Seagrass: The Ideal Carbon Sink?
Seagrass, already a key element in many aquatic ecosystems, has been found to be one of the most efficient biological systems in sequestering carbon. Unfortunately, seagrass is recoiling in many areas as a consequence of human activity. The Smithsonian has the good/bad news: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/underwater-meadows-seagrass-could-be-ideal-carbon-sinks-180970686/
Wind and Solar Cost Less Than Coal and Gas
Once again this year, renewable energy sources continued to beat coal and gas on the bottom line. Despite questionable priorities and policies coming out of Washington DC, renewable energy is beating traditional sources on the ground, in the all-important area of cost. Ars Technica has the story: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/11/new-year-same-story-cost-of-wind-and-solar-fall-below-cost-of-coal-and-gas/
Additionally, Reuters informs us that fully 40 percent of the world’s coal plants are now unprofitable: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-coal/more-than-40-percent-of-world-coal-plants-are-unprofitable-report-idUSKCN1NZ00B?utm_source=reddit.com
Heatwaves Thought to Reduce Insect Fertility
Insect populations are taking a dive, worldwide. The potential consequences are enormous. The disruptions to food webs could cause ecosystems to collapse. The loss of pollinators points to potentially massive crop failures. The reasons for the decline remain mysterious, but recent research is pointing to the increasing incidence of heatwaves as one likely culprit. The Smithsonian explains: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heatwaves-may-dramatically-reduce-insect-fertility-180970819/