- “Protecting Half The Planet Could Help Solve Climate Change And Save Species” • A study argues that nations can help avert the biodiversity and climate crises by preserving the roughly 50% of land that remains relatively undeveloped. The researchers mapped out the area they call a “Global Safety Net,” in a study published in Science Advances. [Science News]
- “Disordered Rock Salt And Transition Metal Anodes – Engineering The Batteries Of The Future” • People like to say nothing is sure but death and taxes. But there is something else we can be sure of – announcements about blockbuster new battery technologies that promise higher energy density and shorter charging times. [CleanTechnica]
- “Chicago Launches $200 Million RFP To Power City Facilities By Renewable Energy” • The City of Chicago has released a $200 million request for proposals for a contract to procure renewable energy for all city-owned buildings. Under the contract, all city-owned buildings, streetlights and other facilities would run on renewable energy starting in 2022. [Utility Dive]
- “Planned Obsolescence Leads To Resource Depletion, Overflowing Landfills, And Climate Change” • Manufacturers nearly allways build their “durable” white and brown goods with planned obsolescence. They are designed to fail instead of for the longest possible lifetime. Most come with warranties, but that is for the sake of marketing. [CleanTechnica]
- “Earth’s ‘Lost Species’ Only The Tip Of The Iceberg” • Based on the current threat status of species, scientists’ computer-based simulations predict large increases in extinction rates by the year 2100. They say the extinctions that occurred in past centuries only represent the tip of the iceberg, compared with the looming extinctions of the next decades. [BBC]
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