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Climate Crisis
Can Weather Modification Save Us From Megadroughts?
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Climate Crisis
Can Weather Modification Save Us From Megadroughts?
Scientists predict that the western U.S. is entering the most severe "megadrought" on record. One weather modification solution is cloud seeding.
March 21, 2021

Scientists predict that the western U.S. is entering the most severe "megadrought" on record. One weather modification solution is cloud seeding.

Climate Crisis
Should We Genetically Engineer Carbon-Hungry Trees?
genetically modified trees
Climate Crisis
Should We Genetically Engineer Carbon-Hungry Trees?
Genetically modified trees that are designed to grow faster and store more carbon could help reverse climate change.
March 7, 2021

Genetically modified trees that are designed to grow faster and store more carbon could help reverse climate change.

Climate Crisis
Elon Musk Offers $100 Million for Direct Carbon Capture Tech
Direct Carbon Capture Technology
Climate Crisis
Elon Musk Offers $100 Million for Direct Carbon Capture Tech
A new Xprize competition funded by Elon Musk offers $100 million in prizes for scalable direct carbon capture technology.
February 13, 2021

A new Xprize competition funded by Elon Musk offers $100 million in prizes for scalable direct carbon capture technology.

Climate Change
New Findings Could Help Wine Survive Climate Change
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Climate Change
New Findings Could Help Wine Survive Climate Change
Climate change is altering wine making as we know it. Researchers at UC Davis have identified what makes some grapes more resistant to water stress.
January 3, 2021

Climate change is altering wine making as we know it. Researchers at UC Davis have identified what makes some grapes more resistant to water stress.

Climate Crisis
Making It Rain with “Cloud Seeding”
cloud seeding
Climate Crisis
Making It Rain with “Cloud Seeding”
China is using cloud seeding to create rain where and when it’s needed. Will it try to use geoengineering to combat climate change next?
December 12, 2020

China is using cloud seeding to create rain where and when it’s needed. Will it try to use geoengineering to combat climate change next?

CRISPR
CRISPR Could Help Save Coral Reefs from Bleaching
coral reefs bleaching
CRISPR
CRISPR Could Help Save Coral Reefs from Bleaching
Using CRISPR, scientists have identified a gene that could determine whether coral reefs are highly susceptible to bleaching or not.
November 25, 2020

Using CRISPR, scientists have identified a gene that could determine whether coral reefs are highly susceptible to bleaching or not.

The Future Explored
We Can Grow 60% More Food By Hacking Photosynthesis
hacking photosynthesis
The Future Explored
We Can Grow 60% More Food By Hacking Photosynthesis
By improving photosynthesis, we can get more food from our farmland.
November 22, 2020

By improving photosynthesis, we can get more food from our farmland.

The Future Explored
This Canadian Startup Wants to Make Our Buildings Out of CO2
carbon capturing
The Future Explored
This Canadian Startup Wants to Make Our Buildings Out of CO2
Carbon capture technology is here, but how do we make it feasible?
November 9, 2020

Carbon capture technology is here, but how do we make it feasible?

Climate Change
“Digital Earth” Can Simulate Climate Change Down to the Kilometer
climate change research
Climate Change
“Digital Earth” Can Simulate Climate Change Down to the Kilometer
Europe’s ambitious Destination Earth project aims to simulate climate systems — and human impact — to the kilometer.
October 13, 2020

Europe’s ambitious Destination Earth project aims to simulate climate systems — and human impact — to the kilometer.

Wildfires
Predator Drones Are Using AI to Create Faster Fire Maps
fire maps
Wildfires
Predator Drones Are Using AI to Create Faster Fire Maps
The National Guard has used drones to create forest fire maps since 2017. New AI upgrades could make the maps in minutes, not hours.
October 5, 2020

The National Guard has used drones to create forest fire maps since 2017. New AI upgrades could make the maps in minutes, not hours.

Climate Crisis
Can Trillions of Reflective Glass Beads Save Arctic Sea Ice?
arctic sea ice
Climate Crisis
Can Trillions of Reflective Glass Beads Save Arctic Sea Ice?
Arctic sea ice is more than majestic; it also reflects the sun’s rays. But young, thin ice melts fast. Can silica powder reflect enough sun to help it survive?
October 3, 2020

Arctic sea ice is more than majestic; it also reflects the sun’s rays. But young, thin ice melts fast. Can silica powder reflect enough sun to help it survive?

The Future Explored
Cooling the Planet With a Giant Solar Umbrella
Cooling the Planet With a Giant Solar Umbrella
The Future Explored
Cooling the Planet With a Giant Solar Umbrella
Solar geoengineering would cool global temperatures — is it worth it?
September 26, 2020

Solar geoengineering would cool global temperatures — is it worth it?

Hurricanes
Could a Norwegian “Hurricane Net” Stop Storms by Cooling the Sea?
hurricane net
Hurricanes
Could a Norwegian “Hurricane Net” Stop Storms by Cooling the Sea?
Norwegian company OceanTherm uses bubble nets to keep ice out of fjords. Could a hurricane net weaken the storms?
September 3, 2020

Norwegian company OceanTherm uses bubble nets to keep ice out of fjords. Could a hurricane net weaken the storms?

Climate Change
Raising Pacific Islands to Save Them From High Sea Levels
sea level rise
Climate Change
Raising Pacific Islands to Save Them From High Sea Levels
The president of Kiribati announced a new plan to fight against sea level rise: raise the islands.
August 24, 2020

The president of Kiribati announced a new plan to fight against sea level rise: raise the islands.

Sustainability
Fertilizer Feeds Half the World. Can We Make It Without Fossil Fuels?
sustainable fertilizer
Sustainability
Fertilizer Feeds Half the World. Can We Make It Without Fossil Fuels?
Fertilizer is needed to feed the world, but its production comes with a carbon footprint. This solar-powered strategy may reduce that.
June 28, 2020

Fertilizer is needed to feed the world, but its production comes with a carbon footprint. This solar-powered strategy may reduce that.

Climate Change
Sending Heat to Space to Reverse Global Warming
radiative cooling
Climate Change
Sending Heat to Space to Reverse Global Warming
This high-tech material could reverse global warming by using radiative cooling to lower the Earth’s rising temperature.
April 5, 2020

This high-tech material could reverse global warming by using radiative cooling to lower the Earth’s rising temperature.

Climate Change
A New Approach to Green Building Could Reverse Climate Change
green building
Climate Change
A New Approach to Green Building Could Reverse Climate Change
The building sector is one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. But new research suggests that trend could stop, and even reverse because of a new type of green building.
April 2, 2020

The building sector is one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. But new research suggests that trend could stop, and even reverse because of a new type of green building.