Day: October 22, 2019

Neanderthal ‘glue’ points to complex thinking

Image copyright Rijksmuseum van Oudheden Image caption The birch-tar handled tool made by Neanderthals 50,000 years ago Traces of ancient “glue” on a stone tool from 50,000 years ago points to complex thinking by Neanderthals, experts say.The glue was made from birch tar in a process that required forward planning and involved several different steps.It…

After Math: Being better than being best

Google is putting its sizeable pocketbook where its mouth is, announcing this week that it would invest a whopping $2 billion (.006 percent of its net worth) in renewable energy infrastructure throughout the US, South America and Europe. You know, the thing governments are supposed to be in charge of, at least when they’re actually…

Climate Week in New York Is Just Getting Started

New York|Climate Week in New York Is Just Getting StartedNew York Today Sept. 23, 2019Weather: Sunny with a high near 85. Showers and thunderstorms are likely tonight. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Sept. 30 (Rosh Hashana). ImageCreditChang W. Lee/The New York TimesTheir cries were loud: “Sea levels are rising and so are we!” On Friday,…

Solar households to face hit from zero prices

Oct 22, 2019 — 7.50pmMany of the 2.2 million households with rooftop solar panels may need to brace for bill shock as negative or zero wholesale prices slash their payments for the surplus electricity fed into the grid.Until now, the impact of low daytime wholesale electricity prices thanks to growing wind and solar power has…