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Cities at risk as sea levels rise and land sinks

Cities at risk as sea levels rise and land sinks

Coastal cities are facing a dual threat: rising sea levels and the sinking of their land, a phenomenon known as subsidence, which could drastically increase flooding and damages by 2050.

Matt Simon reports for WIRED.

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reverse osmosis & desalination
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Everyone was wrong about reverse osmosis—until now

A new paper showing how water actually travels through a plastic membrane could make desalination more efficient. That’s good news for a thirsty world.
Geothermal energy potential
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Geothermal everywhere: finding the energy to save the world

Jamie Beard is pouring everything into a singular vision: Tap into the awesome potential of geothermal power in Texas, and beyond. She has no time to lose.
fusion energy won’t be limitless
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No, fusion energy won’t be ‘limitless’

Scientific advances have renewed hopes of “unlimited energy,” while economic studies suggest that fusion power will be more costly than wind or solar.
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Arctic permafrost thawing
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A toxic time bomb is ticking in the Arctic

Thousands of contaminated sites are sitting on permafrost that'll soon thaw, a looming disaster that could spread beyond the region.
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sustainable food systems
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The food system is awful for the climate. It doesn’t have to be

New modeling estimates that food production could add a degree Celsius to global warming. But it also points to powerful ways to make diets more sustainable.
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Icefin robot explores doomsday glacier

A robot finds more trouble under the doomsday glacier

Underneath thousands of feet of Thwaites Glacier’s solid ice, a bot filmed peculiar features, where melting is much faster. It’s an ominous sign for rising sea levels.