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Burning coal caused mass extinctions

Tuesday - Geologists have linked one of the planet’s most devastating events to the burning of fossil fuels, as ancient coal fires set in train a global extinction wave.

Microplastics are in the soils of even the remotest places

Tuesday - If microplastics can enter the food web on King George Island, they can probably do so almost anywhere on earth.

Hospitals new theatres of emissions warfare

19 Jun 20 - Hospital operating theatres could be a new frontier in the battle to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate worst-case scenarios may not go far enough

15 Jun 20 - Worst-case global heating scenarios may need to be revised upwards in light of a better understanding of the role of clouds, scientists have said.

Sponge-tech sucks carbon from the air

Matthew Hill

12 Jun 20 - Scientists have set a record for carbon capture and storage using new sponge-like technology that can capture carbon directly from the air.

Engineers make syngas out of cement-waste

11 Jun 20 - Chemical engineers have found a new way to turn carbon dioxide emissions from cement-making and other industrial processes into useful products like fuel and plastics.

Not even pandemic can flatten the Keeling Curve

8 Jun 20 - As graphs go, the Keeling Curve is simple, but it clearly illustrates the planet's vexing global warming challenge.

We're sitting on remains of a giant volcanic plume

28 May 20 - Back in the 1970s, scientists came up with a revolutionary idea about how Earth’s deep interior works.

New solar cells pass global test standards

22 May 20 - Scientists have produced a new generation of experimental solar energy cells that, for the first time, pass strict International Electrotechnical Commission testing standards for heat and humidity.

Bad soil fungi will welcome warmer weather

13 May 20 - Rising temperatures will increase crop losses as warmer soils encourage the growth of pathogenic soil fungi, scientists say.

Windows could produce future electricity

21 Apr 20 - Windows could replace rooftop solar panels within a decade as a way of generating electricity, scientists say.

Plane-free skies spur research into impact of aviation

16 Apr 20 - Mass groundings of flights caused by the coronavirus pandemic are giving scientists a rare chance to study plane-free skies and pin down how far aviation stokes global warming.

Scientists blame poor soil for carbon limits

9 Apr 20 - Issues like poor soil fertility are limiting the ability of mature forests to store carbon and help reduce climate change, scientists say.

New mutant enzyme recycles plastic bottles in hours

9 Apr 20 - A mutant bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling in hours has been created by scientists.

Coronavirus hinders climate science

30 Mar 20 - The global response to the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting climate science.

Global heat closing in on Paris Agreement target

Professor Jim Renwick

16 Mar 20 - Global average temperatures so far this year are 1.4deg above pre-Industrial levels – just 0.1deg below the Paris Agreement target.

Carbon capture and storage has stalled - needlessly

6 Mar 20 - The idea is simple: capture and concentrate CO2 before it's released to the air and store it deep underground where it can't escape.

Gluckman group to tackle the hard stuff

Sir Peter Gluckman

4 Mar 20 - A think-tank being launched in Auckland today could give New Zealand – and the world – the tools it needs to make the hard decisions about climate change, says founder Professor Sir Peter Gluckman.

Methane revelations might benefit our farmers

24 Feb 20 - Revelations that fossil fuels are responsible for a greater percentage of methane in the atmosphere than was thought could be good news for New Zealand farmers – but only if the rest of the world is...

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