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23rd September 2022

Climate extremes, viruses, social unrest ... war? We desperately need a Plan B

A guest piece by Richard Fox.

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4th September 2022

Largest ever offshore windfarm is fully operational

This week, the massive Hornsea Two project became fully operational off the coast of the UK.

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19th August 2022

1 in 6 chance of catastrophic volcano eruption within a hundred years

The world is "woefully underprepared" for a massive volcanic eruption and the likely repercussions on global supply chains, climate and food, according to experts.

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17th August 2022

Scientists plan "de-extinction" of Tasmanian tiger

The last known thylacine, also called the Tasmanian tiger, died at Australia's Hobart Zoo in 1936. Now, a team of scientists believe they can resurrect the extinct species within 10 years, using stem cells and gene editing technology.

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25th July 2022

Lab-grown sausages to go on sale in 2025

Meatable has become the latest company to reveal a new cultured food product – lab-grown sausages, which could offer a more sustainable and ethical choice for consumers in the near future.

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24th July 2022

Migratory monarch butterfly is now endangered

The migratory monarch butterfly, known for its spectacular annual journey of up to 4,000 km across the Americas, is now classed by the IUCN Red List as endangered.

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8th July 2022

New record solar cell efficiency

The first tandem perovskite-silicon solar cells to exceed 30% efficiency have been independently certified.

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30th June 2022

UK's first industrial-scale carbon capture and usage plant

Tata Chemicals Europe has opened the UK's first industrial-scale carbon capture and utilisation plant.

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26th June 2022

First solar-powered car will debut this year

A futuristic new solar-powered vehicle is now road-legal, with first delivery expected as early as November and will give drivers the freedom to exceed 1,000 km of range between charges.

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24th June 2022

NASA plans nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030

NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are collaborating to advance space-based nuclear technologies.

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18th June 2022

Batteries 98% charged in under 10 minutes

California-based Enovix is developing 3D silicon lithium-ion batteries with faster charging times and higher energy densities than current cells.

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30th May 2022

Southern African hornbill's survival threatened by 2027

The yellow-billed hornbill of southern Africa – a cousin of Disney character Zazu from The Lion King – is reported to be at risk of local extinction due to rising temperatures in the region.

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22nd May 2022

U.S. pledges $3.5 billion for direct air capture

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new multibillion-dollar program to develop carbon dioxide removal technologies.

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12th May 2022

Future pandemic risks are increasing

COVID-19 may prove to be just the first in a series of pandemics throughout the 21st century – unless humans drastically improve their relationship with animals and the natural world.

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10th May 2022

Algae ponds could sequester gigatons of carbon

A new method of carbon capture is being developed using microalgae grown in open-air, pond-based systems on coastal desert land. This can be achieved without the need for fresh water.

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4th May 2022

Major advance in microwave power beaming

Researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of terrestrial microwave power beaming by transmitting 1.6 kilowatts (kW) over a distance of 1 kilometre (km) – the most significant advance for this technology in nearly 50 years.

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28th April 2022

World's first prototype floating city will adapt to sea level rise

UN-Habitat, the Busan Metropolitan City of the Republic of Korea, and OCEANIX have this week presented a design for the world's first prototype sustainable floating city.

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27th April 2022

New York on track for zero-emission electricity by 2040

Two huge new infrastructure projects in New York are expected to dramatically cut the state's greenhouse gas emissions.

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22nd April 2022

Nissan aiming for solid-state battery cells by 2028

Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled a prototype production facility for laminated all-solid-state battery cells, which the company aims to bring to market in 2028.

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16th April 2022

60% of cactus species impacted by climate change

A new study published in Nature reveals the likely impacts of climate change on cacti by mid-century.

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24th March 2022

Solar power reaches 1 TW milestone

The worldwide installed capacity of solar power has reached 1 terawatt (TW) this month, based on a new analysis of data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

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14th March 2022

New record temperature for spherical tokamak

Tokamak Energy has demonstrated a world-first with its privately-funded spherical tokamak. The reactor achieved a plasma temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius, the threshold required for commercial fusion energy.

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4th March 2022

Australia to build tallest vertical garden

A new mixed-use skyscraper will become the tallest in Australia at 366 metres (1,201 ft), while also featuring the world's tallest vertical garden.

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28th February 2022

Next-generation geothermal tech will drill deeper than ever before

A new drilling technology able to reach depths of 20 km could enable geothermal power to be accessed almost anywhere in the world.

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18th February 2022

NASA predicts sea level rises to 2150

NASA has published its latest Sea Level Rise Technical Report, an update of the 2017 edition, which includes projections for sea level rise through to the year 2150. The agency warns that sea levels may rise as much over the next 30 years as during the previous hundred.

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14th February 2022

Koalas are now endangered

The Australian government has changed the conservation status of the koala from vulnerable to endangered, due to its rapidly shrinking habitats and climate change.

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9th February 2022

Major breakthrough in fusion energy

The biggest breakthrough in fusion energy since 1997 has been reported today at the Joint European Torus in Oxford, UK, with 59 megajoules produced over five seconds, more than double the previous record.

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