields and eliminate the need for harmful chemical inputs.

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