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Clean, green flying machines

Clean, green flying machines

What happens to the planet if air traffic keeps multiplying too fast for new climate-friendly plane upgrades to keep pace with the rising greenhouse emissions? The IPCC mulled it over almost a decade ago, even before sounding its 2001 global warming alarm call. Lately the problem has been pressing ever harder on European consciences, so that EU parliament members recently vowed to fast-track plans for trading aviation emissions on a carbon market – while airlines yelped defensively that they’d gotten an unfair tarring in mediagenic protests. London’s Science Museum examines this race of energy efficiency against passenger numbers in a  … Read more

Censorship and an outspoken scientist

Censorship and an outspoken scientist

Currently on Nature Reports Climate Change, we have a review by Michael Oppenheimer of Mark Bowen’s lastest book, Censoring Science: Inside the Political Attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth About Global Warming. As suggested by the title, the book documents the White House-led censorship of James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, who bravely spoke out about the dangers and urgency of global warming long before many of his fellow climate scientists. Oppenheimer writes: In doing so, Hansen staked a claim to unfettered speech far beyond the usual scientist’s model of announcing research findings. If  … Read more