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Scientists Create Coolest Paint Ever
Whitest Paint Ever Could
Slash Need for Air Conditioning
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Whitest Paint Ever Could Slash Need for Air Conditioning

Ultrawhite paint reflects both light and heat

(Newser) - Scientists in Indiana have created a paint so incredibly white that it could theoretically help save the planet. The Purdue University researchers say the ultra-white paint reflects more than 98% of the sunlight that hits it, compared to between 80% and 90% for standard white paints. The paint reflects both...

US, China Say They Agree on Urgency of Climate Change

Announcement precedes Biden's summit this week

(Newser) - Setting the stage for President Biden's summit this week, the US and China announced Sunday that they've agreed to cooperate in urgently addressing climate change. A joint statement said the two powers are "committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate...

They Thought NWS Station Had 10 More Years. Now, Just Days

Cape Cod station abandoned 2 weeks ago due to coastal erosion to be razed later this month

(Newser) - Crashing waves were clearly eroding the land around a National Weather Service station on Massachusetts' Cape Cod. Still, officials thought it would stand for another 10 years at least. That's not the case now. The Chatham station, which has been in use for 50 years, was abandoned on March...

France May Do Away With Short Domestic Flights

It's a move related to climate change

(Newser) - French lawmakers gave the green light to a new restriction over the weekend, but this one was spurred on by the climate, not COVID. The National Assembly late Saturday voted in favor of putting an end to all domestic airline flights whose journey could instead be made by direct train...

'Ghost Forest' Problem Is Creeping Inland
'Ghost Forest' Problem
Is Creeping Inland
new study

'Ghost Forest' Problem Is Creeping Inland

Study finds that once-thriving forest in North Carolina is being decimated by saltwater

(Newser) - The issue of "ghost forests" is a familiar one to climate researchers. The term refers to how rising sea levels—or, more specifically, encroaching saltwater—kills trees along the coast, per Live Science . But a new study out of North Carolina suggests that "it's not just the...

Earliest Ever Cherry Blossoms Come With a Warning

Trends in Japan, Washington, DC, show impact from climate change

(Newser) - Japan's cherry blossoms have hit their earliest peak in more than 1,200 years, in a rather gorgeous sign of a devastating problem: ongoing climate change. Emperors, monks, and governors have kept records on cherry blooms since the 8th century, making it "incredibly valuable for climate change research,...

Biden's Guest List for Talks on Climate Includes Putin, Xi

Administration sends out 40 invitations for next month's forum

(Newser) - President Joe Biden is including Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China among the invitees to the first big climate talks of his administration, an event the US hopes will help shape, speed up, and deepen global efforts to cut climate-wrecking fossil fuel pollution, administration officials told the...

4 Seasons Aren't What They Used to Be
6 Months of Summer?
Researchers See Possibility
new study

6 Months of Summer? Researchers See Possibility

Study warns of big changes to our seasons by end of this century

(Newser) - A new study finds that summers have gotten longer and hotter over the years, but it also suggests we haven't seen anything yet. The research in Geophysical Research Letters suggests that summer in the Northern Hemisphere will last six months by the end of the century if climate change...

After 107 Days, US Is Back in Paris Climate Pact

Return became official on Friday

(Newser) - The United States is back in the Paris climate accord, just 107 days after it left. While Friday’s return is heavily symbolic, world leaders say they expect America to prove its seriousness after four years of being pretty much absent. They are especially anticipating an announcement from the US...

Polar Vortex to Blame for US Deep Freeze

'Compound extreme weather events' are becoming more common

(Newser) - Meteorologists blame the historic chilly weather on a large disruption of the polar vortex with Arctic weather that’s normally kept penned near the North Pole, but has now escaped and sent cold temperatures south. Experts say this polar vortex is stronger and longer than usual, and these events are...

At This Rate, Arctic Town Fears It Could Soon Host Summer Olympics

Village in Finland hopes to draw attention to global warming with its bid to land Games

(Newser) - "I was with my daughter outside an hour ago,” Erkki Parkinnen said Friday evening on a Zoom call. "It was nice." The temperature was up to 14 degrees Fahrenheit in Salla, northern Finland. That's cold, but it's how Parkkinen, the town's mayor, likes...

'Today Is Climate Day at the White House'
Biden: 'We Can't Wait
Any Longer' on Climate

Biden: 'We Can't Wait Any Longer' on Climate

He signs sweeping executive orders

(Newser) - "Today is climate day at the White House," President Biden declared Wednesday as he signed executive orders to "confront the existential threat of climate change." "We've already waited too long to deal with this climate crisis. We can't wait any longer," Biden...

Meet a Man Who Thinks About Climate Disaster Nonstop

Peter Kalmus wonders if it's his personal hell

(Newser) - You're someone who is pretty good about keeping your recyclables from ending up in the garbage can. Peter Kalmus is in a very different league. And, perhaps, trapped in a "personal hell"—one in which "I have to spend my entire life desperately trying to convince...

Biden Set to Take Big Steps on Climate

Several executives actions expected Wednesday

(Newser) - President Biden is expected to make a big climate move Wednesday by halting oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waterways. The executive action, following a 60-day moratorium issued on Biden's first day in office, will order the Department of Interior to stop new oil and gas leasing...

Biden to Unveil Another Big Reversal of Trump

President will order a halt to new oil and gas leasing on federal territory

(Newser) - President Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on US lands, as his administration moves to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment, per the AP . The moratorium, expected to be announced on Wednesday, follows a 60-day suspension of new drilling...

Monarch Butterfly Count Suggests Extinction Is Near

Only 2K western monarch butterflies were counted in California this winter

(Newser) - The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted precipitously to a record low, putting the insects closer to extinction, researchers announced Tuesday. An annual winter count by the Xerces Society recorded fewer than 2,000 butterflies, a massive decline from the millions that clustered in...

Biden's To-Do List for First Day Just Got a New Addition

Sources say he'll yank the Keystone XL permit via executive action as soon as he takes office

(Newser) - On Saturday, a memo from incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain to senior staff laid out dozens of executive orders that President-elect Biden is expected to sign within the first few days of his term. Not listed among them, per Politico : a plan to pull the permit for...

How to Fight Back Against the 'Insect Apocalypse'
Earth Is Facing an
'Insect Apocalypse'

Earth Is Facing an 'Insect Apocalypse'

1% to 2% of insects disappear annually, but new habitats could help

(Newser) - Insects, considered vital to the food chain, are slowly disappearing, at a rate of 1% to 2% each year in some parts of the world, according to researchers, who are urging the general public to lend a helping hand. We're already seeing "death by a thousand cuts,"...

China's 'Glacier Bro' Is Likely Dead
'Glacier Bro'
Is Likely Dead

China's 'Glacier Bro' Is Likely Dead

Wang Xiangjun, 30, went missing while visiting a glacial waterfall

(Newser) - A Chinese social media influencer is believed to be dead after vanishing on Dec. 20. Wang Xiangjun, known as "Glacier Bro" due to his penchant for exploring glaciers while talking about climate change, was at a glacial waterfall in Tibet when footage shows him apparently lose his balance near...

Organic Meat Production Is No Better for the Planet
Study: Meat Prices
Should Jump 146%
new research

Study: Meat Prices Should Jump 146%

If they're to cover their associated climate costs, that is

(Newser) - You're doing the planet no favors by eating meat that was produced organically, at least when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions—and whatever meat you're eating, it should cost much, much more than it currently does. That's the determination of a new analysis based on German...

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