IEA: Wind and solar capacity will overtake both gas and coal globally by 2024

IEA: Wind and solar capacity will overtake both gas and coal globally by 2024
Wind and solar capacity will exceed coal and gas in less than five years, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency.The increase will mean wind and solar will overtake gas capacity in 2023 and coal in 2024.The report also showed how renewables had proved to be resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic, unlike other commodities. Wind and solar capacity will double over the next five years globally and exceed that of both gas and co...
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An ocean like no other: the Southern Ocean’s ecological richness and significance for global climate

An ocean like no other: the Southern Ocean’s ecological richness and significance for global climate
In 2018, a map named after an oceanographer went viral. The so-called Spilhaus projection, in which Earth is viewed from above the South Pole, was designed to show the connected nature of the ocean basins. It is a perspective that comes naturally to those who live in the ocean-dominated southern hemisphere. The Southern Ocean, also called the Antarctic Ocean (or even the Austral ocean), is like no other and best described in superlatives. Storing...
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5 years after Paris: How countries’ climate policies match up to their promises, and who’s aiming for net zero emissions

5 years after Paris: How countries’ climate policies match up to their promises, and who’s aiming for net zero emissions
Saturday was the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement – the commitment by almost every country to try to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius. It's an ambitious goal, and the clock is ticking. The planet has already warmed by about 1 C since the start of the industrial era. That might not sound like much, but that first degree is changing the planet in profound ways, from more extreme heat waves that put human health ...
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Across the world, trees are growing faster, dying younger – and will soon store less carbon

Across the world, trees are growing faster, dying younger – and will soon store less carbon
As the world warms and the atmosphere becomes increasingly fertilised with carbon dioxide, trees are growing ever faster. But they're also dying younger – and overall, the world's forests may be losing their ability to store carbon. That's the key finding of our new study, published in the journal Nature Communications. In a world without humans, forests would exist in equilibrium, taking roughly as much carbon out of the atmosphere as they lose....
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These 6 skills cannot be replicated by artificial intelligence

These 6 skills cannot be replicated by artificial intelligence
Mass unemployment will occur because of robotics and AI.Hospitality, management and creativity cannot be substituted by AI.We need to acquire and refine more sophisticated abilities in these areas. The COVID-19 crisis is going to accelerate a number of changes and transformations in human society. Notably, the pandemic is expected to significantly accelerate the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  This is because the coronavirus crisis forced peo...
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This is how cities can overcome their growing transport pains

This is how cities can overcome their growing transport pains
By 2030, more than 750 million people will live in megacities;Growing urban populations put pressure on already ageing and inadequate transportation systems;New research from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) suggests how urban mobility systems can change to meet the needs of future populations. Around the world, people are increasingly migrating from rural to urban areas. By 2030, the United Nations estimates, megacities (those with at least 10 mill...
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One fifth of ecosystems is in danger of collapse – here’s what that might look like

One fifth of ecosystems is in danger of collapse – here’s what that might look like
One-in-five countries are at risk of their ecosystems collapsing, according to recent research.When ecosystems collapse, they rapidly lose their structure and function, with dramatic changes to their size or extent.Collapse on this scale would threaten more than half of global GDP (US$42 trillion, or £32 trillion).Professor of Physical Geography, John Dearing explains what collapse means - and what we can do about it. One in five countries are at...
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Here's how fishing stifles the ocean's ability to capture carbon

Here's how fishing stifles the ocean's ability to capture carbon
When fish die naturally, their bodies and the carbon they contain sink to the depths of the ocean.Yet when fished, this carbon is released into the atmosphere as CO2.As the world has overlooked the ability of fish to act as a natural carbon sink, scientists now estimate carbon emissions from fishing are 25% higher than previously believed. A fish that dies naturally in the ocean sinks to the depths, taking with it all the carbon it contains. Yet,...
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This is now the world’s greatest threat – and it’s not coronavirus

This is now the world’s greatest threat – and it’s not coronavirus
Affluence is the biggest threat to our world, according to a new scientific report.True sustainability will only be achieved through drastic lifestyle changes, it argues.The World Economic Forum has called for a great reset of capitalism in the wake of the pandemic. A detailed analysis of environmental research has revealed the greatest threat to the world: affluence. That's one of the main conclusions of a team of scientists from Australia, Swit...
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Can we actually learn to live with coronavirus? Not until we have a vaccine

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As we move into the last quarter of 2020, the virus that has defined this troubled year is showing no signs of going away. In the absence of a vaccine or a broadly effective treatment, some are now saying that we must learn to live with COVID-19. But what does that actually look like? It's a complicated question that boils down to this: Should we allow SARS-CoV-2 to spread through most of the population while shielding all the elderly and those a...
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