We need a total fossil fuel lockdown for a climate revolution

Source: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/we-need-total-fossil-fuel-lockdown-climate-revolution  16 Jun 2020 Press release  Paris/Nairobi, 16 June 2020 - Growth in renewable power has been impressive over the past five years. But too little is happening in heating, cooling and transport. Overall, global hunger for energy keeps increasing and eats up progress, according to REN21’s Renewables 2020 Global Status Report (GSR), released today. The journey towards climate disaster continues, unless we make an immediate switch to efficient and renewable energy in all sectors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Year after year, we report success after success in the renewable power sector. Indeed, renewable power has made fantastic progress. It beats all other fuels in growth and competitiveness. Many national and global organisations already cry victory. But our report sends a clear warning: The progress in the power sector is only a small part of the picture. And it is eaten up as the world’s energy hunger continues to increase. If we do not change the entire energy system,...
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SARS-CoV-2 in the air: A major route of transmission for the COVID-19 diseases

Introducing The Cyprus Institute Webinar SeriesView in website https://mailchi.mp/cyi/webinar-sars-cov-2-in-the-air-a-major-route-of-transmission-for-the-covid-19-diseases?e=8284123170Our new Webinar Series is an extension of our traditional Seminar and Colloquia Series aimed at promoting and disseminating scientific knowledge by featuring prominent researchers from around the world, presenting their views and addressing key questions.Our inaugural speaker is Prof. Jean Sciare, Director of The Cyprus Institute’s Climate and Atmosphere Research Center (CARE-C), who will be discussing the extremely important and highly relevant topic of airborne transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.The Webinar will take place on Thursday, May 21st at 16:00 pm and will be live streamed via our YouTube and Facebook channels – see invitation below for more details. Please check The Cyprus Institute’s website for the calendar of events for upcoming webinar dates, times and topics.TITLE: SARS-CoV-2 in the air: A major route of transmission for the COVID-19 diseasesSPEAKER:  Prof. Jean Sciare, Director of the Climate and Atmosphere Research Center (CARE-C), The Cyprus InstituteDATE: Thursday, 21 May 2020, 16:00VENUE: Live streaming of the webinar will...
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REVISED AQ-SERVE Publications

Publications: Drinovec, L., Sciare, J., Stavroulas, I., Bezantakos, S., Pikridas, M., Unga, F., Savvides, C.,Bojana, V., Maja, R, Grisa, M., A new optical-based technique for real-time measurements of mineral dust concentration in PM10 using a virtual impactor. Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discussion, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2019-506Gang C, Minguillón, M. C., Prévôt A. S.H., and the whole COLOSSAL Team, Investigations of the spatial and temporal variations in organic aerosol sources within Europe using 23 long-term ACSM datasets, European Aerosol Conference (EAC), Aachen, Germany), August 2020Georgiou GK., Kushta J., Christoudias T., Proestos Y., Lelieveld J.: Air quality modelling over the Eastern Mediterranean: Seasonal sensitivity to anthropogenic emissions, Atmospheric Environment, 117119, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.117119Liu, Y., JD. Paris, M. Vrekoussis, P. Antoniou, M. Argyrides, C. Constantinides, D. Desbree,N. Hadjigeorgiou, C. Keleshis, O. Laurent, A. Leonidou, C. Philippon, P. Vouterakos, PY.Quehe, P. Bousquet, J. Sciare, Improvement of a low-cost CO2 commercial NDIR sensorfor UAV atmospheric profiling applications, European Geoscienes Union...
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Cyprus study shows big pollutant drop during lockdown

Cyprus study shows big pollutant drop during lockdown

Source: https://phys.org/news/2020-06-cyprus-big-pollutant-lockdown.html  June 4, 2020  A woman walks past a closed souvenir shop in central capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said the third phase of the country's gradual rollback of restrictions will be completed by June 24 instead of July 14. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  Researchers in Cyprus offered more evidence on Thursday that a two-month lockdown benefited the Mediterranean island nation's environment.  Preliminary results showed significantly reduced levels of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides along a normally busy street and in a suburb of Nicosia between February and April compared to the same period last year. Both pollutants are produced by fossil fuel use.  The study by researchers at the Cyprus Institute's Climate and Atmosphere Center showed that carbon monoxide levels dropped by 28% and 23% respectively along the street and in the suburb. Levels of nitrogen oxides dropped 57% and 67% respectively. Most cars stayed off Cypriot roads between March and May during a government stay-at-home order that included...
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Cyprus Institute: Βλέπουν έξι χρόνια συνεχούς ανομβρίας

Cyprus Institute: Βλέπουν έξι χρόνια συνεχούς ανομβρίας

Source: https://www.philenews.com/koinonia/eidiseis/article/948928  01 Ιουνίου 2020 Δυσοίωνες είναι οι προβλέψεις για τα πυκνά δάση και τη χαμηλή βλάστηση στην Κύπρο, καθώς οι ερευνητές βλέπουν μακριές περιόδους ξηρασίας καθώς και αυξημένο κίνδυνο πυρκαγιών. Ενδεικτικά, στα ακραία σενάρια της κλιματικής αλλαγής, υπολογίζεται ότι περιοχές της Λευκωσίας και της Λεμεσού θα αντιμετωπίσουν ανομβρία μέχρι και έξι συνεχόμενων χρόνων. Πρόκειται για τους υπολογισμούς ενός συστήματος έγκαιρης προειδοποίησης, το οποίο δημιουργήθηκε στο πλαίσιο ευρωπαϊκού προγράμματος από επιστήμονες της Κύπρου, της Ελλάδας και της Βουλγαρίας.  Όπως σημείωσε στον «Φ» ο ερευνητής του Ινστιτούτου Κύπρου στο τμήμα Περιβαλλοντικών Προβλέψεων, Γιάννης Προεστός, προσφέρεται η δυνατότητα βραχυπρόθεσμης και μακροπρόθεσμης πρόγνωσης, μεταξύ άλλων και για τις πυρκαγιές, σε μια περίοδο που πρέπει να προωθηθεί η αντιπυρική προστασία. Ειδικότερα, ο κ. Προεστός σημείωσε πως δημιουργήθηκαν αρκετοί διαδραστικοί χάρτες, ανάμεσα στους οποίους και ένας για κλιματικές προβλέψεις. Ο πρώτος χάρτης, βάσει αριθμητικών μοντέλων εκτιμά τις κλιματικές εξελίξεις του μέλλοντος σε βάθος 30 χρόνων. Για τις ανάγκες της πρόβλεψης, οι επιστήμονες εργάστηκαν πάνω σε δύο εκδοχές. «Στο πρώτο...
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