California Bill Seeks to Ban Non-Electric Cars by 2040
A bill has been introduced in California that is intended to ban vehicles powered by fossil fuels, ensuring that only emission-free 'clean' vehicles - primarily electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars - would be allowed to be registered in the state. The bill has been introduced by Democrat and chairman of the Californian Assembly's budget committee Phil Ting.
Scientists Develop Solar Cells Thinner Than Human Hair
Scientists in South Korea have created solar photovoltaic cells that are just one micrometer thick, allowing them to be integrated into clothes, bags and glasses, as well as buildings and other surfaces, While each cell only generates small amounts of power, their potential to be ubiquitous makes them a highly promising future technology.
Tesla to Build Second Massive Battery System in Australia
Tesla has been selected to build a second Powerpack system in Australia after its first, which is currently the most powerful in the world and is designed to support a wind farm near Adelade, proved wildly successful. The second is designed to support a wind farm in Western Australia, and will be smaller than the first but still one of Tesla's biggest battery projects.
Quarter of Planet Could Become Desert by 2050
Unless climate change is effectively tackled, over 25% of the Earth's surface will experience significant drought and desertification by 2050, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study looked at how the planet would become increasingly arid if the Paris climate agreement's targets were not met.
Scientists Warn of Digital Dark Age
The fact that we now store much of our records and information exclusively in digital formats may mean that our descendants one day know less about this period of humanity than that of 100 years ago, scientists have warned. Data stored now may not last in a readable format, meaning this period of time may become a mystery to future historians.
Ice-Diving Drones Embark on Year-Long Mission
A flotilla of autonomous robot submarines is this month being dispatched to the Antarctic to begin a year-long mission to map the bottom of melting ice shelves. The mission will produce unprecedented data about the rate of melting in the region, which will help to create a fare more accurate picture of likely future sea level rise.