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Researchers develop improved recycling process for carbon fibers

The process retains properties of fibers at a higher rate than previous methods, demonstrating a retention strength of up to 90 percent. Recycling of...

‘Island of Rats’ recovers

A coordinated conservation effort that removed rats from Hawadax Island, formerly known as 'Rat Island,' has become a new example of how ecosystems can...

Novel hydrogen fuel purification membrane paves the way for greener future

Hydrogen is a clean source of fuel, but its purification has been challenging until now. Now, a group of scientists has found a solution...

Research shows we’re surprisingly similar to Earth’s first animals

The earliest multicellular organisms may have lacked heads, legs, or arms, but pieces of them remain inside of us today, new research shows. According...

Unique sensor network for measuring greenhouse gases

Munich is home to the world's first fully automated sensor network for measuring urban greenhouse gas emissions based on ground-based remote sensing of the...

Switzerland’s energy transition

Can Switzerland, as planned, cut its CO2 emissions to zero by 2050? Researchers have investigated what measures would be necessary to achieve this reduction...

Irrigation management key for bioenergy production to mitigate climate change

To avoid a substantial increase in water scarcity, biomass plantations for energy production need sustainable water management, a new study shows. Bioenergy is frequently...

A global analysis of subsidence, relative sea-level change and coastal flood exposure

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 08 March 2021; doi:10.1038/s41558-021-00993-zLand subsidence and uplift influence the rate of sea-level rise. Most coastal populations live in subsiding...

Rising seas and subsiding cities

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 08 March 2021; doi:10.1038/s41558-021-01009-6Coastal adaptation aims to reduce impacts of relative sea-level rise from climate-induced sea-level rise and land...

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