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Small modular reactor waste analysis report

Small modular nuclear reactors, which offer greater flexibility and lower upfront cost than large nuclear reactors, have both some advantages and disadvantages when it comes to nuclear waste generation.Small modular nuclear reactors, which offer greater flexibility and lower upfront cost than large nuclear reactors, have both some advantages and disadvantages when it comes to nuclear …

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‘SharkGuard’ reduces bycatch of endangered sharks, sea trials show

For sharks living in the open ocean, longline fishing is the number-one threat, with an estimated 20 million pelagic sharks caught annually by fishers looking for tuna and other desired species.┬áNow, a new studyshows that a new technology, known as ‘SharkGuard,’ could allow longline fishing to continue while reversing the dramatic decline of endangered sharks …

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Corals saving corals

Corals resistant to disease can rescue more vulnerable corals, UC Davis found. Raising corals with diverse genotypes builds resilience amid disease and climate changes in reefs.Corals resistant to disease can rescue more vulnerable corals, UC Davis found. Raising corals with diverse genotypes builds resilience amid disease and climate changes in reefs.

Building green energy facilities may produce substantial carbon emissions, says study

A new study says that moving the world energy system away from fossil fuels and into renewable sources will generate carbon emissions by itself, as construction of wind turbines, solar panels and other new infrastructure consumes energy — some of it necessarily coming from the fossil fuels we are trying to get rid of. But …

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Sweet corn sweltering in summer heat spells uncertainty for corn lovers

Few things say summer in America more than buttery corn on the cob, but as summer temperatures climb to unprecedented levels, the future of sweet corn may not be so sweet. New research shows sweet corn yields drop significantly with extreme heat during flowering, especially in rain-fed fields in the Midwest.Few things say summer in …

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Large parts of Europe are warming twice as fast as the planet on average

The warming during the summer months in Europe has been much faster than the global average, shows a new study. As a consequence of human emissions of greenhouse gases, the climate across the continent has also become drier, particularly in southern Europe, leading to worse heat waves and an increased risk of fires.The warming during …

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