Why desalination won’t save states dependent on Colorado River water

The Colorado River wraps around Horseshoe Bend in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Page, Arizona. Rhona Wise | Afp | Getty Images States dependent on the drought-stricken Colorado River are increasingly looking toward desalination as a way to fix the river’s deficit and boost water supplies across the western US The search for … Read more

Is recycling really worth it? Turns out, the system is far from perfect

Most Australians are pretty good at sorting their waste into paper, plastic, glass and organics – but what’s the point of recycling? Doesn’t it just all end up in landfill anyway? Not quite – but the recycling system is far from perfect. Not all recyclables are equal Did you know that it’s easier to recycle … Read more

Understanding endemic and novel zoonotic spillovers from rodent trapping studies

The global impact of novel zoonotic pathogen spillovers has been highlighted through the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused by the rapid outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus. In the past, similar effects were recorded during the HIV/AIDs and Spanish Influenza pandemics. Study: Rodent trapping studies as an overlooked information … Read more

WA government concedes ‘hurdle is high’ as ​​it prepares to legislate 2050 net zero carbon emissions target

The WA government has announced plans to enshrine its commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in law, but will not set targets to get there until at least the end of the year. Key points: The legislation is expected to go before the parliament later this year Minister Reece Whitby says it sets … Read more

Borrowing from weather and climate science models can help us prepare for future pandemics

The modeling approaches that have been incorporated into climate change and weather forecasting research, combined with their risk communication strategies, can be used to improve how the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is managed. A new PNAS study determines how insights from the climate and weather research field can improve the forecasting of pandemics. … Read more

NY’s Hochul cooks with gas stoves while pushing future ban: critics

Gov. Hochul wants to start banning gas stoves in new homes by 2025 – but critics say she’s full of hot air. The pushback is targeting Hochul’s personal use of fossil fuels on gas ranges at the Executive Mansion in Albany and at her private pad in Buffalo. “The governor’s push to ban gas stoves … Read more

Volunteers plant mini-forests in Paris to slow climate change, tackle heatwaves

French volunteers are using a pioneering Japanese tree-planting method to create pocket forests in Paris in the hope that they will slow climate change, create biodiversity hotspots and tackle the growing number of heatwaves in the capital. On a damp Saturday afternoon in a southern suburb of Paris, a young boy of 9 wields a … Read more

Controversial Coillte deal with UK pension fund alarms Citizens’ Assembly on biodiversity loss – The Irish Times

The final session of the Citizens’ Assembly on biodiversity loss was dominated by the controversial Coillte deal with a UK pension fundwith members expressing concerns it will lead to a sell-off of State woodlands – and undermine biodiversity. The assembly, which met in Malahide, Co Dublin, on Saturday, is set to forward 100 additional recommendations … Read more

Discovery reveals intimate details about the lives of some of the largest dinosaurs

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. CNN — To pry open the mysteries of our planet’s past, scientists typically study rocks and fossilized bones. Eggs are an often overlooked but extremely rich source of information, with birds, reptiles, … Read more

Is Canada ready to meet its ‘aggressive’ electric vehicle mandate by 2026? – National

As Canada has mandated at least 20 percent of car sales to be electric vehicles by 2026, some are questioning if the goal is realistic given supply levels and charging infrastructure. The federal government has said that there will be penalties for manufacturers and importers that do not meet the 20 percent sales target. After … Read more