Exxon scientists accurately forecast climate change back in the 1970s – what if we had listened to them and acted then?

An alternate timeline that ends with a Nobel prize for Exxon’s CEO.

John Grant, Senior Lecturer in Natural and Built Environment, Sheffield Hallam University • conversation
today ~7 min

How California's ambitious new climate plan could help speed energy transformation around the world

California is one of the world’s largest economies, and it’s aiming for net-zero emissions by 2045. A transportation expert involved in the plan explains why it just might succeed.

Daniel Sperling, Distinguished Blue Planet Prize Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Founding Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis • conversation
yesterday ~13 min


Offshore wind farm construction is noisy – but gadgets used to protect marine mammals are working

A new acoustic recorder could track the movements of marine mammals more accurately.

Isla Graham, Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen • conversation
Jan. 19, 2023 ~7 min

Why gas stoves matter to the climate – and the gas industry: Keeping them means homes will use gas for heating too

Energy companies have marketed natural gas as cooks’ favorite for years because homes with gas hookups will also use it for space and water heating.

Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University • conversation
Jan. 18, 2023 ~9 min

Deep seabed mining plans pit renewable energy demand against ocean life in a largely unexplored frontier

Mining nodules from the deep ocean seabed could provide the metals crucial for today’s EV batteries and renewable energy technology, but little is known about the harm it could cause.

Kerry Krutilla, Professor of Environmental and Energy Policy, Indiana University • conversation
Jan. 17, 2023 ~13 min

Plans for deep seabed mining pit renewable energy demand against ocean life in a largely unexplored frontier

Mining nodules from the deep ocean seabed could provide the metals crucial for today’s EV batteries and renewable energy technology, but little is known about the harm it could cause.

Kerry Krutilla, Professor of Environmental and Energy Policy, Indiana University • conversation
Jan. 17, 2023 ~13 min

The UK needs a national energy advice service

It would level the playing field and promote equitable access to low-carbon energy for all.

Neil Simcock, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
Jan. 16, 2023 ~7 min

Britain is a net electricity exporter for first time in 44 years

And it’s because France had to shut many of its nuclear plants.

Grant Wilson, Lecturer, Energy Informatics Group, Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham • conversation
Jan. 13, 2023 ~7 min


EU needs major investment to hit emissions target

If Europe fails to immediately invest 302 billion euros in infrastructure, it will not reach its 2050 target of net-zero emissions.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Jan. 13, 2023 ~6 min

Computers that power self-driving cars could be a huge driver of global carbon emissions

Study shows that if autonomous vehicles are widely adopted, hardware efficiency will need to advance rapidly to keep computing-related emissions in check.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 13, 2023 ~8 min

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