When you think about it, the finding is not too surprising: This kind of geoengineering would shade the planet from sunlight, and sunlight, of course, is a major driver of plant growth. Which also suggests the findings may have some dispiriting implications for using geoengineering with other strategies of climate-change mitigation and adaptation, namely the hope that reforestation and what is called “bio-energy with carbon capture and storage” — or BECCS — could meaningfully minimize global warming. Both of these strategies would work, theoretically, by deploying plants’ natural photosynthetic processes, which draws carbon out of the air and produces oxygen, at grand scale. Unfortunately, photosynthesis requires sunlight, so a planet receiving less of it would also suck less carbon. … [Read more...] about Solar Geoengineering May Be Our Last Resort for Climate Change. What If It Doesn’t Work?
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GENEVA (Reuters) - European countries need to invest to prepare their transport infrastructure for the impacts of climate change or face hundreds of millions of dollars in repair costs, a U.N. regional commission said in a study it says is the first of its kind. … [Read more...] about Europe’s infrastructure at “high risk” from climate change: U.N. study
That is farther than I would go, personally. But it is still remarkable that the Paris accords’ notorious fugitive, the United States, has had the most impressive years of emissions reductions of any country in the world since they were signed in 2016 — and had the best 2017, which it accomplished under Trump and his war on regulations. (Market forces are, indeed, really powerful, and green energy is really cheap in the U.S. now.) As Trump has pulled the U.S. from global climate leadership, a lot of praise has been heaped on Xi Jinping and China for taking a much more aggressive rhetorical stance on climate, but in 2017 China’s emissions grew the most of any nation in the world. Europe’s acclaimed green-energy leader, Germany, is not just insufficiently cutting emissions — it’s growing them. … [Read more...] about What If the Courts Could Save the Climate?
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Mutko also admitted that Russia had been forced to withdraw players from its national teams at major competitions because of the risk they could test positive for meldonium, a drug for patients with heart disease that was widely used as a supplement in Russian sports but was banned from the start of this year. The ban prompted a spate of positive tests among top Russian athletes, including Maria Sharapova. … [Read more...] about Russian doping scandal: no one to face criminal charges, says minister