Obama Highlights Climate, NASA Tests Clean Energy Systems for Aircraft

In his State of the Union speech (1/12), President Obama framed the growth of renewable energy as an economic success story.

As the Washington Post reported (1/13), the President said the world has moved on from any debate over whether climate change is occurring.

The New York Times (1/11) reported that NASA and other research centers are testing ways to cut carbon emissions from aircraft. NASA is testing a 30-foot airplane wing with 18 electric motors, each with a small propeller that would replace a fossil-fuel-burning engine or two.

Climate Central reported that employment in the U.S. solar power industry grew 123 percent since 2010, and rose nearly 12 times faster than overall U.S. employment in 2015 (1/12).

The UK’s Independent covered (1/6) a study that found that droughts and heatwaves have reduced global cereal harvests by an average of about 10 percent in the last 50 years.

The Guardian (1/11) reported a research finding that giant icebergs are slowing climate change by depositing blooms of phytoplankton that consume carbon dioxide, taking it out of the atmosphere. Millions of tons of carbon are being trapped this way each year, the study in Nature Geoscience found.

The Washington Post (1/4) reported that changes to Greenland’s snow and ice cover appear to have hurt its ability to store excess water. This means that more melting ice may be running off into the ocean than previously thought.

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