#DonaldTrump pulls US out of #ParisAgreement – an annotated infographic

President Donald Trump has decided in his infinite wisdom, doubtless having brought his deep understanding of an incredibly complex scientific issue to bear on the matter, that the world’s climate will be best served by the largest polluting nation on the planet no longer being part of the coordinated fight to reverse the negative impacts on climate change of said nation (and all other nations – including Russia – who are still perfectly prepared to remain united). The decision is typical of the man’s single-minded leadership style. The 2015 Paris agreement aims to keep global temperatures “well below” 2.0 degrees … Continue reading #DonaldTrump pulls US out of #ParisAgreement – an annotated infographic

#GreatBarrierReef off coast of #Australia hit by mass bleaching – an annotated infographic

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is suffering from another massive bleaching event, the first time in memory such episodes have hit in back-to-back calendar years. Experts fear the proximity of the two events gives the coral little chance to recover. Key areas of the Reef suffered severe coral bleaching in 2016 and 2017. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #GreatBarrierReef off coast of #Australia hit by mass bleaching – an annotated infographic

New issue of #EandT magazine online now – turbulent times for new engineers

The latest issue of E&T magazine is available online now. Be prepared for a bumpier ride this year if you’re getting ready to jet off on holiday after leaving university. New research predicts climate change is going to cause more turbulence, making for longer flight times and higher fuel consumption. We also review the forbidding employment landscape for graduate engineers, as the skills shortage and economic turmoil continue. Also in this issue: bacteria as the new hope for renewable energy; the tennis technology that helped Murray win Wimbledon; new PCB design tools; contactless payment card technology and the likelihood of … Continue reading New issue of #EandT magazine online now – turbulent times for new engineers

Laos approves Mekong River dam; giant catfish disapproves – an annotated graphic

Laos – the long, skinny Asian country squashed between Vietnam to the right and Thailand to the left – has given the go-ahead for the construction of a massive dam on the Mekong River. Laos plans to harness the power of the river to generate electricity, which in turn it can sell to its neighbours. The problem is that those same neighbours are already unhappy about the potential disruption the dam might cause to their fishing and rice production. The Mekong snakes hundreds of miles all the way from China, through Laos, into Cambodia and out to the sea, with … Continue reading Laos approves Mekong River dam; giant catfish disapproves – an annotated graphic

Top 20 cities vulnerable to climate change flooding – an annotated graphic

In the extremely moist wake of Superstom Sandy and the ensuing rapid promotion of climate change up the agenda in the US electioneering of Obama and Romney, today’s infographic lays out the threat of flooding to 20 port cities around the world by 2070. Good news for the UK and Europe; not so much for America or the Far East. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Top 20 cities vulnerable to climate change flooding – an annotated graphic