Goldilocks number 2 has been found: Gliese 581g. The planet is some 20.5 light-years away from Earth, in the constellation of Libra – unsurprisingly a sign that is presently visible in the Zodiac, so if you live somewhere on the … Continue reading
With October in sight, and NOAA predicting a positive phase for the Arctic Oscillation, winter returns to the North Pole. That means, after some prolonged melting in the second half of September, the yearly minimum in the Arctic sea ice … Continue reading
State-backed holding company Chinalco – China, Aluminum, Corporation – yesterday announced it will invest 1.5 billion dollars in ‘rare earth’, the collection of 17 trace elements like scandium, yttrium and the lanthanides, which include the densest of metals: iridium – … Continue reading
Current proposals for geoengineering, measures to directly influence parts of system Earth, like the global climate system, seem overestimated – with respect to their proclaimed beneficial outcomes. Last month science magazine PNAS published an overview of some of the better … Continue reading
Improved battery technology may be an important step towards increased electrification of road transport, and may one day, through a network of on-grid EVs, help create the dreamed global storage facility for green electricity – alleviating the problems the straggling … Continue reading
The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is late to reach its yearly minimum. Daily satellite measurements show that after a small recovery with some net expanding, melting continued through the second half of September. Usually around this time of … Continue reading
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