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The race is on to find a way to save the planet from climate change, so it’s no surprise that scientists are looking at natural processes for answers. The latest innovation has to do with the way leaves create oxygen and energy through photosynthesis.

A team of researchers at the University of Chicago have been working to develop an artificial leaf that can emulate this natural process. They believe the leaf they’ve created would be even better than a natural leaf, proving 10 times more efficient than natural leaves at converting CO2.

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The damage to the Great Barrier Reef has been well publicized in recent years, with bleaching events putting the entire system at risk. As much as half of the coral cover has been lost to these events, with experts predicting that the entire cover will be gone by the year 2050. This puts in danger the marine plants and animals that call the Great Barrier Reef home.

But scientists may have found a way to at least mitigate some of the damage. Utilizing an underwater robot called LarvalBot, researchers have discovered a way to plant small baby corals all along the Great Barrier Reef. The hope is that this will eventually populate the reef, essentially repairing the damage that’s been done.

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Lately, the news regarding climate change has been dire. But researchers have come up with an unconventional plan to slow down global warming’s effects on Earth’s atmosphere. It involves tossing sulfates in the stratosphere in an effort to dim the sun.

There are several issues with this plan, though. The first is cost. The team estimates that it would cost $2.25 billion a year for the first 15 years. A second issue is the fact that there simply is no aircraft that could get the sulfates where they need to go. In order to make that happen, someone would have to build a specialized high-altitude tanker, which would then need to take about 4,000 flights every year. That number would increase linearly each year, the scientists believe.

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