Day: December 2, 2019

First evidence that Antarctica’s thinning ice shelves are causing more ice to move from the land into the sea

A detailed view of changes in ice flow around the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers, due to thinning ice shelves. Pine Island Glacier is at the top right, with changes seen almost 100 miles inland. Credit: Northumbria University Researchers have produced the first physics-based quantifiable evidence that thinning ice shelves in Antarctica are causing more…

As Climate Warnings Grow Dire, Energy Companies Face A ‘New Frontier Of Threats’

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Why the Star of a Big Hollywood Development Is the Sun

California TodayMonday: A new office building — soon to be occupied by Netflix — is a demonstration of “what’s possible” with solar power. Also: More cold weather on the way. Dec. 2, 2019, 8:43 a.m. ETImageThe Epic, a giant new building in Hollywood that will be occupied by Netflix, is outfitted with solar panels.Credit…Hudson PacificGood…

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

Todd Karin was prepared when California’s largest utility shut off power to millions of people to avoid the risk of wildfires last month. He’s got rooftop solar panels connected to a single Tesla Powerwall in his rural home near Fairfield, California. “We had backup power the whole time,” Karin says. “We ran the fridge and…

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

Next fall, San Francisco International Airport plans to begin environmental studies for its next big construction project. The $587 million project, targeted for completion in 2035, won’t produce another terminal, runway, or amenity for the airport’s 55 million annual passengers. It will be a seawall, an 8-mile-long bastion of steel and concrete. It will also…