By Heidi Harley

science / science - 5 years ago

US accused of blocking UN climate talks amid protests

The United States, despite withdrawing from a landmark accord aimed at curbing climate change, is stonewalling vital UN talks over how to fund poorer nations as they battle against global warming, multiple sources told AFP Saturday. US President Donald Trump caused global outrage by announcing the...

science / science - 5 years ago

The reality of quantum computing could be just three years away

Quantum computing has moved out of the realm of theoretical physics and into the real world, but its potential and promise are still years away. Onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, a powerhouse in the world of quantum research and a young upstart in the field presented visions for the future of the i...

science / science - 5 years ago

Court scraps multibillion-dollar Ecuador damages against Chevron

An appeals court in The Hague has cancelled $9.5 billion in damages handed down by an Ecuadoran court against American energy giant Chevron for causing oil pollution in the Amazon jungle, Quito said Friday. The original ruling dates back to 2011 and was twice upheld on appeal in Ecuador, but Chevro...

science / science - 5 years ago

New wildfire rips through northern California

A new wildfire was raging in northern California on Friday, having already devastated almost 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) in just two days and continuing to spread. Dubbed the Delta Fire, the blaze was the latest outbreak to hit the region this summer, and was said by officials to have been trigg...

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New research, August 27 - September 2, 2018

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. Climate change impacts& Mankind Climate Change and Heat-Related Excess Mortality in the Eastern USA Climate change impacts on peak building cooling energy demand in a coastal megacity& (open access) Flood prediction and mitigation...

science / science - 5 years ago

NASA technology to be launched from New Mexico spaceport

NASA technology designed to protect spacecraft from heat and pressure when entering a planet's atmosphere will be launched from Spaceport America in New Mexico as part of testing. NASA said Friday the system will be aboard a suborbital rocket being launched Sept. 12 by UP Aerospace. The shield is...