Storage capacity is a major obstacle in the world’s shift to low-carbon energy. Norway’s reuse of car batteries may help us understand how to make this switch, both reducing environmental impacts and creating business opportunities.
Solar geoengineering– a technology that reflects incoming sunlight back into space –has gainedattention as a potentialsolution for preventingglobal temperature rise and reducingthe risk of the worst global warming impacts. Recent research shows thatsolar geoengineering has the capacity to immediately cool the atmosphere, but also calls attention to the fact that it can beextremely controversial and excessively risky.
The United Nations enacted the Paris Agreement in 2015 to ensure a global commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One way countries can support the Paris Agreement is to protect our coastlines, which have the ability to absorb and store carbon within the Earth’s ecosystem.
Plastic pollution is one of the most visible environmental stressors of our generation. However, its most damaging impact is invisible to the human eye. Oceanographer Dr. Sarah-Jeanne Royer explains how plastic pollution contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.
Conserving tidal wetlands, such as mangroves and saltmarsh ecosystems, can mitigate the risks of coastal flooding and sea level rise associated with climate change. Nature- based solutions can benefit 40% of the world’s population that are exposed to sea level rise by mitigating storm surges and reducing the impact of waves and shoreline erosion.
Blue carbon is the organic carbon that is captured and stored in coastal vegetated ecosystems. Most blue carbon budgets focus on tidal salt marshes, seagrass meadows, and mangrove forests. A new study looks to the once overlooked “hidden forests” of kelp to quantify its blue carbon potential.
He once dreamed of playing soccer for Mexico’s national team. Now based in Canada, Dr. Juan Arteaga researches energy storage – although the technology is not yet eligible for transmission and market services, when that day comes, Dr. Arteaga is ready.
Dr. Kimberley Miner is a scientist and systems engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her climate research has helped to protect some of the world’s most beautiful and fragile landscapes, but some of her most impactful work is closer to home – as an advocate for women and girls in STEM.