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6th December 2018

World's largest container shipping group pledges to go carbon neutral by 2050

Danish conglomerate Maersk, the world's largest container ship and supply vessel operator, has announced a plan to cut its carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

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1st December 2018

UK to begin carbon capture and storage in 2020s

The UK government has announced plans for the country's first carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) project. Thousands of such facilities will be needed worldwide by 2060.

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28th November 2018

Fusion experiment in China exceeds 100 million °C

China has confirmed that plasma in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) exceeded 100 million degrees Celsius.

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26th November 2018

New process for converting CO2 into plastics and other useful products

Scientists have developed catalysts that can convert carbon dioxide – the main cause of global warming – into plastics, fabrics, resins and other products.

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7th November 2018

Ozone layer expected to heal fully by 2060

A new assessment of the ozone layer, published by the UN, shows it to be recovering faster than previously thought.

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4th November 2018

The Earth BioGenome Project is launched

The Earth BioGenome Project – a 10-year effort to sequence the genomes of all 1.5 million known animal, plant, protozoan and fungal species (eukaryotes) – was officially launched this week.

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31st October 2018

Bitcoin alone could push global warming above 2°C within 15 years

A new study finds that if Bitcoin is adopted at similar rates that other technologies have been incorporated, then it alone could produce enough emissions to raise global temperatures by 2°C as soon as 2033.

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27th October 2018

Peruvian glacier melting "irreversible" by mid-2050s

A study by the University at Albany forecasts that Peru's huge Quelccaya ice cap will reach a state of irreversible retreat by the mid-2050s, if current warming trends continue.

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17th October 2018

New study finds massive loss of insects in Puerto Rico

A study in the journal PNAS finds that insect populations in Puerto Rico have crashed since the 1970s. The fall may be caused by rising tropical forest temperatures.

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11th October 2018

Feeding 10 billion people by 2050 within planetary limits may be achievable

A global shift towards healthy and more plant-based diets, halving food loss and waste, and improving farming practices and technologies are required to feed 10 billion people sustainably by 2050, a new study finds.

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1st October 2018

Killer whale populations at risk of collapse by mid-century

A study in the journal Science concludes that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) could lead to a halving of killer whale populations in the most heavily contaminated areas within 30–50 years.

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30th September 2018

Giant undersea walls could prevent Antarctic melting

A new paper in the Cryosphere journal suggests that constructing massive "walls" on the seafloor could halt the slide of undersea glaciers, which are melting due to warmer ocean temperatures.

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14th September 2018

Fusion breakthrough: improved control of plasma

Researchers have predicted the entire set of beneficial 3-D distortions for controlling the edge localised modes (ELMs) in tokamak plasma.

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8th September 2018

Large-scale solar and wind power could help in "greening" the Sahara

A study by the University of Illinois finds that large-scale solar farms and wind turbines in the Sahara desert would have a major impact on rainfall, vegetation and temperatures – potentially greening the region.

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8th September 2018

World's largest offshore wind farm officially opens

The 659-megawatt Walney Extension has become operational off the coast of North West England.

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