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Fridays for future

Fridays for future

Please see the latest Climate Change news published:

  • Fluctuations in atmospheric pressure can heavily influence how much natural gas leaks from wells below the ground surface at oil and gas sites. However, current monitoring strategies do not take this phenomenon into account, and therefore may be under- or over-estimating the true magnitude of gas emissions (by Univ. of British Columbia via Earth News)
  • All plastic waste could become new, high-quality plastic through advanced steam cracking. A research group at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has developed an efficient process for breaking down any plastic waste to a molecular level. The resulting gases can then be transformed back into new plastics—of the same quality as the original. The new process could transform today’s plastic factories into recycling refineries, within the framework of their existing infrastructure (by Chalmers University of Technology via Earth News)
  • Amazon deforestation could be slowed by planting bean trees that would keep soils fertile and help smallholders make a living (by Univ. of Exeter, via Earth news)
  • Antarctic krill are well-known for their role at the base of the Southern Ocean food web for seals, penguins and whales. Less well-known is their importance to the ocean’s carbon sink, where CO2 is removed from the atmosphere during photosynthesis by phytoplankton and sequestered to the seafloor through a range of processes. A new study published urged consideration of the impact of commercial krill fishing on ocean chemistry and the global climate (by Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) via Earth News)
  • Flash drought is a new phenomenon with increasing prominence due to global warming. Drought develops rapidly without sufficient early warning, and has stricken the world with severe impacts during recent years. There is hence an urgent need to investigate flash drought risk and its underlying drivers in a changing climate (by Chinese Academy of Sciences via Earth News)
  • How dangerous are micro- and nanoplastics? Do they affect the environment? What harm can they do to our bodies? Questions that we can now finally answer because of Fazel Abdolahpur Monikh. Together with his colleagues, he developed a method to detect and quantify nano-sized plastics. Their paper has been published in the journal Environmental Pollution (by Leiden Univ via Earth News)
  • As global temperatures continue to rise, the thawing of permafrost in Arctic areas is being accelerated and mercury that has been trapped in the frozen ground is now being released in various forms into surrounding waterways, soil and air. According to researchers at the University of New Hampshire, this process can result in the major transformation of the mercury into more mobile and potentially toxic forms that can lead to environmental consequences and health concerns for wildlife, the fishing industry and people in the Arctic and beyond (by University of New Hampshire via Earth News)

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