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environmentPotential global warming solution with rapid magnesite creation

Scientists have found a rapid way of producing magnesite, a mineral which stores carbon dioxide. If this can be developed to an industrial scale then it can help offset global warming. A tonne of naturally-occurring magnesite can remove around half …

energyElectricity pricing in California will cause old people to not use life saving air conditioning in heat waves

Old people and babies are vulnerable to death from heat waves. The electrical pricing is setting old people up to not use the air conditioning that they may truly need at some point to save their life. Steeply tiered electricity …

climateJohan Rockström predicts climate doom again but is not advocating nuclear or ocean solutions

Johan Rockström made big predictions of 9 environmental systems that would each reach tipping points and doom humanity. Now Johan Rockström has co-written a paper that predicts climate doom caused by an environmental global warming chain reaction. The claim is …

californiaCalifornia needs to fight Wildfire with fire and stop building houses in the forests

Battalion chief with Cal Fire Jonathan Cox said the rise in the number of wildfires over the last several years has been “the new normal” in California. There have been larger and more destructive fires year over year. It is …

energyDetailed analysis of 100% solar, wind and hydro plan has many flaws and crazy costs

There is a video where critics of a proposed 2015 plan to power the US with 100% renewables lay out their case. They are not anti-renewables but they are pro-math. They worked out the issues of spacing of large scale …

3d printingBreakthrough for large scale printing of wood at ten times lower cost than other 3D printing

Cellulose is the most abundant and broadly distributed organic compound and industrial by-product on Earth. The bottom-up use of cellulose to fabricate 3D objects has had big problems that prevented printing wood for practical applications. Use in combination with plastics …

carbonCalgary company can capture CO2 at a cost of $94 per ton

Nature – Sucking carbon dioxide from air is cheaper than scientists thought Researchers at Carbon Engineering in Calgary, Canada, have been operating a pilot CO2-extraction plant in British Columbia since 2015. They are using direct air capture. Depending on a …

energyNuscale small modular reactor will have 20 Percent More Power and better cost performance

NuScale Power small modular reactor (SMR) will be able generate 20 percent more power than originally planned. Advanced testing and modeling tools helped NuScale identify optimization and increased power generation. Increasing the power generating capacity of a 12-module NuScale SMR …

energyHorne Technologies has superconducting IEC fusion device and hope for net power by 2020

Horne Technologies is developing an inertial electrostatic nuclear fusion system. They claim to have the world’s first superconducting, high-beta plasma research device in operation. They have 10 years research and development of fusion technologies. They have the first use of …

energyAnti-nuclear policies increased global carbon by 18% and added 9.5 million air pollution deaths

France uses about 80% nuclear energy for its electricity supply. The US has used about 16-24%. The US was on track to go to 80% nuclear energy but allowed this to be derailed with over-regulation. The spike in interest rates …