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Soil as the Ultimate Carbon Sink

Wall Street Journal: AINSWORTH, Iowa—What if there was a way to combat climate change that didn’t require technological breakthroughs, carbon taxes or eliminating all fossil fuels? Such a solution might lie here in an Iowa cornfield beneath the feet of…

Gaming Climate Denial

John Cook in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: How can the average person on the street—who is not a climate scientist, and more than likely has never met a climate scientist—readily discern the facts of science from the seemingly reasonable…

The PETM: Traces of Past Warming

Videos sent to me by a scientist friend describe field investigations into a period that might be a model for our own.The PETM, Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. Thinking in geologic time is a skill humans may have to learn to survive…

The Waterfalls of Greenland

Above, a moulin recorded in Southwest Greenland, summer 2014. Washington Post: A cerulean lake consisting of glacial meltwater on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet, located about 18 miles from where the Store Glacier meets the sea in west…

Markets Souring on Exxon Mobil

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis: This week Moody’s changed ExxonMobil’s Triple-A rating from stable to negative, raising the prospect of the oil company being downgraded in 2020. Moody’s has red-flagged ExxonMobil’s rising capital expenditures and weak revenues. The…

Greta Thunberg’s Tribal Name

Woman who came from the Heavens. Has a ring. Bismark Tribune: When she and Iron Eyes finished speaking, Sioux spiritual leader Arvol Looking Horse bestowed a Lakota name upon Thunberg, “maphiyata echiyatan hin win,” which means “woman who came from…

Tesla Big Battery Getting Bigger

Inkl: MELBOURNE, Australia—The world’s largest battery is about to get even bigger, with Tesla Inc. (TSLA) set to boost the capacity of its southern Australia lithium-ion operation by 50% to provide additional stability to the power grid.  Neoen SA (NEOEN.SA),…

Ford Jumps in with EV Mustang

New York Times: Ford Motor’s latest offering seems like an oxymoron twice over: It’s a sport utility vehicle that’s electric … that’s a Mustang. It’s also Detroit’s biggest bet yet on a mass-market future for battery-powered cars. The big automakers…

Big Mac does Big Wind

CNBC: McDonald’s has inked two power purchase agreements which will see the fast food giant buy renewable energy generated by wind and solar projects in Texas. In an announcement Thursday McDonald’s described the agreements as “long term” and “large scale.” Construction…

PBS: Kernza for Climate and Soil

Description: Scientists in Minnesota and Kansas are developing a grain called Kernza, which, unlike most of our food crops, is a perennial plant with a whole host of environmental benefits. While it’s still far from hitting the market widely, food…

What 2 Degrees Looks Like

Robbie Andrew at CICERO: We have a big challenge ahead of us if we are to hold global warming to under 2°C. This is largely because we have already used up most of our collective ‘carbon budget’. The amount that…