- “Snow-Capped Mountains at Risk from Climate Change” • Humans rely on those natural water storage just as much if not more than what we build. When the spring rains and summer sun melt this snowpack, it flows downhill to thirsty landscapes. About a quarter of the world relies on the water stored as snowpack in mountains. [CleanTechnica]
- “Pumped Hydro Accelerating Into Grid Storage Future” • A lot of great pumped hydro news has come along from around the world in the past month, so a bit of a round up is in order. As a reminder, pumped hydro is the gravity storage solution that has actually been put to common use, unlike concrete blocks, hillside rail systems, and elevators. [CleanTechnica]
- “Human ‘Behavioural Crisis’ At Root Of Climate Breakdown, Say Scientists” • Record heat, record emissions, record fossil fuel consumption. One month out from COP28, the world is further than ever from reaching its climate goals. At the root of these problems is a human “behavioural crisis,” a term coined by an interdisciplinary team of scientists. [The Guardian]
- “ETH Zurich Process Uses Sunlight To Remove Carbon Dioxide From The Atmosphere” • Researchers at ETH Zurich have found a solution that captures carbon dioxide when it is in the dark and releases it when it is in the light. The sun can be used to drive the process instead of heat energy that is used in conventional processes. [CleanTechnica]
- “NASA Nixes Solar Power From Space (At Least For Now)” • A study from NASA evaluated whether Space Based Solar Power could compete with terrestrial electricity and reduce emissions. The authors concluded that the technology won’t be ready for prime time by 2050. They did, however, offer a roadmap for those who wish to pursue the idea. [Payload Space]
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