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Originally published in Science Alert Yet another alarming milestone of humanity’s damaging effect on the environment has now officially been reached – crossing a barrier into a hot, polluted future like the planet hasn’t witnessed in millions of years. This weekend, sensors in Hawaii recorded Earth’s atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) passing 415 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since before the ancient dawn of humanity. On Saturday, CO2 concentration recorded at…

Originally Published in WeForum A power-hungry world is consuming energy at an ever-faster rate. Mounting demand for heating and cooling combined with a robust world economy meant global energy consumption grew last year at double the average annual rate of the previous seven years. Although wind and solar saw double-digit growth last year, this was nowhere near enough to meet the increased demand. In all, fossil fuels accounted for almost 70% of growth, for the second year…