Climate change is shifting growing seasons and introducing other weather phenomena that may have a major impact on crop yields in the coming years. In addition to farmers making adjustments to their practices to account for these changes, scientists have been developing modified versions of crops using gene-editing tools to help plants withstand changes in local climates.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the first US national recycling strategy, including core objectives and additional areas of focus. In addition to marking the first time the EPA has rolled out a national recycling strategy, this new effort is also the agency's first recycling plan to factor in the climate impact presented by "materials management."
A new study from the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) warns that climate change largely driven by human activities is the main issue fueling record wildfire seasons and that they're likely to get worse in coming years. The researchers point to US Geological Survey Data showing an astronomical increase in the amount of land burned yearly by wildfires.
The Department of Energy has an initiative it calls "Energy Earthshots," which is a play on the word moonshot in reference to technologies that will help protect Earth from climate change. The initiative aims to usher in cheaper, more reliable, and "abundant" clean energy innovations over the next decade. The latest project announced under the initiative revolves around carbon dioxide (CO2) removal from the atmosphere.
During the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference this week, Wright Electric unveiled its latest commercial aircraft, the 100-passenger Wright Spirit. According to the company, its new model outfits the British Aerospace (BAe) 146 airliner with Wright's megawatt-class electric propulsion system for zero-emissions operation. The company has an ambitious plan to reach all-electric aircraft status by 2026.
Humanity only has around a decade at most before climate change has a major impact on crops in many parts of the world's "breadbasket regions," according to a new study from NASA, Columbia University's The Earth Institute, and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The researchers say farmers need to speed up the rate at which they adapt to these climate changes to avoid huge crop losses.
Mercedes-Benz has introduced a concept electric van based on its eSprinter model, demonstrating technologies that may one day make last-mile deliveries better for the environment. Called the Sustaineer, this EV concept is fully electric and designed to offer a sustainable experience in the city, including everything from a filter that helps clean the air while driving to solar panels on the van's roof.
While climate change denial videos can remain on YouTube, they'll no longer rake in advertisement dollars. The company has announced plans to strip ads from climate change denial videos amid a larger crackdown on misinformation. The decision appears to have been largely driven by YouTube's partners that don't want their products appearing alongside these videos.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as multiple partners, has published a new report titled "The Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2020." This is, according to the scientific agency, the latest analysis of coral reef health across the globe ever published, revealing that while rising sea temperatures remain a problem, there is hope.
Cutting-edge genetic engineering techniques aim to bring back the woolly mammoth, with a new startup promising that the long-extinct beast could be reborn in as few as six years. Colossal, emerging from stealth today, aims to tap CRISPR technology to restore the mammoth to the Arctic tundra, as a dramatic demonstration of how such an approach could help preserve critically endangered species.
Close to half of America's electricity needs could be handled by clean solar energy by 2035, the US Department of Energy has concluded, as the Biden Administration looks to ways to trim emissions without increasing the costs of power. A focus on solar power has been key to that strategy, but even record-setting installations so far have been a relative drop in the ocean compared to the sort of solar farms required to ween America off its fossil fuel dependence.