A plan to build mega wind farms on artificial islands in the North Sea is technically and economically feasible, an assessment has concluded. Its backers say the bold project is needed because wind farms aren’t being built fast enough in Europe to deliver the goals of the Paris climate change agreement, and space is running out on coastlines to cheaply connect turbines. The scheme could include up to eight island hubs, each with enough capacity to power 12 million UK homes. The first one, supplying electricity to the UK, the Netherlands and Germany, could be built by the early 2030s. Read more
Sixteen years ago, Olafur Eliasson lit up London with a huge artificial sun at Tate Modern. As a major exhibition of his work opens at the same gallery, we quiz the artist on selfies, short-term thinking and the climate reckoning to come. Read more
James Lovelock is best known for the Gaia hypothesis, which postulates that Earth can be considered as a single, self-regulating organism. In his new book, Novacene, he argues that artificial intelligence constitutes a new kingdom of life that will create and think for itself. As he approaches his 100th birthday, he spoke to New Scientist about the future of Gaia, our new AI overlords and why Elon Musk’s Mars mission is crazy.Watch the video
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