A new study pinpoints the type and location of fossil fuels that should remain unburned if the world is to meet its climate goal. The planet still holds vast reserves of fossil fuel that could be extracted economically. However, according to a new analysis, a third of the world’s oil, half of its gas, and 80 percent of its coal reserves must remain unused if we are to have a good chance of avoiding potentially devastating climate change. The study, authored by researchers at the University College of London, is the first to suggest which specific resources, and where, should be left in the ground. Importantly, it differentiates between the total amount of natural resources left in the ground and the amount of fuel it would be technologically and economically feasible to extract.
New technology and large government research initiatives in genetically modified crops are giving China a storehouse for a more populous future. How will China get enough to eat? More than 1.3 billion people live in the world’s most populous nation, and another 100 million will join them by 2030. China is already a net food importer, and people are eating more meat, putting further demands on land used to grow food. Meanwhile, climate change could cut yields of crucial crops—rice, wheat, and corn—by 13 percent over the next 35 years. Mindful of these trends, China’s government spends more than any other on research into genetically modified crops. It’s searching for varieties with higher yields and resistance to pests, disease, drought, and heat. The results are showing up in the nati
New exploration on the bulk of Canada’s oil sands reserves can’t start unless prices are at least $60 per barrel, economists say. The recent dramatic plunge in oil prices threatens to make the proposed Keystone XL pipeline something of a white elephant. The proposed pipeline, which would transport crude oil from these sands to refineries along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, is a flashpoint in U.S. politics. The Republican-led Congress wants to build it, and the House of Representatives is set to vote on this question. President Obama has pledged a veto. But if prices stay so low over the coming year, Canada’s vast fossil fuel resource, called tar sands or oil sands, couldn't fetch high enough prices to be mined in the first place. If prices stay in the low $50 range, “the necessity for Keysto
Success would redefine the economics of space travel, but SpaceX’s reusable rocket shows that it’s still hard to perform a safe landing.The Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a payload destined for the International Space Station. As if launching a rocket into space weren’t enough, on Saturday SpaceX tried to bring one safely back to earth by setting it down on a floating landing pad. The effort failed, with the rocket crashing into its target. Even so, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX, claimed that the attempt brings the company a step closer to developing a fully reusable launch vehicle—something that could revolutionize the space industry by making launches a lot cheaper. The Falcon 9 launch vehicle took off successfully early on Sat
GM revealed a concept all-electric hatchback today that it claims has a 200-mile range. GM says it plans to start selling the Chevy Bolt in 2017. GM today unveiled an all-electric concept car, called the Bolt, which it says will have a 200-mile range. That’s comparable to the range of Tesla’s electric luxury cars, but the Bolt will cost around $30,000 (while a Tesla will sell for between $70,000 and $94,000). The Bolt, a compact hatchback, will be launched in 2017, GM says, making it a competitor to a mid-priced, mass market car that Tesla is working on. Electric cars could be a lot more attractive to consumers if they could travel as far as gasoline vehicles can travel between refueling. GM would not discuss anything about the battery design or chemistry that would
Beyoncé, what did you just do? Could it be? Is she... On Sunday, the 33-year-old pop star posted a cryptic photo on her Instagram page that suggests that she may be pregnant with baby No. 2! The picture shows Queen Bey lying on a sandy beach, with sand covering her up to her neck and displaying what appears to be a giant baby bump. No caption was provided and it's unclear when the photo was taken. She and husband Jay Z, 45, have not commented. The two are parents to daughter Blue Ivy, who just turned 3, and recently vacationed in Cambodia (see pic below) and Thailand. Bey had said in 2013, in an interview with ABC News, that she "would like more children," adding that she thinks Blue Ivy "needs some company." A year ago, she told Anderson Cooper that motherhood "just gives you purpose
Forget about the gowns and all the fabulous bling. Let's talk about the facial hair! Heads definitely turned when Conchita Wurst stepped onto the 2015 Golden Globes red carpet in a forest green gown. But while the dress is what most viewers tend to look at during award shows, our eyes went straight to her face that just so happened to have a beard. "Always try to see behind the curtain," she tweeted Sunday morning. So who is this woman making a serious statement on the carpet? As it turns out, she is a successful Austrian singer and artist who has over 870,000 fans on Facebook. Behind the beard, Wurst really wanted to share an important message with her fans and followers. "The Golden Globes are an event that brings the glamour of Hollywood into living rooms across the planet," she wrot...
You'd think Billy Bob Thornton would've taken his own advice last night after his hilarious, yet brief, Golden Globes acceptance speech—but apparently not! The actor, who took home the award for his work in Fargo stopped by Access Hollywood's backstage show and played a rather rousing game of Would You Rather with the co-hosts. You know, just like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did on stage during their ridiculously funny opener… Between Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, Thornton didn't hesitate one bit before he blurted out, "Jennifer Aniston, lifelong goal. That's all I'm saying.'" Well, then! Next up on the interview was a choice between Bill Murray and Christoph Waltz, to which Thornton replied, "I don't even know what the second one is, so Bill Murray. But the antics didn't end th
Well, it's no big secret that Leonardo DiCaprio is a fan of beautiful women, so this shouldn't come as a huge shock. A-list actor (and his beard) was getting up close and personal with none other than Barbados beauty Rihanna during a pal's birthday party at the Playboy Mansion over the weekend—but just how hot and heavy did things get?! Not as steamy as you'd probably like (you dirty dog, you)."No one was making out. They are just friends. That's it," a source who was also at the party. "There was a big group dancing. Tom Hardy, Naomi Campbell and a bunch of other people. Everyone was having a good time together. Maybe a little bit of friendly flirting but no scandal here." Leo and RiRi were spotted smooching during the party (but that could be considered "friendly flirting," too, righ
The Kardashian sisters have taken over half the globe to date. Next stop: Armenia. Khloé Kardashian, Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian are planning to travel to their paternal ancestral homeland in April, E! News has exclusively learned. The specifics are still being worked out for their family milestone journey, but Kim is set to take daughter North West with her, while Kourtney will be traveling with kids Mason, Penelope and Reign as well. Several cousins are also expected to be along for the continent-crossing ride. Kim's hubby, Kanye West, will make the trip if his upcoming touring schedule allows. "Visiting Armenia has been on Kim's bucket list forever," a family insider tells us. "They are all so excited! They want to learn about their heritage." The Kardashian sisters' l