We Have the Tools To Get To Net Zero Emissions. Let Us Use Them

As the effects of climate change result in more severe weather events like bushfires and floods-people know the price of remaining dependent on polluting fuels is too high

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Australia’s failure to set a firm political course to net zero emissions is a profoundly backward act of economic and environmental self-harm. It’s in the national interest that we equip ourselves with not just the political will, but the practical tools required to harness the popular appetite for affordable renewable energy in the absence of a political solution.

This week a Deloitte Access Economics report found that a failure to achieve net zero emissions by 2070 would shrink the economy by six per cent and cost nearly 900,000 jobs. This would be akin to

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Los Alamos Scientists Say Their New Technology Could Cut Methane Emissions By 90%

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed new technology that they say could reduce emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, by up to 90%. 

In work funded by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), a team of three has devised machine learning codes that analyze the speed and direction of wind currents to trace methane leaks back to their sources. 

The only real hardware involved is a small methane sensor developed by a California startup, Aeris Technologies, Inc. — although the scientists’ algorithms can be used to analyze the data coming off almost any gas and wind sensor, including, potentially, sensors attached to cars or drones. 

Currently available methods to detect methane leaks, such as infrared scanners, are cost-prohibitive at scale. The new technology raises the possibility that

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