Environmentalists want Pickering nuclear plant shut but Ford’s cabinet has quietly approved keeping it open beyond 2024 | The Star
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Environmentalists want Pickering nuclear plant shut but Ford’s cabinet has quietly approved keeping it open beyond 2024 | The Star

By Robert BenzieQueen’s Park Bureau ChiefMon., Jan. 13, 2020timer4 min. readPremier Doug Ford is extending the life of the Pickering nuclear station beyond its planned 2024 closure, the Star has learned.The Ontario Power Generation (OPG) facility — in the news after provincial emergency officials accidentally sent out a false alarm during a test of the…

Another High Efficiency Solar Cell Material for 29+% Efficiency
Green Energy

Another High Efficiency Solar Cell Material for 29+% Efficiency

Another High Efficiency Solar Cell Material for 29+% Efficiency Brian Wang | January 13, 2020 | Researchers combined an aluminum source into their hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) reactor, then demonstrated the growth of the semiconductors aluminum indium phosphide (AlInP) and aluminum gallium indium phosphide (AlGaInP) for the first time by this technique. The current…

‘Green methane’ from artificial photosynthesis could recycle CO2
Nature & Science

‘Green methane’ from artificial photosynthesis could recycle CO2

An electron microscope image shows the semiconductor nanowires. These deliver electrons to metal nanoparticles, which turn carbon dioxide and water into methane. Credit: Baowen Zhou A new artificial photosynthesis approach uses sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into methane, which could help make natural-gas-powered devices carbon neutral. Methane is the main component of natural gas. Photosynthesis…

10 new birds discovered in ‘lost world’
Nature News

10 new birds discovered in ‘lost world’

Brilliantly colored, noisy, and active during the day, many birds are easy to spot—and identify. In the past two decades, an average of fewer than six new bird species have been described every year in the entire world. But 2020 will be different, as scientists have just announced 10 previously undescribed species and subspecies from…

Can solar geoengineering mitigate both climate change and income inequality?
Green Energy

Can solar geoengineering mitigate both climate change and income inequality?

Malian local greenhouse production of food crops, including tomatoes, cucumbers, papayas, melons, and peppers. Credit: Anastasia Sogodogo/USAID New research from the University of California San Diego finds that solar geoengineering—the intentional reflection of sunlight away from the Earth’s surface—may reduce income inequality between countries. In a study recently published in Nature Communications, researchers examine the…

Using AI to find where the wild things are
Conservation

Using AI to find where the wild things are

Tanya Birch Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach Jorge Ahumada Senior Wildlife Conservation Scientist, Conservation International Published Dec 17, 2019 According to the World Wildlife Fund, vertebrate populations have shrunk an average of 60 percent since the 1970s. And a recent UN global assessment found that we’re at risk of losing one million species to extinction,…