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There will soon be no more ads denying climate change on Google

There will soon be no more ads denying climate change on...

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Enlarge / A fire engine drives into air thick with smoke along Juniper Hills Road as the Bobcat Fire advances North into the Antelope Valley in 2020.Robert Gauthier | Getty Images Late Thursday, Google announced that it is demonetizing content that makes misleading or false claims about climate change. As a result, content that calls…
Physics Nobel goes to complexity, both general and climatic

Physics Nobel goes to complexity, both general and climatic

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Enlarge / The output of a modern climate model allows us to detect trends despite the chaotic nature of the underlying system. Complex behavior is all around us. Think of something like the economy. It has many components, each with its own set of rules and all of them interacting in complicated ways. Trying to…
The controversial quest to make cow burps less noxious

The controversial quest to make cow burps less noxious

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Hans Meleman | Getty Images It's an oppressively hot morning in the barnyard, even in the shade of the long open-air structure where the cows come to feed. On a typical farm, they would gather around a trough, but here at UC Davis they chow from special blue bins, which detect when and how much…
This software aims to make your flight smoother—and help the planet

This software aims to make your flight smoother—and help the planet

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Enlarge / So many airplanes are in line on the runway waiting for take off. These Air Force planes are part of Operation stop service to transport in Covid-19 situation.Naruecha Jenthaisong | Getty Images Fastening the seat belt buckle and knowing your flight is on its way to its destination: Nice. Getting stuck in a…
China to stop building coal plants in developing nations

China to stop building coal plants in developing nations

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Enlarge / Coal plants at the end of the line? Chinese President Xi Jinping used his speech to the United Nations General Assembly to announce a major new step towards controlling global emissions. After reiterating his own country's climate pledges, Xi said that China would start making it easier for other countries to keep emissions…
Fire weather is getting worse in the American West

Fire weather is getting worse in the American West

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California is famous for its beach weather, but it's also growing increasingly infamous for its "fire weather," which is when high temperatures, strong winds, and low humidity combine to prime the landscape to burn. It's no accident that you've been hearing so much about wildfires in recent years: thanks to climate change, fire weather is…
House bill would eliminate natural gas power, impose sweeping changes on economy

House bill would eliminate natural gas power, impose sweeping changes on...

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President Joe Biden’s climate ambitions will face a critical test on Monday as a major portion of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill comes up for a vote. If it passes, the sprawling legislation will push the American economy to rein in its carbon emissions by spurring advancements in clean energy, electric vehicles, grid modernization, and…
Hydrogen lobbyist quits, slams oil companies’ “false claims” about blue hydrogen

Hydrogen lobbyist quits, slams oil companies’ “false claims” about blue hydrogen

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A hydrogen filling station.Peter Gercke/picture alliance via Getty Images The head of a hydrogen lobbying group has stepped down amid concerns that blue hydrogen made from natural gas would serve as a “lock-in” for fossil fuels. Oil and gas companies in recent years have been touting the purported advantages of hydrogen made from natural gas.…
No EV tax credit if you earn more than $100,000, says US Senate

No EV tax credit if you earn more than $100,000, says...

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Enlarge / Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) departs the US Capitol at dawn after an overnight session of the US Senate on August 11, 2021, in Washington, DC. Sen. Kelly was one of three Democratic Senators who voted to gut the plug-in vehicle tax credit.Win McNamee/Getty Images On Tuesday night, the US Senate passed an amendment…
New IPCC climate report is the clearest guidebook for selecting a future

New IPCC climate report is the clearest guidebook for selecting a...

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Enlarge / Cover art of the new report. It has been eight years since the last major report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), though it has produced smaller reports since then. But today, the first piece of the 6th Assessment Report is out. Most of it should not surprise you—the basics of climate…

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