Category: Environment

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The Reason We’ve Never Found Intelligent Life Might be Because We Are Already Going Extinct

The Fermi Paradox The Milky Way Galaxy alone is home to between 100 billion and 400 billion stars, and each is potentially orbited by planets. There are probably at least 2 trillion galaxies like ours in the observable universe, each one populated by trillions of planets orbiting hundreds of billions...

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These 100 Companies Are to Blame For 71% of The World’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Since 1988, a mere 100 companies have been responsible for 71 percent of the entire world’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions. This data comes from an inaugural report published by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an environmental non-profit. Charting the rapid expansion of the fossil fuel industry in the last 28 years, they...

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If We Stopped Emitting Greenhouse Gases Right Now, Would We Stop Climate Change?

Earth’s climate is changing rapidly. We know this from billions of observations, documented in thousands of journal papers and texts and summarised every few years by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The primary cause of that change is the release of carbon dioxide from burning coal, oil and natural...

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A new device can clean polluted air and turn it into hydrogen energy

A team of Belgian researchers has developed a device that will remove pollutants from the air and convert them into simple hydrogen — using sunlight, nanoparticles and a photoelectric chemical membrane. This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview: The project was conceived and developed...

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Scientists Just Changed The Game And Made Synthetic Photosynthesis Possible

Photosynthesis is one of nature’s most efficient phenomena: aside from providing much of the oxygen human beings need to breathe, this naturally occurring process gives plants the food and energy they need to survive. It utilizes visible light — which the Earth has an abundance of — to provide the “fuel”...