Category Archives: Climate Desk

New ‘smart’ fibers curb fires in lithium-ion batteries | Science News

New ‘smart’ fibers curb fires in lithium-ion batteries

Hoverboards and certain cell phones powered by lithium-ion batteries occasionally go up in flames. Scientists now have a new plan for squelching these fires before they flare out of control: incorporating a flame retardant in the battery that’s released if temperatures get too toasty.

Continue reading New ‘smart’ fibers curb fires in lithium-ion batteries | Science News

Better batteries charge forward | Science News

| Science News

Better batteries charge forward

Everybody wants more juice from their batteries. Smartphones and laptops always need recharging. Electric car drivers must carefully plan their routes to avoid being stranded far from a charging station. Anyone who struggles with a tangle of chargers every night would prefer a battery that can last for weeks or months.

Continue reading Better batteries charge forward | Science News

Climate change could exacerbate economic inequalities in the U.S. | Science News

| Science News

Climate change could exacerbate economic inequalities in the U.S.

Climate change may make the rich richer and the poor poorer in the United States.

Counties in the South face a higher risk of economic downturn due to climate change than their northern counterparts, a new computer simulation predicts. Because southern counties generally host poorer populations, the new findings, reported in the June 30 Science, suggest that climate change will worsen existing wealth disparities.

Continue reading Climate change could exacerbate economic inequalities in the U.S. | Science News