2020 ties for hottest year on record, says NASA and NOAA

In a joint briefing at the 101st American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, NASA and NOAA revealed 2020's scorching climate data.

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  • 2020 is tied with 2016 for being globally the hottest year on record.
  • The year's hotspot included the Arctic, which is warming at three times the global mean.
  • The United States endured a record-breaking year for billion-dollar natural disasters.
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    A fairly old idea, but a really good one, is about to hit the store shelves.

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    • The idea of growing food from CO2 dates back to NASA 50 years ago.
    • Two companies are bringing high-quality, CO2-derived protein to market.
    • CO2-based foods provide an environmentally benign way of producing the protein we need to live.
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    At the height of the first wave, many people took heart from the drop in air pollution resulting from global lockdowns.

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    Experts agree that the legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic will be with us for years, even after the immediate threat has passed.

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    New tech turns space urine into plant fertilizer

    An important step toward figuring out our space station future.

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    • Long-distance space travel will require self-sufficient, sustainable living in tightly enclosed environments.
    • Basic human needs such as growing food and dealing with water have yet to be fully addressed by research.
    • Scientists from Tokyo University have developed a way to convert human urine into ammonia fertilizer for growing food.
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