Huge amounts of greenhouse gases lurk in the oceans, and could make warming far worse
Nature News

Huge amounts of greenhouse gases lurk in the oceans, and could make warming far worse

Scientists are finding hidden climate time bombs—vast reservoirs of carbon dioxide and methane—scattered under the seafloor across the planet. And the fuses are burning. Caps of frozen CO2 or methane, called hydrates, contain the potent greenhouse gases, keeping them from escaping into the ocean and atmosphere. But the ocean is warming as carbon emissions continue…

The science news events that shaped 2019
Nature & Science

The science news events that shaped 2019

A year marked by climate protests, political uncertainty and debate over the ethics of gene editing in human embryos proved challenging for science. But researchers also celebrated some exciting firsts — a quantum computer that can outperform its classical counterparts, a photo of a black hole and samples gathered from an asteroid.Staring into spaceThis year,…

Nigeria’s Rensource raises $20M to power African markets by solar
Green Energy

Nigeria’s Rensource raises $20M to power African markets by solar

Nigerian startup Rensource Energy has raised a $20 million Series A round co-led by CRE Venture Capital and the Omidyar network. The renewable energy company builds and operates solar powered micro-utilities that provide electricity to commercial community structures, such as open-air trading bazaars. Launched in 2016, the startup has shifted its operating strategy. “We’ve pivoted…

Great Australian Bight: Norwegian energy company given environmental approval to drill for oil
Environmental News

Great Australian Bight: Norwegian energy company given environmental approval to drill for oil

Federal offshore petroleum regulator announces approval as environmental groups signal likely legal challenge The Wilderness Society says it was ‘gobsmacked’ by the granting of the environment approval for Norwegian energy company Equinor’s bid to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. Photograph: Sarah Hanson-Young The Norwegian energy giant Equinor has been granted environment approval…

Google’s New AI Project Could Be a Conservation Game Changer
Conservation

Google’s New AI Project Could Be a Conservation Game Changer

A camera trap captured this jaguar in the Nouragues Natural Reserve, French Guiana.Photo: Emmanuel Rondeau (WWF France)All around the world, conservationists and biologists have hard drives full of millions of camera trap photos. Going through these images can be laborious and time-consuming, but a new program—a partnership between Google and several conservation organizations—simplifies the process…