Notes for Philcon “Recent Science Headlines” panel

https://www.popsci.com/environment/cop26-final-agreement-climate-change/

COP26

  • Phase down (not phase out) of fossil fuels including coal – thanks, Australia (and China and India).
    • Developing countries say they need fossil fuels to help their people
    • Sinking countries (e. g. the Marshall Islands) point out that this policy can cause their entire nations to cease to be
  • Creation of a carbon market (nations can reduce emissions more than their quota and sell the “credit” to another country)
  • Poor countries continue to be promised funding that nobody actually supplies (except Scotland)

Mostly promises, little action. See you in Egypt next year.

Climate Change Causes Disasters

https://apnews.com/article/climate-science-health-environment-and-nature-d1cd773bfb6000e0d77a58ea743c135f

COVID-19

Booster shots – we’ve all heard about ‘em.
https://covidtransmissions.substack.com/p/covid-transmissions-for-9-20-2021

Treatments coming online!

Molnupiravir
https://covidtransmissions.substack.com/p/covid-transmissions-for-10-4-2021

Paxlovid
https://covidtransmissions.substack.com/p/covid-transmissions-for-11-8-2021

Fluvoxamine(!)
https://covidtransmissions.substack.com/p/covid-transmissions-for-10-29-2021

Spinal Cord Repair!

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2297272-paralysed-mice-walk-again-after-gel-is-injected-into-spinal-cord/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC23754/

Kessler Syndrome?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/russia-just-blew-up-a-satellite-here-s-why-that-spells-trouble-for-spaceflight/ar-AAQMueK

Astronauts hide in shelters as thousands of debris particles are generated. Russia inexplicably accuses the West of “hypocrisy”.

Space Stations

Example: Boeing/Blue Origin team up for “Orbital Reef”

China, too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiangong_space_station

Toliman searches for extraterrestrial habitable planets

https://www.space.com/alpha-centauri-habitable-planets-space-telescope-toliman

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