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The Staggering Ecological Impacts of Computation and the Cloud

By Steven Gonzalez Monserrate Photo: Robert Decelis , Getty Images

Screens brighten with the flow of words. Perhaps they are emails, hastily scrawled on smart devices, or emoji-laden messages exchanged between friends or families. On this same river of the digital, millions flock to binge their favorite television programming, to stream pornography, or enter the sprawling worlds of massively multiplayer online roleplaying games, or simply to look up the meaning of an obscure word or the location of the nearest COVID-19 testing center.

03/01/22
                                                               

EPRI, Battelle Announce Unique Research and Development Partnership to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition

By Battelle Media Relations

Research and development powerhouses the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Battelle are teaming up, announcing today a new partnership with industry and other key stakeholders to accelerate the demonstration and deployment of new low-carbon clean energy technologies.

02/15/22
                                                               

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Invests in Promising Climate Change Solutions

Photo: Twelve

Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $44 million in funding to develop and scale promising technologies to help address climate change as part of an exploration of cutting-edge and emerging solutions, including carbon dioxide removal (CDR). Employing innovative financing strategies—including grants, investments, and making carbon removal purchases directly from companies—is part of CZI’s approach to accelerating action on climate change.

02/10/22
                                                               

This iron and water battery could power a more renewable grid

By Jesse Nichols

Grist reporter Jesse Nichols traveled to a factory in Oregon, that’s building a new type of battery.
Sitting in a row outside of the factory, these giant batteries are the size of freight containers. Powered by vats of iron and saltwater, they’re called iron flow batteries. And they’re part of a wave of cleantech inventions designed to store energy from the sun and the wind, and solve a problem that has stumped the energy world for more than 150 years.

02/10/22
                                                               

Factbox: Biden administration sees carbon capture as key tool in climate fight

By Leah Douglas Photo: Todd Korol , Reuters

U.S. President Joe Biden wants to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to fight climate change, a plan that will require not just steep cuts in carbon output but also wider use of negative emissions technologies that can clear up the emissions that remain.

02/08/22
                                                               

Cracking down on methane is a quick way to combat climate change

By Brady Dennis Photo: The Washington Post

Latest study underscores how satellites are exposing emissions sources around the globe. ‘It’s a harbinger of what’s to come,’ one expert says.

02/03/22
                                                               

5G Connectivity: A Key Enabling Technology To Meet America’s Climate Change Goals

The impact of climate change is being felt locally and globally. Rising to the challenge, the United States is now taking on ambitious emission reduction targets. It recently rejoined the Paris Agreement in 2021 and has set national targets to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52% by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050. [1]

01/26/22
                                                               

Shell’s Massive Carbon Capture Plant Is Emitting More Than It’s Capturing

By Anya Zoledziowski Photo: Jason Franson

A first-of-its-kind “green” Shell facility in Alberta is emitting more greenhouse gases than it’s capturing, throwing into question whether taxpayers should be funding it, a new report has found. Shell’s Quest carbon capture and storage facility captured 5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the hydrogen produced at its Scotford complex between 2015 and 2019. Scotford refines oil from the Alberta tar sands.

01/21/22
                                                               

Solar geoengineering: Why Bill Gates wants it but experts want to stop it

By David Vetter Photo: GETTY IMAGES

The Earth is warming rapidly as a result of human-caused emissions. Some scientists think re-engineering the atmosphere to deflect more of the sun’s heat could help. Others are warning that such a move would be both dangerous and unethical.

01/20/22
                                                               

After years of doubts, hopes grow that nuclear fusion is finally for real and could help address climate change

By David Abel

It’s been compared to everything from a holy grail to fool’s gold: the ultimate solution to clean, readily available energy or an expensive delusion diverting scarce money and brainpower from the urgent needs of rapidly addressing climate change.

12/22/21