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19 of the coolest images from NASA's Operation IceBridge
Ice Ice Baby
May 12, 2017
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75 percent of IT pros lack visibility into their hybrid clouds
A majority of organizations lack visibility into their cloud infrastructure, file shares, user activity and mobile devices, according to a new survey.
June 29, 2016
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100% renewable energy sources require overcapacity
Germany decided to go nuclear-free by 2022. a CO2-emission-free electricity supply system based on intermittent sources, such as wind and solar - or photovoltaic (PV) - power could replace nuclear power.
January 25, 2017
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400 ppm of CO2 was just another line in the sand, and we're not stopping there
We've blown past another unpleasant climate milestone on behalf of our planet. at the end of September, the planet is supposed to be at a yearly low point in atmospheric CO2 concentrations after a summer of green leafy things sucking up the CO2 and breathing out oxygen
September 29, 2016
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2015 set Frenzy of Climate Records
The warming of the world's climate has reached a fever pitch in recent years, causing records to fall like dominoes. In 2015, the planet saw a number of such records set, from the hottest global temperature measured to the largest annual increase in carbon dioxide.
August 02, 2016
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2016 is Going to be the Hottest Year on Record
Stop Me If You've Heard this One Before...
November 14, 2016
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A Cooler Future May Hinge on Removing CO2 from the Air
Climate pollution equal to about 27 times humans' 2015 carbon dioxide emissions may have to be removed from the atmosphere and locked underground forever in order to keep the globe from warming beyond 1.5°C (2.7°F) above preindustrial levels, according to a new study.
April 20, 2017
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A Crack In Antarctica is Forming An Iceberg the Size of Delaware
A Whole new Kind of 'Breaking Up' Around the Holidays
December 6, 2016
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A Curious Plan to Save the Environment With the Blockchain
Magic Internet Money--also known as cryptocurrency--is at an all-time high. The experts who watch this stuff predict that one bitcoin (the most famous cryptocurrency) will soon be worth $2,000.
May 22, 2017
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A look at the new battery storage facility in California built with Tesla Powerpacks
After just 6 months of planning and building, a substation in CA can supply 80MWh.
January 31, 2017
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A Major Climate Threshold Has Been Permanently Crossed
For the first time in human history, atmospheric CO2 concentrations exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) in 2015. They're expected to do so again this year, and every subsequent year for many generations to come, according to a new report issued by the World Meteorological Organization.
October 22, 2016
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A massive solar storm could cost the US economy $40 billion per day
Over the past few years, we've written several stories about solar storms, coronal mass ejections, the 1859 Carrington Event, and how a modern-day repeat of this phenomenon could be nothing short of disastrous for the US and world economies.
January 23, 2017
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A material inspired by a sea worm changes according to the environment
The gelatinous jaw of a sea worm, which becomes hard or flexible depending on the environment around it, has inspired researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop a new material that can be applied to soft robotics. Despite having the texture of a gel, this compound is endowed with great mechanical resistance and consistency, and is able to adapt to changing environments.
April 28, 2017
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A more than 100% quantum step toward producing hydrogen fuel
Efforts to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels are advancing on various significant fronts. Such initiatives include research focused on more efficient production of gaseous hydrogen fuel by using solar energy to break water down into its components of hydrogen and oxygen.
April 25, 2017
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A more than 100% quantum step toward producing hydrogen fuel
Efforts to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels are advancing on various significant fronts. Initiatives include research focused on more efficient production of gaseous hydrogen fuel by using solar energy to break water down into components of hydrogen and oxygen. Scientists have now reported a key breakthrough in the basic science essential for progress toward this goal.
April 25, 2017
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A Mysterious Stranding Left Nearly 100 Dead Dolphins Off the Coast of Florida
Scientists Aren't Sure Why they Stranded Themselves In the Mangroves
January 17, 2017
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A new approach to forecasting solar flares?
The emerging discipline of space meteorology aims to reliably predict solar flares so that we may better guard against their effects. Using 3D numerical models , an international team headed by Etienne Pariat, a researcher at LESIA (Observatoire de Paris / CNRS / Universite Paris Diderot / UPMC), has discovered a proxy that could be used to forecast an eruptive event.
May 22, 2017
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A new catalyst for water splitting
Hydrogen is one of the most promising clean fuels for use in cars, houses and portable generators. When produced from water using renewable energy resources, it is also a sustainable fuel with no carbon footprint.
May 3, 2017
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A new leaf: Scientists turn carbon dioxide back into fuel
As scientists and policymakers around the world try to combat the increasing rate of climate change, they have focused on the chief culprit: carbon dioxide.
August 1, 2016
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A new Map will Help Predict Earth's Response to Space Weather
Helping the Earth Combat Solar Storms
September 13, 2016
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A new way to image solar cells in 3-D
Next-generation solar cells made of super-thin films of semiconducting material hold promise because they're relatively inexpensive and flexible enough to be applied just about anywhere.
November 15, 2016
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A personalized water purification system that floats
New device is more efficient, scalable, and portable than existing systems.
December 1, 2016
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A Record Number of Corals Just Died at the Great Barrier Reef
Another Massive Bleaching Event hits the Valuable Reef
November 30, 2016
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A reliance on negative emissions technologies is locking in carbon addiction
The Paris Agreement on climate change and the carbon-reduction plans of many governments (including the UK) are unwittingly reliant on unproven technologies to suck hundreds of billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere.
October 13, 2016
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A river in Canada just turned to piracy because of global warming
Yo-ho-ho and a melting glacier
April 17, 2017
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A robot to zap 'Darwin's nightmare', the invasive lionfish
Lionfish have terrorized Atlantic waters, their ferocious appetites upsetting the balance of reef ecosystems. Such was the case near the Bahamas between 2003 and 2009, where lionfish overconsumed juvenile parrotfish and other young plant eaters. the result: Algae bloomed with abandon, choking the reef ecosystems at a 150- to 200-foot depth. Coral coverage shrank by as much as 88 percent in places; sponge coverage by 96 percent.
August 30, 2016
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A Sea of Plastic
How scientists and entrepreneurs are tackling the growing problem of our ocean's trash
September 26, 2016
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A step toward biodegradable plastics
MIT chemists have determined the structure of a bacterial enzyme that can produce biodegradable plastics, an advance that could help chemical engineers tweak the enzyme to make it even more industrially useful.
November 11, 2016
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A step toward renewable diesel
MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy fuels such as diesel.
January 17, 2017
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A software 'detective' for wind power generation
Advanced detection of wind anomalies could help prolong the lifespan of wind turbine components and reduce the cost of wind energy generation. In this context, European researchers have developed smart control software.
August 30, 2016
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Abandoned oil and gas wells are still leaking methane
Could account for eight percent of total annual methane emissions in Pennsylvania.
November 21, 2016
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Add Nitrous Oxide to the List of Permafrost Melt Concerns
Melting permafrost is among the biggest climate change issues. That's because it contains billions of tons of carbon that, if it melts, will be released in the form of carbon dioxide and methane, an even more potent greenhouse gas.
May 30, 2017
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Advance in low-cost clean energy generation
A substantial advance in generating electricity has now been realized through a combination of concentrating solar power and thermoelectric materials. by combining concentrating solar power -- which converts light into heat that is then used to generate electricity -- with segmented thermoelectric legs, made up of two different thermoelectric materials, each working at different temperature ranges, researchers said they have demonstrated a promising new alternative solar energy technology.
October 3, 2016
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Aggressive emissions cutbacks would drop heat waves in half in 20 years
Extremely hot weather events would become half as likely to happen.
April 7, 2017
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Alaskan Village Votes to Relocate Due to Climate Change
A Native American village in Alaska has voted to relocate its entire population of some 600 people due to the threat of rising seas, officials said on Thursday.
August 18, 2016
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All in one against CO2
A "self-heating" boron catalyst that makes particularly efficient use of sunlight to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) serves as a light harvester, photothermal converter, hydrogen generator, and catalyst in one.
April 11, 2017
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Amazon River carbon dioxide emissions nearly balance terrestrial uptake
Amazon River emits as much carbon as the forest stores with major implications for global climate policy
May 10, 2017
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Amazon's newest initiative brings solar panels to its Fulfillment Center rooftops
Sustainability and environmentally friendly energy production are two major aspects of today's society that impact a variety of commercial sectors, the tech industry included. Amazon has reiterated its commitment to tackling these two with today's announcement.
March 3, 2017
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AMD 25x20 Energy Efficiency Initiative Receives "Environmental Project of the Year" Award
AMD today announced that the company's 25x20 energy efficiency initiative has been named an Environmental Leader "Project of the Year." the Environmental Leader awards, bestowed by one of the top publications in environmental science and stewardship, recognize excellence and innovation leading to improved environmental or energy management. Judges noted that the AMD 25x20 Initiative sets an "ambitious and audacious" goal with demonstrated real world advances in microprocessor energy efficiency benefitting consumers and other stakeholders
June 22, 2016
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America's new, super-expensive weather satellite launches Saturday
Before it begins operations in geostationary space, GOES-R must safely get there.
November 18, 2016
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Americans Have Somehow Helped the Environment Without Even Trying
Climate change is bad, beef is bad, everything is bad, yadda yadda. But Americans ate less beef between 2005 and 2014, which kept a lot of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, according to a new study. Maybe cutting back on those hamburgers is actually doing something good for the environment.
March 27, 2017
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Amphetamines Polluting some Urban Streams: Study
Concentration of drugs may be high enough to cause ecological changes, researchers say
August 25, 2016
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An Account of the Algal Affliction In Florida
The Recent State of Emergency Declared In Florida is Just the Latest In a Long History of Troubles
July 12, 2016
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An Alarmingly Early Spring is Sweeping Across the Southern United States
Spring is well ahead of schedule across much of the southern United States, in some cases by at least two to three weeks. An early spring may sound nice, but it comes with serious consequences–both to human health and the environment.
February 24, 2017
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An Easy-To-Understand Climate Change Visualization
You can Really see the "Spiraling" Part of Spiraling Out of Control
July 28, 2016
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An efficient way to convert renewable resources into energy
As Europe strives to position itself as a world leader in renewable energy, one challenge it must solve is the often inefficient process of converting renewable resources into energy. for example, due to a mismatch between the solar spectrum and the spectral response of solar cells, the process of converting solar radiation into electricity is highly inefficient.
January 23, 2017
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An Old Coal Mine May Become the Largest Solar Farm In Kentucky
The U.S., particularly the Appalachian region, still gets a lot of its power from coal. Today, however, the shift from coal to renewables is well under way... even in the heart of coal country.
April 20, 2017
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Analysis of the impact of solar activity on radio signals in the atmosphere boosted by new research
The assessment of the impact of solar activity on radio signals in the atmosphere has been boosted by a new measurement method, report scientists.
September 14, 2016
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Ancient Waters Are Keeping the Southern Ocean Cool
Scientists Just Solved One of Global Warming's Biggest Conundrums
June 27, 2016
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Anheuser-Busch InBev Pledges to Brew Using Only Renewable Energy
In case you weren't aware, it's National Beer Day. Seems like a perfectly good time to share some major environmental news from the world's largest brewer, doesn't it?
April 7, 2017
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Antarctic bottom waters freshening at unexpected rate
Shift could disturb ocean circulation and hasten sea level rise, researchers say
January 25, 2017
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Antarctic mystery solved?
Ocean fossils found in mountains are cause for concern over future sea levels, scientists say
September 21, 2016
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Antarctic Peninsula Has Cooled, but Warming will Win
For most of the latter half of the 20th century, the Antarctic Peninsula was one of the fastest-warming places on the planet, with serious repercussions for the local environment, including the spectacular disintegration of a millennia-old ice shelf, and global sea level rise.
July 21, 2016
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Antarctic Surface Melt More Widespread Than Thought
Since the days of the great early 20th century polar explorers, scientists have noticed the unbelievably bright blue ponds and streams of meltwater that can form on the glaciers and ice shelves of Antarctica and were even crucial to the recent collapse of one ice shelf.
April 19, 2017
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Antarctica Just Shed a Manhattan-Sized Chunk of Ice
The growing crack in the Larsen C ice shelf is the most dramatic example of change in Antarctica right now. But it isn't the continent's only frozen feature changing in a warming world.
February 15, 2017
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Antarctica's Blood Falls: not so mysterious, but still freaky as heck
Just some "blood" gurgling out of the ice, nothing to see here.
April 28, 2017
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Antarctica's 'Dragon Skin' Ice is Incredible
Dragon skin ice sounds like something you'd encounter beyond the Wall in the Game of Thrones fantasy realm. But good news nerds, you can find this magical-sounding stuff right here on Earth--though you've gotta be lucky, and willing to travel to some of the most hostile environments on the planet. Like the team of Antarctic scientists who came across vast expanses of the bizarre, scaly ice in the Ross Sea last week.
May 9, 2017
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Apple is more environmentally-friendly than Facebook, Google and Microsoft
Greenpeace has crowned Apple the most environmentally-friendly tech company for the third year in a row. the Cupertino, Calif.-based giant is well ahead of most of the big players in the field, being one of just three companies to get an "A" grade from the NGO, alongside Facebook and Google.
January 10, 2017
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Apple sets a new environmental goal: No more mining
Apple wants to end its reliance on raw materials to make its products. that means your new devices will be produced from old devices.
April 20, 2017
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Apple steps up environmental efforts in China
The company's assembly sites are keeping waste out of landfills, and its suppliers are moving toward renewable energy.
August 17, 2016
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Apple will return heat generated by data center to warm up homes
A new Apple data center being built in Denmark is focused on returning to the community.
April 20, 2017
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Apple's 2016 supplier sustainability report shows labor, environmental improvements
Apple requires its suppliers to meet specific human rights, health, and environmental standards each year.
March 27, 2017
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Arctic gives clues on worst mass extinction of life
Extreme global warming 252 million years ago caused a severe mass extinction of life on Earth. It took life up to 9 million years to recover. new study finds clues in the Arctic as to why this recovery took so long.
August 24, 2016
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Arctic Sea Ice Continues Its Astonishing Streak of Lows
Here's your monthly reminder: something just isn't right in the Arctic. February continued a string of record or near-record monthly sea ice lows.
March 6, 2017
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Arctic Sea Ice Crashes to Record Low for June
The summer sea ice cover over the Arctic raced towards oblivion in June, crashing through previous records to reach a new all-time low.
July 8, 2016
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Arctic Sea Ice Sets Record-Low Peak for Third Year
Constant warmth punctuated by repeated winter heat waves stymied Arctic sea ice growth this winter, leaving the winter sea ice cover missing an area the size of California and Texas combined and setting a record-low maximum for the third year in a row.
March 22, 2017
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Artificial leaf captures light to power drug production
Drug production is generally a matter of big factories churning out millions of aspirin or ibuprofen tablets a day, but there's a lot to be said for manufacturing common drugs on a small scale, close to where they're used. Researchers from the Netherlands have created an efficient and simple method for doing so that uses a method much like plants have for making their own resources.
December 21, 2016
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Artificial leaf goes more efficient for hydrogen generation
A team of international researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently engineered a new artificial leaf that can convert sunlight into fuel with groundbreaking efficiency.
January 4, 2017
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Artificial snow might save a glacier in the Swiss Alps
But It Can't Save Us from Climate Change
May 3, 2017
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As Alaska warms, methane emissions appear stable
Fate of carbon stored in permafrost remains subject of intense research
June 22, 2016
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As climates cool, adaptation heats up
Body size changes more rapidly when the planet cools than when it heats up.
April 24, 2017
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As Its Ice Sheet Melts, Greenland is Rising Faster Than Expected
We May Have Been Underestimating Sea Level Rise
September 21, 2016
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As of Today, the World Has Used a Year's Worth of Resources
Earth Overshoot Day
August 08, 2016
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As sea levels rise, where will all the people go?
Climate change could do a number on inland cities
April 17, 2017
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August Ties July for Hottest Month Ever
Still Breaking Records
September 12, 2016
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Australian leaders pledge funds for energy storage after billionaire Tweet bet
But lawmakers also propose new gas-fired plants to solve future energy crises.
March 16, 2017
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Australian Senator rails against climate conspiracy in 42-page report
Malcolm Roberts and his blogger co-authors aren't sure greenhouse effect exists.
November 10, 2016
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AWS shines light on Virginia solar scheme
Beltway cloud aims for renewable power milestone
November 18, 2016
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Bacteria as factories of the biobased economy
In the nearby future, the raw materials for plastics and fibres that are currently derived from petroleum could be obtained from renewable green resources such as corn straw or wood. the work will be done by bacteria that function as microscopic factories. In his inaugural lecture on 23 March, Richard van Kranenburg, special professor of Bacterial Cell Factories, explained how the bacteria will contribute to the new biobased economy . Prof. Van Kranenburg's chair is funded by Corbion.
April 3, 2017
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Beginning of the End of CA Drought, But What's Next?
After a week of being walloped by major storms that have dumped copious rain and snow on the state, California is finally emerging from a deep, years-long drought.
January 13, 2017
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Behind the iron curtain: how methane-making microbes kept the early Earth warm
Using mud pulled from the bottom of a tropical lake, researchers at have gained a new grasp of how ancient microbes made methane in the complex iron chemistry of the early Earth.
April 17, 2017
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Behold the Beauty That's now Protected by the Ross Sea Reserve
A new International Agreement will Protect These Antarctic Waters Teeming with Life
October 28, 2016
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Below 64°F, European diesels emit nitrogen oxide at an alarming rate, report says
Automakers take advantage of loopholes in European rules to become polluters.
June 22, 2016
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Better biorefineries
The cost and environmental impact of producing liquid biofuels and biochemicals as alternatives to petroleum-based products could be significantly reduced, thanks to a new metabolic engineering technique.
August 04, 2016
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Better models to forecast effects of environmental change on food webs
Predator-feeding behavior, global warming, and nutrient enrichment affect the basic building blocks of food webs, says a new dissertation. Just a small increase in temperature or in the availability of a limited nutrient can theoretically push the populations of predators and their prey from stable coexistence at approximately constant densities to wild oscillations, or even to predator extinction. But how and when this happens is still debated by ecologists.
September 21, 2016
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Big batteries for every home and business: Energy storage to double this year
Battery energy storage is being used to supplement rooftop solar and other renewable systems
July 29, 2016
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Bio-inspired energy storage: a new light for solar power
Graphene-based electrode prototype, inspired by fern leaves, could be the answer to solar energy storage challenge
March 31, 2017
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Bio-inspired robotic fish for environmental monitoring
Researchers from Universidad PolitPokemon Go cnica de Madrid and University of Florence are developing a bio-inspired robot equipped with special chemical sensors able to detect the pH of water.
May 10, 2017
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Biofuel made from human excrement has become easier to produce
Wastewater treatment plants rejoice–you may have a hot commodity on your hands.
December 6, 2016
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Biofuel matchmaker: Finding the perfect algae for renewable energy
A dozen glass cylinders containing a potential payload of bright green algae are exposed to hundreds of multi-colored lights, which provide all of sunlight's natural hues. the tiny LEDs brighten and dim to mimic the outdoors' constantly changing conditions. to further simulate a virtual cloud passing overhead, chillers kick in and nudge the algae a little cooler.
January 13, 2017
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Biofuel production technique could reduce cost, antibiotics use
Approach could lower cost and eliminate need for antibiotics during biofuel production.
August 04, 2016
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Biofuels reduce soot emissions from aircraft
A fuel blend with 50 percent biofuel reduces soot particle emissions of the aircraft by 50 to 70 percent compared to conventional fuel, according to a study published in the scientific journal Nature.
March 16, 2017
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Biofuel tech straight from the farm
Goats, sheep, and other herbivores eat many types of plants, and in the animals' guts, fungi digest the plant material. Researchers characterized several fungi involved in this digestion process and identified a large number of enzymes that work synergistically to degrade the raw biomass.
September 2, 2016
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Biological pesticides, from bacterial toxins to bee-borne fungi, are a hot trend in agriculture. But harnessing nature is no easy task.
The four boxes sit on a wooden pallet in the middle of four acres of organic strawberries, on a farm just north of Toronto. They're each roughly the size of a shoebox, with air vents perforating their lids. and they're buzzing–a light drone that tickles the eardrums.
October 27, 2016
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Biomass heating could get a 'green' boost with the help of fungi
In colder weather, people have long been warming up around campfires and woodstoves. Lately, this idea of burning wood or other biomass for heat has surged in popularity as an alternative to using fossil fuels.
October 20, 2016
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Biomass-based chemicals
To reduce the consumption of fossil materials in the future, renewable resources are planned to supply basic substances for chemical industry. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) now cooperates with research institutions and industry partners to study potential uses of the carbon contained in biomass and of the carbon dioxide arising as a by-product in industrial production.
November 10, 2016
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Biotechnology researchers are trying to develop CO2 as a source of carbon
A synthetic metabolic pathway developed by Tobias Erb and his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg converts CO2 from the atmosphere into organic matter more efficiently than plants are able to through photosynthesis. we asked the researcher what significance this process could have for climate protection, discussed the hurdles the research team had to overcome to achieve their goal, and looked at the new perspectives that synthetic biology opens up.
November 24, 2016
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Bird Poop Might Help Keep the Arctic Cool
But they Can't Stop Global Warming, Sorry
November 15, 2016
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Black gold maximizes the light absorption of nanomaterials
Maximizing light absorption of nanomaterials has been an emerging research field in the recent years due to its attractiveness in a wide range of applications that involves conversion or utilization of solar energy.
December 21, 2016
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Body heat as a power source
Electronics integrated into textiles are gaining in popularity: Systems like smartphone displays in a sleeve or sensors to detect physical performance in athletic wear have already been produced. the main problem with these systems tends to be the lack of a comfortable, equally wearable source of power.
September 6, 2016
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Building blocks for methane gas storage
A hybrid material that could lead to cheaper and more effective methane storage has been created by a globally prominent research team at KAUST, with collaborators at the University of Crete.
August 30, 2016
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By 2100, we could be recreating a 50 million-year-old climate
420 million years of CO2 history provide some interesting context for the present.
April 6, 2017
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Calif. Snowpack Healthy Again, but Warming Looms Large
When Gov. Jerry Brown of California walked out onto the Phillips Station snow course near Lake Tahoe on April 1, 2015, for the annual end-of-winter snow survey, he stepped only on bare ground. this year, surveyors were greeted with a much more welcome sight: a sizable snowpack that accumulated over the winter thanks to a spate of storms that nearly wiped out the deep, devastating drought that has plagued California over the past five years.
April 3, 2017
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California adopts first energy-efficiency standards for PCs in US
Rules set by one of the largest states in the US should have national impact.
December 14, 2016
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California approves first US energy efficiency standards for computers
California became the first state in the US to approve energy efficiency requirements for laptops, desktops, and monitors today, in a change that could ultimately impact computers' energy efficiency across the country.
December 14, 2016
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California Farmers Use Floodwater to Replenish Aquifers
As dam managers were draining water from a Northern Californian reservoir this week to avert what could have been one of the worst flood disasters in the state's history, Southern California farmer Don Cameron was doing something different with the watery winter excess.
February 17, 2017
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California mandates energy-efficiency standards for computers
The standards come into force in January 2018
December 14, 2016
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California utility augments 1,800 air conditioning units with "ice battery'
Ice Energy says IceBear 30 units can eliminate up to 10,000 lbs of CO2 per year.
May 4, 2017
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California's new Climate Rules, Explained
Following more than a year of legislative toing and froing, California's leaders agreed this week on how ambitious the state will be in the fight against climate change after 2020.
August 25, 2016
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California's Snowpack is Good News for the Parched State–For Now
It's Still Early In the Season, and the Drought isn't Ending
January 20, 2017
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Cameras on the Iss Capture Gorgeous Time-Lapse Footage of Three Hurricanes
Meet Gaston, Lester, and Madeline
August 31, 2016
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Can radioactive waste be immobilized in glass for millions of years?
How do you handle nuclear waste that will be radioactive for millions of years, keeping it from harming people and the environment? It isn't easy, but a researcher has discovered ways to immobilize such waste -- the offshoot of decades of nuclear weapons production -- in glass and ceramics.
November 3, 2016
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Can the 'greening' be greener?
New evidence shows that the 'Ecological Focus Areas' introduced under the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) greening rules can provide a lot more, for both nature and farmers
January 11, 2017
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Can today's electric vehicles make a dent in climate change?
Could existing electric vehicles (EVs), despite their limited driving range, bring about a meaningful reduction in the greenhouse-gas emissions that are causing global climate change? Researchers at MIT have just completed the most comprehensive study yet to address this hotly debated question, and have reached a clear conclusion: Yes, they can.
August 16, 2016
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Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau gives go-ahead to two oil pipeline projects
Would carry more oil from Alberta to ports in British Columbia and Wisconsin.
November 30, 2016
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Carbon Dioxide Could Reach 410 PPM this Month
A never-ending stream of carbon pollution ensures that each year the world continues to break records for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. this year will be no different.
March 6, 2017
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Carbon Dioxide is Rising at Record Rates
The main driver of climate change is carbon dioxide. So the fact that it is rising at rates unseen in the instrumental record -- and likely much longer than that -- is cause for alarm.
March 10, 2017
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Carbon Dioxide Levels Just Hit another Disturbing Milestone
global temperatures aren't the only thing rising faster than anyone can remember. the same goes for the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, according to the latest dispatch from the Mauna Loa Climate Observatory in Hawaii. it's almost as if the two phenomena are related or something.
March 8, 2016
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Carbon Dioxide Passed Critical Threshold in 2015
On Monday, the World Meteorological Organization released another reminder of the planetary predicament we're in: the earth's atmosphere permanently passed the 400 parts per million (ppm) threshold last year.
October 22, 2016
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Carbon Emissions Factor Into Major Oil Sands Shakeup
As global companies abandon the Canadian oil sands at a time of low oil prices and huge losses, some of them are also concerned that producing one of the world's most carbon-laden fossil fuels may be bad business in a warming world.
April 13, 2017
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Carbon intensity is falling in industrial, electric power sectors
Numbers from the EIA show progress in some areas of the economy, not much in others.
May 1, 2017
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Catalytic nanoparticles harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce. it's using natural light to generate hydrogen from biomass.
March 13, 2017
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Caterpillar found to eat shopping bags, suggesting biodegradable solution to plastic pollution
Scientists have found that a caterpillar commercially bred for fishing bait has the ability to biodegrade polyethylene: one of the toughest and most used plastics, frequently found clogging up landfill sites in the form of plastic shopping bags.
April 24, 2017
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Cement Might not be as Bad for the Planet as we Thought
Three new Studies Show Promise for Carbon Capture.
November 28, 2016
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Chance find has big implications for water treatment's costs and carbon footprint
A type of bacteria accidentally discovered during research supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) could fundamentally re-shape efforts to cut the huge amount of electricity consumed during wastewater clean-up.
March 24, 2017
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Chemists ID catalytic 'key' for converting CO2 to methanol
Results will guide design of improved catalysts for transforming pollutant to useful chemicals
March 23, 2017
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Children who play outside more likely to protect nature as adults
Protecting the environment can be as easy as telling your kids to go outdoors and play, according to a new study.
March 17, 2017
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China just flew a 130-foot, solar-powered drone designed to stay in the air for months
The CH-T4 has already set a national flight record.
June 6, 2017
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Cities need to 'green up' to reduce impact of air pollution
The harmful impact of urban air pollution could be combated by strategically placing low hedges along roads in a built-up environment of cities instead of taller trees, a new study has found
May 16, 2017
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City dolphins get a boost from better protection and cleaner waters
There are many places in the world where you can see bottlenose dolphins, but the dolphins swimming in the Port River estuary near Adelaide, Australia, are special. they gambol about in waters surrounded by factories, power stations and other signs of human habitation.
November 3, 2016
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City Snow May be Fouled by Pollution from Cars
As melting begins, chemicals can be released into air, soil and water, researchers suggest
April 7, 2017
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Clean water from a plant-based membrane
A team of researchers has developed a plant-derived material that can be used to purify water potentially far more effectively than current petroleum-based membrane materials.
April 20, 2017
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Climate change already accelerating sea level rise, study finds
Greenhouse gases are already having an accelerating effect on sea level rise, but the impact has so far been masked by the cataclysmic 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, according to a new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
August 10, 2016
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Climate Change Altering the Arctic Faster Than Expected
Evidence continues to mount that climate change has pushed the Arctic into a new state. Skyrocketing temperatures are altering the essence of the region, melting ice on land and sea, driving more intense wildfires, altering ocean circulation and dissolving permafrost.
April 25, 2017
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Climate Change Behind Surge in Western Wildfires
Western firefighting veterans lamenting a "new normal" amid surging forest fires have received an explanation for the destructiveness they've been unable to quell. Rising temperatures are flatly to blame for recent fearsome fire seasons, leading scientists reported Monday.
October 10, 2016
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Climate change bust up: We'll launch our own damn satellites if Trump pulls plug -- Gov Brown
Super Cali goes ballistic over claims global warming's bogus
December 14, 2016
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Climate change could contribute to increase in hay fever from ragweed pollen for millions
Climate change could cause new hay fever misery for millions of people across Europe - according to a new report from the FP7-EU project Atopica. Research published today reveals that the number of people suffering hay fever from ragweed pollen could double in just 35 years. Researchers believe climate change will be responsible for two thirds of this increase. Higher ragweed pollen concentrations and a longer ragweed pollen season may also increase the severity of ragweed symptoms, with populations across most of Europe likely to be affected in the next 35 years.
August 25, 2016
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Climate change could make severe turbulence even worse
Fasten your seatbelt
April 6, 2017
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Climate Change Could Put Tiny Krill at Big Risk
They may be small, but krill – tiny, shrimp-like creatures – play a big role in the Antarctic food chain. as climate change warms the Southern Ocean and alters sea ice patterns, though, the area of Antarctic water suitable for krill to hatch and grow could drop precipitously, a new study finds.
August 26, 2016
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Climate Change Could Quadruple Severe Rainstorms In Just Decades
Harder Wetter Faster Stronger
December 5, 2016
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Climate change drove population decline in new World before Europeans arrived
Scientists report on dramatic environmental changes that occurred as Native Americans flourished and then vanished from the Midwestern United States before Europeans arrived. the researchers theorize that catastrophic climate change they observed, which doomed food production, was a primary cause of the disappearance.
January 31, 2017
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Climate Change Gave the Male of this Species a Giant Appendage
Warmer Water and Increased Carbon Dioxide Fuel a Population Boom
October 17, 2016
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Climate Change is on Pace to Kill an Ice Age Remnant
Humans are in the process of changing the planet in a way that hasn't happened in 2.6 million years.
March 21, 2017
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Climate Change is the World's Biggest Risk, in 3 Charts
The rise of the machines isn't the biggest threat to humanity. it's climate change, extreme weather and other environmental factors.
January 12, 2017
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Climate Change is Tipping Scales Toward More Wildfires
The 2016 wildfire season has barely begun and dozens of large wildfires have already raged through Western states, with hundreds of thousands of acres burned. this comes on the heels of a 2015 wildfire season that was the worst on record in the U.S., with more than 10 million acres burned.
June 23, 2016
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Climate Change May Mean More Tainted Shellfish
Study finds rise in dangerous bacteria could make swimming more hazardous, too
August 08, 2016
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Climate change predicted to increase Nile flow variability
Climate change could lead to overall increase in river flow, but more droughts and floods, study shows
April 25, 2017
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Climate change responsible for the great diversity in horses
Environmental factors causing rapid expansion of species over the last 20 million years
February 9, 2017
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Climate Change Threatens American Agriculture
Will America's Breadbasket Go Stale?
January 20, 2017
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Climate change will mean more rain for some--and none for others
We need to figure out who gets floods and who gets drought.
June 1, 2017
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Climate Change's Fingerprints all Over California Wildfires
Reports this week from the front lines of the Sand Fire in Southern California painted the scene as apocalyptic. the drought-fueled blaze was explosive, fast-moving and devastating, burning through 38,000 acres in the Santa Clarita Valley and forcing the evacuation of more than 10,000 homes.
July 28, 2016
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Climate Central's 'Pulp Fiction' a Finalist for 2 Awards
A groundbreaking series by Climate Central on the climate-threatening rise of wood energy was named as a finalist for one national journalism award, and as a runner-up in another.
August 24, 2016
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Climate Hackers: One man's plan to stop global warming by shooting particles into the atmosphere
Can science succeed where politics has failed?
August 24, 2016
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Climate Letters to the Future that Should Inspire you Now
Sitting there, with the cursor on your computer flickering, what words would you write to your child about this juncture in time, when we're acutely aware that our carbon pollution is a problem, but we have yet to take major actions to reduce it?
October 3, 2016
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Climate on the Ballot in Washington and Florida
As Election day nears, voters in two states will weigh in on climate-related ballot measures that could reverberate throughout the country – the nation's first-ever carbon tax in Washington State and two constitutional amendments affecting the future of solar power development in Florida.
November 1, 2016
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Climate Pollution can Complicate Fishes' Sex Lives
The mating rituals of male ocellated wrasses are as intricate as their shimmering scales, and new research showing that carbon dioxide pollution can affect those rituals has some scientists fretting for the future of fish.
July 27, 2016
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Climate simulations show effects of releasing permafrost carbon
Best match yet for ice core data during the last deglaciation.
August 29, 2016
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Climate study: More intense and frequent severe rainstorms likely
No drop off expected
March 7, 2017
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Climate War on Christmas: Global Warming is Causing Reindeer to Shrink
Warm Winters Are No Good for Reindeer
December 12, 2016
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Close connection between deep currents and climate
GEOMAR researchers publish long-term observational data from the Labrador Sea
April 3, 2017
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Closing the carbon loop
Research at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering focused on developing a new catalyst that would lead to large-scale implementation of capture and conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) was recently published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Catalysis Science & Technology.
December 6, 2016
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Cloth masks offer poor protection against air pollution
Air quality researchers test mask effectiveness
August 19, 2016
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Cloudy feedback on global warming
Researchers have identified a mechanism that causes low clouds -- and their influence on Earth's energy balance -- to respond differently to global warming depending on their spatial pattern and location.
November 1, 2016
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CO2 Emissions Data In Arctic Winter May not be as Accurate as Hoped
Nasa Study Calls for Better Data
June 28, 2016
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CO2 emissions stay steady for third consecutive year
Global emissions of carbon dioxide won't increase much in 2016 despite overall economic growth, newly released bookkeeping suggests. the result marks a three-year-long plateau in the amount of CO2 released by human activities, scientists from the Global Carbon Project report November 14 in Earth System Science Data.
November 15, 2016
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CO2, Climate Change Seen as Waste Disposal Challenge
When it comes to carbon dioxide, what goes up doesn't come down. It stays in the atmosphere for thousands of years after plumes of pollution have been released from tailpipes and power plants, trapping heat and warming the planet.
September 13, 2016
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Coal Byproducts Are a Great Source of Rare Earth Elements
The Vital Ingredients for your Next Smartphone Could Come from Energy Waste
October 17, 2016
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Coastal Cities Could Flood Three Times a Week by 2045
The lawns of homes purchased this year in vast swaths of coastal America could regularly be underwater before the mortgage has even been paid off, with new research showing high tide flooding could become nearly incessant in places within 30 years.
February 9, 2017
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Coastal occupation affects tropical reefs in Brazil
Researchers in Brazil warn of the negative environmental impacts of unplanned coastal occupation on tropical reefs and consequently on the conservation of marine biodiversity. Researchers state that this process has already taken place in Western Mediterranean.
September 14, 2016
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Coffee-infused foam removes lead from contaminated water
Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the U.S., which makes for a perky population -- but it also creates a lot of used grounds. Scientists now report an innovative way to reduce this waste and help address another environmental problem. they have incorporated spent coffee grounds in a foam filter that can remove harmful lead and mercury from water.
September 21, 2016
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Cold conversion of food waste into renewable energy and fertilizer
Study shows bacteria in low-temperature environments could reduce Canada's carbon footprint
May 31, 2017
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Cold extermination: One of greatest mass extinctions was due to an ice age and not to Earth's warming
The Earth has known several mass extinctions over the course of its history. One of the most important happened at the Permian-Triassic boundary 250 million years ago. Over 95% of marine species disappeared and, up until now, scientists have linked this extinction to a significant rise in Earth temperatures.
March 6, 2017
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Cold-water corals: Acidification harms, warming promotes growth
Long-term study reveals combined effects of two climate change drivers
April 27, 2017
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Communities Retreat as Oceans Swell, Coasts Erode
Erosion, rising seas, ferocious storms and other coastal perils have prompted the resettlement of more than 1 million people worldwide, with an exhaustive new analysis highlighting an emerging migration crisis that's worsening as global warming overwhelms shorelines.
March 27, 2017
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Computer simulations first step toward designing more efficient amine chemical scrubbers
A proof-of-concept molecular modeling study that analyzes the efficiency of amine solutions in capturing carbon dioxide is the first step toward the design of cheaper, more efficient amine chemicals for capturing carbon dioxide -- and reducing harmful CO2 emissions -- in industrial installations.
March 7, 2017
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Conservation decisions rely on balancing incentives with unpredictable variables
If you own land, as long as it's not bound up in a legal restriction, you've got options. you might decide to convert it into farm land. you might develop it. you could decide to wait and see if the land increases in value. Or you could accept a temporary contract that sets it aside for conservation, or a more permanent one that binds you to never develop it. Environmental economists examined some of the aspects of this conundrum.
October 5, 2016
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Conservation effort spreads seeds of destruction across the Midwest
Weed scientists in at least two Midwestern states have been reporting for years that a conservation program meant to provide habitat for pollinating insects is sowing bad seeds -- including seeds of the potentially devastating agricultural weed Palmer amaranth -- along with the good. Now, researchers have traced the weed seeds to at least one source: pollinator habitat seed sold by a company in the Midwest.
December 6, 2016
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Control algorithms could keep sensor-laden balloons afloat in hurricanes for a week
Controls engineers have developed practical strategies for building and coordinating scores of sensor-laden balloons within hurricanes. Using onboard GPS and cellphone-grade sensors, each drifting balloon becomes part of a 'swarm' of robotic vehicles, which can periodically report, via satellite uplink, their position, the local temperature, pressure, humidity and wind velocity.
December 27, 2016
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Controlled catalysis for ultra-clean fuels
Catalysts are essential for a lot of chemical production processes, accelerating and enhancing chemical reactions to produce plastics, medicines and fuels more efficiently. Now, thanks to EU-funded research, catalysts are being made more precise and effective with potentially significant benefits for industry and the environment, not least through the development of ultra-clean fuels.
April 4, 2017
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Controlled electron pulses
The discovery of photoemission, the emission of electrons from a material caused by light striking it, was an important element in the history of physics for the development of quantum mechanics. Scientists from the Chair of Laser Physics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU) have successfully measured photoemission from sharp metal needles on a scale never before achieved.
November 30, 2016
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Coral reefs might be in more trouble than we thought
A giant die-off suggests our predictions are overly-optimistic
March 24, 2017
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Consumers seem to like environment-friendly options if they're available
If offset info is available, most consumers are willing to pay environmental costs
August 22, 2016
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Court Rules California Climate Payments Aren't Taxes
State judges told the California Chamber of Commerce on Thursday that its members don't have a right to pollute, rejecting claims by its attorneys that payments required to release greenhouse gases under a marquee climate program are a kind of tax.
April 7, 2017
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Creating new physical properties in materials
A collaborative effort between research groups at the Technical University of Freiberg and the University of Siegen in Germany demonstrates that the physical properties of SrTiO3, or strontium titanate, in its single crystal form can be changed by a relatively simple electrical treatment. SrTiO3 is a mineral often studied for its superconducting properties.
November 30, 2016
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Crucial peatlands carbon-sink vulnerable to rising sea levels
Rising sea-levels linked to global warming could pose a significant threat to the effectiveness of the world's peatland areas as carbon sinks, a new study has shown.
June 29, 2016
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Crystallization method offers new option for carbon capture from ambient air
Scientists have found a simple, reliable process to capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air, offering a new option for carbon capture and storage strategies to combat global warming.
January 9, 2017
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Cuantec: new force in the fight against food waste
CuanTec is a start-up company with a positive and practical solution to the disposal of seafood waste, which exacts a heavy cost, both financially and environmentally.
March 21, 2017
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Cutting Black Carbon Could Save Us
But It Won't Save the Ice Caps
June 22, 2016
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Data show no sign of methane boost from thawing permafrost
Carbon dioxide levels rising, though, in response to warming around Alaska's North Slope
December 19, 2016
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Decoding cement's shape at the nanoscale promises greener concrete
Bringing order to disorder is key to making stronger and greener cement, the paste that binds concrete.
December 6, 2016
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Deep sea tourism could become a thing soon
Stockton Rush is kind of like the Jeff Bezos of the ocean
April 17, 2017
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Desert critters avoid noisy wind farm turbines
Scientists Seek to Reduce Wind Energy's Impact Upon Predators
May 10, 2017
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Despite Major Melt, Arctic Sea Ice will Miss Record Low
As the sun begins its seasonal descent in the Arctic sky and temperatures drop, the summer melt of sea ice is slowing down. In the next few weeks, the span of the Arctic Ocean covered by ice will reach its annual low.
August 31, 2016
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Desalination with layered graphene membranes
Membranes made from carefully arranged graphene layers could help transform seawater desalination from an energy intensive process into one that is significantly more energy efficient. Such a transformation would reduce the carbon footprint and power demand of countries that rely on desalination to meet their freshwater needs, like the UAE, but current technological limitations make large-scale, low-cost fabrication of graphene membranes challenging.
November 10, 2016
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Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun
Imagine a future in which every home has an appliance that pulls all the water the household needs out of the air, even in dry or desert climates, using only the power of the sun.
April 13, 2017
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Dietary choices may influence environmental impact
The impact of our dietary choices on the global phosphorus footprint shouldn't be neglected, recent research in Frontiers in Nutrition shows. a shift towards a plant-based diet may be an undervalued solution toward decreasing our environmental impact and attaining phosphorus sustainability.
November 3, 2016
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'Diamond-age' of power generation as nuclear batteries developed
New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. a team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current. the development could solve some of the problems of nuclear waste, clean electricity generation and battery life.
November 28, 2016
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Digital sustainability: Digital transformation's next big opportunity
There's an opportunity for digital transformation to help all industries meet sustainability goals and reduce their carbon footprints.
February 21, 2017
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Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its class. the new material could lead to smaller, faster, and more powerful electronics, as well as more efficient solar cells.
May 5, 2017
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Diversified management provides multiple benefits in boreal forests
Forests provide multiple social and environmental benefits and play a key role in bioeconomy particularly in the Nordic countries. for example, the Finnish bioeconomy strategy aims to considerably increase the use of forest-based biomasses and forest harvesting by 2025.
October 14, 2016
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Do not Buy the House Science Committee'S Claim that Scientists Faked Data Until you Read This
No Credible Evidence Supports that Noaa Fabricated Data; Evidence Still Points to Climate Change
February 6, 2017
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DOE scientists' discovery may boost solar cells' energy output by up to 40%
The photovoltaic cells are easy to create -- and inexpensive
July 5, 2016
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Does ecology reach all the way down to the subatomic scale?
Imagine you could stop being human-sized for a while and shrink down to the size of a bacterium, roughly one-millionth of your current stature. at this scale, you would stop being bound by gravity and instead discover that viscosity is the dominant factor, making the air feel more like swimming through a gloopy swamp.
August 16, 2016
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Does owning a well foster environmental citizenship? a new study provides evidence
Kansans who own water wells show more awareness of state water policy issues than those who rely on municipal water supplies, according to a study that could have implications for groundwater management and environmental policies.
August 22, 2016
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Does the weirdly warm weather mean spring is already here?
Why it isn't so nice that the weather's so nice
February 24, 2017
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Don't Let That Global Warming Sleep Study Keep You Up at Night
Climate change is bad--it's causing sea levels to rise, it's exacerbating heat waves, it's damaging coral reefs, the list goes on. But that doesn't mean every time researchers find a correlation between some bad thing and the temperature, we should freak out about how global warming is going to make everything on this round Earth a whole lot worse.
May 30, 2017
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Don't Worry, the Earth is not Locked into Ten Degrees of Warming
The internet is abuzz with a new climate study that seemed to deliver a bombshell conclusion: the amount of carbon humans have put into the atmosphere may have already committed the planet 3 to 7 degrees Celsius (5.4 to 12.6 degrees Fahrenheit) of global warming.
September 26, 2016
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Drought-Hardy Yards Could Ease Californian Heat Waves
As drought-stricken residents of Los Angeles's hottest neighborhoods replace thirsty lawns with native plants, pavers and bare soil, new research has shown how their local climates could begin tipping back in the direction of their desert-like origins.
August 29, 2016
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Drought, Climate Impact Fall Foliage in Complex Ways
The riot of colors that erupts on trees each fall drives billions of dollars in tourism and remains a key way for people to connect with nature. But that simple transition from summer's lush greens to fall's brilliant reds, oranges and yellows can be impacted in surprisingly complex ways by weather and climate, and those effects may be even more pronounced in the decades to come.
October 30, 2016
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Drought, Weather Fuel Record Oklahoma Wildfires
Wildfires fueled by gusting winds, hot, dry weather, and desiccated plant life have burned nearly 900,000 acres of Oklahoma so far this year, a record, as well as parts of Kansas and Texas. the blazes have destroyed dozens of buildings and killed seven people as well as hundreds of cattle.
March 24, 2017
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Early Heat Wave Bakes India, Sign of What's to Come
Temperatures across northern India, including the capital new Delhi, are set to soar well above 100°F (37.8°C) through the weekend and into next week thanks to a pre-monsoon heat wave that has set in somewhat earlier than normal.
April 13, 2017
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Early snowmelt reduces forests' atmospheric carbon dioxide uptake, decreases streamflow volume
Earlier, slower snowmelt hinders a subalpine forest's ability to regulate atmospheric carbon dioxide and reduces streamflow, a phenomenon with potentially drastic consequences for agriculture, municipal water supplies and recreational opportunities in Colorado and the western US, say scientists.
August 03, 2016
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Earth's magnetic fields could track ocean heat, study proposes
As Earth warms, much of the extra heat is stored in the planet's ocean. Monitoring the magnitude of that heat content is difficult, but a surprising feature of the tides could help. Scientists are developing a new way to use satellite observations of magnetic fields to measure heat stored in the ocean.
December 13, 2016
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East Antarctica is Melting from Above and Below
East Antarctica is remote even by Antarctic standards. Harsh winds and ocean currents have largely cut off the region from the rest of the world.
December 16, 2016
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Edible food packaging made from milk proteins
At the grocery store, most foods – meats, breads, cheeses, snacks – come wrapped in plastic packaging. not only does this create a lot of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, but thin plastic films are not great at preventing spoilage.
August 22, 2016
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Europe Aims to Close Loophole on Wood Energy
European officials are moving to close a loophole that promotes the burning of wood for electricity by an industry that's felling American trees, and a new report they commissioned has laid bare the urgent need for reform.
August 09, 2016
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Efficient time synchronization of sensor networks by means of time series analysis
Wireless sensor networks have many applications, ranging from industrial process automation to environmental monitoring. Researchers have recently developed a time synchronization technique and have carried out experimental performance testing. the method developed learns the behavior of the sensor clocks, making it particularly efficient in terms of energy and computational resources.
January 24, 2017
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Efficiency, Clean Energy Put Dent in CO2 Emissions
Americans are using less electricity as buildings become more energy-efficient and industrial power demand weakens, and a new report says that is leading to three trends: Declining carbon dioxide emissions, low electric power prices and the decline of coal, which has until recently been the primary fuel used to produce electricity.
July 13, 2016
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Effective monitoring to evaluate ecological restoration in the Gulf of Mexico
To improve and ensure the efficacy of restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following Deepwater Horizon -- the largest oil spill in US history -- a new report recommends a set of best practices for monitoring and evaluating ecological restoration activities.
July 26, 2016
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Effective restoration of aquatic ecosystems
Despite having increased human wellbeing in the past, intense modifications by multiple and interacting pressures have degraded ecosystems and the sustainability of their goods and services. For ecosystem restoration to deliver on multiple environmental and societal targets, the process of restoration must be redesigned to create a unified and scale-dependent approach that integrates natural and social sciences as well as the broader restoration community, say researchers.
May 24, 2017
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Efforts are needed to enrich the lives of killer whales in captivity
Keeping Killer whales in zoos and aquariums has become highly controversial. In a new article, experts outline several novel ideas for improving the lives of Killer whales in zoological institutions by enhancing the communication, feeding, environment, and health of the animals in order to elicit natural behaviors seen in the wild.
January 5, 2017
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El Nino Again? This Is Why It's Hard to Tell
The tropical Pacific Ocean is once again carrying on a will-it-or-won't-it flirtation with an El Nino event, just a year after the demise of one of the strongest El Ninos on record.
May 18, 2017
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El Nino and global warming combine to cause record-breaking heat in Southeast Asia
A devastating combination of global warming and El Niño is responsible for causing extreme temperatures in April 2016 in Southeast Asia, scientists have found.
June 6, 2017
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El Nino swept away huge chunks of the west coast last winter
And climate change could make it worse
February 15, 2017
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Energy Company makes Shoes from Power Plant Carbon Emissions
Carbon dioxide emissions are the primary culprit in global climate change, so there's a lot of interest in finding ways to capture the carbon from emissions. If it can't get into the atmosphere, it can't contribute to the greenhouse effect. Energy company NRG has shown what's possible with advanced carbon capture technology by making a shoe. Specifically, a shoe made almost entirely out of carbon dioxide emissions.
October 17, 2016
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Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases
Growing sustainable energy crops without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, may be possible on seasonally wet, environmentally sensitive landscapes, according to researchers.
March 10, 2017
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Energy from toilet wastewater
Wastewater is considered to be of no use -- quite wrongly! Washing water has an average temperature of 30°C. Toilet water might not only be used to produce biogas or fertilizers, but also valuable resources that otherwise would enter the sewer system unused. and even worse: Annually, more than 2 million people die from diarrheal diseases due to the wrong use of wastewater. Experts of the "Water-Energy Group" of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) study possibilities to eliminate these problems.
March 23, 2017
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Engineering a more efficient system for harnessing carbon dioxide
Scientists have reverse engineered a biosynthetic pathway for more effective carbon fixation that is based on a new CO2-fixing enzyme that is nearly 20 times faster than the most prevalent enzyme in nature responsible for capturing CO2 in plants by using sunlight as energy.
November 17, 2016
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Engineers develop novel nanofiber solution for clean, fresh air
A research team from the National University of Singapore has successfully concocted a novel nanofibre solution that creates thin, see-through air filters that can remove up to 90 per cent of PM2.5 particles and achieve high air flow of 2.5 times better than conventional air filters. as an added bonus, this eco-friendly air filter improves natural lighting and visibility while blocking harmful ultraviolet rays.
March 19, 2017
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Engineers use graphene oxide sheets to clean dirty water
Graphene oxide has been hailed as a veritable wonder material; when incorporated into nanocellulose foam, the lab-created substance is light, strong and flexible, conducting heat and electricity quickly and efficiently.
July 26, 2016
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Enhanced nitrous oxide emissions found in field warming experiment in the Arctic
The impact of warming on the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) and CH4 is currently a hot topic in numerous studies carried out in the Arctic. Arctic soils are further a relevant source of the strong greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) - nearly 300 times more powerful than CO2 in warming the climate. the relevance of this finding, and a potentially even larger N2O release in a warming Arctic, is now being addressed by researchers.
November 21, 2016
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Environmental friendly methodology for production of ethanol from bagasse by sequential bio-processing
Biomass based materials are considered as an essential sources for bio refining industries for the production of ethanol, so as to utilize them for several applications (energy and other products).
January 11, 2017
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Environmental pollutants in large Norwegian lakes
Scientists have discovered the presence of contaminants in the pelagic food chains in the lakes Mjøsa, Randsfjorden and Femunden in Norway, and in supplementary material of fish from Tyrifjorden and Vansjø, sampled in 2015. Mercury and persistent organic pollutants (cVMS, PCBs, PBDEs, PFAS) were analyzed in samples of fish from all lakes, as well as pelagic crustaceans in Mjøsa.
May 19, 2017
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Environmental researchers are developing new biosensors for testing water
Biologists are part of an interdisciplinary team which has developed novel biosensors that enable pharmaceutical products to be detected more effectively in water. These sensors can measure two types of pharmaceutical substances — beta-blockers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — in real-time and in low concentrations.
March 9, 2017
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Environmental stress enhances the effects of pollutants
Each and every organism on Earth is exposed to the influence of various environmental conditions and of other living organisms. These factors can trigger stress and make the living organism more vulnerable to external influences. a team of researchers has now succeeded in using aquatic organisms to demonstrate that the presence of environmental stress multiplies the effects of pollutants on organisms.
September 21, 2016
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Environmentally friendly, almost electricity-free solar cooling
Also serves as a heat pump
March 13, 2017
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Environmentally friendly, almost electricity-free solar cooling
Demand and the need for cooling are growing as the effects of climate change intensify. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and German company ZAE Bayern have built an emission-free, solar-powered chiller; a pilot system has been tested in Finland and Germany. the potential market is world-wide, particularly in warm countries.
March 13, 2017
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Environmentally-friendly pipette system launched by Mettler Toledo
METTLER TOLEDO's Rainin TerraRacks™ have enabled the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy, to adopt a more environmentally-friendly approach to manual pipetting.
December 14, 2016
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Enzymes from nine organisms combined to create new pathway to use CO2
Parts from every domain of life put together and optimized.
November 17, 2016
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EPA boots at least 5 scientists off board, may favor replacements from industry
The Interior Department is also freezing advisory board and committee meetings.
May 8, 2017
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EPA Finding Clears Way for Limit on Aircraft Emissions
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday declared that jet engine exhaust endangers public health by contributing to climate change, a key milestone as it works to develop regulations that will cut carbon emissions from commercial aircraft.
July 25, 2016
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EPA nanotechnology information gathering rule extension and guidance
EPA extended the effective date of the recently-issued TSCA section 8(a) Nanotechnology Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Rule from May 12, 2017 to August 14, 2017.
May 15, 2017
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EPA Scientists Worry Their new Boss Doesn't Want Science
Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma's attorney general, is probably going to be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. the full Senate will almost certainly vote to confirm him to the cabinet-level job this week. and that has the scientists who work for the EPA freaking out.
February 6, 2017
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EPA Taken to Court for Ignoring Its Own Science In Deciding to not Ban Pesticide
When Scott Pruitt recently took over as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, one of his first decisions was to deny a petition seeking a ban on a controversial pesticide -- only months after scientists of the agency said it poses a significant health risk. now the EPA is being taken to court for its decision to ignore its own recommendation.
April 6, 2017
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EPA's final fracking report re-writes takeaways
After outside review, conclusions are a little more cautious.
December 14, 2016
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Equation helps to explain plant growth
Study has important implications in an era of climate change
March 7, 2017
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Ethanol in U.S. Gas Tanks is Backfiring for Climate Change
It may have seemed apparent to members of Congress a decade ago that if a motorist pumped a gallon of fuel made from corn into their gas tank, a gallon of fossil fuel would be left in the ground – hopefully on a foreign shore. But real life is not so simple.
October 3, 2016
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Etna's volcanic ashes and extreme cold boost life in the abyssal depths of the Mediterranean
Volcanic ashes from the Etna eruption (March, 2012) and the extreme cold from the previous winter, created an authentic shower of manna in the Ierapetra Basin (4.430 meters depth abyss) in one of the less productive marine environments of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
December 16, 2016
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Evaluating cultural value of landscapes using geotagged photos
A new method has been devised for assessing the cultural value of landscapes using geotagged photos shared on a social-networking service. Data obtained with this method could help determine which locations should be used for tourism or targeted for environmental protection.
April 12, 2017
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Everything you need to know about geoengineering
Scientists may finally put some of the basic principles to the test in 2018--and not everyone is happy about that
April 18, 2017
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Everything you need to know about the Keystone XL pipeline
Guess who's back?
March 24, 2017
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Evidence piles up for popular pesticides' link to pollinator problems
The link between pollinator problems and neonicotinoids, a group of agricultural pesticides commonly associated with declines in honeybees, continues to build with two new studies published this week.
August 17, 2016
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Evolutionary advantage of the common periwinkle
Adding one heavy-metal-binding domain in a cysteine-rich protein may be one of the sea snail's adaptations to metal stress
March 24, 2017
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Expanding use of recycled water would benefit the environment, human health
Expanding the use of recycled water would reduce water and energy use, cut greenhouse gas emissions and benefit public health in California – which is in the midst of a severe drought – and around the world. a new study found that recycled water has great potential for more efficient use in urban settings and to improve the overall resiliency of the water supply.
March 18, 2016
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Experts listen in on noisy Falmouth seas
A long-term plan for managing noise in shallow parts of the ocean such as Falmouth Bay is needed to protect the environment, scientists say. Humanmade noise in the marine environment can increase stress in animals, alter their behavior, and displace them from habitats important to their daily lives.
July 6, 2016
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Explained: Greenhouse gases
When hearing the words "greenhouse gas," most people think immediately of carbon dioxide. this is indeed the greenhouse gas that is currently producing the greatest impact on the Earth's rapidly changing climate. But it is far from the only one making its mark, and for mitigating climate change it's important to be able to compare the effects of the various gases that contribute to warming the planet.
January 30, 2017
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Exploring gigantic volcanic eruptions that caused worldwide mass extinctions
A new article confirms a major feature in the formation of large igneous provinces -- massive worldwide volcanic eruptions that created incredibly high volumes of lava and triggered environmental catastrophes and mass extinctions from 170 to 90 million years ago.
November 15, 2016
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Extensive deep coral reefs in Hawaii harbor unique species and high coral cover
Researchers has completed a comprehensive investigation of deep coral-reef environments throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago. the study spanned more than two decades and the researchers documented vast areas of 100% coral-cover at depths of 50-90 meters extending for tens of square kilometers, discovering that these deep-reef habitats are home to many unique species.
October 4, 2016
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Extreme Sea Level Rise and the Stakes for America
Should a newly published sea level rise scenario come to pass, hundreds of American landmarks, neighborhoods, towns and cities would be submerged this century, at least in the absence of engineering massive, costly and unprecedented defenses and relocating major infrastructure. Ocean waters would cover land currently home to more than 12 million Americans and $2 trillion in property.
April 26, 2017
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Extreme Tornado Outbreaks Are Becoming More Extreme
Outbreaks of tornadoes – where multiple tornadoes form over an area in just a few hours or days – are responsible for most of the devastating destruction caused by severe weather, and a new analysis has reached a worrying conclusion about the worst of these outbreaks.
December 1, 2016
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Facebook device could bring Internet to four corners of the earth
OpenCellular is the size of a shoebox and could connect remote areas
July 7, 2016
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Fast, low energy, and continuous biofuel extraction from microalgae
As an alternative to liquid fossil fuels, biodiesel extracted from microalgae is an increasingly important part of the bioenergy field. While it releases a similar amount of CO2 as petroleum when burned, the CO2 released from biodiesel is that which has recently been removed from the atmosphere via photosynthesis meaning that it does not contribute to an increase of the greenhouse gas.
April 28, 2017
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Fate of nano- and microplastic in rivers explained
Very tiny plastic particles of micro and nano size are difficult to measure in the environment to assess exposure risks. Researchers of Wageningen University & Research now provide the first mechanistic modelling study on the behaviour and fate of nano- and microplastic in surface waters.
October 17, 2016
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February's Warmth, Brought to you by Climate Change
A bonanza of heat records fell throughout February in almost all quarters of the U.S. and research released on Wednesday shows that this pervasive spring-like warmth was made possible by climate change.
March 8, 2017
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Feds release new regulations to curb big truck emissions and fuel use
Could cut 1.1 billion tons of carbon and save $170 billion in fuel
August 17, 2016
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Fighting a Case of Really Bad Gas
Among Global Warming'S Cast of Characters, These Two Stand Out.
October 22, 2016
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First detection of ammonia in the upper troposphere
Population is growing, climate is warming -- hence, emission of ammonia (NH3) trace gas from e.g. agriculture will increase worldwide. Recently, scientists for the first time have detected NH3 in the upper troposphere. they analyzed satellite measurements by the MIPAS infrared spectrometer and found increased amounts of NH3 between 12 and 15 km height in the area of the Asian monsoon.
December 5, 2016
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First EPA-approved outdoor field trial for genetically engineered algae
Scientists at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energy have successfully completed the first outdoor field trial sanctioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for genetically engineered algae.
May 4, 2017
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First EPA-approved outdoor field trial for genetically engineered algae
Experiment pushes toward the promise of algae as a clean, renewable food and fuel source
May 4, 2017
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First Half of 2016 Blows Away Temp Records
The first half of 2016 has blown away temperature records, capped off by a record hot June, once again bumping up the odds that 2016 will be the hottest year on record globally, according to data released Tuesday.
July 19, 2016
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First movie of energy transfer in photosynthesis solves decades-old debate
Using ultrafast imaging of moving energy in photosynthesis, scientists have determined the speed of crucial processes for the first time (Nature Communications, "Ultrafast infrared observation of exciton equilibration from oriented single crystals of photosystem II").
December 23, 2016
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Flexible solar panel goes where silicon can't
In the very near future, recycling light energy may be easier than recycling any other item in your house.
November 1, 2016
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Flint's Lead Crisis 'Entirely Preventable'
CDC looks at kids' blood levels before, during and after city's switch to local water
June 24, 2016
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Flipping crystals improves solar-cell performance
In a step that could bring perovskite crystals closer to use in the burgeoning solar power industry, researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Northwestern University and Rice University have tweaked their crystal production method and developed a new type of two-dimensional layered perovskite with outstanding stability and more than triple the material's previous power conversion efficiency.
July 6, 2016
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Flipping crystals triples solar-cell performance
In a step that could bring perovskite crystals closer to use in the burgeoning solar power industry, researchers have tweaked their crystal production method and developed a new type of two-dimensional layered perovskite with outstanding stability and more than triple the material's previous power conversion efficiency.
July 6, 2016
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Floating solar device boils water without mirrors
It's simple, it's cheap, and it could distill water or generate steam.
August 26, 2016
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Flower power: Photovoltaic cells replicate rose petals
With a surface resembling that of plants, solar cells improve light-harvesting and thus generate more power. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology reproduced the epidermal cells of rose petals that have particularly good antireflection properties and integrated the transparent replicas into an organic solar cell.
June 24, 2016
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Fluorescence dyes from the pressure cooker
Researchers are working toward a dye synthesis in nothing but water instead of using toxic solvents, by developing a highly efficient and environmentally friendly synthesis for organic pigments.
January 30, 2017
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Fluorine offers solar power boost
Adding fluorine atoms to light-harvesting polymers could help to improve their performance in flexible solar cells, researchers at RIKEN have found.
September 30, 2016
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Focus on Carbon Removal a 'High-Stakes Gamble'
The manmade emissions fueling global warming are accumulating so quickly in the atmosphere that climate change could spiral out of control before humanity can take measures drastic enough to cool the earth's fever, many climate scientists say.
May 18, 2017
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Following methane leak, Tesla to provide 80MWh of battery capacity to SoCal power company
Last October's rupture in the Aliso Canyon natural gas reservoir released 1.6 million pounds of methane into the atmosphere, leaving a cloud of methane hanging over the Los Angeles basin. to give an idea of what the people trying to shut down the leak were up against, in the wellhead the average upward pressure out of the reservoir was about 2,700 pounds per square inch.
September 19, 2016
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Forests fight global warming in ways more important than previously understood
Trees' role extends beyond carbon consumption, study finds
March 28, 2017
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Forests on the Tibetan Plateau May be Growing Faster Thanks to Climate Change
More Nutrients, More Water, and More Carbon
August 31, 2016
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Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2
When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it's been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there's a natural gas supply available.
February 16, 2017
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Fossil fuel methane dropping, but it's a bigger problem than we thought
Fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions may actually be working.
October 13, 2016
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Fracking creates an ecosystem 2.5km beneath the Earth's surface
Long term tracking shows the microbes are still there a year after the frack.
September 7, 2016
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Free software to predict the energy production of photovoltaic systems
Researchers at UPM make available for the general public programmes to simulate the functioning and predict the energy production of photovoltaic systems.
November 15, 2016
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Freezing in record lows? you may doubt global warming
Local weather may play an important role in Americans' belief in climate change
December 19, 2016
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From Kumbaya to Battleground: How'd the EPA get so political?
The EPA used to enjoy bipartisan support
March 3, 2017
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From moo to goo: Cooperating microbes convert methane to alternative fuel source
Oil and gas wells and even cattle release methane gas into the atmosphere, and researchers are working on ways to not only capture this gas but also convert it into something useful and less-polluting.
April 13, 2017
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Fruit flies adjust to sudden drops in temperature, just keep buzzing about the fruit bowl
Fruit flies may seem simple, but these common visitors to the fruit bowl can drastically alter their gene expression and metabolism to respond to temperature changes in their environment, an international team of researchers have shown. the finding is important because understanding how insects tolerate changes in temperature is a crucial step in protecting and controlling insects worldwide, say researchers.
June 30, 2016
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Functional textiles clean pollutants from air and water
A stark and troubling reality helped spur Juan Hinestroza to what he hopes is an important discovery and a step toward cleaner manufacturing.
November 9, 2016
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Future climate change will affect plants and soil differently
A new study has found that soil carbon loss is more sensitive to climate change compared to carbon taken up by plants. In drier regions, soil carbon loss decreased but in wetter regions soil carbon loss increased.
March 7, 2017
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Gas Shortages Due to Colonial Pipeline Break Begin In Southeastern US
The company that runs the Colonial Pipleine that stretches from Houston to NYC has announced that it doesn't have a projected date when it will be repaired. That's bad news for people in areas where gas prices are climbing and pumps are beginning to run out: southern states including Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia now report shortages, but they could come soon to an East Coast gas station near you.
September 19, 2016
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General Motors pledges 100% renewable power for its facilities by 2050
The project expands on GM's promise to change 125MW of energy use to renewables by 2020.
September 19, 2016
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Global carbon emissions continue to stabilize, US has 3% drop
Plunging coal use is key driver in keeping emissions flat as economies grow.
March 17, 2017
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Global carbon emissions flatline continues
Latest update to greenhouse gas ledger is encouraging.
November 15, 2016
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Global climate models do not easily downscale for regional predictions
One size does not always fit all, especially when it comes to global climate models, according to climate researchers who caution users of climate model projections to take into account the increased uncertainties in assessing local climate scenarios.
August 24, 2016
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Global Climate Spending Focusing on Forest Protection
Forests straddling the equator are critical to a stable climate because they store vast amounts of carbon, and a new study finds that the U.S. and four other developed countries are spending billions of dollars to keep those forests intact.
July 15, 2016
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Global climate target could net additional six million tons of fish annually
If countries abide by the Paris Agreement global warming target of 1.5 degrees Celsius, potential fish catches could increase by six million metric tons per year, according to a new study.
December 22, 2016
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Global Economy Becoming Less Energy Intense
The amount of coal, oil, gas and renewable energy used by the global economy is falling quickly, a clear sign that economic growth is having less of an impact on climate change than in the past, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Energy.
July 22, 2016
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Global growth of ecological, environmental citizen science is fueled by new technology
Scientists have revealed the diversity of ecological and environmental citizen science for the first time and showed that the changing face of citizen science around the world is being fueled by advances in new technology.
April 4, 2017
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Global Heat Continues with Second-Hottest February
February was the second hottest on record for the planet, trailing only last year's scorching February -- a clear mark of how much the Earth has warmed from the accumulation of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
March 16, 2017
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Global ocean de-oxygenation quantified
The first in-depth study on the observed global ocean oxygen content was just published by Kiel scientists in Nature
February 15, 2017
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Global sustainability projects offer hope for the future
Global examples of sustainability projects, which offer a positive future for the environment, have been identified by an international group of researchers. they gathered examples of positive initiatives from communities around the world for a website they created - Good Anthropocene. These ranged from projects involving community-based radiation monitoring in Japan and ones designed to create healthier school lunches in California, to puffin patrols in Newfoundland that save baby birds from traffic.
October 11, 2016
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Global warming accounts for tripling of extreme West African Sahel storms
Global warming is responsible for a tripling in the frequency of extreme West African Sahel storms observed in just the last 35 years, an international team of experts has reported.
April 26, 2017
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Global warming amplified death toll during 2003 European heat wave
70 percent of heat-related deaths in Paris were due to climate change
August 24, 2016
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Global warming data not enough to predict animal extinction, lizard study finds
Spatial distribution of shade needs to be factored into predictions, conservation
September 6, 2016
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Global warming increases rain in world's driest areas
Not only does the wet get wetter over land, but the driest areas get wetter too
March 8, 2016
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Global warming is not 'leveling off', so stop saying it is
Look to the satellite data.
May 25, 2017
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Global warming making oceans more toxic
Climate change is predicted to cause a series of maladies for world oceans including heating up, acidification, and the loss of oxygen. a newly published study demonstrates that one ocean consequence of climate change that has already occurred is the spread and intensification of toxic algae.
April 24, 2017
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Global Warming will Make It Nearly Impossible to Hold the Summer Olympics
Olympic organizers have made climate change a central theme at the current games–and for good reason. a sobering new study shows that by the 2084 Olympics, rising temperatures will make it practically impossible for most cities to host the summer games.
August 12, 2016
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Globally Averaged CO2 Levels Reach 400 parts per million in 2015
Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached the symbolic and significant milestone of 400 parts per million for the first time in 2015 and surged again to new records in 2016 on the back of the very powerful El Nino event, according to the World Meteorological Organization's annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.
October 22, 2016
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'Glue' that makes plant cell walls strong could hold the key to wooden skyscrapers
Molecules 10,000 times narrower than the width of a human hair could hold the key to making possible wooden skyscrapers and more energy-efficient paper production, according to research published today in the journal Nature Communications ("Folding of xylan onto cellulose fibrils in plant cell walls revealed by solid-state NMR").
December 21, 2016
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GOES-R will Revolutionize U.S. Weather Satellites
The U.S. fleet of weather satellites is about to get upgraded to high definition. In 30 days, the GOES-R satellite is scheduled to be launched into orbit, giving scientists a clearer view of the weather than ever before.
October 4, 2016
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Going green is for girls, but branding can make men eco-friendly
Studies show that men are not as environmentally friendly as women. But could men be persuaded to go green? new research indicates the answer is yes – and it's all about branding.
August 25, 2016
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Gold-plated crystals set new standard for natural gas detectors
New metamaterials-based technology could replace infrared sensors used for gas leaks, agriculture and recycling
April 6, 2017
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Google buys 12 years of electricity from yet-to-be built wind farm
The Norwegian wind farm will supply renewable energy for Google's European data centres for 12 years.
June 30, 2016
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Google Earth Shows 30 Years of Climate Change
Satellites have revolutionized the way we see the world. Since the first satellite image of earth was taken in 1959, they've captured a world reshaped by humans.
December 23, 2016
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Google Earth Timelapse update shows Earth from 1984-2016
Fresh data lets you watch cities rise and glaciers melt like never before.
November 29, 2016
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Google Earth Update Shows how Climate Change Has Morphed Our Planet
The Revised Timelapse Feature Lets you see Glaciers Receding and Sea Levels Rising In Even Sharper Detail.
November 29, 2016
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Google Maps can tell you how bad the pollution is in Oakland, block-by-block
Google Maps has just launched its first map showing the air quality right down to the block you are standing on in Oakland, California.
June 5, 2017
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Google Plans to be 100 Percent Renewable Next Year
For six years, Google has aggressively purchased renewable energy to power the email accounts, searches, app downloads, video streams and other services that have become an integral part of daily online life.
December 6, 2016
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Google will use 100% renewable energy in 2017
Google now uses more than 2.6 billion watts of wind and solar energy
December 6, 2016
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Google's DeepMind AI has cut data center electricity usage by 15 percent
Artificial intelligence is frequently associated with sentient computers, bots and the like. But in the real world, AI is being put to a far wider range of uses. DeepMind, Google's AI division has been instrumental in slashing energy consumption in data centers.
July 20, 2016
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Graphene Membranes Could Mean Greener and Cheaper Nuclear Power
Graphene-based membranes which act like super-fine sieves could economically transform the nuclear industry by reducing the energy costs associated with producing heavy water meaning greener and cheaper nuclear power.
May 11, 2017
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Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water
Graphene-based membranes have attracted considerable attention as promising candidates for new filtration technologies. now the much sought-after development of making membranescapable of sieving common salts has been achieved.
April 3, 2017
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Green infrastructure in cities could reduce harmful impact of air pollution
The harmful impact of urban air pollution could be combated by strategically placing low hedges along roads in a built-up environment of cities instead of taller trees, a new study has found.
May 16, 2017
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Greener cities become more unjust
Cities restoring and creating environmental amenities contribute, in medium and long term, to the exclusion of the most vulnerable social groups. this is one of the findings of a study by scientists that has analyzed how the socioeconomic profile changes significantly when neighborhoods go through a "greening" process that creates parks, green areas and ecological corridors.
July 20, 2016
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Greenery in Neighborhoods May Reduce Adolescent Aggressive Behavior
Adolescents in urban communities may have less aggressive behaviors if they live in neighborhoods with more greenery, such as parks, golf courses, or fields. Studies have shown that the families we grow up in, the places we work, and the friends we keep (our social environment) play a large role in influencing behavior. However, not much is known about how one's outdoor environment - such as the greenery in one's neighborhood - affects behavior.
June 28, 2016
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Greenhouse gas-monitoring aircraft keep tabs on the Amazon's rising methane levels
New research into Amazon wetland emissions has been published by scientists. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, second only to carbon dioxide in its contribution to global warming.
September 14, 2016
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Greenhouse Gases from Reservoirs Fuel Climate Change
Hydropower reservoirs are considered to be major sources of low-carbon electricity that can be used to cut greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. But those same reservoirs emit global warming gases, and a team of researchers has now tallied just how much those gases impact the climate.
September 29, 2016
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Greenhouse gases: First it was cows, now it's larvae
A certain species of larva uses methane to propel itself, and it is even possible that this mechanism is accelerating the release of gases into the atmosphere and magnifying global warming, scientists have discovered. the research demonstrates the negative role played by the larvae not just in global warming but also in disturbing the sedimentary layers at the bottom of lakes.
March 14, 2017
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Greenland is Losing More Ice Than Scientists Thought
Rising temperatures are melting ice and sending it to the ocean, a process that is pushing sea levels higher and altering the landscape at both poles. the latest news comes from Greenland, where researchers have used high-tech satellite and GPS measurements to see how much mass the ice sheet is losing.
September 23, 2016
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Greenland Melt Could Expose Hazardous Cold War Waste
When the U.S. military abandoned Camp Century, a complex of tunnels dug into the ice of northwest Greenland, in the mid-1960s, they left behind thousands of tons of waste, including hazardous radioactive and chemical materials. they expected the detritus would be safely entombed in the ice sheet for tens of thousands of years, buried ever deeper under accumulating layers of snow and ice.
August 05, 2016
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Greenpeace announces its latest report about the environmental impacts of cloud
Apple, Google, Facebook and Switch (who?) top the list.
January 19, 2017
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Groundwater loss tracked during drought in California's Central Valley
Adding to the severity, the drought coincided with a transition from row crops to more thirsty tree crops
May 18, 2017
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Growing mosquito populations linked to urbanization, DDT's slow decay
Rising temperatures due to climate change were found to have less influence on mosquito populations than land use changes and the decay of residual DDT in the environment
December 6, 2016
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Gulf Stream slowdown to spare Europe from worst of climate change, experts predict
Scientists have long suggested that global warming could lead to a slowdown -- or even shutdown -- of the vast system of ocean currents, including the Gulf Stream, that keeps Europe warm. However, a new study finds that, rather than cooling Europe, a slowdown of the Thermohaline Circulation would mean the continent still warms, but less quickly than other parts of the world.
July 11, 2016
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Half of North America's Electricity will be Emissions-Free by 2025
U.S., Canada, and Mexico Agree on Terms to Mitigate Climate Change
June 30, 2016
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Half of your bread's environmental impact comes from fertilizer
Your morning loaf holds a C02 intensive surprise
February 28, 2017
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Harnessing nature's chemistry expertise for greener industrial production
Modern society relies greatly on industrial chemistry products to maintain its quality of life, as well as its economic activities. However, the conventional procedure for transforming raw materials into everything from pharmaceuticals to plastics is typically energy intensive and involves high-temperatures, making it frequently inefficient. Additionally, the process uses hazardous substances (such as corrosive chemicals and toxic metals) and generates harmful waste.
April 10, 2017
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Harvard Scientists Taking Geoengineering Into the Field
Geoengineering has been a topic on the fringe of climate discussions for more than a decade, but it's been edging ever closer to the mainstream as carbon pollution rises.
April 18, 2017
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Harvesting water from air with less energy
Getting clean water to communities in parched areas of the planet remains an ongoing challenge. Recent developments that harvest water from air have been proposed as a solution. However, the technology to do so consumes a lot of energy. But based on new modeling results, scientists now report in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology that a new system design would require less energy and produce high-quality water.
September 7, 2016
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Hawaiian biodiversity has been declining for millions of years
Shrinking land area crowds species, leading to long-term diversity loss on older islands
March 16, 2017
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Health issues due to sea level rise impact communities in South Florida
The Florida Institute for Health Innovation released a report today on communities from Palm Beach to Key West with the greatest risk for adverse health effects of sea level rise and mapped zones most prone to environmental sea level rise impacts, described associated public health risks and identified the region's socially, economically and medically vulnerable communities most susceptible to sea level rise health effects.
July 12, 2016
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Heat is on for 2017, Just not Record-Setting
2016 is about to cap off the hottest year on record for the third straight year, a remarkable streak fueled primarily by the excess heat trapped in Earth's atmosphere by ever-rising levels of greenhouse gases.
December 30, 2016
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'Heat island' effect could double climate change costs for world's cities
Overheated cities face climate change costs at least twice as big as the rest of the world because of the 'urban heat island' effect, new research shows.
May 29, 2017
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Heat Wave Lifts June to Record Hot Temp for U.S.
Thanks in part to the epic heat wave that sent temperatures skyrocketing in the Southwest, last month was the hottest June on record for the contiguous U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.
July 7, 2016
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Help slash the world's carbon footprint from just 5 euros
Environmental start-up Wastewater Science has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to build a prototype unit that can process animal waste, which is the number one source of environmental degradation. this unique project targets the issue of nutrient runoff resulting from organic waste disposal in animal farming, as well as recycles water.
August 31, 2016
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Here's how Much CO2 will Make the Arctic Ice-Free
For every round-trip transatlantic flight or just two months of a home's electricity use, 30 square feet of Arctic sea ice is lost, according to a new study that lays out in the simplest possible terms the relationship between heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions and the precipitous decline of sea ice.
November 3, 2016
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Here's the climate change podcast you didn't know you were looking for
I've been terrified about what humans do to our planet since I learned about the hole in the ozone layer in elementary school. I could easily picture a massive hole opening up in our atmosphere and draining out all the oxygen into the universe – which would have of course caused all of us to suffocate to death.
December 2, 2016
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Historic Shrinking of Antarctic Ice Sheet Linked to Co2 Spike
First Evidence Found In Ancient, Fossilized Leaves
October 13, 2016
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Historical records miss a fifth of global warming: NASA
A new NASA-led study finds that almost one-fifth of the global warming that has occurred in the past 150 years has been missed by historical records due to quirks in how global temperatures were recorded. the study explains why projections of future climate based solely on historical records estimate lower rates of warming than predictions from climate models.
July 21, 2016
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House Science Committee holds hearing on "Making EPA Great Again"
Continued accusations against NOAA climate scientists were also on the agenda.
February 8, 2017
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How a Volcano Hid the Acceleration of Sea Level Rise
An uptick in sea level rise caused by greenhouse gas pollution during the past two decades has been hiding behind a volcano.
August 10, 2016
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How Algae Could Make Global Warming Worse
Not that we Needed Any Help with That
November 18, 2016
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How atmospheric waves radiate out of hurricanes
Atmospheric gravity waves that spiral outward could be used to monitor storms
May 16, 2017
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How Boring Old Pension Funds Might Curb Global Warming
If civilization still exists a century from now, Earth ought to throw a parade for pension funds. For all their fiscally conservative stodginess, the people tasked with safeguarding your nest egg are forcing the financial world to pay attention to climate change
May 18, 2017
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How California is saving rainwater for a sunny day
Meet Helen Dahlke, a water banker
March 23, 2017
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How Climate Change Impacted 2015's Extreme Weather
A searing summer heat wave in Europe, sunny day flooding in Miami, one of Alaska's worst wildfire seasons and heavy rainfall in China – these were just some of the extreme weather events of 2015 for which climate change provided a discernable push, according to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society's annual attribution report, released Thursday.
December 16, 2016
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How Close is 1.5°C? Depends When you Measure From
Most scientists studying global warming compare today's temperatures to those of the late 19th century because that is as far back as quality temperature observations go. But a new study makes the case for a better comparison period, one that includes the warming that had already resulted by the middle of the 1800s and shows how close the world already is to breaching international warming targets.
January 25, 2017
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How do fishes perceive their environment?
Fish perceive changes in water currents caused by prey, conspecifics and predators using their lateral line. the tiny sensors of this organ also allow them to navigate reliably. However, with increasing current velocities, the background signal also increases. Scientists have now created a realistic, three-dimensional model of a fish for the first time and have simulated the precise current conditions. the virtual calculations show that particular anatomical adaptations minimize background noise.
May 3, 2017
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How drone swarms could help protect us from tornadoes
Eyes in the sky
May 1, 2017
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How humans have fought over--and weaponized--water
A timeline of all the reasons we've gone to battle over the H2O.
April 18, 2017
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How humans survived in the barren Atacama Desert 13,000 years ago
Geologists solve the mystery of early settlers in Chile by finding lost wetlands.
December 28, 2016
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How much wind energy can be generated in your area? Check EMHIRES
The Joint Research Centre has produced a dataset of wind energy production (EMHIRES) at national, regional and local level across the EU, by the hour for the last 30 years, based on existing wind farms.
November 23, 2016
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How one city government harnesses data to improve efficiency, save money, and protect the environment
Twice a week in Louisville, KY, different groups of government leaders get together to analyze numbers. Here's how the city is coordinating strategies around its data.
October 5, 2016
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How Rising Seas Drowned the Flood Insurance Program
Long Beach Island is the largest and richest barrier island in New Jersey, an oasis of sprawling oceanfront retreats and second homes located midway down the state's heavily developed coast, a two-hour drive from the metropolitan centers of New York City and Philadelphia. On a clear day, visitors in the southern end can see the shiny facades of the Atlantic City casinos rising like obelisks across Great Bay.
May 29, 2017
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How the Antarctic Ice Sheet is affecting climate change
An international team of researchers has concluded that the Antarctic Ice Sheet actually plays a major role in regional and global climate variability -- a discovery that may also help explain why sea ice in the Southern Hemisphere has been increasing despite the warming of the rest of the Earth.
December 12, 2016
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How the Pacific Ocean changes weather around the world
Our current understanding of the El Nino Southern Oscillation
February 10, 2017
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How the World Could Actually Cure Its Fossil Fuel Addiction
Last week, the Paris climate agreement cleared its final hurdle, when the European Union formally signed on. with the support of 73 nations accounting for 57 percent of global carbon emissions, the deal enters legal force on November 4th. So what does that mean, and how soon do we kick our addiction to fossil fuels?
October 12, 2016
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How to recycle an old laptop hard drive
Before you throw away an old laptop hard drive, think about recycling it instead!
April 13, 2017
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How to recycle and use your old hard drives with a docking station
Pick up one of these external docks and recycle your old hard drives rather than throw them away.
January 24, 2017
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How to Recycle Plastic at Home
Break Down and Recompress Trash to Make new Things
January 5, 2017
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How we know that climate change is happening--and that humans are causing it
It's a matter of how, not if
March 9, 2017
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Huge permafrost thaw can be limited by ambitious climate targets
Nearly 4 million square kilometers of frozen soil -- an area larger than India -- could be lost for every additional degree of global warming experienced, warn scientists. Global warming will thaw about 20% more permafrost than previously thought, they add -- potentially releasing significant amounts of greenhouse gases into the Earth's atmosphere. But these investigators also suggest that the huge permafrost losses could be averted if ambitious global climate targets are met.
April 10, 2017
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Human activity has polluted European air for 2,000 years
A new study combining European ice core data and historical records of the infamous Black Death pandemic of 1349-1353 shows metal mining and smelting have polluted the environment for thousands of years, challenging the widespread belief that environmental pollution began with the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s and 1800s.
May 31, 2017
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Human CO2 emissions put Arctic on track to be ice-free by 2050
For each metric ton of carbon dioxide released, a queen mattress?sized chunk of sea ice vanishes
November 3, 2016
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Human footprint surprisingly outpaced by population and economic growth
The global impact of human activities on the natural environment is extensive, but those impacts are expanding at a slower rate than the rate of economic and population growth.
August 23, 2016
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Human influence on climate dates back to 1930s, new research finds
Humans have triggered the last 16 record-breaking hot years experienced on Earth (up to 2014), with our impact on the global climate going as far back as 1937, a new study finds. the study suggests that without human-induced climate change, recent hot summers and years would not have occurred.
March 8, 2016
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Humans are not the only ones who produce halogenated organic pollutants
Organohalogens like perchloroethene and trichloroethene are prominent groundwater pollutants due to their industrial use as dry cleaning and degreasing agents and their widespread release into the environment. Volatile organohalogens like chloromethane strongly influence atmospheric chemistry and thereby Earth's climate by causing ozone depletion when released into the atmosphere. for a long time it was assumed that these compounds are only produced and released by human activity. However, in recent years, over 5,000 naturally-occurring organohalogen compounds have been identified, and evidence suggests that the cycling of halogens e.g. chlorine, bromine in soils is largely driven by microbial processes.
July 1, 2016
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Humans are responsible for the vast majority of wildfires in the U.S.
Only you can prevent forest fires. for real.
February 27, 2017
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Humans Blamed for Starting Most Wildfires in the U.S.
A campfire lit near a waterfall grew into the fatal Soberanes Fire, destroying 57 Californian homes last summer. Two teens were accused of starting the Gatlinburg fire in the fall, which killed 14 in eastern Tennessee. Canadian investigators blamed human firestarters for the wildfire that forced the evacuation of 90,000 from Fort McMurray.
February 27, 2017
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Humans have caused climate change for 180 years
An international research project has found human activity has been causing global warming for almost two centuries, proving human-induced climate change is not just a 20th century phenomenon.
August 24, 2016
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IBM found a way to turn toxic old phones into medical-grade plastic
'It's an environmental win on many fronts,' one researcher says
June 28, 2016
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IBM's Watson fed images to estimate water use efficiency in California
California water districts using new data service to estimate water efficiency.
July 6, 2016
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Ice age vertebrates had mixed responses to climate change
New study contradicts idea of uniform population change, has significance for understanding global warming impact
December 6, 2016
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Ice-spraying balloons are the latest climate idea because we are running out of climate ideas
It's not a good situation
March 24, 2017
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If the EPA doesn't believe in science, what is it good for?
What's left when the Environmental Protection Agency throws facts out the window?
March 10, 2017
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If this Timeline Doesn't Convince you Climate Change is Real, Nothing Will
The Latest XKCD Goes back 20,000 Years to Show Just how Drastically Earth is Warming Today
September 12, 2016
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Illuminate your House with Anker's Solar-Powered Spotlights, No Wiring Required
Without any wiring to futz with, Eufy's solar-powered, motion-sensing spotlights are the easiest way to illuminate your front porch or lawn, and you can get one for $20 today, half its usual price, and an all-time low.
January 17, 2017
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Impact of climate change on microbial biodiversity
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December 21, 2016
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Impact of extreme weather events on striped bass
Abrupt changes in habitat could impact fish populations
August 02, 2016
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Improving prognoses for a sustainable future
Whether it's electric automobiles, renewable energy, carbon tax or sustainable consumption, sustainable development requires strategies that meet people's needs without harming the environment.
January 23, 2017
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Improving the biodiversity of green roofs
Using living organisms such as bacteria or fungi, as an alternative to chemical fertilizers, can improve the soil biodiversity of green roofs, according to new research.
March 1, 2017
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Impurities enhance the performance of perovskite solar cells
The development of perovskite solar cells, first reported in 2009, is a possible route towards high efficiency photovoltaics that are also cost-effectiveness, owing to to their easy-processing from solution. they absorb light across almost all visible wavelengths, they have exceptional power conversion efficiencies exceeding 20% in the lab, and they are relatively easy to fabricate. Question marks have however remained on their stability.
November 15, 2016
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In photos: 100 years of Denali National Park
Archival Shots Of, On, and Around North America's Tallest Peak.
May 3, 2017
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In photos: Dubai's massive desalination plant
Where they tame the undrinkable ocean
February 17, 2017
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In Streak of Extreme Storms, What's the Role of Warming?
The staggering rains that swamped some 60,000 houses in southern Louisiana and shattered the previous state rain record are the latest – and perhaps most remarkable – in a string of jaw-dropping rain events across the U.S. over the past year.
August 22, 2016
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In Utah, an old geothermal plant gets a new life with hydroelectric additions
Analysis shows that the hybrid scheme is working.
December 30, 2016
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Increased water availability from climate change may release more nutrients into soil in Antarctica
Increases in phosphorus load in soil and aquatic ecosystems may allow for more abundant life
March 13, 2017
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India Plants Nearly 50 Million Trees In Record-Breaking Effort
Raising Awareness About Environmental Conservation, 50 Million Trees at a Time
July 13, 2016
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Indirect effects of rising carbon dioxide levels on ecosystems more important than previously thought
The indirect effects of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, such as changes in soil moisture and plant structure, can have a bigger impact on ecosystems than previously thought Understanding the importance of these indirect effects, in comparison to the direct effects, will improve our understanding of how ecosystems respond to climate change.
October 26, 2016
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Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costs
Using neutron crystallography, a Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody plants, a finding that could help bring down the cost of creating biofuels. The research focused on a class of copper-dependent enzymes called lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs), which bacteria and fungi use to naturally break down cellulose and closely related chitin biopolymers.
May 18, 2017
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Into the DNA of a coral reef predator
Researchers have sequenced and decoded for the first time the genome of the crown-of-thorns starfish, paving the way for the biocontrol of this invasive predator responsible for the destruction of coral reefs across Indo-Pacific oceans.
April 5, 2017
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Invention produces cleaner water with less energy and no filter
The same technology that adds fizz to soda can now be used to remove particles from dirty water. Researchers at Princeton University have found a technique for using carbon dioxide in a low-cost water treatment system that eliminates the need for costly and complex filters.
May 15, 2017
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Invention uses bacteria to purify water
A University of British Columbia-developed system that uses bacteria to turn non-potable water into drinking water will be tested next week in West Vancouver prior to being installed in remote communities in Canada and beyond.
April 4, 2017
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Iridescent Leaves Take Advantage of Quantum Mechanics to Thrive In the Shade
A Shiny Solution
October 22, 2016
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Is a vegetarian diet really more environmentally friendly that eating meat?
Beef from Brazil, avocados from Mexico, lamb from new Zealand, wines from South Africa and green beans from Kenya -- food shopping lists have a distinctly international flavour. and with many questioning the sustainability of importing so much food from so far away, we are beginning to ask if switching to a vegetarian diet to cut emissions caused by meat production is as sustainable as one might think.
January 26, 2017
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Is climate change responsible for record-setting extreme weather events?
After an unusually intense heat wave, downpour or drought, climate scientists inevitably receive phone calls and emails asking whether human-caused climate change played a role.
April 25, 2017
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Is La Nina Here? Depends Who you Ask
After the demise of El Nino, the climate phenomenon that has helped fuel record-setting heat for the past two years, all eyes have stayed on the Pacific waiting for its counterpart, La Nina.
September 16, 2016
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Insane Light System Blasts the Energy of 10,000 Suns
German scientists have constructed a powerful new light system that can focus energy equivalent to the radiation of 10,000 suns onto a single spot. Eventually, they hope, this "artificial sun" could be used to produce environmentally-friendly fuels.
March 23, 2017
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It's not In your Head: the Weather is Weirder, and Climate Change is the Reason Why
But don't Point Any Fingers at One Particular Flood. Or Drought. Or Hurricane. Or Heatwave.
January 19, 2017
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Japan's Biggest Coral Reef Devastated by Bleaching
Almost three-quarters of Japan's biggest coral reef has died, according to a report that blames its demise on rising sea temperatures caused by global warming.
January 16, 2017
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July makes 15 Record Hot Months in a Row
July marked an unprecedented 15th straight record-hot month, according to data released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whose records go back to 1880.
August 17, 2016
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Kennesaw State Researchers Fabricate Delicate Solar Cells
A humming laboratory is birthing tiny solar cells -- the first such devices created on campus -- as Kennesaw State researchers strive to develop better photovoltaic technologies.
July 12, 2016
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Key Program in Doubt as California Climate Bill Approved
California lawmakers cast key votes Tuesday for ambitious climate pollution reduction goals after 2020 – shortly before learning that an auction held under a program designed to help achieve those goals had flopped, hinting at major challenges ahead.
August 23, 2016
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Kids now Have the Right to Sue the Government Over Climate Change
They're Gonna Need It
November 14, 2016
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Kuang-Chi invests $5 million in SkyX, a maker of drones to monitor oil and gas pipelines
Shenzhen-based Kuang-Chi Group is investing $5 million in SkyX Systems Corp., according to the drone tech startup's founder and CEO Didi Horn. A former fighter pilot with the Israeli Air Force, Horn started SkyX in 2015 to help public and private companies monitor energy infrastructure from on high, using increasingly powerful drones and big data analytics.
May 22, 2017
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La Nina Arrives, Likely to Exacerbate Southern Drought
La Nina is here. But unlike the El Nino that preceded it, this climate event is expected to be weak and short-lived, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.
November 10, 2016
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La Paz adapts to a world without water
The city is high and dry after losing its glaciers
February 21, 2017
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Lakes in the northeast are getting dangerously salty, and it's our fault
Ice-free roads come with a cost
April 10, 2017
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Large Iceberg Poised to Break Off from Antarctica
A rift that has been wending its way across Antarctica's massive Larsen C ice shelf just made another leap forward, growing by more than 10 miles, scientists monitoring it reported Thursday.
January 6, 2017
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Large-scale groundwater pumping increases arsenic risk in Southeast Asia
Large-scale groundwater pumping is opening doors for dangerously high levels of arsenic to enter some of Southeast Asia's aquifers, with water now seeping in through riverbeds with arsenic concentrations more than 100 times the limits of safety, according to a new study from scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, MIT, and Hanoi University of Science.
August 22, 2016
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Largest grid-tied lithium ion battery system deployed today in San Diego
CA Public Utilities Commissioner: "We are far in advance of where we expected to be."
February 24, 2017
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Last Month was the Warmest Month Ever Recorded
Not Just Warmest July. Warmest Month.
August 17, 2016
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Leaked EPA Memo: not Even the EPA Knows What'S Going on with the EPA
An Internal Email Encourages Epa Staff to Ignore the Press
January 30, 2017
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Learn lessons from European climate monitoring to make Paris Agreement a success, warn scientists
Scientists have warned that high hopes for the success of the Paris Agreement could be dashed if lessons aren't learned from the challenges and experiences of climate monitoring in Europe.The long term success of the Agreement depends on the availability of well-designed and functioning monitoring and review mechanisms, according to a study.
November 22, 2016
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LED lighting could have major impact on wildlife
LED street lighting can be tailored to reduce its impacts on the environment, according to new research.
February 6, 2017
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Light switch in autumn leaves
Yellow chlorophyll decomposition products are environment-responsive photoswitches
November 28, 2016
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Limited sign of soil adaptation to climate warming
While scientists and policy experts debate the impacts of global warming, Earth's soil is releasing roughly nine times more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than all human activities combined.
January 30, 2017
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Living with environmental change: Investigating our native woodlands
Many woodland areas across the world are currently experiencing major dieback and collapse, owing to factors including climate change, grazing livestock, fire, and the spread of pests and diseases. as well as the loss of important ecosystems, the collapse of woodlands also impacts upon the people who visit and enjoy such areas -- and the economic benefits that woodlands provide.
September 13, 2016
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Lizards might lose their gut bacteria to climate change--and that's not great
A Lizard's Health is In Its Gut
May 9, 2017
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Local consumption, global consequences: Examining impacts of an interconnected world
Study investigates widening gap between where products are made, where impacts occur
July 6, 2016
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Local Efforts to Save Coral Reefs May be Futile
Corals in remote and relatively pristine reefs fare little better overall amid global warming than those growing alongside heavily populated coastlines, according to research published Wednesday.
July 21, 2016
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London's social impact accelerator BGV plans seed fund
London-based 'social impact" accelerator, Bethnal Green Ventures, which backs pre-seed startups with ideas for using tech to tackle social and/or environmental problems, has taken £1.3 million in funding from three social tech and innovation funders: Big Society Capital, Nominet Trust and Nesta.
March 27, 2017
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Long-distance survival: Effects of storage time and environmental exposure on soil bugs
Are soil organisms still risky after a year in the sun? International researchers placed trays of soil in and around sea containers, as well as in cupboards, to count the creatures in them every few months. they showcase some of the risks presented by soil contamination, while observing which unwanted microbes, insects and plants died faster when exposed, and which -- when protected in closed cupboards.
January 5, 2017
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Losing tropical forest might raise risks of human skin ulcers, deformed bones
Bacteria causing Buruli disease prosper with certain landscape changes
December 6, 2016
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Louisiana Floods Directly Linked to Climate Change
Climate change played a heavy role in the nightmarish storm that brought a three-day deluge to coastal Louisiana last month, triggering floods that killed 13 and left thousands more homeless, research released Wednesday showed.
September 7, 2016
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Low growth in global carbon emissions continues for third successive year
Global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels did not grow in 2015 and are projected to rise only slightly in 2016, marking three years of almost no growth, according to researchers.
November 14, 2016
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Low cost, scalable water splitting fuels the future hydrogen economy
The "clean energy economy" always seems to be a few steps away but never quite here. Most energy for transportation, heating and cooling and manufacturing is still delivered using fossil fuel inputs. But with a few scientific breakthroughs, hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, could be the energy carrier of a future clean energy society.
May 31, 2017
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Low-cost imaging system detects natural gas leaks in real time
Infrared device enables reliable monitoring under a range of environmental conditions
February 6, 2017
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Low-cost monitoring device uses light to quickly detect oil spills
Simple sensing device could make cleanup easier by identifying the type of oil involved in a spill
March 6, 2017
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Low-cost 'solar absorber' promising for future power plants
Researchers have shown how to modify commercially available silicon wafers into a structure that efficiently absorbs solar energy and withstands the high temperatures needed for "concentrated solar power" plants that might run up to 24 hours a day.
April 5, 2017
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Machine Crushes Beer Bottles Into Sand to Save new Zealand Beaches
Drink beer, save the environment. That's the rallying cry of DB Breweries, a new Zealand-based company helping to combat the global sand shortage.
March 3, 2017
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Making cows more environmentally friendly
Research reveals vicious cycle of climate change, cattle diet and rising methane
March 29, 2017
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Making data centers green
The value and scale of information grows unstoppably and data centers must size-up if they are to adequately meet their operational requirements.
November 14, 2016
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Making energy out of waste heat with simple ingredients
Differences as small as 20C can be turned into useful power.
June 29, 2016
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Manufacturing, global trade impair health of people with no stake in either
Expert helps map migration of air pollution risk to regions far from factories
March 29, 2017
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Map helps maximize carbon-capture material
Scientists study efficiency of adsorbents for natural gas sweetening
August 22, 2016
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March was Second Hottest on Record Globally
The exceptional global heat of the past few years continued last month, with March ranking as the second hottest on record for the planet. It followed the second hottest February and third hottest January, showing just how much Earth has warmed from the continued buildup of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
April 14, 2017
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Marine bacteria produce an environmentally important molecule with links to climate
Scientists have discovered that tiny marine bacteria can synthesize one of Earth's most abundant sulfur molecules, which affects atmospheric chemistry and potentially climate. this molecule, dimethylsulfoniopropionate is an important nutrient for marine microorganisms and is the major precursor for the climate-cooling gas, dimethyl sulfide.
February 13, 2017
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Marine microalgae, a new sustainable food and fuel source
Taken from the bottom of the marine food chain, microalgae may soon become a top-tier contender to combat global warming, climate change and food insecurity.
November 21, 2016
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Mass Bleaching is Hitting the Great Barrier Reef Again
After suffering through the most severe bleaching event ever recorded last year, the Great Barrier Reef is once again being savaged by a marine heat wave.
March 10, 2017
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Measurements by school pupils paved way for key research findings on lakes and global warming
With their measurements and samples, nearly 3,500 schoolchildren have assisted a research study on lakes and global warming. the results show that water temperatures generally remain low despite the air becoming warmer. this helps to curb the emission of greenhouse gases.
March 10, 2017
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Mechanisms on why 'green' helps in urban life
Biological mechanism for health benefits of urban greenery and on the methodology to expand research efforts
August 02, 2016
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Megafaunal extinctions driven by too much moisture
Studies of bones from Ice Age megafaunal animals across Eurasia and the Americas have revealed that major increases in environmental moisture occurred just before many species suddenly became extinct around 11-15,000 years ago. the persistent moisture resulting from melting permafrost and glaciers caused widespread glacial-age grasslands to be rapidly replaced by peatlands and bogs, fragmenting populations of large herbivore grazers.
April 18, 2017
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Melting Ice will release Toxic Waste from a Cold War-Era Test Site
During the Cold War, the US Army studied the feasibility of launching ballistic missiles from within Greenland's ice sheet. When the project was done, engineers buried biological, chemical, and radioactive waste in the ice thinking it would be preserved for eternity. Shame they didn't know about global warming.
August 04, 2016
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Melting snow unleashes toxic cocktail of pollutants into the environment
With spring finally here and warmer temperatures just around the corner, snow will slowly melt away, releasing us from the clutches of winter. However, that's not the only thing that the melting snow will release. Researchers from McGill University and ecole de technologie superieure in Montreal have found that urban snow accumulates a toxic cocktail from car emissions - pollutants that are in turn unleashed into the environment as the weather warms up.
April 4, 2017
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Memristive devices can mimic brain's capability to change synaptic connectivity
Leti researchers have demonstrated that memristive devices are excellent candidates to emulate synaptic plasticity, the capability of synapses to enhance or diminish their connectivity between neurons, which is widely believed to be the cellular basis for learning and memory.
December 6, 2016
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Mercury rising? Potential mercury methylation in two California rivers
Gold mining in California in the 19th century was a boon for the state's economy but not so much for the environment. Mining left a protracted legacy that impacts the natural landscape even today. Mercury, used in the gold extraction process, has been detected throughout the Lower Yuba/Feather River system in the state's Central Valley, and its presence could prove dangerous to local wildlife.
March 18, 2016
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Metal-ion catalysts and hydrogen peroxide could green up plastics production
Researchers are contributing to the development of more environmentally friendly catalysts for the production of plastic and resin precursors that are often derived from fossil fuels. The key to their technique comes from recognizing the unique physical and chemical properties of certain metals and how they react with hydrogen peroxide.
June 5, 2017
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Methane emissions from trees
Tree trunks act as methane source in upland forests
March 30, 2017
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Methane levels have increased in Marcellus Shale region despite dip in well installation
Researchers find elevated levels of the greenhouse gas over the last 3 years
February 9, 2017
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Methane-munching microbes living in the deep biosphere for 400 million years: An analogue for extra-terrestrial life
It is becoming more and more appreciated that a major part of the biologic activity is not going on at the ground surface, but is hidden underneath the soil down to depths of several kilometres in an environment coined the "deep biosphere". Studies of life-forms in this energy-poor system have implications for the origin of life on our planet and for how life may have evolved on other planets, where hostile conditions may have inhibited colonization of the surface environment.
May 9, 2017
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Mexico, Canada, U.S. to Make Clean Power Pledge
The U.S., Mexico and Canada are expected to pledge Wednesday to collectively generate 50 percent of their electricity from zero-carbon sources by 2025, according to White House officials.
June 28, 2016
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Michigan Scientists see Urgency for Negative Emissions
When Sarang Supekar describes how he thinks global warming will have to be stabilized, he talks in terms of sucking a lot of carbon dioxide out of the air and in a very short timeframe.
August 08, 2016
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Microbes measure ecological restoration success
The success of ecological restoration projects around the world could be boosted using a potential new tool that monitors soil microbes, say scientists.
March 14, 2017
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Microbes produce organic plastics from flue gas and electricity
Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are working on an efficient and inexpensive method for the production of organic plastics. In the "BioElectroPlast" project funded by the Federal Ministry of Research they use microorganisms that produce polyhydroxybutyric acid from flue gas, air, and renewable power. the optimized process of microbial electrosynthesis opens up further perspectives for the future production of biofuel or for the storage of power from regenerative sources in the form of chemical products, for instance.
November 21, 2016
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Microgrids: Energy independence (and money saved) for companies
Microgrids and their related renewable energy can help businesses shave energy costs and bolster the aging infrastructure
April 17, 2017
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Microplastics in agricultural soils: a reason to worry?
Microplastics are increasingly seen as an environmental problem of global proportions. While the focus to date has been on microplastics in the ocean and their effects on marine life, microplastics in soils have largely been overlooked. Researchers are concerned about the lack of knowledge regarding potential consequences of microplastics in agricultural landscapes from application of sewage sludge.
October 28, 2016
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Microsoft announces largest wind energy purchase to date
New investments further company's progress on commitment to creating a responsible cloud, greener grid.
November 14, 2016
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Microsoft commits to running data centers off 50% renewable energy by 2018
Microsoft will up its renewable energy use in data centers to 60% by early in the next decade
September 26, 2016
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Microsoft goes greener by purchasing massive amounts of wind energy
The folks over at Microsoft seem to be very committed to doing "good". not only does the company produce products that make the world better (Windows, Skype, and Office to name a few), but through its noble Winsiders4Good initiative, Dona Sarkar and other Microsoft employees are aiming to improve people's lives using technology.
November 14, 2016
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Microsoft: We're hugging trees to save the 'world'
Wouldn't be about cutting energy costs for your 100+ bit barns, then?
September 23, 2016
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Migration to America took long enough for evolution to happen on the way
Similarities in Native American genomes suggest adaptation in ancient history
February 17, 2017
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Models, observations not so far apart on planet's response to greenhouse gas emissions
How hot our planet will become for a given amount of greenhouse gases is a key number in climate change. as the calculation of how much warming is locked in by a given amount of emissions, it is crucial for global policies to curb global warming.
April 20, 2017
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Modern alchemy creates luminescent iron molecules
Scientists have made the first iron-based molecule capable of emitting light. this could contribute to the development of affordable and environmentally friendly materials for e.g. solar cells, light sources and displays.
March 30, 2017
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Modern off-grid lighting could create 2 million new jobs in developing world
Study assesses employment impact of widespread conversion to solar-LED lighting in developing countries
July 19, 2016
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MOFs provide a better way to remove water from gas
The conventional view that metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) cannot be stable in water has been overturned by the development of an MOF that can selectively and effectively adsorb water to dry gas streams.
May 18, 2017
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Molecular signature shows plants are adapting to increasing atmospheric CO2
Plants are adapting to increasing atmospheric CO2 according to a new study.The research provides insight into the long-term impacts of rising CO2 and the implications for global food security and nature conservation.
August 24, 2016
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Molecular system for artificial photosynthesis
A molecular system for artificial photosynthesis is designed to mimic key functions of the photosynthetic center in green plants -- light absorption, charge separation, and catalysis -- to convert solar energy into chemical energy stored by hydrogen fuel.
June 2, 2017
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Molecular switch for controlling color, fluorescence
Researchers have developed a molecular switching technique to control the visible color and fluorescent properties of a compound by using hydrogen and oxygen gas. this innovative work is environmentally friendly since it uses the energy from the two gases to switch the color and fluorescence of a compound and produces only water as a byproduct.
July 15, 2016
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Molecules form gels to help cells sense and respond to stress
Specific protein is highly sensitive to threatening changes in the cell's environment and triggers a reversible, adaptive phase separation process
March 9, 2017
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More efficient technology can reduce CO2 emissions by up to one quarter
The use of energy-efficient production technologies can reduce global CO2 emissions by eight gigatons per year--which is nearly twice as high as previously assumed. Achieving this requires, at the least, that already existing efficient technologies are made available and used worldwide. This is especially true for refinery, metal and chemical products and would have the greatest impact on emissions in China, India as well as the United States.
May 29, 2017
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Most of Greenland ice melted to bedrock in recent geologic past, says study
Finding suggests the ice sheet is more vulnerable than thought
December 6, 2016
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Most groundwater is ancient but contains surprising human fingerprint
Tritium from atomic bombs detected in half of "fossil' aquifers.
April 27, 2017
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Mountain environments more vulnerable to climate change than previously reported
New research by a forest landscape ecology professor shows that organisms will face more hardships as they relocate when climate change makes their current homes uninhabitable.
August 02, 2016
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Mutually helpful species become competitors in benign environments
Species relationships devolve from jointly beneficial to competitive in benign environments
August 24, 2016
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Mysterious geoglyphs can teach us about the Amazon's past---and its worrisome future
Enormous shapes etched onto the Earth
February 8, 2017
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Nano-Nouvelle Trial Delivers Nanotech Breakthrough
A successful production trial by Australian battery technology innovator Nano-Nouvelle has proved its pioneering nanotechnology supports industrial-scale manufacture, with output rates 100 times faster.
December 12, 2016
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Nano-sized hydrogen storage system increases efficiency
Lawrence Livermore scientists have collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of researchers including colleagues from Sandia National Laboratories to develop an efficient hydrogen storage system that could be a boon for hydrogen powered vehicles.
February 24, 2017
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Nanocubes of this metal can generate fuel from CO2 using only sunlight
Researchers from Duke University have discovered a way to use nanocubes of rhodium as a cheap solar-powered catalyst, converting carbon dioxide into methane quickly and with high efficiency. the development stands to see use in fields as diverse as space travel and environmental chemistry.
March 7, 2017
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Nanoengineers squeeze every drop of fresh water from waste brine
Engineers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a new way to recover almost 100 percent of the water from highly concentrated salt solutions. The system will alleviate water shortages in arid regions and reduce concerns surrounding high salinity brine disposal, such as hydraulic fracturing waste.
May 29, 2017
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Nanoleaf Aurora review: the coolest lights on the whole damn planet
It turns out the smart lights I've wanted all along aren't lightbulb shaped.
March 17, 2017
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Nanometers thin protective layer brings quite a bit more stability to perovskite solar cell
The addition of a few nanometers of a thin layer of aluminum oxide protects a perovskite solar cell against humidity - still a major stumbling block to the commercial application of this new type of solar cell.
December 5, 2016
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Nanostructured device grabs more solar energy to disinfect water faster
In many parts of the world, the only way to make germy water safe is by boiling, which consumes precious fuel, or by putting it out in the sun in a plastic bottle so ultraviolet rays will kill the microbes.
August 15, 2016
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Nanotech Wafer Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Ethanol
Technique to Create Alcohol from Thin Air Has Applications In Renewable Energy
October 17, 2016
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Nanotechnology-based solution to boost oil recovery
As oil producers struggle to adapt to lower prices, getting as much oil as possible out of every well has become even more important, despite concerns from nearby residents that some chemicals used to boost production may pollute underground water resources.
June 27, 2016
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NASA Animation offers a Freakishly Accurate Look at this Year's Coast-to-Coast Eclipse
On August 21st, a shadow produced by a total solar eclipse will travel from the USA's Pacific coast right through to the Atlantic coast–something that hasn't happened in nearly 100 years. a new NASA animation shows where you'll need to be to catch this once-in-a-lifetime event.
January 5, 2017
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NASA monitors the 'new normal' of sea ice
This year's melt season in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas started with a bang, with a record low maximum extent in March and relatively rapid ice loss through May. One NASA sea ice scientist describes this as 'the new normal.'
August 19, 2016
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Natural ally against global warming not as strong as thought
Soils may take in far less carbon than simulations predict
September 22, 2016
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Natural gas facilities with no carbon dioxide emissions
How can we burn natural gas without releasing carbon dioxide (CO2) into the air? This feat is achieved using a special combustion method: chemical looping combustion (CLC). In this process, CO2 can be isolated during combustion without having to use any additional energy, which means it can then go on to be stored. This prevents it from being released into the atmosphere.
May 24, 2017
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Natural Gas Poised to Surpass Coal for Electricity in U.S.
This year is expected to be the first in U.S. history that more electricity will be generated from natural gas than coal, a new analysis has found, marking another milestone in the decline of America's largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions.
March 18, 2016
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Negative Emissions Key to Meeting 2°C Threshold
Humans will have to not only stop emitting greenhouse gases by 2085, but also develop technology that will result in negative emissions – the removal of 15 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year by the end of the century – in order to prevent global warming from exceeding 2C (3.6F), according to a new study.
July 12, 2016
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Neighborhoods subjected to deadly air quality can finally fight Back
New Devices Let Citizen Scientists Detect Local Pollutants
May 11, 2017
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Neural networks to obtain synthetic petroleum
A research group has made progress in obtaining bio-oils and raw materials from biomass using its patented reactor. Biomass is one of the main sources of energy and heat in the field of renewable energy production: it is any type of non-fossil organic matter, such as living plants, timber, agricultural and livestock waste, wastewater, solid urban organic waste, etc.
July 6, 2016
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Nearly ideal performing regions in perovskite films could boost solar cells
Solar cells made from specialized compounds, with the crystal structure of the mineral perovskite, have captured scientists' imaginations. The cells are inexpensive and easy to make.
May 30, 2017
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Neutron diffraction probes forms of carbon dioxide in extreme environments
Through a Deep Carbon Observatory collaboration, researchers are using neutrons to study the fundamental role carbon dioxide plays in Earth's carbon cycle, especially in the composition of carbon reservoirs in the deep Earth and the evolution of the carbon cycle over time.
December 20, 2016
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New additive allows two most common plastics to be recycled together
A linker molecule brings together two otherwise unrelated plastics.
February 27, 2017
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New agreement will end use of refrigerants that enhance climate change
Making sure keeping cool doesn't heat up the planet.
October 17, 2016
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New analysis shows eastern US can handle 30 percent renewable electricity
But doing so relies on incentives and regulations that don't yet exist.
August 30, 2016
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New approach for environmental test on livestock drugs
Drugs for livestock can harm beneficial organisms that break down dung. Therefore newly developed medical substances need to be tested on single species in the lab. An international research group has been scrutinizing the reliability of such laboratory tests, evaluating the implementation of a field test based on the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin at four climatically different locations. the scientists have now presented a novel approach for more advanced environmental compatibility tests.
July 27, 2016
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New biochar model scrubs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
New Cornell University research suggests an economically viable model to scrub carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to thwart global warming.
October 28, 2016
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New biochar model scrubs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
An economically viable model to scrub carbon dioxide from the atmosphere has been developed to thwart runaway, point-of-no-return global warming. the researchers propose using a "bioenergy-biochar system" that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in an environmental pinch, until other removal methods become economically feasible and in regions where other methods are impractical.
October 28, 2016
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New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
Future Americano, cappuccino and latte drinkers could help produce the raw material for a greener biofuel that would reduce our reliance on diesel from fossil fuels.
May 10, 2017
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New breed of supermolecule 'hunts down' harmful drugs, removes them from water
An effective, environmentally friendly way to monitor and remove pharmaceuticals from water has been discovered by a team of scientists.
April 10, 2017
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New catalyst for capture and conversion of atmospheric carbon dioxide
Chemical engineering team identifies new catalyst that advances capture and conversion of atmospheric carbon dioxide
December 6, 2016
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New Clean Energy Report: America May not be Screwed After All
For the past sixteen months or so, it's felt as though our planet has been shaking us by the shoulders, trying to wake us up to the fact that we've kicked the thermostat into overdrive. the good news is, America finally seems to be listening. According to a new report by the Department of Energy, wind and solar production took off last year as the price of clean energy technologies plummeted.
October 3, 2016
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New copper catalyst could close the carbon cycle, making ethanol from atmospheric CO2
In a quest to find a way to convert carbon dioxide into something useful, researchers from Oak Ridge National Labs in TN stumbled across an inexpensive, room-temperature catalyst for turning CO2 into ethanol. the new catalyst is made of copper nanoparticles, electroplated onto a substrate of vapor-deposited, nitrogen-doped graphene nanospikes, all atop a slice of n-type silicon semiconductor.
October 19, 2016
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New coral bleaching database to help predict fate of global reefs
A research team has developed a new global coral bleaching database that could help scientists predict future bleaching events. the new database contains 79 percent more reports than previous, widely used voluntary databases.
May 1, 2017
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New electrochemical method can remove extremely low levels of pollutants from water
When it comes to removing very dilute concentrations of pollutants from water, existing separation methods tend to be energy- and chemical-intensive. Now, a new method developed at MIT could provide a selective alternative for removing even extremely low levels of unwanted compounds.
May 10, 2017
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New England is Wicked Dry Right Now
A Patriots fan might say that the biggest disaster in new England right now is Tom Brady's four-game suspension to start the NFL season. But there's another catastrophe that's been brewing all summer.
September 6, 2016
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New EU Wood Energy Rules Threaten Climate, Forests
As American foresters ramp up logging to meet the growing demand for wood pellets by power plants on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, a new European wood energy proposal would allow the power plants to continue claiming their operations are green for at least 13 more years, despite releasing more heat-trapping pollution than coal.
December 19, 2016
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New form of carbon capture actually creates power, rather than consuming it
A new form of carbon capture could solve one of the major problems facing the most efficient versions of the technology: energy. Whether through the direct input of electricity or the use of expensive and delicate catalysts, carbon capture tends to be quite a burden on energy companies, limiting its potential impact without legal requirements.
July 27, 2016
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New insights into the impacts of ocean acidification
A new study offers clues to the potential impact of ocean acidification deep-sea, shell-forming organisms. Increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) is also increasing oceanic CO2.
September 14, 2016
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New LEDs Hold Promise for Purification of Water in Remote Areas
A team of engineers from Ohio State University have created LEDs on lightweight flexible metal foil for the first time. they designed the foil-based LEDs for portable UV lights which can be used by soldiers and others to sterilize medical equipment and purify drinking water.
November 16, 2016
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New mechanism mediating environment-microbe-host interactions
Researchers have uncovered a new mechanism showing how microbes can alter the physiology of the organisms in which they live.
April 24, 2017
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New metamaterial can cool roofs, structures with zero energy consumption
A team of University of Colorado Boulder engineers has developed a scalable manufactured metamaterial -- an engineered material with extraordinary properties not found in nature -- to act as a kind of air conditioning system for structures. It has the ability to cool objects even under direct sunlight with zero energy and water consumption.
February 9, 2017
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New method can selectively remove micropollutants from water
When it comes to removing very dilute concentrations of pollutants from water, existing separation methods tend to be energy- and chemical-intensive. Now, a new method developed at MIT could provide a selective alternative for removing even extremely low levels of unwanted compounds.
May 10, 2017
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New method can selectively remove micropollutants from water
Electrochemical method can remove even tiny amounts of contamination.
May 10, 2017
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New model could point way to microbiome forecasting in the ocean
A new mathematical model integrates environmental and molecular sequence information to better explain how microbial networks drive nutrient and energy cycling in marine ecosystems.
September 22, 2016
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New nano photocatalyst speeds up the conversion of carbon dioxide into chemical resources
DGIST's joint research team has developed a new titania photocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide into methane three times more efficiently than the existing photocatalyst by manipulating its surface (Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, "Efficient solar light photoreduction of CO2 to hydrocarbon fuels via magnesiothermally reduced TiO2 photocatalyst").
May 26, 2017
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New Nanowire-Quantum Dot Approach Shows Promise for Splitting Water into Oxygen and Hydrogen Fuel
Scientists are pursuing a tiny solution for harnessing one of the world's most abundant sources of clean energy: Water.
October 18, 2016
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New Oil Discoveries Largely Unaffected by Paris Pact
Large crude oil discoveries in 2016 face uncertain prospects of development for many reasons, but climate change isn't one of them, at least for the moment.
October 26, 2016
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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners
This time it's palm oil instead of a single dead cow
March 30, 2017
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New polymer additive could revolutionize plastics recycling
When Geoffrey Coates, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University, gives a talk about plastics and recycling, he usually opens with this question: what percentage of the 78 million tons of plastic used for packaging - for example, a 2-liter bottle or a take-out food container - actually gets recycled and re-used in a similar way?
February 24, 2017
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New record extends global temperatures back two million years
Sees major transition at 1.2 million years, questionably high climate sensitivity.
September 26, 2016
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New report calls for forward-looking analysis and a review of restoration goals for the Everglades
To ensure the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) is responsive to changing environmental conditions like climate change and sea-level rise, as well as to changes in water management, a new report calls for a re-examination of the program's original restoration goals and recommends a forward-looking, systemwide analysis of Everglades restoration outcomes across a range of scenarios.
December 14, 2016
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New robotic fish for environmental monitoring
Researchers are developing a bio-inspired robot equipped with special chemical sensors able to detect the pH of water.
May 10, 2017
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New Satellite Images Show Extent of Florida Algal Bloom
Four Counties In State of Emergency from Toxic Water
July 12, 2016
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New self-sustained multi-sensor platform for environmental monitoring
A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has engineered a self-sustaining sensor platform to continuously monitor the surrounding environment without having an external power source.
April 24, 2017
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New self-sustained multi-sensor platform for environmental monitoring
A research team has engineered a self-sustaining sensor platform to continuously monitor the surrounding environment without having an external power source.
May 4, 2017
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New Solar Nanotech-Powered Clothing can Revolutionize Wearable Technology
Inspired by Marty McFly's self-lacing Nikes in the movie back to the Future Part II, a UCF scientist has developed filaments that are capable of harvesting and storing solar energy, and can be woven into fabric.
November 15, 2016
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New standards for better water quality in Europe
Researchers present recommendations for revision of the EU Water Framework Directive
February 27, 2017
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New study describes 200 million years of geological evolution
200 million years of geological evolution of a fault in Earth's crust has recently been dated. These new findings may be used to shed light on poorly understood pathways for methane release from the heart of our planet.
December 1, 2016
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New Study Finds Trump Diverges Wildly from Leaders on Climate Change
But the Sierra Club Study Should be Taken with a Grain of Salt
July 12, 2016
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New this week for Xbox One: Inside & Limbo Bundle, Boom Ball 2 for Kinect
Here are the upcoming releases for the week of December 19, 2016.
December 19, 2016
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New tool can calculate renewable energy output anywhere in the world
Researchers have created an interactive web tool to estimate the amount of energy that could be generated by wind or solar farms at any location.
September 6, 2016
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New tool can calculate renewable energy output anywhere in the world
An interactive web tool to estimate the amount of energy that could be generated by wind or solar farms at any location has now been created by researchers.
September 6, 2016
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New tool helps cities to plan electric bus routes, and calculate the benefits
The rollout of Sweden's first wireless charging buses earlier this month was coupled with something the rest of the world could use -- namely, a tool for cities to determine the environmental and financial benefits of introducing their own electrified bus networks.
January 9, 2017
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New way to image solar cells in 3-D
Scientists have developed a way to use optical microscopy to map thin-film solar cells in 3-D as they absorb photons.
November 15, 2016
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New York City's closest nuclear power plant will close in five years
The plant wasn't making enough money to stay open
January 6, 2017
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News from Quorum: the College of new Jersey use the Quorum Cryo-SEM Preparation System in a Project to Study Ice Crystals in High Altitude Clouds
Quorum Technologies, market and technology leaders in electron microscopy coating and cryogenic preparation products, report on the use of their PP3010T cryo SEM preparation system which is being used to understand the formation of ice crystals in high altitude clouds.
July 19, 2016
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Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Researchers have uncovered the exact mechanism that causes new solar cells to break down in air, paving the way for a solution.
May 12, 2017
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Nitrogen fixation research could shed light on biological mystery
New process could make fertilizer production more sustainable
May 30, 2017
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Nitrogen oxide from diesel vehicles killed a lot of people in 2015, study says
Real-world testing and more stringent regulations would turn those numbers around.
May 15, 2017
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No, the Earth's jet streams are not spinning out of control
Sometimes outlandish claims about the changing climate are just that–outlandish.
July 1, 2016
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NOAA predicts an above average hurricane season for 2017
Get ready now.
May 26, 2017
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NOAA Predicts More Hurricanes Than Usual This Year
Stock up on your canned beans and galoshes, folks: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook dropped this morning, and for the first time in years, the weather monitoring agency is predicting more hurricanes than average.
May 25, 2017
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NOAA's new Satellite Sent back Its First Amazing Images
The GOES-R satellite was one of the most eagerly anticipated satellites in recent memory. the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched it in November 2016 with the promise to revolutionize weather forecasting in the U.S.
January 23, 2017
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North America is set to Announce Its Most Ambitious Clean Energy Target Yet
The United States, Canada, and Mexico are poised to announce an ambitious new energy pledge that would see 50 percent of North American electricity drawn from clean sources by 2025.
June 28, 2016
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Nuclear power plant north of New York City to close by 2021
Power plant has been a cause of concern, greenhouse gas-free source for years.
January 9, 2017
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Nuclear power policy in the '80s caused low birth weights after coal stepped in
Researcher says a more measured approach to nuclear fears may have produced better outcomes.
April 3, 2017
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Nutanix acquires PernixData and Calm.io
Twin acquisitions will allow the company to extend its reach in DevOps automation and storage analytics
August 29, 2016
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Nutrient pollution is changing sounds in the sea
Nutrient pollution emptying into seas from cities, towns and agricultural land is changing the sounds made by marine life -- and potentially upsetting navigational cues for fish and other sea creatures, a new study has found.
September 6, 2016
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Ocean acidification accelerates erosion of coral reefs
Researchers found that increased activity by worms and other organisms act on coral skeletons
November 22, 2016
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Ocean archaea more vulnerable to deep-sea viruses than bacteria
Deep-sea viruses aren't just dealers of disease; they're crucial players in Earth's nutrient cycles. In marine sediments, virus assassinations of single-celled life-forms called archaea play a much larger role in carbon and other chemical cycles than previously thought, new research suggests. for instance, those microbial murders release as much as 500 million metric tons of carbon annually worldwide, researchers report online October 12 in Science Advances.
October 12, 2016
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Ocean forecast offers seasonal outlook for Pacific Northwest waters
A new study evaluates the skill of a seasonal forecast for predicting future conditions in the Pacific Northwest marine environment.
June 23, 2016
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Of course, all our plastic crap ends up in the Arctic
It isn't freaking Narnia
April 21, 2017
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Off-grid power in remote areas will require special business model to succeed
Low-cost, off-grid solar energy could provide significant economic benefit to people living in some remote areas, but a new study suggests they generally lack the access to financial resources, commercial institutions and markets needed to bring solar electricity to their communities.
January 6, 2017
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Oil giant Shell calls for move to clean energy
Fossil fuel industry admits it must address global warming
March 10, 2017
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Only An End to Global Warming can Save the Great Barrier Reef
The survival of the Great Barrier Reef hinges on urgent moves to cut global warming because nothing else will protect coral from the coming cycle of mass bleaching events, new research has found.
March 21, 2017
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Optical fingerprint can reveal pollutants in the air
More efficient sensors are needed to be able to detect environmental pollution. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have proposed a new, sophisticated method of detecting molecules with sensors based on ultra-thin nanomaterials. the novel method could improve environmental sensing in the future.
March 15, 2017
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Our rivers and lakes contain a scary number of pesticides and pharmaceuticals
And they only tested for a fraction of the 85,000 known chemicals
April 12, 2017
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Paintings, sunspots and frost fairs: Rethinking the Little Ice Age
The whole concept of the 'Little Ice Age' is 'misleading,' as the changes were small-scale, seasonal and insignificant compared with present-day global warming, a group of solar and climate scientists argue.
April 4, 2017
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Paleoclimate data shows global warming began earlier than we thought
For the climate, the industrial era may have started earlier than we thought.
September 1, 2016
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Paris, Madrid, Athens, and Mexico City will ban diesel vehicles by 2025
After years of being promoted, the fuel is rapidly falling from favor.
December 2, 2016
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Pea plants demonstrate ability to 'gamble' -- a first in plants
Pea plants can demonstrate sensitivity to risk -- namely, that they can make adaptive choices that take into account environmental variance, an ability previously unknown outside the animal kingdom. In the study, pea plants were grown with their roots split between two pots, thus facing the decision of which pot to prioritize.
June 30, 2016
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Peacock colors inspire 'greener' way to dye clothes
"Fast fashion" might be cheap, but its high environmental cost from dyes polluting the water near factories has been well documented. to help stem the tide of dyes from entering streams and rivers, scientists report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces a nonpolluting method to color textiles using 3-D colloidal crystals.
February 1, 2017
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People enhanced the environment, not degraded it, over past 13,000 years
Human occupation is usually associated with deteriorated landscapes, but new research shows that 13,000 years of repeated occupation by British Columbia's coastal First Nations has had the opposite effect, enhancing temperate rainforest productivity.
August 30, 2016
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Perovskite solar cells hit new world efficiency record
They're flexible, cheap to produce and simple to make - which is why perovskites are the hottest new material in solar cell design. and now, engineers at Australia's University of new South Wales in Sydney have smashed the trendy new compound's world efficiency record.
December 1, 2016
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Perovskites solar cells using tin in place of lead are much more stable than thought
A breakthrough in solar power could make it cheaper and more commercially viable, thanks to research at the University of Warwick.
November 22, 2016
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Petrified tree rings tell ancient tale of sun's behavior
Variations in growth rate match today's 11-year solar cycle, study claims
January 17, 2017
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Physics, photosynthesis and solar cells
A University of California, Riverside assistant professor has combined photosynthesis and physics to make a key discovery that could help make solar cells more efficient. the findings were recently published in the journal Nano Letters ("Natural Regulation of Energy Flow in a Green Quantum Photocell").
November 30, 2016
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Plan to Save Humanity from Catastrophic Global Warming Gets a Boost
Why 31 Countries Joining the Paris Agreement is a Big Deal
September 21, 2016
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Plant pollen and fungal spores can be found at variable elevations, study shows
Plant pollen and fungal spores can be found at variable heights in the air, even at elevations up to 2000 meters. this is the conclusion of a report by researchers of Helmholtz Zentrum München and Technical University of Munich together with Greek colleagues, which was published in the journal 'Scientific Reports'. Hitherto it was assumed that such allergens are mainly present close to where they are released, namely near ground level.
April 3, 2017
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Plants Are Gobbling Up Our Carbon Emissions, But not Fast Enough
It's one of the biggest mysteries in this global experiment we're conducting by pouring 10 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year: What'll happen to the plants? will the relentless burning of fossil fuels prompt our leafy green friends to suck down more CO2, tapping the brakes on climate change? Or are the trees unable to bail Earth's atmosphere out this mess?
April 7, 2017
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Plasmonic photothermic solar-powered seawater catalysis and desalination
Water and energy are intimately linked, much more closely than most people would realize. Electrical energy generation requires water in its different stages of processing, such as raw material processing, thermal cooling, powering of turbines (through steam and water) and so on.
July 12, 2016
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Plastic debris and policy
Using current scientific understanding to invoke positive change
June 22, 2016
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Platio turns sidewalks into solar collectors
Platio is a new company from Hungary dedicated to putting solar panels just about everywhere. They're starting with sidewalks.
November 22, 2016
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Plot twist in methane mystery blames chemistry, not emissions, for recent rise
Falling levels of a molecule that destroys the greenhouse gas may be behind increasing concentrations since 2007
April 20, 2017
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Poisoning pigeons in the park: Using urban pigeons to monitor lead levels
Stop the presses: Somebody found a use for the pigeons in New York City. a new study of pigeons in the City shows that lead levels in the pigeons track closely with lead levels in children living in the same neighborhoods.
July 21, 2016
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Polar Bears Are Definitely Screwed
As Arctic sea ice flirts with its lowest levels in recorded history, polar scientists are taking the opportunity to remind us that it isn't just humans who are screwed because of melting ice caps. Remember polar bears, global warming's first darling poster child? They're still around, and they're not happy with what we've done to the planet.
September 14, 2016
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Policies to curb short-lived climate pollutants could yield major health benefits
Controlling soot, methane, hydrofluorocarbons would yield immediate effects
May 4, 2017
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Policy makers and ecologists must develop a more constructive dialogue to save the planet
An international consensus demands human impacts on the environment 'sustain', 'maintain', 'conserve', 'protect', 'safeguard', and 'secure' it. But, policy makers have little idea what these terms mean or how to connect them to a wealth of ecological data and ideas.
July 19, 2016
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Pollutants in the Arctic environment are threatening polar bear health
A new analysis has found that although the risk of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Arctic environment is low for seals, it is two orders of magnitude higher than the safety threshold for adult polar bears and even more (three orders of magnitude above the threshold) for bear cubs fed with contaminated milk.
January 5, 2017
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Pollution from Canada's Oil Sands May be Underreported
Canadian scientists have found that the standard way of tallying air and climate pollution from Alberta's oil sands vastly understates pollution levels there by as much as 4.5 times, according to a Canadian government study published Monday.
April 24, 2017
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Poor outlook for biodiversity in Antarctica
The popular view that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are in a much better environmental shape than the rest of the world has been brought into question in a new study.
March 29, 2017
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Potential for Collapse of Key Atlantic Current Rises
The large, looping Atlantic Ocean current that keeps northwestern Europe fairly warm and influences sea levels along the U.S. coast is a key component of the Earth's climate system. But because of global warming, it may be more likely to substantially slow down – or even collapse – than previously thought, according to two new studies.
January 5, 2017
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Potentially explosive methane gas mobile in groundwater, poses safety risk: U of G study
Methane that leaks into atmosphere a powerful greenhouse gas
April 5, 2017
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Precision control of superconductivity in atomic layers using magnetic molecules
A research team led by Shunsuke Yoshizawa, ICYS researcher, NIMS, Takashi Uchihashi, leader of the Surface Quantum Phase Materials Group, MANA, NIMS, Emi Minamitani, assistant professor, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, Toshihiko Yokoyama, professor, IMS, NINS, and Kazuyuki Sakamoto, professor, Graduate School of Advanced Integration Science, Chiba University, succeeded in precisely controlling the transition temperature of atomic-scale-thick superconductors using magnetic organic molecules.
May 12, 2017
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Predicting the movement and impacts of microplastic pollution
Marine circulation and weather conditions greatly affect microplastic aggregation and movement. Microplastics, which are particles measuring less than 5 mm, are of increasing concern. they not only become more relevant as other plastic marine litter breaks down into tiny particles, they also interact with species in a range of marine habitats.
April 25, 2017
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Predictive tool vital to sustainable environmental futures
A new predictive tool, which for the first time combines human perception of the environment with land-use planning and socioeconomic data, could help governments mitigate the impact of climate change in developing countries.
August 26, 2016
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Previously unknown global ecological disaster discovered
There have been several mass extinctions in the history of the earth with adverse consequences for the environment. Researchers have now uncovered another disaster that took place around 250 million years ago and completely changed the prevalent vegetation during the Lower Triassic.
June 28, 2016
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Printable solar cells just got a little closer
A University of Toronto Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. this alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power generator.
February 16, 2017
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Probing underground depths of Earth's carbon cycle
Understanding how carbon dissolves in water at the molecular level under extreme conditions is critical to understanding the Earth's deep carbon cycle -- a process that ultimately influences global climate change.
November 9, 2016
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Protecting life's tangled ecological webs
By combining biodiversity modelling and network analysis, researchers show how important it is to keep habitats connected
May 9, 2017
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Protecting streams that feed Lake Erie will take much work, study finds
While current efforts to curtail agricultural runoff will improve the health of Lake Erie, much more work will be needed to protect the streams that feed the lake, new research shows.
September 14, 2016
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Public urinal generates electricity from urine
Urine can be transformed into electricity with the help of bacterial metabolism, thanks to a new device. a test cubicle was installed at Glastonbury festival, but the final aim is to improve sanitation facilities in Developing World countries or in areas where there is limited electricity generation, such as refugee camps.
July 6, 2016
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Pulverizing electronic waste to nanodust is green, clean - and cold
Researchers at Rice University and the Indian Institute of Science have an idea to simplify electronic waste recycling: Crush it into nanodust.
March 21, 2017
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Q&A: Professor Phil Jones
Phil Jones is director of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA), which has been at the centre of the row over hacked e-mails.
 
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Quantum reservoir for microwaves
In a recent experiment at EPFL, a microwave resonator, a circuit that supports electric signals oscillating at a resonance frequency, is coupled to the vibrations of a metallic micro-drum. by actively cooling the mechanical motion close to the lowest energy allowed by quantum mechanics, the micro-drum can be turned into a quantum reservoir - an environment that can shape the states of the microwaves.
May 15, 2017
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Rains from Thunderstorms Rising Rapidly in Europe, Asia
Across a vast swath of Europe and Asia, rain is increasingly falling in the short, localized bursts associated with thunderstorms, seemingly at the expense of events where a steady rain falls over many hours, a new study finds.
January 26, 2017
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Rains that Caused Louisiana Flood More Likely Thanks to Climate Change
40 Percent More Likely now Than In the 20Th Century, According to NOAA Study
September 7, 2016
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Rapid Sea Level Rise Might Actually Benefit some Coral Reefs
At Least Its Good for Something
August 19, 2016
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Rare Earth element mineral potential in the southeastern US coastal plain
Rare Earth elements have become increasingly important for advanced technologies, from cell phones to renewable energy to defense systems. Mineral resources hosted in heavy mineral sand deposits are especially attractive because they can be recovered using well-established mechanical methods, making extraction, processing, and remediation relatively simple.
May 15, 2017
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Rare earth recycling
Rare earth metals, including the lanthanide series, scandium, and yttrium, are critical components in permanent magnets, electric vehicles, smartphones, and more. the elements occur naturally as mixtures in ores and must be purified prior to use. However, the mining and separation of the mineral ore is challenging, in addition to being energy and waste intensive.
March 15, 2017
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Rats, disease, and climate change are threatening Hawaii's spectacular songbirds
Six species on the island of Kauai could soon go extinct.
September 7, 2016
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Reaction captures carbon, generates electricity, makes a cleaning product
Novel technique would save 9.3kg of CO2 emissions for every 1kg of aluminum used.
July 22, 2016
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Reactive lignin for reducing the environmental impacts of wood products
Technology known as "CatLignin" has been created to produce reactive lignin from pulp industry side streams to be used as a replacement for toxic phenol compounds in wood adhesives that are widely used in wood products and furniture.
February 14, 2017
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Real-time monitoring of irradiated materials
Technique will enable continuous measurement of damage to materials in high-radiation environments
May 30, 2017
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Recent pattern of cloud cover may have masked some global warming
Regional warming patterns produced above-average cloud cover since 1980s.
October 30, 2016
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Record-Warm Autumn Solidifies 2nd-Hottest Year for U.S.
It's almost certain that 2016 will be the second-hottest year on record for the contiguous U.S., with new data showing that November was the second warmest on record for the Lower 48, capping off a record-hot autumn (for the second year in a row).
December 6, 2016
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Recycling 2.5 Million Galaxy Note 7 Phones at Once is An Environmental Disaster and An Opportunity
Samsung is now gathering up the millions of discontinued and recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold around the world, with the help of retailers, ground transportation companies, and kits that include safety gloves and multiple layers of fireproof boxes.
October 12, 2016
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Recycling carbon dioxide
Researchers reduce climate-warming CO2 to building blocks for fuels
August 03, 2016
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Rediscovery of early twentieth-century ecotheology
The vast majority of us subscribe to the idea that human activity dramatically changes the natural environment, altering many biological processes. But addressing the global nature of human impact may require help from belief systems large enough to conceptualize on a cosmic scale.
July 5, 2016
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Reduced ecosystem functions in oil palm plantations
Scientists assess environmental effects of forest conversion
August 15, 2016
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Reducing tire waste by using completely degradable, synthetic rubber
Scrap tires have been on environmentalists' blacklist for decades. they pile up in landfills, have fed enormous toxic fires, harbor pests and get burned for fuel. Scientists trying to rid us of this scourge have developed a new way to make synthetic rubber. and once this material is discarded, it can be easily degraded back to its chemical building blocks and reused in new tires and other products.
August 22, 2016
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Religiosity diminishes conservative opposition to eco-friendly buying
Evidence has been found that religious identification and belief in a god dampen the otherwise strong negative effect that political conservatism typically has on whether people make purchasing decisions with concern for the environment in mind.
July 12, 2016
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Renewable energy generation in the US dramatically exceeds 2012 predictions
It's a testament to falling prices, incentives but also reflects conservative estimates.
May 30, 2017
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Renewable energy makes up almost one-third of the world's electrical capacity
Nearly one-third of the world's power sources are now made up by renewable energy technologies, accounting for nearly a quarter of its electricity production, according to a new report.
September 21, 2016
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Renewable energy represented more than half of all new power capacity in '15
Wind turbine power is projected to supply up to 20% of global electricity by 2030
October 26, 2016
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Report calls for improved methods to assess earthquake-caused soil liquefaction
Effectively engineering infrastructure to protect life and to mitigate the economic, environmental, and social impacts of liquefaction requires the ability to accurately assess the likelihood of liquefaction and its consequences.
December 21, 2016
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Report finds additional radioactive materials in gas-well drill cuttings
Hydraulic fracturing has boosted US energy production while coming under scrutiny for its potential environmental impacts, mostly related to the wastewater the method generates. Now, a report takes a look at solid waste from horizontal gas wells. the study found that some well waste from the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania contained radioactive material not previously reported, with the potential for leaching from landfills into the environment.
December 21, 2016
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Report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector
Experts call for regulatory, policy, and market transformation to achieve substantial cost savings for consumers and industry
December 14, 2016
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Research priorities for the field of atmospheric chemistry
Increasing energy demands and expanding industrial and agricultural activities worldwide are changing the composition of the atmosphere and contributing to major global challenges like climate change and air pollution.
August 26, 2016
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Researcher uncovers influence of microorganisms on soil carbon storage
Critical information about tiny organisms under our feet has now been uncovered. Although small, these organisms can have a huge impact on the environment.
January 17, 2017
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Researchers create means to monitor anthropogenic global warming in real time
Study points to primacy of Pacific Ocean as a global climate force
July 18, 2016
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Researchers Create Unique Hybrid Nanomaterials to Transform Dirty Water into Drinkable
Graphene oxide is called a true wonder material. When added into nanocellulose foam, the lab-developed substance is light, flexible and strong, conducting heat and electricity efficiently and rapidly.
July 27, 2016
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Researchers design coatings to prevent pipeline clogging
A new coating could prevent methane clathrate clogs and blowouts in oil pipelines, potentially stopping a buildup of hydrate ices that slow or block oil and gas flow.
April 14, 2017
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Researchers develop eco-friendly concrete
In the future, wide-ranging composite materials are expected to be stronger, lighter, cheaper and greener for our planet, thanks to an invention by Rutgers' Richard E. Riman.
February 13, 2017
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Researchers develop Innovative Nano-Capillary Rise Model to Decipher Fracking
In the last decades, hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," a method of oil and gas extraction, has taken the global energy industry by storm. In this technique, small gas and oil deposits that are trapped inside stone formations are drawn out by fracturing the rock.
March 22, 2017
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Researchers discover key mechanism for producing solar cells
Researchers from the University of Houston have reported the first explanation for how a class of materials changes during production to more efficiently absorb light, a critical step toward the large-scale manufacture of better and less-expensive solar panels.
July 18, 2016
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Researchers from the University of Houston Discover a new Method of Oil Recovery at a Lower Cost
As oil producers struggle to adapt to lower prices, getting as much oil as possible out of every well has become even more important, despite concerns from nearby residents that some chemicals used to boost production may pollute underground water resources.
July 6, 2016
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Researchers invent 'perfect' soap molecule that is better for the environment
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment.
October 26, 2016
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Researchers invent 'perfect' soap molecule that is better for the environment, cleans in all conditions
A new soap molecule has been invented by scientists. the molecule is made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment.
October 26, 2016
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Researchers investigate environmental movements and neoliberalism
Recent dynamics of global environmentalism, ranging from indigenous people's rights to the reliance on non-governmental organizations, have been marked by a resurgence in environmental movements that more aggressively resist natural resource extraction, according to researchers.
August 22, 2016
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Researchers Just Found a Huge Underground Helium Pool In Africa
A Life-Saving Discovery
June 27, 2016
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Researchers offer novel method for calculating the benefits of renewable energy
Researchers from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) have developed a novel system for assessing the potential of renewable energy resources. this method can help to assess the future exploitable technical potential of wind and solar PV energy, as well as their capacity to replace exiting generation assets.
April 4, 2017
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Researchers offer novel method for calculating the benefits of renewable energy
A novel system for assessing the potential of renewable energy resources has now been developed by researchers. this method can help to assess the future exploitable technical potential of wind and solar PV energy, as well as their capacity to replace exiting generation assets. Furthermore, it can forecast fossil fuel savings and facilitate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
April 4, 2017
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Researchers pinpoint abrupt onset of modern day Indian Ocean monsoon system
Study has important implications to understanding future climate changes, sea-level rise
July 29, 2016
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Researchers Review Ways to Enhance Metal-Induced Visible Light Photocatalysis
Photocatalysis through sunlight has been of significant interest to researchers to enable highly efficient solar energy conversion and for challenges in environmental remediation problems.
April 28, 2017
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Researchers to investigate on engaging Chicago communities in air pollution monitoring
Chicago communities with poor air quality can soon be more involved in air pollution monitoring with help from Kansas State University.
August 11, 2016
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Researchers Use Confined Nanoparticles to Enhance Hydrogen Storage Materials Performance
The concept of going small to win big was applied in an approach developed by a multilab, interdisciplinary team in which they used nanoparticles and a unique nanoconfinement system to formulate a method to modify hydrogen storage properties.
February 27, 2017
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Researchers work to understand causes of search and rescue in the Arctic
Minimum daily temperature -3 C increases need of search and rescues in Nunavut, affecting culturally valued hunting activities of Inuit
August 03, 2016
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Resident Evil 7 on PS4 Pro the Ideal Way to play If your Wallet Allows It, Says Capcom Dev
But PlayStation VR is "great way" to immerse yourself.
December 14, 2016
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Reusable carbon nanotubes could be the water filter of the future
A new class of carbon nanotubes could be the next-generation clean-up crew for toxic sludge and contaminated water, say researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology.
March 29, 2017
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Reusable sponge for mitigating oil spills
A new foam called the Oleo Sponge was invented that not only easily adsorbs oil from water but is also reusable and can pull dispersed oil from an entire water column, not just the surface.
May 30, 2017
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Rift Speeds Up Across Antarctic Ice Shelf
As the sun reemerged over the Antarctic horizon in August after the long, dark austral winter, satellites could once again peer at a rift that has been wending its way across the white expanse of the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula.
September 30, 2016
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Rising temperatures could liberate carbon from soil
Liberated carbon could drive a positive feedback mechanism for climate warming.
December 6, 2016
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Risk of tree species disappearing in central Africa 'a major concern,' say researchers
Human disturbance may often be criticized for harming the environment, but new research suggests a persistent lack of human attention in the central African forest could actually cause some tree species to disappear.
January 17, 2017
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Risky business: calculating climate change losses in major European coastal cities
A new study that assesses potential future climate damage to major European coastal cities if, as currently, global carbon emissions continue to track the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's worst emission scenario
March 1, 2017
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River channels on three worlds reveal a history of shifting landscapes
Earth, Mars, and Titan all have channels, but different geologic pasts.
May 19, 2017
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Safe and inexpensive hydrogen production as a future energy source
Hydrogen gas is a promising alternative energy source to overcome our reliance on carbon-based fuels, and has the benefit of producing only water when it is reacted with oxygen. However, hydrogen is highly reactive and flammable, so it requires careful handling and storage. Typical hydrogen storage materials are limited by factors like water sensitivity, risk of explosion, difficulty of control of hydrogen-generation.
December 20, 2016
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Saharan dust: Reliable forecasts for photovoltaic output
A hazy sky and dirty cars are well-known consequences of Saharan dust carried to Europe by air currents. as part of the "PerduS" project, researchers are currently examining how dust -- as haze in the atmosphere and deposited on solar panels -- affects the output of photovoltaic systems. the aim is to provide a more reliable forecast for the output of photovoltaic systems through a better prediction of the spread of dust.
July 27, 2016
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Samsung Awards EDDI, an IoT Developer Team, Winner of the Makers Against Drought Global Challenge
Samsung Electronics today announced the winner of Samsung's Makers Against Drought (M.A.D.) Challenge, a competition for developers to create open innovation projects that solve global challenges such as water scarcity, and ultimately bring those ideas to market.
August 15, 2016
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Samsung Citizenship Project Revitalizes Villages
No matter how united the community, it can only thrive if it has the tools to do so independently. That's why Samsung Electronics is working with developing regions through its Nanum Village program.
September 28, 2016
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Samsung says it's going to 'dispose of' every Galaxy Note7 handset
This week, Samsung permanently ceased production of the Galaxy Note7 in the latest chapter of the fiery flagship's unfortunate tale. the ill-fated handset was ultimately doomed after a series of incidents in which replacement units that were sent to some customers - following an earlier recall of the first batch of devices - also caught fire, despite the company's assurances that the newer handsets were safe to use.
October 12, 2016
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Samsung will 'dispose of' recalled Note 7 phones, won't repair or refurbish them
Sorry, environment
October 12, 2016
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Samsung's Commitment to the Environment Around the World
Protecting the environment has never been as important to safeguarding our future, and the World Environment Day on June 5 is a day when citizens around the world celebrate the preservation of the earth that we all share. For its part, Samsung Electronics has been making concerted efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its array of world-class products which we shared about here. In addition, Samsung employees around the world are also engaged in various environmental initiatives, and in celebration of World Environment day, we provide a snapshot in this article:
June 5, 2017
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San Francisco will Ban Styrofoam Products from City
Say Goodbye to Those Packing Peanuts you Love So Much
June 29, 2016
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Santa Fe enlists Rubicon Global to curb waste and ramp up recycling
Humans, especially Americans, are kind of slobs. we mess up the Earth by throwing out about 4.5 pounds of garbage per person on average every day. Two-thirds of that waste could be composted, but isn't. and half of the rest of it could be recycled, according to research from the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment, corroborated by studies from the Global Footprint Network and others.
March 17, 2017
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Scientist invents way to trigger artificial photosynthesis to clean air
A chemistry professor in Florida has just found a way to trigger the process of photosynthesis in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into clean air and producing energy all at the same time.
April 25, 2017
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Scientists Are Racing to Unravel an Ice Avalanche Mystery
In July, one of the largest ice avalanches ever recorded ripped through a remote area of Tibet. Scientists are now working in the region to understand what caused such a massive chunk of ice to break off a glacier and wreak havoc on the landscape and people living in the region.
September 12, 2016
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Scientists begin to unlock secrets of deep ocean color from organic matter
Picocyanobacteria found to be a substantial source of marine colored dissolved organic matter
May 17, 2017
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Scientists Create Graphene Sieve Capable of Turning Sea Water into Drinking Water
There has been considerable attention placed on graphene-oxide membranes as potential candidates for new filtration technologies. Now, researchers at the University of Manchester have successfully created membranes that are capable of sieving common salts.
April 4, 2017
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Scientists engage holography in express estimating impurities in water and lube
Optical engineers from ITMO University in Saint Petersburg developed an express method for estimating the distribution of particles in optically transparent media, based on correlation analysis of holograms. as a big part of the study, they had created an algorithm capable of image processing in a few seconds.
April 20, 2017
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Scientists Engineer Nanomaterial for Efficient Harvesting of Sunlight
In the future, with the help of nanomaterials, sunlight can be used more efficiently to stimulate chemical reactions such as artificial photosynthesis.
March 29, 2017
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Scientists explore environmental advantages of horticultural bioplastics
Bioplastic may offer gardeners a more sustainable alternative to petroleum-based pots and flats, according research. Although more expensive to manufacture than conventional plastics, bioplastics someday may grow beyond a niche market, say experts.
November 22, 2016
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Scientists Got a new Look at the Growing Larsen C Crack
It's summer in Antarctica, which has scientists scurrying around the seventh continent carrying out various research experiments. that includes monitoring the massive crack that has spread across the Larsen C ice shelf, located on the Antarctic Peninsula.
February 21, 2017
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Scientists identify a new approach to recycle greenhouse gas
Led by Yilin Hu, UCI assistant professor of molecular biology & biochemistry at the Ayala School of Biological Sciences, the researchers found that they could successfully express the reductase component of the nitrogenase enzyme alone in the bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii and directly use this bacterium to convert CO2 to CO.
January 6, 2017
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Scientists Just Confirmed the Great Barrier Reef Bleached
Climate change is putting one of the wonders of the world in a vice. for an unprecedented second year in a row, Great Barrier Reef coral have been decimated by a wave of warm water.
April 10, 2017
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Scientists lay foundations for new type of solar cell
An interdisciplinary team of researchers has laid the foundations for an entirely new type of photovoltaic cell. In this new method, infrared radiation is converted into electrical energy using a different mechanism from that found in conventional solar cells.
January 24, 2017
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Scientists see electron bottleneck in simulated battery
As the appetite grows for more efficient vehicles and mobile devices based on cleaner, renewable energy sources, so does the demand for batteries that pack more punch, last longer, and charge or discharge more quickly. The compound vanadium pentoxide has grabbed the spotlight as a way to improve lithium-ion batteries. However, it's less-than-stellar behavior has been problematic.
May 30, 2017
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Scientists solve puzzle of converting gaseous carbon dioxide to fuel
Saving the planet from climate change with a grain of sand
August 25, 2016
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Scientists Take Big Step Toward Safely Burying CO2
For the first time, scientists have injected carbon dioxide into ancient lava flows and watched it solidify, demonstrating that capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or a power plant smokestack and safely storing it underground may be a realistic way to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change, according to research published Friday.
November 18, 2016
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Scientists Think They'Ve Solved An Ancient Antarctic Mystery
And the Answer May Yield Clues About the Future of Our changing Climate
September 21, 2016
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Scientists to EPA head: you don't know what you're talking about
"Just as there is no escaping gravity... there is no escaping the warming."
March 14, 2017
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Scientists Urge Obama to End Federal Coal Leasing
Citing coal's effect on climate change, a group of more than 65 prominent scientists is urging the Obama administration to end coal leasing on federal public lands by making permanent a moratorium the government placed on leasing in January.
July 27, 2016
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Scientists Warn Negative Emissions Are a 'Moral Hazard'
Removing carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere to prevent global warming from becoming catastrophic may be a fool's game amounting to a "moral hazard par excellence," according to a paper published Thursday in the journal Science.
October 13, 2016
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Scientists: Get Used to Wildfires in a Warming World
Communities across the Western U.S. and Canada may have to adapt to living with the ever-increasing threat of catastrophic wildfires as global warming heats up and dries out forests across the West, according to a University of Colorado study published Monday.
April 17, 2017
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Scottish badgers highlight the complexity of species responses to environmental change
In a new study researchers have found that although warmer weather should benefit badger populations, the predicted human population increase in the Scottish highlands is likely to disturb badgers and counteract that effect. These results emphasize the importance of interactive effects and context-dependent responses when planning conservation management under human-induced rapid environmental change.
May 8, 2017
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Sea Ice hits Record Lows at Both Poles
Arctic temperatures have finally started to cool off after yet another winter heat wave stunted sea ice growth over the weekend. the repeated bouts of warm weather this season have stunned even seasoned polar researchers, and could push the Arctic to a record low winter peak for the third year in a row.
February 13, 2017
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Sea Level Rise May be Accelerating
As Volcano's Impact Clears, new Data Emerges
August 10, 2016
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Sea Level Rise Upping Ante on 'Sunny Day' Floods
Parts of the Atlantic Coast are still recovering from the onslaught of Hurricane Matthew, but even more flooding is on the way as local tides will reach some of their highest points of the year. with little chance to recover between events, coastal cities are facing a constant reminder that climate change has already tipped the scales toward more frequent and bigger floods.
October 17, 2016
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Searing Kuwait Temp Could Rank Among World's Hottest
The Middle East is no stranger to scorching heat, but a recent heat wave sent temperatures soaring to heights that are rarely seen even there. on July 21 2016, Mitribah, Kuwait, recorded a temperature of 129.2F (54C) during the height of the heat wave.
July 29, 2016
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Sediments control methane release to the ocean
Methane is stored under the sea floor, concentrated in form of hydrates, crystalline ice structures that stay stable under high pressure and in low temperatures. Several studies suggest that as the ocean warms, the hydrates might melt and potentially release methane into the ocean waters and atmosphere.
August 31, 2016
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Self-cleaning membranes for sustainable desalination
An advanced water treatment membrane made of electrically conductive nanofibers developed at Masdar Institute was highlighted by Dr. Raed Hashaikeh, Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Masdar Institute, in his keynote speech during the 3rd International Conference on Desalination using Membrane Technology held last week in Spain.
April 13, 2017
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Selfies Help Show how Much Conserved Lands Contribute to the Economy
Added $1.8 Billion to Vermont Over Seven Years
September 13, 2016
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Sewage Plants Overlooked Source of CO2
Wastewater treatment plants may be responsible for emitting up to 23 percent more greenhouse gas than previously thought because of fossil fuels in detergent-laden water from residential showers, household washing machines and industrial sites, new research shows.
November 2, 2016
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Sharp Rise in Flooding Ahead for World's Poorest
Coastal residents of poor and fast-growing tropical countries face rapid increases in the numbers of once-rare floods they may face as seas rise, with a new statistical analysis offering troubling projections for regions where sea level data is sparse.
May 18, 2017
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Should we mine the deep ocean?
Behind the deep sea "gold rush" for increasingly rare minerals
February 21, 2017
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Shrimp price fluctuations help pinpoint the economic effects of pollution
New method could be useful for quantifying the effects of marine pollution.
February 3, 2017
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Shipping Industry Mulls Modest Steps to Slow Warming
The global shipping industry is poised to take steps this week to begin addressing its heavy role in warming the planet, signaling an important shift following years of recalcitrance on climate change.
October 22, 2016
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Shipping Industry Postpones Climate Plan Until 2023
A firm plan for potentially easing the shipping industry's impact on the climate will be delayed for seven years under a roadmap drafted by a United Nations agency on Friday.
October 28, 2016
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Shipping Industry will Regulate Emissions In, Uh, Seven Years Maybe
Heightened environmental awareness is touching all transportation industries, setting down new regulations and new emissions standards. Even the shipping industry, although it's eyeing 2023 as a potential new strategy adoption date. Which is seven years from now. Which is a long time.
November 2, 2016
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Shunned by microbes, organic carbon can resist breakdown in underground environments
Organic matter whose breakdown would yield only minimal energy for hungry microorganisms preferentially builds up in floodplains, illuminating a new mechanism of carbon sequestration, a new study reveals.
May 1, 2017
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Siberia's Sprawling Sawdust Dump Fire will Burn for Years
Environmentalists in Siberia are expressing concern over an ongoing fire at the world's largest sawdust dump–a fire that's been burning since 2013 and will continue to do so for years to come.
July 25, 2016
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Simple changes to car's ventilation system during traffic jams may limit exposure to pollution
With millions of motorists set to hit the road for the bank holiday weekend, drivers have been urged to close windows and turn off fans while in traffic jams to avoid breathing in dangerously high levels of air pollution. Latest research from the University of Surrey has shown that simple adjustment to your car's ventilation system while sitting in traffic jams can greatly affect your exposure to toxic fumes by up to 76%.
August 25, 2016
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Simulation brings global 100% renewable electricity system alive for the first time
A new model shows how an electricity system mainly based on solar and wind works in all regions of the world. It shows the functioning of an electricity system that fulfils the targets set by the Paris agreement by using only renewable energy sources.
November 3, 2016
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Simulating complex catalysts key to making cheap, powerful fuel cells
Using a unique combination of advanced computational methods, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemical engineers have demystified some of the complex catalytic chemistry in fuel cells -- an advance that brings cost-effective fuel cells closer to reality.
August 09, 2016
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Six irrefutable pieces of evidence that prove climate change is real
Here's everything you need to know
March 9, 2017
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Six Million Americans Have this Toxic Chemical in Their Drinking Water
Add this to the growing list of reasons to be uneasy about your municipal water supply: a new Harvard study has found that six million Americans drink water containing unsafe levels of obscure industrial pollutants associated with cancer and other severe health consequences.
August 09, 2016
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Smart buildings: energy efficiency at what price?
Automating heating and other environmental controls can bring huge savings to commercial buildings. to what extent is it possible to achieve the same results in residential homes? what is the difference between so called domotics and inmotics?
February 21, 2017
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Smog-Filtering Screens will Make Our Polluted Future Slightly More Tolerable
As our newly-elected leaders do everything they can to roll back environmental regulations, the future is looking more and more like a smog-filled dystopia. But not all scientific progress has ground to a halt. Scientists at National University of Singapore have created a transparent smog-filtering window screen that could make our lives a little less wheezy.
March 23, 2017
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Smoke waves induced by climate change likely to affect millions in coming decades
Wildfires threaten more than land and homes. the smoke they produce contains fine particles (PM2.5) that can poison the air for hundreds of miles. Air pollution from the 2016 Fort McMurray fire in northern Alberta, Canada sent people in Michigan to the hospital with respiratory illnesses.
August 16, 2016
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Snow Algae is Melting Glaciers In the Arctic
Algae, you Aren't Helping
June 22, 2016
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SoCal utility will buy 80MWh of battery storage from Tesla after methane leak
After Aliso Canyon disaster, California ordered utilities to invest in storage.
September 16, 2016
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Solar activity has a direct impact on Earth's cloud cover
Solar variations affect the abundance of clouds in our atmosphere, a new study suggests. Large eruptions on the surface of the Sun can temporarily shield Earth from so-called cosmic rays which now appear to affect cloud formation.
August 25, 2016
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Solar energy has plunged in price--where does it go from here?
A look forward to how we get to Terawatts of solar power capacity.
April 13, 2017
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Solar module prices hit all-time low as inventories pile up
Photovoltaic suppliers have lowered production to survive
July 21, 2016
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Solar-Thermal System Purifies 500 Gallons of Water a Day
Easy access to clean water is something that most of us take for granted. for hundreds of millions of people around the globe, however, things are much different.
February 28, 2017
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Some Google StreetView Cars Now Tracking Pollution
While we've grown used to the idea of Google's StreetView cars zooming around town snapping photos for mapping purposes, some of those vehicles have been equipped with a pollution monitoring system to help researchers get a better picture of what is in the air we breathe every day.
June 5, 2017
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Something to Celebrate: the Ozone Hole is Really Healing
Only Volcanoes Are Being Difficult About the 'hole' Thing
June 30, 2016
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Space weather model simulates solar storms from nowhere
A kind of solar storm has puzzled scientists for its lack of typical warning signs: they seem to come from nowhere, and scientists call them stealth CMEs. Now, scientists have developed a model simulating their evolution.
May 8, 2017
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SpaceX will launch a satellite for NASA to monitor climate change in 2021
The satellite will watch how Earth's bodies of water change over time.
November 22, 2016
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Sponges innocent of producing a toxic industrial chemical
We now know whodunnit, but we have no idea why this toxin is being made.
March 28, 2017
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Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology
While solar cell technology is currently being used by many industrial and government entities, it remains prohibitively expensive to many individuals who would like to utilize it.. There is a need for cheaper, more efficient solar cells than the traditional silicon solar cells so that more people may have access to this technology.
December 23, 2016
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Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology
While solar cell technology is currently being used by many industrial and government entities, it remains prohibitively expensive to many individuals who would like to utilize it. There is a need for cheaper, more efficient solar cells than the traditional silicon solar cells so that more people may have access to this technology. One of the current popular topics in photovoltaic technology research centers around the use of organic-inorganic halide perovskites as solar cells because of the high power conversion efficiency and the low-cost fabrication.
December 23, 2016
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Strong interaction between herbivores and plants
New study reveals an important mechanism responsible for biodiversity in natural ecosystems
March 23, 2017
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Study Finds Biofuels Worse for Climate than Gasoline
Years of number crunching that had seemed to corroborate the climate benefits of American biofuels were starkly challenged in a science journal on Thursday, with a team of scientists using a new approach to conclude that the climate would be better off without them.
August 25, 2016
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Study of wild plants contribute to understanding of high risks associated with a warming climate
New research highlights natural variation in how native North American wild plants respond to temperature stress
December 6, 2016
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Study refutes findings behind challenge to Sierra Nevada forest restoration
Ecologists have found significant flaws in the research used to challenge the US Forest Service plan to restore Sierra Nevada forests to less dense, and less fire-prone, environments.
May 9, 2017
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Study sheds new insights into global warming 'hiatus'
A new study of the temporary slowdown in the global average surface temperature warming trend observed between 1998 and 2013 concludes the phenomenon represented a redistribution of energy within the Earth system, with Earth's ocean absorbing the extra heat. the phenomenon was referred to by some as the "global warming hiatus."
November 22, 2016
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Study: Biofuels increase, rather than decrease, heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions
A new study from University of Michigan researchers challenges the widely held assumption that biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are inherently carbon neutral.
August 25, 2016
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Summer heat for the winter
Can thermal solar energy be stored until wintertime? Within a European research consortium, scientists have spent four years studying this question by pitting three different techniques against each other.
January 10, 2017
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Sun: Igniting a solar flare in the corona with lower-atmosphere kindling
Recent images have revealed the emergence of small-scale magnetic fields in the lower reaches of the corona researchers say may be linked to the onset of a main flare.
March 28, 2017
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'Super emitters' responsible for more than half of US methane emissions
Just a few natural gas wells account for more than half of the total volume of leaked methane gas in the United States, research indicates. Fixing leaks at those top emitters could significantly reduce leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, say researchers.
October 27, 2016
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Supergelators hold key to more effective oil spill cleanup
Large-scale oil spills, where hundreds of tons of petroleum products are accidentally released into the oceans, not only have devastating effects on the environment, but have significant socio-economic impact as well.
June 17, 2016
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Support for tidal energy is high among Washington residents
A new study found that people who believe climate change is a problem and see economic, environmental and/or social benefits to using tidal energy are more likely to support such projects. This is the first US study to look broadly at residents' beliefs and feelings about tidal energy and one of only a few worldwide to take a social science approach to examining this young industry.
May 31, 2017
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Surf and earth: how prawn nanocomposite shopping bags could save the planet
Bioengineers at the University of Nottingham are trialling how to use shrimp shells to make biodegradable shopping bags, as a 'green' alternative to oil-based plastic, and as a new food packaging material to extend product shelf life.
January 10, 2017
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Swiss Plant Sucks CO2 Out out of Air to Repackage, Sell
One man's waste is another man's product: A Swiss carbon capture plant has started sucking CO2 out of the air to repackage and sell.
June 2, 2017
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Swiss Voters Embrace Shift to Renewable Energy
Swiss voters backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum on Sunday.
May 22, 2017
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'Switchable' smart windows reduce energy consumption significantly
Smart windows that act as blinds in the summer and let all the sunlight through in the winter. That's the idea of the reflective windows Hitesh Khandelwal developed during his doctoral research at TU/e, that are able to reflect invisible infrared light but allow visible light through. In addition these windows can be 'switched on and off'. this new technology cuts the energy consumption for cooling and heating buildings by 12%. Khandelwal received his PhD for this innovation, on the basis of organic liquid crystals, on Thursday 11 May at Eindhoven University of Technology.
May 15, 2017
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Sydney Harbor emissions equivalent to 200 cars on the roads
Journal publishes 1st CO2 footprint of growing megacity icon on World Environment Day
June 2, 2017
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Tailor-made membranes for the environment
The combustion of fossil energy carriers in coal and gas power plants produces waste gases that are harmful to the environment. Researchers are working on methods to not only reduce such gases, but also utilize them. they are developing ceramic membranes with which pure hydrogen can be separated from carbon dioxide and water vapor.
November 30, 2016
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Tailor-made membranes for the environment
In technical systems, membranes can be used to separate gases - in a manner that is more efficient and cost-effective than with established methods. Membrane systems thus enable the separation of harmful greenhouse gases with comparatively low losses.
November 30, 2016
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Technological and cultural innovations amongst early humans not sparked by climate change
Environmental records obtained from archaeological sites in South Africa's southern Cape suggest climate may not have been directly linked to cultural and technological innovations of Middle Stone Age humans in southern Africa after all.
July 13, 2016
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Tenfold jump in green tech needed to meet global emissions targets
The global spread of green technologies must quicken significantly to avoid future rebounds in greenhouse gas emissions, a new Duke University study shows.
January 3, 2017
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Tesla becomes utility, battery storage supplier to Hawaii's Kauai
New power station uses 55,000 solar panels to generate 13MW of electricity that's stored in 272 Tesla Powerpack batteries
March 21, 2017
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Tesla doubles power in commercial Powerpack battery
The Powerpack 2, with twice the capacity, is no larger than the original battery system
October 28, 2016
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Tesla opens up preorders for its solar roof
A 2,000-square-foot home with solar roof would cost $50,000 to install
May 10, 2017
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Tesla opens up Solar Roof pre-orders, answers the most important question: how much will it cost you?
Back in October of last year, Tesla unveiled a new project it had been secretly cracking away at behind the scenes: solar roof tiles. Unlike traditional solar panels that sit on top of the roof, these solar tiles would replace your roof outright -- and, if all went to plan, they'd look as good as any other roof. Just... maybe a little shinier.
May 10, 2017
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Tesla starts pre-orders on solar roof for $1,000, rolls out calculator for costs
Tesla is banking on a "fully installed cost' to be attractive to home owners.
May 10, 2017
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Tesla to build its largest battery storage plant in southern Calif.
The lithium-ion battery storage plant will supply 20MW
September 16, 2016
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Tesla's Solar Roof gets a price
Tesla is now accepting orders for its Solar Roof, and a calculator on its site can tell you how much yours will cost.
May 10, 2017
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Tesla's two newest products aren't even cars
Glass Roof Tiles will Take the Ugly Out of Solar Cells
October 30, 2016
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Testing the climate-drought-conflict connection
Society's most vulnerable are most likely to suffer climate-induced instability.
October 22, 2016
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Texas city dives into water monitoring technology
Cedar Hill, Texas, relies on wireless meters and customer software
July 21, 2016
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The almond milk craze could be bad news for bees
A new study suggests common fungicides might kill pollinators
March 21, 2017
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The Amazon forest is the result of an 8,000-year experiment
Ancient peoples discovered agriculture by cultivating trees in the Amazon.
March 6, 2017
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The Arctic is a Seriously Weird Place Right Now
The sun set on the North Pole more than a month ago, not to rise again until spring. Usually that serves as a cue for sea ice to spread its frozen tentacles across the Arctic Ocean. But in the depths of the polar night, a strange thing started to happen in mid-October. Sea ice growth slowed to a crawl and even started shrinking for a bit.
November 21, 2016
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The Arctic Just Got Its 2016 Climate 'report Card'–And it's Flunking
Unprecedented Global Warming
December 14, 2016
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The Black Sea has lost more than a third of its habitable volume
With rivers providing an abundant supply of fresh water, the upper layers of the Black Sea are less dense than its saltier lower layers. a permanent boundary between the two prevents any vertical mixing.
September 1, 2016
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The cancer-causing chemical Erin Brockovich fought against is still in our water
The EPA has been delaying regulations on it for years
September 20, 2016
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The Creeping, Quiet Gaslighting of the EPA
THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Agency never plays the popular kid in Washington D.C.'s outsize high school drama. But lately, it's been bullied more than usual: President Trump proposed slashing the agency's budget, appointed career EPA-hater Scott Pruitt to lead it, and ordered it to reverse course or delay dozens of numerous ambitious environment-saving, climate change-fighting regulations.
March 9, 2017
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The crumbling cement around you is soaking up carbon dioxide
Nearly half of CO2 emitted by making cement is recaptured over life cycle.
November 23, 2016
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The early Earth wasn't green, but it did recycle itself
Some surprisingly old rocks give scientists a peek into the past
March 22, 2017
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The economics of energy generation are changing; more metrics favor solar, wind
The EIA tries to account for the cost of energy and the cost of replacing energy.
April 28, 2017
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The EPA has a new leader, and the outlook for science is not good
Make the EPA Great Again?
February 17, 2017
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The EPA Has Finally Realized Jet Exhaust is Bad for the Planet
In a landmark revelation that's about twenty years late, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally declared that greenhouse gas emissions from jet engines endanger the health of humans and the environment by contributing to climate change.
July 26, 2016
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The Fingerprints of Global Warming on Extreme Weather
When climate scientists examine whether the warming of the Earth has made extreme weather events such as heatwaves or downpours more likely, they generally do it on a case-by-case basis. But a group led by Stanford climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh has aimed to develop a more global, comprehensive approach to investigating how climate change has impacted such extremes.
April 24, 2017
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The First Half of 2016 Saw some Really Disturbing Climate Trends
Record Highs
July 20, 2016
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The Flooding In California Won't End Its Three-Year Drought
We'Ll Have to Wait and See
January 12, 2017
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The fungus among us: Researchers use fungi to harvest wasted batteries
Using specially developed fungi is far more environmentally friendly than the current method of reclaiming spent battery material.
August 22, 2016
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The Global Warming Hiatus Never Actually Happened
Yes, the Oceans Have Been Warming for the Past 75 Years
January 4, 2017
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The Government Might not Want Energy Star, But Industry Does
IF YOU'RE AN environmentally conscious consumer, you probably own more than a few devices bedazzled with an Energy Star logo. Every laptop or dryer or refrigerator that meets the logo's energy efficiency expectations—established by a program within the Environmental Protection Agency—gives you a tiny planet-saving dopamine spike.
March 8, 2017
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The Great Barrier Reef's latest unprecedented bleaching event could spell the end
In the face of climate change, experts are giving up hope.
April 10, 2017
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The hidden side of sulfur
Synthetic organic chemistry consists of transforming existing molecules into new molecular structures or assemblies. These new molecular systems are then used in a myriad of ways in everyday life -- in a wide range of sectors, such as public health, energy and environment, for use in drugs, solar cells, fragrances, and so on. the active element in the molecule that initiates these transformations, known as the catalyst, is often hydrogen. However, a research team has found that a sulfur atom, if carefully inserted into a molecule, can not only become an extremely effective catalyst but can also operate with greater precision.
December 14, 2016
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The Hottest Cities in U.S. versus the Fastest Warming
Searing heat is the signature of climate change, and the scorching summer temperatures blanketing much of the nation this week are exactly what we should expect in an ever warming world. with the mercury rising, a host of Midwestern cities are forecast to see their hottest weather of the year. this comes on the heels of the hottest June ever recorded in the U.S., in a year where every month has been the hottest on record globally.
July 19, 2016
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The Larsen C Ice Shelf Crack Just Sprouted a new Branch
Winter has descended on Antarctica. Even as cold and darkness blankets the bottom of the world, the region's most watched ice shelf is is continuing its epic breakdown.
May 2, 2017
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The Larsen C Iceberg Is on the Brink of Breaking Off
The saga of the Larsen C crack is about reach its stunning conclusion. Scientists have watched a rift grow along one of Antarctica's ice shelves for years. Now it's in the final days of cutting off a piece of ice that will be one of the largest icebergs ever recorded.
May 31, 2017
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The March for Science is Heading to Greenland
Field research season is getting underway in Greenland. Scientists are racing to the island for the few months a year when the towering ice sheet is accessible.
April 20, 2017
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The Mystery of Greenland's Icy History Could Help Us Survive Climate Change
Did It Stay Or Did It Go?
December 6, 2016
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The nanoFate model assesses the risk of engineered nanomaterials in the environment
While there is currently no evidence that engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) pose a significant threat to the environment, many gaps in our knowledge remain with regard to ENM ecotoxicity. the lack of evidence should by no means be interpreted to imply that environmental damage cannot occur.
May 10, 2017
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The next big renewable energy source could be at our feet
Flooring can be made from any number of sustainable materials, making it, generally, an eco-friendly feature in homes and businesses alike.
October 20, 2016
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The Overlooked Risk of Levees as Rainfall Rises
Thousands of miles of levees stretch across the U.S., built to keep swollen waterways from inundating towns, farmland and critical infrastructure. But, as the residents of Pocahontas, Ark., found out this week when drenching rains caused the Black River to overtop and breach the local levee system, living behind a levee is not an absolute guarantee of protection.
May 5, 2017
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The promise of greener power generation
Modeling the combustion of fossil fuels by King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) researchers has helped to characterize some of the components of methane, laying the foundations for greener power generation (Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, "New insights into methane-oxygen ion chemistry").
December 5, 2016
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The proposed 2018 federal budget tells NASA to forget about Earth
The space agency does crucial research on our own planet
March 16, 2017
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The secret of successful marine protected areas? People.
Shocking: the reserves only thrive when properly staffed and funded
March 22, 2017
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The synchronized dance of skyrmion spins
In recent years, excitement has swirled around a type of quasi-particle called a skyrmion that arises as a collective behavior of a group of electrons. Because they're stable, only a few nanometers in size, and need just small electric currents to transport them, skyrmions hold potential as the basis for ultra-compact and energy-efficient information storage and processing devices in the future.
May 30, 2017
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The United States Probably Won't Meet Its Paris Agreement Goal
We've Got a Long Way to Go
September 26, 2016
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The Vast Majority of the U.S. Had a Crazy Warm Winter
Meteorological winter is officially over, but it felt like it ended long before its Feb. 28 expiration date. Much of the U.S. basked in relentless warm weather throughout February, turning the clock forward to spring.
March 2, 2017
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The world doesn't realize how much we need CO2 storage
The world will not be able to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement without technology capable of capturing, transporting and storing CO2.
December 5, 2016
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The World isn't Doing Enough to Slow Climate Change
The Paris Agreement to limit global warming goes into effect Friday. it's stated goal is to keep the world from warming more than 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times.
November 3, 2016
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The world spent less money to add more renewable energy than ever in 2016
$241.6 billion in investment gets you 138.5 gigawatts of renewable energy
April 10, 2017
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The World's Poorest Most at Risk from Drought, Conflict
Agriculture is the key source – and in many cases, the only source – of income for many living in the developing world. When drought hits, it has the potential to take away everything and unravel the threads that stitch together society.
October 17, 2016
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The World's Water Reservoirs Produce More Greenhouse Gas Than all of Canada
Mostly Methane Bubbles, from Human-Constructed Reservoirs
September 28, 2016
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There's an Enormous Natural Gas Seep Along the West Coast
From British Columbia to Northern California, planet Earth's got a case of the toots. a recent deep ocean mapping survey has learned that a geologically-active strip of seafloor called the Cascadia Subduction Zone is bubbling methane like mad. It could be one of the most active methane seeps on the planet.
October 19, 2016
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There's No Business Like Snow Business
This Technology Uses Snowfall In the Winter to Keep you Cool In the Summer
October 28, 2016
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These conservatives want to convince you that climate change is real
Understanding science doesn't make you liberal
May 1, 2017
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These Environmental Dogs Are Trained to Sniff Out Number Two
We already know dogs are pretty great at sniffing out things humans can't. There is now a particular set of canines trained to suss out pollution at the Jersey Shore. Their specialty: sniffing human waste. Yes, that means poo. the stinky stuff. Let's not mince words here.
December 5, 2016
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Thin tropical clouds cool the climate
Thin clouds at about 5 km altitude are more ubiquitous in the tropics than previously thought and they have a substantial cooling effect on climate, report researchers. the cooling effect of mid-level clouds is currently missing in global climate models.
August 17, 2016
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Thin-film ferroelectrics go extreme
Scientists have greatly expanded the range of functional temperatures for ferroelectrics, a key material used in a variety of everyday applications, by creating the first-ever polarization gradient in a thin film.
May 10, 2017
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Think biofuels are better for the environment than gasoline? Think again
That's the word from University of Michigan researchers, who recently studied the claim that biofuel is carbon-neutral.
August 25, 2016
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This 23-Second Video Shows Old Arctic Sea Ice's Demise
The Arctic seems to be a never-ending source of dismal climate news, particularly when it pertains to sea ice.
March 8, 2016
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This App Shows what Sea Level Rise will Do
The oceans are rising and already creating problems from Boston to Miami. But the true scope of what the world is in for is hard to imagine.
April 20, 2017
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This Atmospheric Time Capsule Could Change Earth's History
Buried inside ancient grains of rock salt, a team of geologists has discovered traces of a breathable, animal-friendly atmosphere. If confirmed, the finding will push back the rise of oxygen on Earth hundreds of millions of years, raising new questions about the evolution of complex life both here and beyond our solar system.
July 25, 2016
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This device may pull water out of thin air, but not as well as we hoped
A clarification about our WaterSeer article
March 13, 2017
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This device uses visible sunlight to disinfect water
Using the sun to disinfect water is nothing new; UV rays start killing bacteria after six hours, although the process can take up to 48 hours. it's time-consuming, but often the only option in developing countries. Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University's Institute for Materials and Energy Science created a device to speed up that process
August 18, 2016
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This EPA unit fights terrorism with science
It's not all about hugging trees
March 21, 2017
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This Graphic Puts Global Warming in Full Perspective
To say the world is having a streak like no other is an understatement. Global warming has made cold scarce on a planetary scale.
April 19, 2017
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This is what America looked like before the EPA cleaned it up
It wasn't pretty
February 24, 2017
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This is what it's Like to be a Young Climate Scientist
This year is proving to be a momentous one for the climate. There have been both wildly depressing and wildly hopeful milestones.
October 19, 2016
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This is what the Ice-Free Northwest Passage Looks Like
An ice-free Northwest Passage was once the stuff of legend. But it's now becoming the norm thanks to global warming, and commercial freighters to luxury cruise ships are racing to turn a profit off the newest frontier on earth.
August 19, 2016
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This June was the Hottest June Ever on Record
Making 14 Straight Months of Record-Setting Temps
July 20, 2016
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This remote island in the South Pacific is covered in 18 tons of our trash
Paradise Lost
May 15, 2017
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This Six-Story Monster Wave Sets a new World Record
A Buoy Measured Atlantic Waves In 2013 with An Average Height of 62 Feet
December 14, 2016
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This solar-powered device harvests water from dry air
A tiny box produces fresh water using only sunlight for power. Could it help solve our global water crisis?
April 14, 2017
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Those who help each other can invade harsher environments
Through cooperation, animals are able to colonize harsher living environments that would otherwise be inaccessible, according to a new study. the research community has long believed this was the other way around -- that species in tough environments had to cooperate to survive. as a result the established view of why animals cooperate is turned upside-down.
February 20, 2017
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Threat to Salmon Imperils Alaska's Culture
Standing chest deep in the cold waters of the Kenai River, I can see salmon skim the surface of the water farther out in the middle of the river. I feel the tug in the big net I hold in the current and run up on shore with the net in tow to pull out the salmon. Glistening on the sand, this fish is one of the many my family will catch this summer to keep us fed throughout the year.
July 14, 2016
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Three solar thermal plants in Chile could generate electricity 24 hours a day
Tamarugal project expected to theoretically generate 2,600 GWh of electricity annually.
March 14, 2017
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Throwing new light on printed organic solar cells
Researchers at the University of Surrey have achieved record power conversion efficiencies for large area organic solar cells. In recent years scientists have been attempting to increase the efficiency of these cells to allow commercial applications such as integration into a building's glass fa栤e, generating electricity to power the building.
November 30, 2016
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Time-lapse photos show just how quickly the world's glaciers are disappearing
An elegy for ice
April 21, 2017
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Tiny Nanoparticles Help Convert Carbon Dioxide into Fuel Using Ultraviolet Light as Energy Source
Duke University researchers have developed tiny nanoparticles that help convert carbon dioxide into methane using only ultraviolet light as an energy source.
February 24, 2017
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Titanic expected to disappear by 2030 thanks to hungry bacteria
The Titanic has sat 3,800 meters below the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean since hitting an iceberg and sinking in 1912. the depth of the ocean liner wreck meant it stayed well preserved until it was finally discovered back in 1985. However, we're now over 30 years on from that discovery and scientists believe the Titanic doesn't have long left.
September 7, 2016
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Tornado Outbreaks In the United States Are on the Rise
But There's a Twist
December 1, 2016
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Tracking Antarctic adaptations in diatoms
Comparative genome analysis provides clues on how climate change might impact evolutionary adaptation limits
January 16, 2017
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Transforming greenhouse gas CO2 into carbon nanotubes
The cement industry is one of the largest sources worldwide of carbon emissions, accounting for around five per cent of global emissions. Two thirds of these CO2 emissions are released during the chemical process of burning limestone for cement production and can only be cut by extracting the CO2 from the emissions in one form or another.
March 21, 2017
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Transforming the carbon economy
Most strategies to combat climate change concentrate on reducing greenhouse gas emissions by substituting non-carbon energy sources for fossil fuels, but a task force commissioned in June 2016 by former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz proposed a framework in December 2016 for evaluating research and development on two additional strategies: recycling carbon dioxide and removing large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
February 27, 2017
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Transparent tactile e-skin based on single-layer graphene
In a recent paper in Advanced Functional Materials, researchers from the University of Glasgow present a promising approach toward the development of an energy-autonomous, flexible, and transparent tactile skin based on single-layer graphene integrated onto a photovoltaic cell.
May 16, 2017
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Trashed Electronics Are Piling Up Across Asia
E-Waste Has Risen by 63 Percent In Just 5 Years
January 25, 2017
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Trees might actually make summer air pollution even worse
Talk about treeson
May 17, 2017
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Trees on farms: the missing link in carbon accounting
While tropical forests continued to decline, a remarkable change is happening: tree cover on agricultural land has increased across the globe, capturing nearly 0.75 Gigatonnes carbon dioxide every year. a new study provides insights into the patterns of this tremendous change at global, regional and national scales.
August 02, 2016
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Tropical Storm Madeline Sent CO2 Below 400 PPM
Tropical Storm Madeline brought the classic impacts of heavy rains, high surf and gusty winds to Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday night and early Thursday. But it also brought a rather unexpected impact: carbon dioxide levels dipped below 400 parts per million (ppm) at the Mauna Loa Observatory.
September 1, 2016
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TTIP leak rebuts EU pledge to tackle climate change, say green activists
New measures to stop leaks to be introduced–according to another leaked document.
July 11, 2016
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Tungsten examined in extreme environments to improve fusion materials
A fusion reactor is essentially a magnetic bottle containing the same processes that occur in the sun. Deuterium and tritium fuels fuse to form a vapor of helium ions, neutrons and heat. as this hot, ionized gas -- called plasma -- burns, that heat is transferred to water to make steam to turn turbines that generate electricity. the superheated plasma poses a constant threat to the reactor wall and the divertor (which removes waste from the operating reactor to keep the plasma hot enough to burn).
March 7, 2017
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Turning chicken feces, weeds into biofuel
Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird's popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop is to turn it into biofuel, and now scientists have developed a way to do this by mixing the waste with another environmental scourge, an invasive weed that is affecting agriculture in Africa.
May 3, 2017
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Turning greenhouse gas into gasoline
A new catalyst material developed by chemists at MIT provides key insight into the design requirements for producing liquid fuels from carbon dioxide, the leading component of greenhouse gas emissions. the findings suggest a route toward using the world's existing infrastructure for fuel storage and distribution, without adding net greenhouse emissions to the atmosphere.
November 15, 2016
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Turning water into clean fuel
A pioneering research project between Masdar Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a step closer to using sunlight to turn water into fuel in the form of hydrogen. the team have identified materials and developed unique structures that optimize the process that splits water into its component elements so the hydrogen can be captured and used as a fuel source.
February 28, 2017
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Turns out the Svalbard seed vault is probably fine
Deep breaths.
May 19, 2017
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U.S. Drought at Lowest Level in Nearly Two Decades
After years of intense, record-setting drought across the U.S., particularly in the Great Plains and California, the country is now experiencing its lowest level of drought in the 17 years since the U.S. Drought Monitor began its weekly updates.
May 9, 2017
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U.S. Record Highs will Far Outpace Lows with Warming
Over the first decade of this century, record high daily temperatures in the U.S. were registered twice as often as record lows, a clear sign of global warming. If emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases continue on their current track, that ratio could become even more skewed, potentially reaching 15-to-1 by midcentury, a new study finds.
November 21, 2016
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U.S. solar industry passes oil, coal and gas for job creation
Net power generation from coal sources declined by 53% between 2006 and September 2016
January 24, 2017
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Uber economy could kill off taxis and help fight global warming
Just 3,000 vehicles with a capacity of four can serve as much as 98% of New York City's ride-hailing demands within a mean waiting time of just 2.8 minutes.
January 5, 2017
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UK has first coal-free power day since the Industrial Revolution
Over half of the energy comes from natural gas; another 21% is nuclear power.
April 24, 2017
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UK national weather service has new mainframes that can perform 23,000 trillion calculations a second
Met Office, the UK's national weather service, has a new IT solution, thanks to a partnership between the service, IBM and Computacenter. It will allow the Met Office to process greater volumes of weather data faster.
April 11, 2017
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UN report: climate goals rapidly moving out of reach
Paris Agreement made progress, but 2C warming limit takes much more.
November 4, 2016
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Uncompromising on organic solar cells
Researchers developed a semi-transparent organic solar cell that achieves better efficiency and transparency than existing ones, according to a recent study in the Science and Technology of Advanced Materials ("Ternary semitransparent organic solar cells with a laminated top electrode").
March 7, 2017
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Under the Shroud of MT. Pinatubo's Massive Climate Impact
An Experiment In Global Cooling
August 30, 2016
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Understanding forest fire history can help keep forests healthy
New study chronicles forest fires in Oklahoma, Tennessee
July 5, 2016
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Unsubsidized wind and solar now the cheapest source for new electric power
Between 2015 and 2021, China is expected to install 40% of all worldwide wind energy and 36% of all solar
April 17, 2017
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Update on popular fish model of development
Annual killifish are an excellent animal model for research on interactions between genes and the environment during development. a new article describes the development of one particular South American species of this fish in great detail and updates the classic embryo staging guide developed in 1972.
May 9, 2017
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Urban planners yet to fully assess vulnerability to climate change, research reveals
Flooding due to rising ocean levels. Debilitating heat waves that last longer and occur more frequently. Rising rates of diseases caused by ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes, such as Lyme disease, Chikungunya, and Zika. Increasing numbers of Emergency Room visits for asthma attacks due to higher levels of ground-level ozone. Impacts of climate change such as these will affect cities across the country.
August 31, 2016
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US energy analysis sees renewable electricity passing coal by 2030
And the report is probably unrealistically conservative about wind power.
January 6, 2017
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US energy production dropped in 2016 for the first time in 6 years
No surprise here: Coal energy production fell 18 percent.
March 31, 2017
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Using doped graphene quantum dots to reduce carbon dioxide to fuel
Graphene quantum dots may offer a simple way to recycle waste carbon dioxide into valuable fuel rather than release it into the atmosphere or bury it underground, according to Rice University scientists.
December 19, 2016
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Using MOFs for solid capture of carbon dioxide
Carbon dioxide capture is a high-profile area of chemical research offering a direct approach to tackling the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide. this greenhouse gas is largely blamed for global warming and climate change.
October 26, 2016
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Using nanotechnology to produce sustainable, clean water for developing nations
The world's population is projected to increase by 2-3 billion over the next 40 years. Already, more than three quarters of a billion people lack access to clean drinking water and 85 percent live in the driest areas of the planet. Those statistics are inspiring chemist Ben Hsiao and his team at Stony Brook University.
October 4, 2016
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Using synthetic photosynthesis to combat climate change
In future, greenhouse gas carbon dioxide could be removed from the atmosphere by deploying a new biological method. a team headed by Tobias Erb, Leader of a Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, has developed a synthetic but completely biological metabolic pathway based on the model of photosynthesis that fixes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere 20% more efficiently that plants can photosynthetically.
November 21, 2016
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Using urban pigeons to monitor lead pollution
Tom Lehrer sang about poisoning them, but those pigeons in the park might be a good way to detect lead and other toxic compounds in cities. a new study of pigeons in New York City shows that levels of lead in the birds track with neighborhoods where children show high levels of lead exposure.
July 19, 2016
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Want to minimize your home's carbon footprint? Go for solar, forget the battery
Battery inefficiencies waste energy, cut into savings from a solar system.
February 3, 2017
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Warm Arctic Fuels Second-Warmest April on Record
An unusually warm Arctic spring fueled the second-hottest April on record globally, with global warming and unusual weather conspiring to shrink sea ice and push up polar temperatures.
May 15, 2017
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Warmer Oceans Are now Linked to Dangerous Neurotoxins In Shellfish
New Research Could Help Forecast Deadly Toxin Outbreaks
January 9, 2017
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Warming could disrupt Atlantic Ocean current
New simulations revise freshwater impact on circulation's stability
January 7, 2017
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Warming Could Mean More Algae Blooms Like Florida's
Nearly 240 square miles of Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in Florida, are covered in a scum of blue-green algae that has also traveled down nearby waterways and out to the coastline.
July 18, 2016
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Warming is Sending Mountain Glaciers 'Off a Cliff'
Photos showing the jarring, sometimes miles-long, retreat of mountain glaciers have long been emblems of the often stark changes wrought by Earth's rising temperature.
December 21, 2016
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Warming is Shifting Around Earth's Clouds
The warming of the planet over the past few decades has shifted a key band of clouds poleward and increased the heights of clouds tops, exacerbating Earth's rising temperature, a new study released Monday suggests.
July 11, 2016
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Warming U.S. Could see Extreme Rains Increase Fivefold
When the skies open up and deluge an area, the results can be catastrophic, with roads washed out and homes destroyed by the resulting flash floods. Such extreme downpours are already occurring more often across the U.S., but a new study finds that as global temperatures rise, storms could dump considerably more rain and skyrocket in frequency.
December 5, 2016
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Warning from the past: Future global warming could be even warmer
Future global warming will not only depend on the amount of emissions from human-made greenhouse gasses, but will also depend on the sensitivity of the climate system and response to feedback mechanisms. by reconstructing past global warming and the carbon cycle on Earth 56 million years ago researchers have used computer modelling to estimate the potential perspective for future global warming, which could be even warmer than previously thought.
June 23, 2016
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Warming-Driven Glacier Melt Leads to 'River Piracy'
In the summer of 2016, the global warming-induced retreat of Kaskawulsh Glacier -- one of the largest glaciers in Canada -- altered the flow of its meltwater so substantially that it killed off one river and shunted its waters over to another, an abrupt geological act known as river piracy.
April 17, 2017
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Warming-Driven Heat Waves Could Tax U.S. Electrical Grid
When a searing heat wave sends the temperature soaring, Americans turn to their air conditioners for relief. But with heat waves becoming more intense and happening more often as the world warms, that air conditioner use on the hottest days will put substantially more demand on the nation's electricity grids, a new study finds.
February 6, 2017
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Was August deluge in Louisiana worsened by climate change?
Rapid analysis says: probably.
September 12, 2016
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Washing clothes releases thousands of microplastic particles into environment
More than 700,000 microscopic fibres could be released into waste water during each use of a domestic washing machine, with many of them likely to pass through sewage treatment and into the environment, according to new research.
October 3, 2016
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Watch Shell's 1991 Video Warning of Catastrophic Climate Change
The oil giant Shell issued a stark warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change more than a quarter of century ago in a prescient 1991 film that has been rediscovered.
February 28, 2017
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Watch Humans Destroy the Earth in 30 Years with Google Earth Time Lapse
Humans do not treat the Earth kindly, and now we have even more evidence. Google just updated the Google Earth Engine to include four years of additional imagery, petabytes of new data, and generally a much clearer view of any location on Earth from 1984 to 2016. the best part: you can watch any area on Earth in a time lapse video.
November 29, 2016
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Water sampling technique paves way for safe storage of CO2
Scientists have found an inexpensive way to monitor the storage of the most common greenhouse gas - carbon dioxide - deep underground.
July 12, 2016
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Water softeners get friendlier to health, environment
Aluminum ions can strip minerals from water without the need for sodium, researchers report online October 4 in Environmental Science & Technology. the new technique could sidestep health and environmental concerns raised about the salt released by existing sodium-based water softening systems, says study coauthor Arup SenGupta.
October 22, 2016
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"Water Stories" is a Haunting Document of Global Water Issues
An Exhibition of "Blue Gold"
September 22, 2016
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Watch a Stressed Coral Spasm and Vomit Algae In Response to Warming Waters
Video Shows Coral Bleaching In Action
August 17, 2016
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We may be closer to predicting the extreme rain events of the future
Why some Places Flood While Others Stay Dry
May 15, 2017
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We Might Finally Have a Good Way to Predict Dangerous Space Weather
Space weather forecasting--predicting the kind of energetic particles the Sun will throw at us--is years behind weather forecsting here on Earth. as solar physicist Scott McIntosh put it, "Our current model of space weather forecasting is, 'oh shit a sunspot happened eight minutes ago, now we have to figure out what's going to happen." it's a shame we're not better at predicting space weather, since it can bust up satellites and even electronics on Earth.
March 27, 2017
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We need to protect the world's soil before it's too late
Book Excerpt: the Ground Beneath Us
March 21, 2017
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We Need to Start Dealing with this Hidden Source of Carbon Pollution
When it comes to planet-warming gases we need to worry about, carbon dioxide is at the top of the list. But the runner-up in the climate hall of infamy–methane–is turning out to be a bigger problem than we realized. a study published in Nature today estimates that global methane emissions from the oil and gas industries could be as much as 60 percent higher than previously reported.
October 5, 2016
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Weather Disasters can Fuel War in Volatile Countries
Following the warmest two years on record and spikes in violence that fueled a global refugee crisis, climate scientists on Monday reported that armed fighting is prone to follow droughts, heatwaves and other weather-related calamities in turbulent countries.
July 25, 2016
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Weathering of rocks by mosses may explain climate effects during the Late Ordovician
During the Ordovician period, the concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere was about eight times higher than today. It has been hard to explain why the climate cooled and why the Ordovician glaciations took place. a new study shows that the weathering of rock caused by early non-vascular plants had the potential to cause such a global cooling effect.
July 7, 2016
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Welcome to the rare metal age
The commodity crunch that could turn the tables on clean energy
September 12, 2016
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West Coast Waters on Acid Trip; Fishing Industry in Peril
Hotspots of ocean acidification have been found in the waters that wash onto the shores of the West Coast, a major concern for the region's billion dollar fishing industry as well as the region's potentially fragile coastal ecosystems.
June 6, 2017
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What 2 Million Years of Temps Say About the Future
That the climate has changed before is a given. So is the reality that humans are changing it now by dumping carbon pollution in the atmosphere.
September 26, 2016
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What a Warmer Future Means for Southeastern Wildfires
When Jeff Prestemon stepped outside his home near Raleigh, N.C., last Friday around 9 a.m., the skies were clear, the air "perfectly breathable." But just an hour-and-a-half later, the winds had shifted, drawing with them the smoke from regional wildfires.
November 23, 2016
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What can Pokemon Go teach the world of conservation?
Launched in July this year, Pokemon Go has become a global phenomenon, reaching 500 million downloads within two months of release.
November 16, 2016
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What caused the most toxic algal bloom ever observed in Monterey Bay?
In spring 2015, the West Coast of North America experienced one of the most toxic algal blooms on record. The bloom consisted of diatoms in the genus Pseudo-nitzschia, but researchers couldn't tell why these algae had become so toxic. A new article shows that, at least in Monterey Bay, this bloom became particularly toxic because of an unusually low ratio of silicate to nitrate in the waters of the bay.
June 5, 2017
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What if the United States exits the Paris Agreement on climate?
A rundown of the fallout
April 17, 2017
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What is EPA Open Data, and why would it shut down?
We don't know what we've got till it's (almost) gone
April 24, 2017
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What is the Polar Vortex (And Why is It Happening Again)?
All the Horrors of Winter In One Small Twitch of the Jet Stream
December 14, 2016
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What the frack is in fracking fluid?
Most of the ingredients are unknown
March 28, 2017
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What to do if you get caught in an avalanche
We Asked the Experts
May 16, 2017
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What will increase economic investment for carbon-neutral technologies?
Climate change is one of the most pressing concerns of the 21st century. But when it comes to tackling climate change, a new study exploring the benefits of carbon flux monitoring is a timely reminder that setting targets is just the beginning.
November 10, 2016
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What would America be like without the EPA?
Why we created the Environmental Protection Agency–and why we still need it
February 24, 2017
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What's wasting power at home? Ask your app!
If you want to save on your monthly electric bill and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions at the same time, you might buy a new, energy-efficient refrigerator. Or water heater. Or clothes dryer. But if you can only replace one of these, which will give you the biggest payback?
August 1, 2016
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When and how is investing in a solar power plant worth it?
Scientists from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum ft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with partners, have compiled a guide to calculate the yield from a solar power plant. for the first time, the guideline offers comprehensive and standardised calculation bases within the solar thermal industry that meet the high requirements of project financing.
January 11, 2017
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When human illness rises, the environment suffers, too
A toxic environment is known to create health problems for people, but sick people can also create health problems for the environment. Around Kenya's Lake Victoria, a fishing community where locals battle high rates of disease and a depleted fish stock, scientists found that human illness exacerbates unsustainable fishing practices.
April 3, 2017
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When it Rains it Pours, and Sewage hits the Fan
Record rainstorms across the U.S. in the past year have continued to make national news, causing billions of dollars of flood damage and killing dozens. But what has barely made headlines are that these floods often cause massive overflows of untreated sewage into streams, rivers, bays, canals, and even streets and homes.
September 21, 2016
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Where will the future's water crises hit hardest?
Stressed out: gauging global water worries
March 21, 2017
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Why green spaces are good for grey matter
Walking between busy urban environments and green spaces triggers changes in levels of excitement, engagement and frustration in the brain, a study of older people has found.
April 10, 2017
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Why Hawaii is trying to ban a common sunscreen
It's a coral reef killer
April 28, 2017
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Why is It Snowing In Hawaii?
The Island Chain isn't Immune to Winter Storms
December 5, 2016
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Why is Louisiana Flooding So Badly, and how can we Prepare for It Next Time?
Setting An Unprecedented Precedent
August 19, 2016
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Why is the Smog In China So Bad?
It's Getting Harder and Harder to Breathe
January 6, 2017
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Why is this Russian river blood red?
Likely a mine waste leak
September 7, 2016
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Why this Climate Change Scientist Still Has Hope
Even In the Face of Dire Changes and Denial
July 26, 2016
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Why we have more and more days without frost
Foot loose and frost-free.
May 23, 2017
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Wildfires Have Burned More Than 2.6 Million Acres So Far this Year
Off to a Roaring Start
July 20, 2016
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Will Human Evolution be Shaped by Climate Change?
Welcome back to Giz Asks, a series where we ask experts hard questions about science, technology, and humanity's future. Today, it seems like we're going for the worst-case global warming scenarios, so it's time to think adaptation.
November 22, 2016
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Wind energy now on par with nuclear energy in Germany
Wind energy has become an integral part of the energy supply. A new milestone for the transformation of energy supply systems was reached last year with renewable energy now accounting for 29 percent of the gross energy consumption. That is more than the conventional nuclear and brown coal power plants.
May 29, 2017
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Wind farms play key role in cutting carbon emissions, study finds
Wind farms have made a significant impact in limiting carbon emissions from other sources of power generation in Great Britain, a study shows.
December 12, 2016
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Winners and losers: Climate change will shift vegetation
Projected global warming will likely decrease the extent of temperate drylands by one-third over the remainder of the 21st century coupled with an increase in dry deep soil conditions during agricultural growing season.
February 21, 2017
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Winter Tops Charts as Warmest on Record for U.S.
On the heels of a record warm autumn for the contiguous U.S., winter has also topped the temperature charts.
March 8, 2016
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With Warming, Western Fires May Sicken More People
Shrouded by smoke from a fire in California's parched San Bernardino Mountains, schools in the Victor Valley closed their doors last week. the Pilot Fire was contained on Monday – shortly before the Blue Cut Fire broke out, billowing soot and ash over the valley afresh, forcing further closures.
August 19, 2016
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World first discovery gets to the heart of birth defects
For the first time, scientists believe they've discovered a cause of multiple types of birth defects triggered by environmental stresses. the breakthrough shows that cellular stress could be the key to understanding why many babies are born with defects of the heart, vertebrae and kidney, among others.
July 20, 2016
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World Natural Hazards Website - Natural Disaster Management - Disaster Agency Hawaii
The Pacific Disaster Center's mission provides information about research and analysis support for the development of effective policies, institutions, programs and the information products for the disaster management and humanitarian assistance communities of the Asia Pacific region.
 
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World's first ciliary stroke motion microrobots
Scientists have developed microrobots with high propulsion efficiency in highly-viscous fluid environments, applying propulsion techniques that mimic the ciliary stroke motion of paramecia.
August 31, 2016
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World's First Commercial CO2 Capture Plant Goes Live
A Swiss company on Wednesday is set to become the world's first to commercially remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and turn it into a useful product.
May 31, 2017
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World's new Marine Protected Area is a Big Climate Win
The creatures of the Southern Ocean just got a lot more space to roam freely. on Thursday, 24 countries and the European Union agreed to set aside a 600,000-square-mile swath of ocean – roughly twice the size of Texas – off the coast of Antarctica as a marine protected area.
October 28, 2016
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Worms that Eat Through Plastic Bags Could Help Cut Down on Pollution
Plastic bags clog up our gutters, landfills, and waterways, but researchers hope that plastic-munching worms may hold a secret to making these messes more manageable.
April 24, 2017
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Wouldn't it be great if the planet went back to how it used to be?
Climate skepticism decreases if the message is past-oriented.
December 16, 2016
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Wyoming is Basically Trying to Outlaw Clean Energy
Solar and Wind Would be Penalized Under Proposed Law
January 16, 2017
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Misc. - Y

Your air conditioning habit makes summer smog worse
As Temperatures Rise, Power Plants Pump Out More Emissions
May 3, 2017
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Misc. - Z

Zaria Forman Finds Beauty in the Things We're Losing
Loss is like a black hole, sucking everything nearby into its orbit. It shapes everything left behind, reframes relationships, leaves you grasping for memories as they peel away into the murky abyss of time.
April 5, 2017
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Solar Energy

A common sunscreen could help make better solar panels
Zinc oxide does it all.
June 5, 2017
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Saving Lives and Money: The Potential of Solar to Replace Coal
By swapping solar photovoltaics for coal, the US could prevent 51,999 premature deaths a year, potentially making as much as $2.5 million for each life saved. A team has calculated US deaths per kilowatt hour per year for coal related to air pollution-related diseases associated with burning coal.
June 1, 2017
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Seeing light-to-energy transfer in new solar cell materials
Scientists are now able to capture the moment less than one trillionth of a second a particle of light hits a solar cell and becomes energy, and describe the physics of the charge carrier and atom movement for the first time.
June 1, 2017
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Ultra-stable perovskite solar cell remains stable for more than a year
Perovskite solar cells promise cheaper and efficient solar energy, with enormous potential for commercialization. But even though they have been shown to achieve over 22% power-conversion efficiency, their operational stability still fails market requirements. Despite a number of proposed solutions in fabrication technology, this issue has continued to undercut whatever incremental increases in efficiency have been achieved.
June 1, 2017
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Seeing below the surface of solar cells
It's difficult to improve processes you can't see. That's the problem for solar cells made of super-thin films. These highly flexible cells aren't as efficient as they could be at converting sunlight to electricity.
May 30, 2017
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How to obtain highly crystalline organic-inorganic perovskite films for solar cells
Members of the Laboratory of New Materials for Solar Energetics, working at the Faculty of Material Sciences, in cooperation with their colleagues from the Faculty of Chemistry of the Lomonosov Moscow State University have elaborated a new method. It allows to obtain highly crystalline organic-inorganic perovskite films for solar cells.
May 23, 2017
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Solar cells more efficient thanks to new material standing on edge
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden and from Fudan University in China have successfully designed a new structural organization using the promising solar cell material perovskite. The study shows that solar cells increase in efficiency thanks to the material's ability to self-organise by standing on edge.
May 23, 2017
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Solar cells more efficient thanks to new material standing on edge
Researchers have designed a new structural organization using the promising solar cell material perovskite. The study shows that solar cells increase in efficiency thanks to the material's ability to self-organize by standing on edge.
May 23, 2017
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Mercedes-Benz Energy pairs with solar company to sell batteries, rooftop panels
German luxury car maker follows Tesla's path into residential market.
May 18, 2017
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Photocatalyst makes hydrogen production 10 times more efficient
Hydrogen is an alternative source of energy that can be produced from renewable sources of sunlight and water. A group of Japanese researchers has developed a photocatalyst that increases hydrogen production tenfold.
May 18, 2017
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Climate change refuge for corals discovered (and how we can protect it right now)
Refuge could preserve climate-sensitive corals due to environmental gradients that allow for coral acclimatization
May 17, 2017
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New designer quantum dot systems with greater control over beneficial properties
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed new designer quantum dot systems with greater control over beneficial properties for photoelectrochemical and photovoltaic solar applications.
May 17, 2017
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Photovoltaics and batteries: an expensive combination
Solar power can cover up to 40% of the electricity needs of a typical Belgian household. Going beyond that level becomes really expensive: using batteries coupled with solar panels would be twice as expensive as using the power grid.
May 15, 2017
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Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Researchers have uncovered the exact mechanism that causes new solar cells to break down in air, paving the way for a solution.
May 12, 2017
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Power plants could cut a third of their emissions by using solar energy
Led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the COMBO-CFB project has developed a new innovative concept to increase solar energy production in the energy system. According to this research, the concept can reduce fuel consumption and emissions stressing the climate by more than 33 per cent.
May 9, 2017
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Power plants could cut a third of their emissions by using solar energy
The COMBO-CFB project has developed a new innovative concept to increase solar energy production in the energy system. According to this research, the concept can reduce fuel consumption and emissions stressing the climate by more than 33 per cent. the concept is based on the combination of concentrated solar power (CSP) technology and a traditional power plant process into a hybrid plant which produces electricity on the basis of consumption.
May 9, 2017
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Installing solar to combat national security risks in the power grid
Power grid vulnerabilities are one of the most prevalent national security threats. the technical community calls for building up grid resiliency using distributed energy and microgrids for stabilization as multiple sources increases the difficulty of triggering cascading blackouts, and following an attack or natural disaster, microgrids can provide localized energy security. An interdisciplinary team calculated what it takes to make military bases more secure.
May 8, 2017
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Using sulfur to store solar energy
Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and their European partners plan to develop an innovative sulfur-based storage system for solar power. Large-scale chemical storage of solar power and its overnight use as a fuel are to be achieved by means of a closed sulfur-sulfuric acid cycle. In the long term, this might be the basis of an economically efficient renewable energy source capable of providing base-load power.
May 3, 2017
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Solar cells with nanostripes
Solar cells based on perovskites reach high efficiencies: they convert more than 20 percent of the incident light directly into usable power. on their search for underlying physical mechanisms, researchers have now detected strips of nanostructures with alternating directions of polarization in the perovskite layers. These structures might serve as transport paths for charge carriers.
May 2, 2017
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Solar cells with nanostripes
Solar cells based on perovskites reach high efficiencies: they convert more than 20 percent of the incident light directly into usable power. on their search for underlying physical mechanisms, researchers of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now detected strips of nanostructures with alternating directions of polarization in the perovskite layers.
May 2, 2017
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Light can improve perovskite solar cell performance
Presence or absence of light plays a major role in perovskite film deposition
April 26, 2017
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Modeling reveals how policy affects adoption of solar energy photovoltaics in California
Researchers have created quantitative models to measure the impact of government incentives and installation costs on commercial solar photovoltaic adoption, providing new insight and predictive capabilities relevant to energy policy
April 25, 2017
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Pathway for generating up to 10 terawatts of power from sunlight by 2030
The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world's energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being realized.
April 25, 2017
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Solar cell design with over 50 percent energy-conversion efficiency
Solar cells convert the sun's energy into electricity by converting photons into electrons. a new solar cell design could raise the energy conversion efficiency to over 50% by absorbing the spectral components of longer wavelengths that are usually lost during transmission through the cell.
April 24, 2017
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One small change makes solar cells more efficient
The quest for more efficient solar cells has led to the search of new materials. for years, scientists have explored using tiny drops of designer materials, called quantum dots.
April 21, 2017
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Blockchain used to power Brooklyn microgrid for solar energy re-sale
LO3 Energy's 'TransActive Grid,' is the blockchain platform set up for the project; it timestamps each energy transaction as a chain of secure blocks
April 20, 2017
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New perovskite ink opens window for quality cells
Scientists have developed a new perovskite ink with a long processing window that allows the scalable production of perovskite thin films for high-efficiency solar cells.
April 18, 2017
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New world record for solar hydrogen production
Scientists have recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting process.
April 18, 2017
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Researchers capture excess photon energy to produce solar fuels
Scientists have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell capable of capturing excess photon energy normally lost to generating heat.
April 18, 2017
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New perovskite ink opens window for quality solar cells
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a new perovskite ink with a long processing window that allows the scalable production of perovskite thin films for high-efficiency solar cells.
April 18, 2017
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Researchers capture excess photon energy to produce solar fuels
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell capable of capturing excess photon energy normally lost to generating heat.
April 18, 2017
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Researchers capture excess photon energy to produce solar fuels
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell capable of capturing excess photon energy normally lost to generating heat.
April 13, 2017
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Sunny days for solar charging
Improved performance and affordability make portable solar chargers an attractive power option when there's no wall outlet in sight.
April 11, 2017
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Hybrid perovskite material could replace silicon to double efficiency of solar cells
A new material has been shown to have the capability to double the efficiency of solar cells by researchers at Purdue University and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
April 6, 2017
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Tesla shows off a new Panasonic-made low-profile residential solar panel
Tesla is still hoping to begin installations of its solar roof tile product later this year, but that's not really a great option unless you're building new or replacing your existing roof, so it makes sense that it would continue to also offer retrofit solar options, like the new Panasonic panels it began advertising on its site quietly over the weekend.
April 10, 2017
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Solar cell produces hydrogen to light the night
Ultrathin solar cells use less material, split water, don't destroy themselves.
March 30, 2017
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Tesla to begin taking orders for its solar roof shingles
A solar-shingle roof is expected to cost no more than a standard roof
March 30, 2017
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Solar power-related jobs in U.S. grew 25% in 2016
Solar industry generated $154 billion in U.S. economic activity last year
March 28, 2017
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Photovoltaic ink could lead to easy solar panel manufacture
Easily scalable processing could make for rapid panel production.
March 23, 2017
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Japanese company develops a solar cell with record-breaking 26%+ efficiency
A group of researchers funded by a Japanese government program develops "industrially compatible" cells.
March 22, 2017
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Solar cells can become twice as efficient by employing a few smart nano-tricks
In the future, solar cells can become twice as efficient by employing a few smart little nano-tricks.
March 21, 2017
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Liquid storage of solar energy - more effective than ever before
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have demonstrated efficient solar energy storage in a chemical liquid. the stored energy can be transported and then released as heat whenever needed. the research is now presented on the cover of the scientific journal Energy & Environmental Science.
March 19, 2017
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Liquid storage of solar energy: More effective than ever before
Researchers have demonstrated efficient solar energy storage in a chemical liquid. the stored energy can be transported and then released as heat whenever needed, they say.
March 19, 2017
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Random Network Nanotube Films Enhance Long-Term Stability of Perovskite Solar Cells
Five years ago, there was a widespread discussion worldwide regarding third-generation solar cells that challenge conventional silicon cells due to a simple and inexpensive manufacturing process that required lesser energy.
March 19, 2017
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Nanotube film may resolve longevity problem of perovskite solar cells
Researchers lengthened the lifetime of perovskite solar cells by using nanotube film to replace the gold used as the back contact and the organic material in the hole conductor.
March 17, 2017
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Nanotube film may resolve longevity problem of challenger solar cells
Researchers have lengthened the lifetime of perovskite solar cells by using nanotube film to replace the gold used as the back contact and the organic material in the hole conductor.
March 17, 2017
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San Diego installs massive flow battery that can power 1,000 homes
Flow battery systems have an expected lifespan of more than 20 years
March 17, 2017
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Tesla co-founder and CTO JB Straubel explains its new solar storage facility
Tesla's new solar energy storage facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai does what most solar power plants cannot: it stores energy from the sun during peak times for use when the grid (and its customers) needs it most. the facility is unique, with 52 MWh of storage capacity and 13 MWh of generation via its field of panels.
March 17, 2017
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Using gold coating to control luminescence of nanowires
In electronics, the race for smaller is huge.
March 16, 2017
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World's most efficient, environment-friendly solar cells
In the future, solar cells can become twice as efficient by employing a few smart little nano-tricks, suggest investigators in a new report.
March 21, 2017
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How to increase efficiencies of ultrathin CIGSe solar cells
Ultrathin CIGSe solar cells need much less rare earth elements and energy for production. Unfortunately, they are much less efficient too. now a team at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin together with a group in the Netherlands has shown how to prevent the absorption loss of ultrathin CIGSe cells. they designed nanostructured back contacts for light trapping and could achieve a new record value of the the short circuit current density reaching nearly the best values for thicker CIGSe-cells.
March 14, 2017
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Chemists create molecular 'leaf' that collects and stores solar power without solar panels
An international research team has engineered a molecule that uses light or electricity to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide -- a carbon-neutral fuel source -- more efficiently than any other method of "carbon reduction." the discovery is a new milestone in the quest to recycle carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere into carbon-neutral fuels and others materials.
March 8, 2017
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Chemists create molecular 'leaf' that collects and stores solar power without solar panels
An international team of scientists led by Liang-shi Li at Indiana University has achieved a new milestone in the quest to recycle carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere into carbon-neutral fuels and others materials.
March 8, 2017
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Kauai is moving from diesel generators to renewable energy with help from Tesla
Shipping fuel is expensive, so why not generate it from energy sources found locally?
March 8, 2017
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In shift, more homeowners are buying solar panels than leasing them
The solar energy market is growing 24.2% annually
March 8, 2017
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Tesla built a huge solar energy plant on the island of Kauai
Tesla is selling clean power to the island's electric company
March 8, 2017
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Tesla's Kauai solar facility will offset 1.6M gallons of fuel use per year
Tesla's Kauai solar power facility is officially open for business as of Friday, with a 13 MW SolarCity solar farm installation providing power to a Powerpack storage facility with 52 MWh of total capacity. the beauty of the new facility, in terms of the specific needs of the sun-soaked island in the Pacific, is that it can capture energy from the sun during peak daytime production hours, and then keep that power ready for peak consumption hours at night.
March 8, 2017
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New materials could turn water into the fuel of the future
A new materials discovery approach puts solar fuels on the fast track to commercial viability
March 6, 2017
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Amazon pledges to cover 15 massive warehouse rooftops with solar panels
By the end of 2017, company should have solar arrays covering millions of square footage.
March 2, 2017
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​Amazon turns warehouse roofs into solar power stations
Fifteen warehouses with solar panels will crank out 41 megawatts of power -- and mean you won't have to pay as much for Amazon services.
March 2, 2017
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Chinese solar exports fall in 2016 with global anti-dumping measures
Besides trade issues, manufacturers have also been opening Southeast Asian factories.
February 20, 2017
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Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality
Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles.
February 20, 2017
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Printable solar cells just got a little closer
Research removes a key barrier to large-scale manufacture of low-cost, printable perovskite solar cells
February 16, 2017
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Graphene interface engineering for large area, high efficiency solar cells
Graphene and other layered materials are opening up new opportunities for improving efficiency in many technologies, such as solar cells. Perovskite-based solar cells have highly efficient solar power conversion, but suffer drawbacks such as reduced lifetime and poor performance at large scales.
February 15, 2017
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U.S. solar growth blows away previous records
The solar industry now employs more than twice as many Americans as does the coal industry
February 15, 2017
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Powur's Jonathan Budd talks about the future of solar power
Jonathan Budd sees solar power as a money-making opportunity. His new company, Powur, essentially lets people add solar to their homes with no upfront costs. While there isn't much technology in his solution he does have some interesting ideas about the future of solar.
February 8, 2017
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Powerful change: a profile of today's solar consumer
People with higher incomes and better education no longer dominate demand for the domestic solar market in Queensland with a new study revealing the highest uptake in solar PV systems comes from families on medium to lower incomes.
February 7, 2017
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Report: 1 in 50 new U.S. jobs came from solar last year
Employment in the industry rose in 44 states and is expected to continue growing
February 7, 2017
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Up to half of the Arctic's melt might be totally natural
But climate change is still responsible for the rest
March 13, 2017
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UPS to spend $18M to install 26,000 new solar panels
The new project will produce 10 megawatts of power, or enough electricity to power about 1,200 U.S. homes annually
February 10, 2017
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Solar Foundation expects 10% job growth in 2017 despite coal-focused government
A new report form the Solar Foundation complements Energy Department numbers.
February 7, 2017
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Thin, flexible, light-absorbent material for energy and stealth applications
Transparent window coatings that keep buildings and cars cool on sunny days. Devices that could more than triple solar cell efficiencies. Thin, lightweight shields that block thermal detection. These are potential applications for a thin, flexible, light-absorbing material developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego.
February 2, 2017
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Floating solar panel market to be worth $2.7B in 2025
Revenue expected to increase 50% annually over the next three years
February 1, 2017
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Storing solar power increases energy consumption and emissions, study finds
Homes with solar panels do not require on-site storage to reap the biggest economic and environmental benefits of solar energy, according to research. In fact, storing solar energy for nighttime use actually increases both energy consumption and emissions compared with sending excess solar energy directly to the utility grid.
January 30, 2017
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The world's largest solar farm contains 2.5 million solar modules
It took only eight months to build and cost $679 million
January 27, 2017
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Apple to build 200MW solar farm to power data center
Apple is working toward 100% renewable energy use
January 25, 2017
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Designing architecture with solar building envelopes
As part of the ArKol -- development of architecturally highly integrated fa栤e collectors with heat pipes project, Fraunhofer ISE together with its partners is developing two new-style fa栤e collectors from the concept through to readiness for application. Both developments are intended to be much more flexibly integratable into the building envelope than standard collectors currently on the market, and in this way make the architectural integration of solar collectors in fa栤es more attractive.
January 16, 2017
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Jetstream aims to double residential solar efficiency
Large-scale solar projects work because they use concentrators to achieve much greater efficiencies than what's possible with traditional silicon photovoltaic panels. Up until now, residential projects have not had access to concentrator technology, and the limited spectral response and effectiveness of silicon has made it hard to get efficiencies much past about 20%. Startup Jetstream is planning to change that, with the first concentrator-based system suitable for residential use.
January 9, 2017
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Panasonic will spend $256 million on Tesla solar panel factory in Buffalo, NY
After Tesla bought SolarCity, proposed deal with Panasonic is a go.
December 27, 2016
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Solar Farms Expected to Outpace Natural Gas in U.S.
2016 is shaping up to be a milestone year for energy, and when the final accounting is done, one of the biggest winners is likely to be solar power.
December 27, 2016
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Tesla and Panasonic to build solar panels together following SolarCity acquisition
Tesla and Panasonic will build solar panels in SolarCity's Buffalo, New York facility, Tesla announced today. back in October, the two companies said they would build the panels if Tesla's SolarCity acquisition was successful. the project won't initially include the solar roof product that Tesla announced this past fall, though that's only because production hasn't actually begun on the solar roof.
December 27, 2016
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Solar power is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity
Solar energy in some emerging markets is now half the price of coal-fired power and cheaper even than wind-driven projects
December 19, 2016
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We could be headed for a solar power renaissance as costs keep dropping
Politicians and lobbying groups still regularly dismiss the science of climate change and efforts to increase the use of cleaner forms of energy like wind and solar. However, any opposition to the spirit of renewable energy could be a moot point soon as the cost of energy acquired by modern photovoltaics continues to drop.
December 19, 2016
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Not your typical 'cut glass crystal'
To better move energy in solar cells and other devices, scientists need single, ordered crystals. the single crystals can handle tough environments while transmitting energy and light well. However, conventional manufacturing methods don't work for all materials.
December 14, 2016
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China leads the world in solar power installations
Lower taxes for solar power continues to drive market expansion globally, report says
December 6, 2016
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Enhanced stability of perovskite solar cells through the development of new additives
A NIMS research group led by Liyuan Han, Managing Researcher, Center for Green Research on Energy and Environmental Materials, developed new additives for the hole-transporting layer of perovskite solar cells, which greatly improved cell stability (Advanced Materials, "Enhanced Stability of Perovskite Solar Cells through Corrosion-Free Pyridine Derivatives in Hole-Transporting Materials").
December 6, 2016
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Game changer for organic solar cells
Researchers have developed a simple processing technique that could cut the cost of organic photovoltaics and wearable electronics.
December 6, 2016
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Nearly half of residential distributed solar power is owned by private companies
About 44% of all solar power that's installed on residential rooftops, known as distributed solar capacity, is owned by private businesses, such as SolarCity or Vivint Solar, according to new government data.
December 6, 2016
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Solar panels are poised to be truly green
The solar panel industry has nearly paid its climate debt. the technology will break even in terms of energy usage by 2017 and greenhouse gas emissions by 2018 at the latest, if it hasn't done so already, researchers calculate.
December 6, 2016
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Ultrathin Protective Layer offers Better Stability to Perovskite Solar Cell
Recent findings reveal that incorporating a few nanometers of a thin layer of aluminium oxide can protect a perovskite solar cell against the effects of humidity, which is still a significant hinderance to the commercial application of this new type of solar cell. a surprising plus point is a yield boost of 3 %. These findings were published in the Energy and Environmental Science journal by researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and research institute ECN, part of the Solliance collective.
December 6, 2016
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Game changer for organic solar cells
With a new technique for manufacturing single-layer organic polymer solar cells, scientists at UC Santa Barbara and three other universities might very well move organic photovoltaics into a whole new generation of wearable devices and enable small-scale distributed power generation.
December 5, 2016
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Tesla and SolarCity receive approval for $2.6B merger
Earth first. Elon Musk will get to conquering Mars and probably a few exoplanets later. Or at least that sure is how it feels these days, with Musk having all those skyward ambitions at the same time as he's trying to get a finger in every sector of the consumer-energy pie. Tesla just got approval to buy SolarCity, and the merger represents yet another thing under Elon Musk's control – and yet another thing to manage.
November 30, 2016
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Throwing new light on printed organic solar cells
Scientists are able to improve the efficiency of solar cells more than threefold, outlines a new report. the solar cells are a flexible, lightweight and environmentally-friendly and have the capacity to be printed in different colours and shapes.
November 30, 2016
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New fabrication technique leads to broader sunlight absorption in plastic solar cells
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new strategy for fabricating more efficient plastic solar cells. the work (Advanced Materials, "Panchromatic Sequentially Cast Ternary Polymer Solar Cells") has implications for developing solar cells with a wider absorption range and increased efficiency.
November 29, 2016
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Tesla's solar grid now powers an entire island in the South Pacific
American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific. Like a lot of remote islands, life within the island chain is challenging in ways we rarely think about on the mainland, particularly when it comes to power generation.
November 23, 2016
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Solar power could become cheaper, more widespread
Solar cells can be made with tin instead of lead, scientists find. this breakthrough may make solar power cheaper and more commercially viable, and even usable for mobile phones, laptops and cars.
November 22, 2016
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Tesla flips switch to power U.S. island entirely with solar energy
The battery substation can power the island for three days without sunlight
November 22, 2016
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Tesla powers an entire U.S. island with solar energy
The battery substation can power the island for three days without sunlight
November 22, 2016
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Alabama to build its largest solar farm, with enough power for 15K homes
Over the next 20 years, the Tennessee Valley Authority will invest about $8 billion in renewable energy
November 18, 2016
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China is Going to Build a Solar Plant in Chernobyl's Exclusion Zone
A pair of Chinese companies are planning to build a solar plant in one of the scariest places in the world–the exclusion zone around the damaged Chernobyl nuclear reactor.
November 21, 2016
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If the Tesla and SolarCity merger goes through, Elon Musk will be a step closer to creating a solar-powered car
Whatever the outcome of Thursday's vote, we'll learn even more about his vision for the next generation of batteries and energy storage.
November 16, 2016
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Power to the people: Solar panel sales to soon surpass leasing
The downturn in leases and PPAs is hurting companies that depend on them for sales
November 16, 2016
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Solar smart window could offer privacy, light control on demand
Smart windows get darker to filter out the sun's rays on bright days, and turn clear on cloudy days to let more light in. this feature can help control indoor temperatures and offers some privacy without resorting to aids such as mini-blinds. now scientists report a new development in this growing niche: solar smart windows that can turn opaque on demand and even power other devices.
November 16, 2016
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Solar smart window could offer privacy and light control on demand
Smart windows get darker to filter out the sun's rays on bright days, and turn clear on cloudy days to let more light in. this feature can help control indoor temperatures and offers some privacy without resorting to aids such as mini-blinds.
November 17, 2016
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The state of solar power looks bright in 2017
Solar power companies now employ twice as many people as the coal industry
November 16, 2016
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An international language for solar energy fields
Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have reviewed the various definitions and terminologies used to measure and report on the energy conversion efficiencies in different solar energy fields. they offer recommendations to make it easier to assess the relative merits of innovations in this challenging arena.
November 15, 2016
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New way to make low-cost perovskite solar cell technology
Researchers at the Australian National University have found a new way to fabricate high efficiency semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough that could lead to more efficient and cheaper solar electricity.
November 15, 2016
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Solar cells get boost with integration of water-splitting catalyst onto semiconductor
Scientists have found a way to engineer the atomic-scale chemical properties of a water-splitting catalyst for integration with a solar cell, and the result is a big boost to the stability and efficiency of artificial photosynthesis.
November 10, 2016
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Solar cells get boost with integration of water-splitting catalyst onto semiconductor
Scientists have found a way to engineer the atomic-scale chemical properties of a water-splitting catalyst for integration with a solar cell, and the result is a big boost to the stability and efficiency of artificial photosynthesis.
November 10, 2016
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The Power of Sunlight can Pull Clean Drinking Water from Thin Air
21st-Century Sorcery
November 10, 2016
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Arcadia Power launches a solar energy service for renters across the U.S.
The renewable energy services company Arcadia Power has just launched a new product that allows renters across the U.S. to buy renewable energy.
November 3, 2016
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5 Questions you Should Have About Elon Musk's new Solar Roofs
It's Too Soon to Say Whether they Have a Bright Future
November 2, 2016
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Inside the Tesla Solar Event, Where Nothing was Real and the Food was Free
I stood at the entrance of Universal Studios not knowing what to do. I watched a line of cars and trucks come rolling in through the gates, also not quite sure what to do. People in Tesla shirts ran around directing traffic and talking into walkie-talkies. I can't be sure they knew what was going on either.
November 2, 2016
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Elon Musk has something else he wants everyone to buy: solar roofs
Elon Musk's efforts to reinvent solar power haven't drawn as much acclaim as the tech mogul's work on electric vehicles or Mars exploration. But that could change if his latest product works as advertised. Musk has unveiled a concept for a solar roof – and yes, that's "solar roof," as opposed to a roof with solar panels on top of it.
November 1, 2016
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Tesla unveils residential 'solar roof' with updated battery storage system
Tesla will build and sell its own line of solar panels to combine with its battery storage system, the company announced at a press event at Universal Studios in LA, today. the system will allow residential homeowners to replace their entire roof with solar panels connected to an updated Powerwall 2 battery pack, making it much simpler for homes to be entirely powered by solar power.
October 28, 2016
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Tesla's new solar shingles could be the spark needed to ignite the industry
Four solar tiles will tie tightly into Tesla's manufacturing and sales of household and commercial battery systems
October 30, 2016
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Why Tesla's new solar roof tiles and home battery are such a big deal
On October 28, Tesla unveiled its new solar roof tiles. Few of us in attendance, if any, realized the solar roofing tiles were actual functional solar panels until Elon Musk said so. Sure, it's a neat trick, but what's the big deal?
October 30, 2016
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Quantum-dot solar windows evolve with 'doctor-blade' spreading
In a paper for the journal Nature Energy, a Los Alamos National Laboratory research team demonstrates an important step in taking quantum dot, solar-powered windows from the laboratory to the construction site by proving that the technology can be scaled up from palm-sized demonstration models to windows large enough to put in and power a building.
October 22, 2016
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Fluxim releases a new software tool to simulate large area OLED panels
Switzerland-based R&D tools provider Fluxim released a new simulation tool called Laoss. Laoss is aimed specifically for large area organic electronic devices - such as large OLED display and lighting panels and perovskite solar cells.
October 22, 2016
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In solar-panel battle, Target's beating Walmart
US corporations are getting into renewable energy, with the two retailing giants leading the way in solar capacity.
October 20, 2016
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Researchers road-test powerful method for studying singlet fission
Physicists have successfully employed a powerful technique for studying electrons generated through singlet fission, a process which it is believed will be key to more efficient solar energy production in years to come.
October 17, 2016
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Tesla and Panasonic buddy up to build solar panels in Buffalo
Well, that was fast.
October 17, 2016
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Tesla, Panasonic deepen ties with tentative solar panel manufacturing agreement
The partnership is contingent on Tesla buying SolarCity.
October 17, 2016
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Tesla, Panasonic solar deal could signal smart home future
Cooperation between the companies could go deeper than manufacturing.
October 17, 2016
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Tesla, Panasonic to jointly build solar cells
Panasonic and SolarCity have been vying for the top spot for solar panel efficiency
October 17, 2016
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Energy generation from heat with a solar cell built backwards
Nowadays, almost everybody is familiar with the concept of a solar cell as a renewable energy generator. Simply put, solar cells absorb incoming sunlight and convert a part of photon energy into electricity. the remainder of photon energy is dissipated as heat.
October 14, 2016
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X-ray vision reveals how polymer solar cells wear out
Scientists from the Technical University of Munich have used the acurate X-ray vision provided by DESY's radiation source PETRA III to observe the degradation of plastic solar cells. Their study suggests an approach for improving the manufacturing process to increase the long-term stability of such organic solar cells.
October 11, 2016
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Graphene-Perovskite Solar Cells Exceed 18% Efficiency
Scientists have created hybrid perovskite-graphene solar cells that show good stability upon exposure to sunlight, while still maintaining efficiency over 18% - the highest reported efficiency of graphene perovskite hybrid solar cells to date.
October 5, 2016
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New advances in solar cell technology
With the high environmental cost of conventional energy sources and the finite supply of fossil fuels, the importance of renewable energy sources has become much more apparent in recent years.
October 5, 2016
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Non-toxic solvent removes barrier to commercialization of perovskite solar cells
Scientists have developed a solvent system with reduced toxicity that can be used in the manufacture of perovskite solar cells, clearing one of the barriers to the commercialization of a technology that promises to revolutionize the solar industry.
October 5, 2016
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Recent innovations in perovskite film research for solar cells
With the high environmental cost of conventional energy sources and the finite supply of fossil fuels, the importance of renewable energy sources has become much more apparent in recent years. However, efficiently harnessing solar energy for human use has been a difficult task. While silicon-based solar cells can be used to capture sunlight energy, they are costly to produce on an industrial scale.
October 4, 2016
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Advance in low-cost clean energy generation
A substantial advance in generating electricity has now been realized through a combination of concentrating solar power and thermoelectric materials. by combining concentrating solar power -- which converts light into heat that is then used to generate electricity -- with segmented thermoelectric legs, made up of two different thermoelectric materials, each working at different temperature ranges, researchers said they have demonstrated a promising new alternative solar energy technology.
October 3, 2016
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A Bright Solar Future will be Flawed and Imperfect
Scientists Offer a Solution to the Problem of Purity.
September 28, 2016
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Stacked perovskite/CIGS solar module achieves unprecedented efficiency at 17.8 percent
Scientists from imec, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Zentrum fur Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Wurttemberg, today announced that they have fabricated a thin-film solar module stack made up of perovskite and Copper Indium Gallium Selenide with a conversion efficiency of 17.8 percent.
September 27, 2016
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Looking to leapfrog the power grid, d.light raises $22 million for solar in emerging markets
The development of mobile payment platforms, increasing options for providing debt, and cheaper and better off-grid solar power systems are presenting countries around the world with a chance to leapfrog the archaic electricity infrastructure that defined the twentieth century.
September 21, 2016
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Ring Stick Up Cam and Solar Panel combo provides peace of mind
Ring's Video Doorbell is among the best connected doorbell options out there, and the company released a wireless security camera called the Stick Up Cam earlier this year, as well as a solar panel to help provide it with continuous power. But how does the Stick Up, stack up?
September 21, 2016
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Solar radiation variability over Italy in the last 55 years reconstructed for the first time
Surface solar radiation variability over Italy from the end of the 1950s has been reconstructed in a new framework, report scientists. this information -- based on more than 50 daily records distributed all over the Italian territory -- is completely innovative, as surface solar radiation records had never been analyzed for this area.
September 19, 2016
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Tesla says SolarCity deal could be delayed by shareholder lawsuits
Tesla has said that its acquisition of SolarCity could be delayed because of shareholder lawsuits which have been filed to challenge the merger, according to an amended regulatory filing published by the SEC today spotted by Reuters.
September 19, 2016
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ERC Starting Grant to revolutionize the efficiency, cost and stability of thin-film solar cells
Imec, Europe's top nanoelectronics research center and Hasselt University, today announce that one of their scientists has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant. the grantee is Bart Vermang, researcher at IMOMEC, imec's associated lab at the Hasselt University. He receives two million euros to apply techniques from silicon solar cell processing to revolutionize the design of thin-film solar cells, improving their efficiency, cost and stability.
September 13, 2016
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Couple solar panels with lead-acid batteries to increase electricity self-sufficiency in households
Couple solar panels with lead-acid batteries to increase electricity self-sufficiency in households, say investigators. Their simulations reveal that the maximum rate of self-sufficiency of solar panels would only be about 40%, while the addition of complementary lead-acid batteries would result in a considerable increase of the energy prices.
September 12, 2016
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Solar-Powered Boat Preps for Around-The-World Trip
From the Creators of Solar Impulse
September 12, 2016
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New perovskite research discoveries may lead to solar cell, LED advances
'Promising' and 'remarkable' are two words a scientist has used to describe recent research results on organolead mixed-halide perovskites. Perovskites are optically active, semiconducting compounds that are known to display intriguing electronic, light-emitting and chemical properties.
September 7, 2016
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A new technique opens up advanced fullerene solar cells
In a photovoltaic cell, light generates opposite charges in the active layer. the charges must then be separated as quickly as possible to keep them from recombining. Positive charges are driven by a built-in electric field to one metallic contact, while negative charges migrate in the opposite direction to another electrode. Using a unique ultra-fast spectroscopic technique, EPFL scientists have now been able to track the fate of charged pairs in an advanced type of solar cells currently under intense research.
September 2, 2016
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A new technique opens up advanced solar cells
Using a novel spectroscopic technique, scientists have made a much-needed breakthrough in cutting-edge photovoltaics.
September 2, 2016
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Solar Power Plant Can't Figure Out how to Stop Frying Birds
Each year, around 6,000 birds are incinerated after chasing bugs within the Ivanpah concentrated solar thermal plant in the California Mojave Desert. Officials at the facility are enacting all sorts of measures to prevent this ongoing avian massacre–but it's not clear if anything's working.
September 2, 2016
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Imploding bubbles improve the growth of single-crystalline perovskite solar cell thin films
Single thin-film crystals are required to utilize promising hybrid organic/inorganic perovskite materials to develop solar cells. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology researchers have now shown how imploding bubbles in a solution can grow single crystals of the preferred orientation for manufacturing thin films.
August 30, 2016
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New solar cell is more efficient, costs less than its counterparts
The cost of solar power is beginning to reach price parity with cheaper fossil fuel-based electricity in many parts of the world, yet the clean energy source still accounts for slightly more than 1% of the world's electricity mix.
August 29, 2016
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An effective and low-cost solution for storing solar energy
Solar energy can be stored by converting it into hydrogen. But current methods are too expensive and don't last long. Using commercially available solar cells and none of the usual rare metals, researchers have now designed a device that outperforms in stability, efficiency and cost.
August 25, 2016
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Defect-engineered graphene improves supercapacitors
Making clean energy a large-scale reality entails the integration of renewable energy generation technologies such as solar cells with energy storage devices. this integration is necessary to mitigate the inherent fluctuations associated with photovoltaics.
August 25, 2016
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Interface engineering for stable perovskite solar cells
The lifetime of perovskite solar cells is significantly enhanced by using few-layer molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) flakes as an active buffer interface layer. Researchers from the Graphene Flagship show that interface engineering with layered materials is important for boosting solar cell performance.
August 24, 2016
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SPIES tool aims to support solar park developments
A 'go-to' guide for the UK's solar park community has been planned, allowing researchers to qualify and, where possible, quantify and value the ecosystem services of current and planned parks.
August 18, 2016
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Hybrid system designed to harvest full spectrum of solar energy (w/video)
A new concept could bring highly efficient solar power by combining three types of technologies that convert different parts of the light spectrum and also store energy for use after sundown.
August 18, 2016
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Gadget grabs more solar energy to disinfect water faster
Plopped into water, a tiny device triggers the formation of chemicals that kill microbes in minutes
August 15, 2016
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Material for polymer solar cells may lend itself to large-area processing
For all the promise they have shown in the lab, polymer solar cells still need to "get on a roll" like the ones employed in printing newspapers so that large sheets of acceptably efficient photovoltaic devices can be manufactured continuously and economically.
August 15, 2016
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SolarCity to develop roofs made of solar cells
Solar rooftops will be produced at SolarCity's soon to open Buffalo, N.Y., manufacturing plant
August 15, 2016
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Volkswagen prepares to fly to the sun...metaphorically
The automaker is reportedly in talks with the German company SMA Solar to help bolster its move toward electrification.
August 12, 2016
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SolarCity is designing a roof made of solar panels
SolarCity's next big product will be a "solar roof" that's entirely composed of solar panels – a sleeker alternative to covering an existing roof in solar modules sometime after installation. the plan was detailed during a call with investors yesterday, with company chairman Elon Musk describing the offering as a roof that "looks way better" and "lasts far longer than a normal roof."
August 10, 2016
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From the Sweethome: the solar power system we'd get for ourselves
Turns out picking panels is pretty easy–but designing a system is still complex.
August 05, 2016
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Artificial Leaf Turns CO2 Emissions Into Fuel
If humans could invent a leaf-like solar cell that could turn carbon dioxide pollution from the atmosphere into fuel for electric power plants, it could help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut emissions that contribute to global warming.
August 03, 2016
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Cadmium-tellurium solar cells: Formula optimized
Solar cells could move closer to theoretical levels of efficiency, thanks to new findings. Researchers used advanced microscopy techniques to discover efficiency differences of crystalline structures of various mixtures of cadmium, tellurium and selenium.
August 03, 2016
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Semi-transparent Solar Cells with Thermal Mirror Capability developed
Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells have been created that demonstrate high-power conversion efficiency and transmit visible light while blocking infrared light, making them great candidates for solar windows.
August 03, 2016
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Tiny high-performance solar cells turn power generation sideways
University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have created high-performance, micro-scale solar cells that outshine comparable devices in key performance measures. the miniature solar panels could power myriad personal devices -- wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, even autofocusing contact lenses.
August 03, 2016
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Tesla acquires SolarCity in a $2.6 billion deal
Tesla is buying SolarCity, a company selling solar power systems for homes and businesses. the electric car maker will shell out $2.6 billion (£1.97bn).
August 02, 2016
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Breakthrough solar cell captures carbon dioxide and sunlight, produces burnable fuel
1,000-fold improved chemistry leads to 'artificial leaf' that makes syngas
July 28, 2016
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Solar Capture Technique Turns CO2 Into Burnable Fuel
Engineers at the University of Chicago have created a new kind of solar cell that efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide into usable hydrocarbon fuel–and it does so using only sunlight for energy.
July 29, 2016
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Serendipitous observation may lead to more efficient solar cells and new gas sensors
While investigating perovskite crystals, scientists made an observation that could make perovskite solar cells more efficient. It could also lead to new sensors for oxygen and water vapor.
July 27, 2016
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Videos reveal birds, bats and bugs near Ivanpah solar project power towers
Video surveillance is the most effective method for detecting animals flying around solar power towers, according to a new study.
July 27, 2016
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Watering solar cells makes them grow... in power
Perovskite solar cells are the rising star in the photovoltaic landscape. Since their invention, less than ten years ago, their efficiency has doubled twice and it is now over 22% -- an astonishing result in the renewable energy sector. Taking the name 'perovskite' from the light-harvesting layer that characterizes them, these solar cells are lighter, cheaper, and more flexible than the traditional crystalline silicon-based cells.
July 27, 2016
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Watering solar cells makes them grow in power
Perovskite solar cells are the rising star in the photovoltaic landscape. Since their invention, less than ten years ago, their efficiency has doubled twice and it is now over 22% -- an astonishing result in the renewable energy sector. Researchers have now clarified the relationship between air exposure and enhanced electric proprieties in perovskite solar cells.
July 27, 2016
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Any picture or text could be inkjet-printed as a solar cell
Any picture or text could be inkjet-printed as a solar cell, using a newly developed technology. When light is absorbed in an ordinary ink, it generates heat. a photovoltaic ink, however, coverts part of that energy to electricity. the darker the color, the more electricity is produced, because the human eye is most sensitive to that part of the solar radiation spectrum which has highest energy density.
July 26, 2016
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Researchers print energy-producing photographs
Solar cells have been manufactured already for a long from inexpensive materials with different printing techniques. Especially organic solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells are suitable for printing.
July 26, 2016
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China surges further ahead in solar power production
China also maintained its no. 1 status for having the world's most powerful supercomputer
July 25, 2016
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Materials based on clusters of atoms may revolutionize the whole solar cell industry
Lead-free, more efficient solar cells and other optoelectronics devices will likely be based on a family of materials known as hybrid perovskites. Scientists identified how to control different properties and stability in these solar cell materials using lead-free preparation.
July 25, 2016
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Modeling sunlight harvesting in nanostructures
To create the next generation of solar panels and other light-driven devices, scientists must model how complex interactions occur. Modeling across different scales, from individual atoms to very large systems with thousands of atoms, provides needed insights.
July 25, 2016
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New lithium-oxygen battery greatly improves energy efficiency, longevity
Lithium-air batteries are considered highly promising technologies for electric cars and portable electronic devices because of their potential for delivering a high energy output in proportion to their weight. But such batteries have some pretty serious drawbacks: they waste much of the injected energy as heat and degrade relatively quickly.
July 25, 2016
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Unlocking the secret to cheaper solar power
As climate change garners more attention around the world, scientists have made critical advances in understanding the physical properties of an emerging class of solar cells that have the potential to dramatically lower the cost of solar energy.
July 25, 2016
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The best portable solar battery charger
When you're off the grid, be sure to pack the Anker PowerPort Solar Lite.
July 22, 2016
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Elon Musk's 'Master Plan: Part Deux' -- what you need to know
You know what they say -- timing is everything.
July 21, 2016
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Elon Musk is leaving a trail of breadcrumbs to his 'master plan'
Hint: It has something to do with solar power.
July 20, 2016
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Novel 3D Solar Cells to Undergo First Testing in Space
A novel three-dimensional solar cell design developed at Georgia Tech will soon get its first testing in space aboard the International Space Station. An experimental module containing 18 test cells was launched to the ISS on July 18, and will be installed on the exterior of the station to study the cells' performance and their ability to withstand the rigors of space.
July 19, 2016
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Researchers Report Critical Step Towards Large-Scale Manufacture of Better, Less-Expensive Solar Panels
Researchers from the University of Houston have reported the first explanation for how a class of materials changes during production to more efficiently absorb light, a critical step toward the large-scale manufacture of better and less-expensive solar panels.
July 19, 2016
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The future of perovskite solar cells has just got brighter - come rain or shine
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July 18, 2016
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Solar panels study reveals impact on Earth
Researchers have produced the first detailed study of the impact of solar parks on the environment, opening the door to smarter forms of farming and better land management.
July 13, 2016
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Engineering researchers strive to create cheaper, more efficient third-generation solar cells
A humming laboratory is birthing tiny solar cells -- the first such devices created on campus -- as researchers strive to develop better photovoltaic technologies.
July 12, 2016
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Mandalay Bay installs America's biggest solar roof
26,000-panels big.
July 8, 2016
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Sonnen's new battery for solar self-consumption could succeed in US
Tesla Powerwall competitor launches a battery to ease recent net metering woes.
July 11, 2016
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How solar energy can be transformed into fuel
A new study look into the quest for sustainable fuel, and how solar energy can be transformed into exactly this. the new procedure uses the sun's thermal energy to convert carbon dioxide and water directly into synthetic fuel.
July 7, 2016
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Sun-Petrol - how solar energy can be transformed into fuel
The sun is a clean and inexhaustible source of energy, with the potential to provide a sustainable answer to all future energy supply demands. There's just one outstanding problem: the sun doesn't always shine and its energy is hard to store.
July 7, 2016
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Atomic vibrations hurt solar cell efficiency
When sunlight is absorbed in a solar cell, some of the energy that could be used is lost as heat. Because this complex loss process occurs in a fraction of a second, characterizing it has long been a challenge.
June 29, 2016
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Nano-Stiltskin: turning gold into... see-through rubber
Flexible solar panels that could be rolled up for easy transport and other devices would benefit from transparent metal electrodes that can conduct electricity, are stretchable, and resist damage following repeated stretching.
June 29, 2016
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New approach to room-temperature materials synthesis: Low cost, simple, and controlled composition
Templates are being exploited to create new materials for solar cells and other energy-producing devices. Now, a versatile two-step process uses templates of hexagonal nanoplates that controllably transform into more complex materials with specific sizes and shapes. Chemical processes known as ion exchange reactions convert templates of compounds containing two elements to new materials with three elements. the resulting material has controlled size, shape, and composition.
June 29, 2016
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Saved by the sun: Solar-powered oxygen delivery system helps save lives in Uganda
A new twist on the use of renewable energy is saving children's lives in Africa. the innovation -- a solar-powered oxygen delivery system -- is providing concentrated oxygen in hospital for children suffering from severe pneumonia.
June 29, 2016
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Simple preparation for affordable solar energy storage
The sun doesn't shine on the same spot all day, meaning solar panels produce energy intermittently. Solar energy researchers have been trying to store sunlight by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. a solar cell splits water with two electrodes, producing oxygen on one electrode, while generating hydrogen on the other.
June 29, 2016
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The Solar Roadway is getting a (tiny) test along Route 66
Solar Roadway's crazy plan to replace America's roads with solar panels has always been met with a mixture of public glee and pragmatic criticism. Now, though, the company is getting a new, tiny public test, with a stretch of solar sidewalk to be installed on Route 66. According to Missouri's News Tribune, Solar Roadway's hexagonal, LED-embedded solar panels will be used to generate electricity for the Route 66 Welcome Center at Conway, as well as possibly fund future pilots.
July 1, 2016
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These solar road panels could turn our world into Tron
Solar Roadways is an Idaho startup that's developed a system of modular solar panels, which they hope will one day power our cities, recharge our cars, and make roads safer.
July 1, 2016
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The Window for Avoiding a Dangerous Climate Change Has Closed
Barring some incredible new carbon capture technology, the window for limiting global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius appears to have closed. That's the stark conclusion of a report out in Nature today, which finds that the carbon reductions pledges penned into the Paris Agreement are ridiculously inadequate for keeping our climate within a safe and stable boundary.
June 29, 2016
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Water Windfall Found in Drought-Stricken California
California's Central Valley has three times more freshwater in underground aquifers than previously thought, drinking water that could help the state weather future drought and fortify itself against a changing climate, according to a new Stanford University study.
June 27, 2016
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