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Experts: Warming makes Delta, other storms power up faster

Experts: Warming makes Delta, other storms power up faster

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Atlantic hurricanes, like Delta, lately are getting stronger fasterBy SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science WriterOctober 8, 2020, 9:30 PM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleHurricane Delta, gaining strength as it bears down on the U.S. Gulf Coast, is the latest and nastiest in a recent flurry of rapidly intensifying Atlantic hurricanes that scientists largely blame on global warming.Earlier, before hitting Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and temporarily losing strength, Delta set a record for going from a 35 mph (56 kph) unnamed tropical depression to a monstrous 140 mph (225 kph) Category 4 storm in just 36 hours, beating a mark set in 2000, according to University of Colorado weather data scientist Sam Lillo.“We’ve certainly been seeing a lot of that in the last few y
US tech giants accused of ‘monopoly power’

US tech giants accused of ‘monopoly power’

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A report backed by Democratic lawmakers has urged changes that could lead to the break-up of some of America's biggest tech companies.The recommendation follows a 16-month congressional investigation into Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple."These firms have too much power, and that power must be reined in," Democratic lawmakers working on the probe wrote. But Republicans involved in the effort did not agree with the recommendations.In a statement, one Republican congressman Jim Jordan dismissed the report as "partisan" and said it advanced "radical proposals that would refashion antitrust law in the vision of the far left." Others have said they support many of the report's conclusions about the firms' anti-competitive tactics bu...
Boris Johnson: Wind farms could power every home by 2030

Boris Johnson: Wind farms could power every home by 2030

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Offshore wind farms will generate enough electricity to power every home in the UK within a decade, Boris Johnson has pledged.Speaking to the Conservative party conference, the PM announced £160m to upgrade ports and factories for building turbines to help the country "build back greener". The plan aims to create 2,000 jobs in construction and support 60,000 more.He said the UK would become "the world leader in clean wind energy". "Your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle - the whole lot of them will get their juice cleanly and without guilt from the breezes that blow around these islands," he said.Mr Johnson's speech comes after he made a pledge at a UN biodiversity summit in New York to protect 30% of U
Study: Renewables, not nuclear power, can provide truly low carbon energy

Study: Renewables, not nuclear power, can provide truly low carbon energy

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Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Nuclear energy programs around the world have failed to deliver on promises of carbon emissions reductions, according to a new survey. When researchers at the University of Sussex Business School, in Britain, and the ISM University of Management and Economics, in Lithuania, analyzed nuclear energy programs and renewable power operations in 123 countries over the last 25 years, they found the two tend not to co-exist all that well. Advertisement In low-carbon energy systems, the two programs crowd one another other out of the energy market, as well as diminish the efficiency of the other, researchers said. The latest findings, published Monday in the journal Nature Energy, suggest countries are less likely to meet carbon emissions reduction targets when nuclear energy progr...
UK can be ‘Saudi Arabia of wind power’ – PM

UK can be ‘Saudi Arabia of wind power’ – PM

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to make a "big bet" on renewables, turning the UK into the "Saudi Arabia" of wind power.Speaking via video link to a climate roundtable discussion at the UN in New York, Mr Johnson said the country held "extraordinary potential for wind".He said the UK should embrace a range of new technologies to achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2050.The UK holds the presidency of the UN climate conference, known as the COP.But because of the coronavirus crisis, the annual gathering will not take place this year. It has instead been postponed until November 2021.The Prime Minister said the UK had an ambitious agenda for the meeting and called on other countries to be "similarly ambitious". He praised the recent pledge b...