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To hasten the end of fossil fuels, local researchers design a cheaper, safer battery - The Boston Globe

To hasten the end of fossil fuels, local researchers design a cheaper, safer battery – The Boston Globe

Researchers and companies around the world are struggling to solve the problem of storing clean energy when the sun doesn’t shine on solar farms or the wind doesn’t spin turbines. Sure, good batteries are already commonly used in EVs and Tesla Power Walls, but those batteries rely mostly on lithium, cobalt, manganese, nickel, and other …

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Noise pollution kills whales, but this technology could help |  CNN

Noise pollution kills whales, but this technology could help | CNN

Editor’s note: Call to Earth is an initiative of CNN in partnership with Rolex. Michel André is a winner of the Rolex Awards. CNN — In the ocean, where light only penetrates a few hundred meters underwater, animals depend on sound to locate their food, navigate and communicate with each other. But even in the …

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‘A Powerful Solution’: Activists Push to Make Ecocide an International Crime

Californian winemaker Julia Jackson has long understood the threats posed by the current global climate change crisis, from more intense wildfires and hurricanes to rising sea levels. But for her, those ideas have shifted from abstract to tangible when his home was razed by the Kincade Wildfire that devastated his home county of Sonoma in …

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Sudden death of endangered sturgeon alarms Canadian biologists

OWhen the first spindly, armored carcass was spotted in the fast-flowing Nechako River in early September, Nikolaus Gantner and two colleagues rushed to a jet boat, braving strong currents to investigate the grim discovery. Days later, the remains of 10 more were spotted floating along a 100km stretch of the river in western Canada. A …

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Hydrogen could ‘almost double’ the cost of heating a home compared to gas

Ministers’ plans to pin the UK’s energy hopes on hydrogen could nearly double the cost of heating a home by the end of the decade compared to natural gas, research shows. Using hydrogen for home heating could be a much more expensive option than natural gas, according to leading energy analysts Cornwall Insight. By 2050, …

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Flooding gardens to combat drought and biodiversity loss, according to Natural England

This year has seen one of the driest summers on record, with most of the country still officially in drought. Millions of people in England face watering bans due to water shortages, and levels in reservoirs and rivers remain low. The solution to this? People should flood their gardens and create bogs to halt the …

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Canada's Atlantic provinces begin to recover from historic damage caused by Fiona

Canada’s Atlantic provinces begin to recover from historic damage caused by Fiona

A tree downed by post-tropical storm Fiona sits in the front yard of a home September 24 in Irish Cove, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s Cape Breton Island. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Drew Angerer/Getty Images A tree downed by post-tropical storm Fiona sits in the front yard of a home September 24 in …

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Fiona power outages spark new scrutiny of Puerto Rico's power grid issues

Fiona power outages spark new scrutiny of Puerto Rico’s power grid issues

Hurricane Fiona’s impact on Puerto Rico is drawing renewed attention to the territory’s beleaguered electrical system. The storm left millions of Puerto Ricans without power for several days and as of Friday hundreds of thousands of people were still without power. Puerto Rico’s electricity problems have been compounded by a power grid that has not …

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What Many Progressives Misunderstand About Fighting Climate Change

What Many Progressives Misunderstand About Fighting Climate Change

Since the 1960s, fighting for the environment has often meant fighting against corporations. To fight pollution, activists have worked to thwart new oil drilling, coal-fired power plants, fracking for natural gas and oil pipelines. But today, Americans face a climate challenge that cannot be solved by simply saying no over and over again. Decarbonizing the …

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