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December 31, 2020
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ENERGY: 2020 by the Numbers

The year 2020 will go down in history for many reasons, including climate change. Temperatures were 1.08 degrees Fahrenheit (0.6 Celsius) warmer than the 1981-2010 average and 2.25 degrees Fahrenheit (1.25 Celsius) above pre-industrial times. Rising temperatures have consequences. In … Continue reading

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September 4, 2020
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WATER: Beach Weekend? Biodegradable Flip Flops

Labor Day 2020: for many it’s a beach weekend in flip flops. Too often, beaches are strewn with broken or discarded flip flops that litter the sand and pollute the water. Enter an innovation: biodegradable flip flops from the University … Continue reading

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August 28, 2020
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ENERGY: Promethean Problem

Ever since Prometheus stole fire and gave it to humans, we’ve been the only species that can start and stop a fire. Darwin believed human capability to control fire was the greatest evolutionary achievement, second only to language. Now, that … Continue reading

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July 28, 2020
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WATER: How much do you use?

Only 1% of water on Earth is drinkable (actually, it’s 2.5% but only 1% is readily accessible). The rest of the water on the planet rests in the sea, but it is salty and therefore requires desalination to use for … Continue reading

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June 26, 2020
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Regreening the Sahel: Water, Land, and Renewal

Sahara, sea of sand, desert of legend, is ever-advancing. Over time, the Sahara Desert has expanded into the Sahel, a transnational ‘shore’ of African countries. Population in the Sahel has increased 120% in the last three decades: now, 64% of … Continue reading

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February 23, 2019
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Water Rights

We are the water planet. Throughout history, we have determined water rights in agreements and laws like the Colorado River Compact and ItaipĂș. But now, perhaps we are reaching a new era of respect for water. Does water itself have … Continue reading

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