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Strange matter wins Physics Nobel

Source: BBC

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded for discoveries about strange forms of matter.
Three Britons, David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz, will share the 8m kronor (£727,000) prize.
They were named at a press conference in Sweden, and join a prestigious list of 200 other Physics laureates recognised since 1901.
The Nobel Committee said this year's laureates had "opened the door on an unknown world".

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37486373

Yoshinori Ohsumi gets Nobel medicine prize

Source: BBC

The 2016 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine goes to Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan for discoveries about autophagy - how the body breaks down and recycles cellular components.

Ohsumi's work is important because it helps explain what goes wrong in a range of diseases, from cancer to Parkinson's.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-37540927

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Donald Trump and the Climate Change Countdown

By Elizabeth Kolbert ,

In August, 2015, when President Obama announced the final version of the Clean Power Plan—the centerpiece of his effort to combat climate change—he quoted a speech that Martin Luther King, Jr., gave at Riverside Church, in April, 1967, opposing the Vietnam War. “I believe ‘there is such a thing as being too late,’ ” the President said, in a ceremony in the East Room. He liked the line so much that he repeated it, a few months later, at the opening of the international climate negotiations, in Paris: “For I believe, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that there is such a thing as being too late. And when it comes to climate change, that hour is almost upon us.” Speaking about climate change this past summer, in Yosemite National Park, he invoked it a third time.

The line came to mind yet again this week, when oral arguments against the Clean Power Plan were heard in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Twenty-seven states, led by West Virginia, together with a passel of oil and coal companies, have sued the Environmental Protection Agency to prevent the plan from going into effect. There is, indeed, such a thing as being too late, and the plan’s opponents—who were the very folks who made the plan necessary—seem determined to delay until that point, and perhaps beyond it. As Dr. King observed, in a context that was at once very different and not so different, procrastination is “the thief of time.”

Depending on how you look at things, the Clean Power Plan is either extraordinarily complex—the final rules take up more than fifteen hundred pages—or pretty straightforward. Basically, the plan requires each state to figure out a way to reduce the carbon-dioxide emissions from its power plants. Because each state is starting out with a different energy mix, each one has been given a different goal; those that now rely heavily on carbon-intensive coal are subject to less stringent restrictions than those that are starting out with more natural-gas plants or wind turbines. It could be contended that this approach penalizes precisely those states that have done the most to reduce their emissions, but, for the most part, it’s the states that have made the least effort that are now suing.

All in all, the plan is supposed to reduce emissions from the nation’s power sector by about thirty per cent by 2030. (This is using a baseline of 2005 emissions.) The plan is central to the commitments made by the United States at last year’s climate conference in Paris. Without the power-sector reductions, it will be pretty much impossible for the country to live up to its pledges, and if the U.S. doesn’t live up to its pledges then it’s unlikely other countries will, either, and—well, you get the picture. As William Ruckelshaus and William K. Reilly, both Republicans and both former E.P.A. heads, noted in an Op-Ed in support of the plan that ran in the Times on Monday, “the consequences will be drastic if the United States and other countries do nothing.”


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