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Three ‘Super-Leverage Points’ Offer Hope for Climate Breakthrough

Three “super-leverage points” could trigger a cascade of decarbonisation in sectors covering 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report presented today at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Computers That Power Self-Driving Cars Could Be a Huge Driver of Global Carbon Emissions

Study shows that if autonomous vehicles are widely adopted, hardware efficiency will need to advance rapidly to keep computing-related emissions in check.

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Hydropower Without the Environmental Impact

Scientists have analysed data from nearly three million rivers across the globe to identify where hydropower stations could be sited with limited environmental impacts.

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Using Machine Learning to Predict Brain Tumour Progression

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have created a computational model to predict the growth of deadly brain tumours more accurately.

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Forest Landslides’ Frequency, Size Influenced More by Road Building, Logging Than Heavy Rain

A long-term Pacific Northwest study of landslides, clear-cutting timber and building roads shows that a forest’s management history has a greater impact on how often landslides occur and how severe they are compared to how much water is coursing through a watershed.

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OSU-led Wave Energy Testing Facility Reaches Key Construction Milestones

The last major pieces of the contract to build the wave energy test facility PacWave South have been executed, paving the way for the completion of the Oregon State University-led facility off the coast of Newport.

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Dust from Wind Storms Masking Full Effect of Warming, Study Finds

The amount of dust generated by desert windstorms has grown markedly since the mid-19th century, helping to curb the global rise in temperature, new research shows.

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New Study Shows That Most Plastic Debris on Seychelles Beaches Comes From Far-Off Sources

A new study led by the University of Oxford has developed a high-resolution model to quantify the sources of plastic debris accumulating on beaches across the Seychelles and other island states in the western Indian Ocean.

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Mekong Delta Will Continue to Be at Risk for Severe Flooding

Reef corals provide an accurate, high-resolution record of the influence of the El Niño Southern Oscillation on rainfall, flooding and droughts in the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam.

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In the Wake of a Wildfire, Embers of Change in Cognition and Brain Function Linger

In November 2018, the Camp Fire burned a total of 239 square miles, destroyed 18,804 structures and killed 85 people, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. 

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