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2D materials clean up their act
Two-dimensional materials such as graphene may only be one or two atoms thick but they are poised to power flexible electronics, revolutionise composites and even clean our water.
August 2, 2017
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19 of the coolest images from NASA's Operation IceBridge
Ice Ice Baby
May 12, 2017
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100% renewable by 2050: the technology already exists to make it happen
Most of the world could switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050, creating millions of jobs, saving millions of lives that would otherwise be lost to air pollution, and avoiding 1.5°C of warming. That's the bold claim of a major new study by Stanford professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues, published in the journal Joule ("100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water, and Sunlight All-Sector Energy Roadmaps for 139 Countries of the World").
August 23, 2017
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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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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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Misc. - A

A 14th-century plague helped reveal just how long humans have polluted the planet
Before the Black Death, there was lead in the air.
September 25, 2017
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A battery-inspired strategy for carbon fixation
Scientists working toward the elusive lithium-air battery discovered an unexpected approach to capturing and storing carbon dioxide away from the atmosphere. Using a design intended for a lithium-CO2 battery, researchers have developed a way to isolate solid carbon dust from gaseous carbon dioxide, with the potential to also separate out oxygen gas through the same method.
August 9, 2017
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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 decade of monitoring shows the dynamics of a conserved Atlantic tropical forest
Characterized with high levels of biodiversity and endemism, the Atlantic Tropical Forest has been facing serious anthropogenic threats over the last several decades. Having put important ecosystem services at risk, such activities need to be closely studied as part of the forest dynamics. Thus, a Brazilian team of researchers spent a decade monitoring a semi-deciduous forest located in an ecological park in Southeast Brazil.
August 16, 2017
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A 'geoengineering cocktail' is the latest last-ditch proposal to reverse climate change
Humans have been accidentally geoengineering for centuries. At what point should we do it on purpose?
September 27, 2017
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A History of Global Warming, In Just 35 Seconds
Last year, there was the temperature spiral. This year, it's the temperature circle that's making the trend of global warming crystal clear.
August 2, 2017
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A hotter planet might make hurricanes more destructive
Here's how.
June 22, 2017
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A key government report on climate change is out. Here's what you need to know
The New York Times published a draft of the report on Monday night.
August 8, 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 Nebraska-Sized Area of Forest Disappeared in 2015
A Nebraska-sized chunk of the world's forests was decimated in 2015 because of wildfire, logging and expanding palm oil plantations, according to a new study. The loss is part of a continuing trend of deforestation that could have devastating implications for the climate.
July 24, 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 material emits white light when exposed to electricity
Scientists at Nagoya University have developed a new way to make stimuli-responsive materials in a predictable manner. They used this method to design a new material, a mixture of carbon nanorings and iodine, which conducts electricity and emits white light when exposed to electricity. The team's new approach could help generate a range of reliable stimuli-responsive materials, which can be used in memory devices, artificial muscles and drug delivery systems, among other applications.
July 24, 2017
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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 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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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 stinging report: Climate change a major threat to bumble bees
New research is helping to explain the link between a changing global climate and a dramatic decline in bumble bee populations worldwide.
September 29, 2017
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A Texas-size chunk of Antarctica partially melted last year
It could be a sign of more damage to come.
June 16, 2017
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A Warming Arctic can actually make our winters colder
Can you say polar vortex?
September 25, 2017
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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 Greenland to the growing list of countries on fire
Reminder, this isn't normal
August 8, 2017
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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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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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Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production
Hardest-hit areas are big solar investors: China, India, Arabian peninsula
June 26, 2017
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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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Almost every country in the world can power itself with renewable energy
The planet is pretty much ready to go 100 percent renewable by 2050.
August 23, 2017
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Alphabet Turns to Molten Salt to Store Clean Energy
Using giant vats of molten salt and antifreeze under the codename 'Malta,' Google's parent company Alphabet is joining Tesla and smaller companies that are developing ways to store wind and solar power affordably to expand renewables and combat climate change.
August 2, 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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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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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 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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Anatomy of a wildfire
The 2011 Las Conchas wildfire was big even before it blew up on June 27.
June 21, 2017
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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 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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Antarctica's Ice-Free Areas to Increase By 2100
Climate change will cause ice-free areas on Antarctica to increase by up to a quarter by 2100, threatening the diversity of the unique terrestrial plant and animal life that exists there, according to projections from the first study examining the question in detail.
July 4, 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 wants one million acres of forest to be responsibly managed by 2020
For the latest in its series of environmental videos, Apple offers up some details on its forest conservation efforts. Once again narrated by Lisa Jackson, the head of the company's environmental efforts, the video talks about how Apple plans to make sure that one million acres of forest are responsibly managed by 2020.
July 27, 2017
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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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Apple's Lisa Jackson to talk about the environmental and social role of tech companies at Disrupt SF
The tech industry has become so big that it now plays a much bigger role than just enabling productivity and fostering economic growth. Apple VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson knows this perfectly well as she's responsible for making sure that Apple doesn't make any compromise in favor of unrestrained growth.
July 28, 2017
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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 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 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 energy markets change, GE, blockchain hope to provide economic solutions
New additions to the Predix platform are targeted at energy traders and grid managers.
June 16, 2017
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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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As the Arctic gets warmer, our winters get colder
And our plants take a hit.
July 10, 2017
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Australia's Great Barrier Reef Has Been Valued at a Whopping $42 Billion
With the Great Barrier Reef under unprecedented environmental stress, a new report is raising the alarm in terms of its potential economic loss. Valued at Aus$56 billion (US$42 billion), the largest living structure on Earth is now deemed "too big to fail."
June 26, 2017
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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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Misc. - B

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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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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Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Health, economic benefits of capturing agricultural nitric oxide outlined in study
July 27, 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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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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Biodegradable cleaning products and eco-friendly plastics from mushroom waste
More than 50,000 tonnes of mushroom waste are generated in Europe each week, posing an environmental challenge for the main industries that market this product worldwide. The new European project Funguschain aims to obtain high antimicrobial and antioxidant substances from these residues applicable to sectors as varied as food, cleaning or plastics.
June 28, 2017
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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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Bioreactors on a chip renew promises for algal biofuels
For over a decade, companies have promised a future of renewable fuel from algae. Investors interested in moving the world away from fossil fuel have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the effort, and with good reason. Algae replicate quickly, requiring little more than water and sunlight to accumulate to massive amounts, which then convert atmospheric CO2 into lipids (oils) that can be harvested and readily processed into biodiesel.
September 29, 2017
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Bioplastic derived from soya protein which can absorb up to forty times its own weight
Researchers are testing the strength of a new organic material as a dispenser of micronutrients in crops. This new product, which is organic and biodegradable, is environmentally friendly. For that reason, the experts are exploring its use in the area of horticulture, specifically as a raw material from which to make agricultural nutrient dispensers.
June 27, 2017
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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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Boron nitride foam soaks up carbon dioxide
Rice University materials scientists have created a light foam from two-dimensional sheets of hexagonal-boron nitride (h-BN) that absorbs carbon dioxide.
August 16, 2017
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Breakthrough paves way for smaller electronic devices
Queen's University Belfast researchers have discovered a new way to create extremely thin electrically conducting sheets, which could revolutionise the tiny electronic devices that control everything from smart phones to banking and medical technology.
June 14, 2017
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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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Misc. - C

Carbon nanotubes turn electrical current into light-emitting quasi-particles
Light-matter quasi-particles can be generated electrically in semiconducting carbon nanotubes. Material scientists and physicists from Heidelberg University (Germany) and the University of St Andrews (Scotland) used light-emitting and extremely stable transistors to reach strong light-matter coupling and create exciton-polaritons. These particles may pave the way for new light sources, so-called electrically pumped polariton lasers, that could be manufactured with carbon nanotubes.
July 24, 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 court revokes US EPA approval of nanosilver product
A federal appeals court in California has revoked the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) conditional approval of a nanosilver product used in a wide range of consumer products -- including a variety of household, office, plastic and textile products, such as clothing, cell phones, computers, and office supplies -- as an antimicrobial agent.
June 19, 2017
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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 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 corals survive climate change?
Coral reef experts deliver urgent recommendations for future research
September 1, 2017
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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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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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Car and House Windows that Stay Warm in Winter and Cool in Summer
A car sitting in the sun on a Summer's day is scorching and this indeed is a fact that has been acknowledged almost throughout the whole world. However, this truth could soon be challenged by a collaboration between Sandia National Laboratories and Santa Fe, New Mexico-based IR Dynamics.
September 1, 2017
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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 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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Carbon nanotube wools for greenhouse gas mitigation and bullet-proof clothing
Turning atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) into valuable products seems like a great idea to help remove this greenhouse gas to mitigate climate change.
July 18, 2017
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Caspian Sea evaporating as temperatures rise, study finds
Earth's largest inland body of water has been slowly evaporating for the past two decades due to rising temperatures associated with climate change, a new study finds. Water levels in the Caspian Sea dropped nearly 7 centimeters (3 inches) per year from 1996 to 2015, or nearly 1.5 meters (5 feet) total, according to the new study. The current Caspian Sea level is only about 1 meter (3 feet) above the historic low level it reached in the late 1970s.
August 29, 2017
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Catalyst mimics the z-scheme of photosynthesis
A new study demonstrates a process with great potential for developing technologies for reducing CO2 levels.
June 22, 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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Cause of Atlantic coastline's sea level rise hot spots now revealed
Seas rose in the southeastern US between 2011 and 2015 by more than six times the global average sea level rise that is already happening due to human-induced global warming, new research shows. The combined effects of El Niño (ENSO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), both of which are naturally occurring climate processes, drove this recent sea level rise hot spot, according to the study.
August 9, 2017
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Cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly
Could cellulosic biofuels -- or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood -- become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In a new article, researchers say yes, but with a few important caveats.
June 29, 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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Chaotic magnetic field lines may answer the coronal heating problem
Scientists show how chaotic magnetic field lines result in stronger current sheets and extreme heating of the sun's corona
August 9, 2017
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Cheap and simple detection of neurotoxic chemicals
Chemical contamination from pesticides is a serious problem. Detection methods can be complicated, difficult to implement, and expensive. However, researchers have discovered a method to reduce the cost and simplify the process for detecting a neurotoxin found in several pesticides called Nereistoxin. It is hoped that the method will bring about improved detection techniques.
August 1, 2017
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Cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to new research that examines the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria.
August 25, 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 Are Already Suffering From Summer Heat. Climate Change Will Make It Worse
Tina Johnson has a sense of place. She's a fourth-generation New Yorker who lives in the same apartment in West Harlem's Grant housing development that her grandparents lived in. She calls that apartment her anchor and the nine buildings that make up the development towering above 125th Street ' home to roughly 4,400 residents spread across nine high rises ' a small town.
August 3, 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 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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Clarifying perspectives to promote action on loss and damage from climate change
The hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria highlight the potential for the climate system to cause loss and damage. 'Loss and damage' is a phrase used in different ways by people who work on climate policy, negotiation and adaptation/resilience. A new study clarifies these different perspectives which is a key issue now that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, is encouraging creation and implementation of actions to address loss and damage from climate change.
September 25, 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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Clear summer skies are making Greenland's ice sheet melt even faster
The icy island is having a meltdown.
June 30, 2017
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Climate Change Altering Droughts, Impacts Across U.S.
As a major drought devastated the West and Midwest beginning in 2012, farmers racked up billions of dollars in crop losses and water managers grappled with possible water shortages for millions of people as reservoirs dried up in the heat.
June 22, 2017
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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 make severe turbulence even worse
Fasten your seatbelt
April 6, 2017
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Climate change could put rare bat species at greater risk
An endangered bat species with a UK population of less than 1,000 could be further threatened by the effects of global warming, according to a new study.
August 2, 2017
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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 expected to increase premature deaths from air pollution
Most comprehensive study yet on climate change, air quality and premature death
July 31, 2017
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Climate Change-fueled storms could leave less water for drinking
Last Summer, Southern Florida nearly ran out of water. It wasn't drought--actually, the opposite. The state got way too much rain, which flushed nutrients from over-fertilized farms into its canals and reservoirs. All the extra food led to a massive algal bloom, a skim of blue-green slime that smells like rotten eggs and poisons humans. Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in four counties.
July 27, 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 Means More Fuel for Toxic Algae Blooms
For two days in early August 2014, the 400,000 residents in and around Toledo, Ohio, were told not to drink, wash dishes with or bathe in the city's water supply. A noxious, pea green algae bloom had formed over the city's intake pipe in Lake Erie and levels of a toxin that could cause diarrhea and vomiting had reached unsafe levels.
July 27, 2017
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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 projected to significantly increase harmful algal blooms in US freshwaters
Harmful algal blooms known to pose risks to human and environmental health in large freshwater reservoirs and lakes are projected to increase because of climate change.
August 15, 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 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 scientists create Caribbean drought atlas
Atmospheric scientists have developed the first-of-its-kind, high-resolution Caribbean drought atlas, with data going back to 1950. Concurrently, the researchers confirmed the region's 2013-16 drought was the most severe in 66 years due to consistently higher temperatures -- a hint that climate change is to blame.
August 1, 2017
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Climate scientists push back against catastrophic scenarios
In both the popular and academic press, scientists argue against worst cases.
July 12, 2017
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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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Cloud formation suppressed by biogenic organic emissions
Evidence has been found that near-ground biogenic emissions of organics suppress cloud formation in cool-temperate forests in autumn, providing clues to how global warming will affect cloud formation and the overall climate.
September 6, 2017
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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 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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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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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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Commercial agriculture is preventing wildfires--and that's not good news
We need more scorched earth.
June 29, 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 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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Construction costs are falling for renewable and natural gas plants
New statistics reflect how much renewable development has matured in previous years.
July 6, 2017
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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 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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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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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 the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University.
July 4, 2017
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Dams on the Amazon River could have widespread, devastating impacts--and we keep building more of them
Dam crazy.
June 15, 2017
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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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Department of Energy Head Says CO2 Isn't Main Driver of Climate Change
Climate change is real. We know it. We can see it. It's obvious. The evidence is well beyond overwhelming. There is no real debate in the scientific community, and just about every counter argument from solar output to our relative position in the galaxy has been roundly and thoroughly debunked. And yet, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said this week that he didn't believe carbon dioxide was the main component of global climate change, stating that the oceans and the environment are "most likely" the culprits.
June 26, 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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Despite Summer Snow, Greenland Is Still Melting
Recent summers on the vast, white expanse of the Greenland ice sheet have featured some spectacular ice melt, including an alarming period in 2012 when nearly the whole surface showed signs of melt. But this summer has instead seen several bouts of snow, staving off a big summer melt. So what gives?
July 25, 2017
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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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'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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Discovering the third generation of bioplastics
The ongoing revolution in packaging is the use of 100% organic materials obtained from the leftovers of agricultural production. An expert from the Italian National Research Council (CNR) says that in the early 2020s these bioplastics may become as competitive as traditional ones, even if not suitable for all uses.
July 4, 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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Distributed energy sources can reduce cost of electricity up to 50%, study says
Traditional grids will have to change. Modeling can help find the best way forward.
July 18, 2017
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Diverse landscapes are more productive and adapt better to climate change
Ecosystems with high biodiversity are more productive and stable towards annual fluctuations in environmental conditions than those with a low diversity of species. They also adapt better to climate-driven environmental changes. These are the key findings environmental scientists made in a study of about 450 landscapes harboring 2,200 plants and animal species.
September 4, 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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Does doom and gloom convince anyone about climate change?
New York magazine article brings teachable moment on communicating climate change science
July 28, 2017
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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 believe our planet is warming up? Look at this.
Yes, it's happening.
June 19, 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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Drone tech offers new ways to manage climate change
An innovation providing key clues to how humans might manage forests and cities to cool the planet is taking flight. Cornell researchers are using drone technology to more accurately measure surface reflectivity on the landscape, a technological advance that could offer a new way to manage climate change.
August 8, 2017
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Drones will fly into the path of the eclipse to study weather
As the sky goes dark, robots will conduct atmospheric science.
August 17, 2017
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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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Earning a living in a changing climate: The plant perspective
Some of the world's plants are using 'last-stand' strategies to survive rather than thrive as global climate change gathers apace. Ecologists assessed plant strategies in less suitable climates by tapping into big data collated from 16 different countries in 3 different continents over the past 50 years.
June 14, 2017
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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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EPA intends to form "red team" to debate climate science
Agency head reported to desire "back-and-forth critique" of published research.
June 30, 2017
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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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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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Energy harvested from evaporation could power much of U.S.
In the first evaluation of evaporation as a renewable energy source, researchers at Columbia University find that U.S. lakes and reservoirs could generate 325 gigawatts of power, nearly 70 percent of what the United States currently produces.
September 26, 2017
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Energy-efficient cleaning robot
State-of-the-art solar cells are efficient -- but are even more so when they are kept clean. A cleaning robot enables solar panels to deliver at full capacity.
June 14, 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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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 policy, pollution and economic growth
New study finds regulation reduces pollution without negatively affecting GDP
August 9, 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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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 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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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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Europe's most dangerous pathogens: Climate change increasing risks
The impact of climate change on the emergence and spread of infectious diseases could be greater than previously thought, according to new research
August 2, 2017
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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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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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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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Extreme Heat Will Hit India's Most Vulnerable the Hardest
A flurry of studies in recent months have laid bare the significant threat posed by extreme heat in a warming world. Perhaps nowhere is this threat more apparent than in India and other parts of South Asia, where intense heat waves collide with a large, vulnerable population.
August 2, 2017
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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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Exxon, under pressure from investors, prosecutors, commits to methane reduction
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and feds have walked away from regulation.
September 25, 2017
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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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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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Fighting global warming and climate change requires a broad energy portfolio
Can the continental United States make a rapid, reliable and low-cost transition to an energy system that relies almost exclusively on wind, solar and hydroelectric power? While there is growing excitement for this vision, a new study describes a more complicated reality. Researchers argue that achieving net-zero carbon emissions requires the incorporation of a much broader suite of energy sources and approaches.
June 19, 2017
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Firebricks offer low-cost storage for carbon-free energy
Firebricks, designed to withstand high heat, have been part of our technological arsenal for at least three millennia, since the era of the Hittites. Now, a proposal from MIT researchers shows this ancient invention could play a key role in enabling the world to switch away from fossil fuels and rely instead on carbon-free energy sources.
September 6, 2017
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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 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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Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of flat wonder material: Graphene
As graphene's popularity grows as an advanced 'wonder' material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind, the research group has developed a cleaner and more environmentally friendly method to isolate graphene using carbon dioxide in the form of carbonic acid as the electrolyte solution.
August 16, 2017
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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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Florida's climate might--maybe--save a handful of America's ash trees
But populations are splintering.
September 25, 2017
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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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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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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 Radical Plans To Save Civilization From Climate Change
Smug Eco-Warriors May think they're curbing global warming with their vegan diets, charged-up Teslas, and rooftop solar panels. But according to Peter Wadhams, head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group at the University of Cambridge, we're barely staving off disaster. He should know: The pessimistic professor has been studying sea ice for nearly 50 years. "
September 4, 2017
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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 pollution stays in waterways long after the fracking is done
Do you have to let it linger?
July 18, 2017
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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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Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy and nanotechnology
A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn salt water into fresh drinking water. The desalination system, which uses a combination of membrane distillation technology and light-harvesting nanophotonics, is the first major innovation from the Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT), a multi-institutional engineering research center based at Rice University.
June 19, 2017
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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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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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Getting the measure of mud
Researchers have found a way to chart changes in the speed of deep-ocean currents using the most modest of materials -- mud
September 25, 2017
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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 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 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 methane emissions from agriculture larger than reported, according to new estimates
Global methane emissions from agriculture are larger than estimated due to the previous use of out-of-date data on carbon emissions generated by livestock, according to a new study.
September 29, 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 doesn't stop when the emissions stop
Our climate is out of balance: Increasing accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere has caused the Earth's temperature to increase by 0.8°C since the beginning of the industrial revolution.
October 3, 2017
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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 Fueling Arizona's Monstrous Monsoons
Summer in Arizona and throughout the Southwest is monsoon season, which means a daily pattern of afternoon thunderstorms, flash floods, dramatic dust clouds and spectacular displays of lightning over the desert.
August 4, 2017
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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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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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Going 'green' with plant-based resins
Airplanes, electronics and solar cells are all in demand, but the materials holding these items together -- epoxy thermosets -- are not environmentally friendly. Now, a group reports that they have created a plant-based thermoset that could make devices 'greener.'
August 16, 2017
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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 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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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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Greenhouse Gases Are Rapidly Changing the Atmosphere
Humanity's grand experiment in the atmosphere continues, and a new report documents just how far it's gone.
July 13, 2017
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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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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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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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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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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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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 Climate Change Could Turn U.S. Real Estate Prices Upside Down
If Florida gleaned anything from Hurricane Andrew, the intensely powerful storm that tore a deadly trail of destruction across Miami-Dade County almost exactly 25 years to the day that Hurricane Harvey barreled into the Texas coastline, it was that living in areas exposed to the wrath of Mother Nature can come at a substantial cost.
September 5, 2017
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Here's How Climate Change is a 'Death Sentence' in Afghanistan's Highlands
The central highlands of Afghanistan are a world away from the congested chaos of the country's cities. Hills roll across colossal, uninhabited spaces fringed by snow-flecked mountains, set against blistering blue skies.
August 29, 2017
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Here's how you can actually help stop climate change
It takes more than turning off the lights, but it's all doable.
July 12, 2017
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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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High-rise forests in Italy are fighting air pollution
How the team behind Milan's Bosco Verticale used over 11,000 plants to improve air quality and increase housing
August 9, 2017
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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 wildlife trends reliable for predicting species at risk
Scientists have shown that using historical wildlife data provides a more accurate measure of how vulnerable certain species might be to extinction from climate change.
August 2, 2017
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Holey pattern boosts coherence of nanomechanical membrane vibrations
Researchers have introduced a new type of nanomechanical resonator, in which a pattern of holes localizes vibrations to a small region in a 30 nm thick membrane. The pattern dramatically suppresses coupling to random fluctuations in the environment, boosting the vibrations' coherence. The researchers' quantitative understanding and numerical models provide a versatile blueprint for ultracoherent nanomechanical devices.
June 22, 2017
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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 139 countries could be powered by 100 percent wind, water, and solar energy by 2050
The latest roadmap to a 100 percent renewable energy future outlines infrastructure changes that 139 countries can make to be entirely powered by wind, water, and sunlight by 2050 after electrification of all energy sectors. Such a transition could mean less worldwide energy consumption due to the efficiency of clean, renewable electricity; and a net increase of over 24 million long-term jobs.
August 23, 2017
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How a wildfire kicked up a 45,000-foot column of flames
In 2011, a New Mexico wildfire went from normal to nuclear. Three local scientists set out to learn why.
June 21, 2017
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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 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 forests balance the books in a changing climate
Plusses: more carbon dioxide and humidity. Minuses: more heat and drought.
September 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 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 dispose of bio-based plastics?
Bio-based plastics can be treated in different recycling and recovery streams. The preferred solution depends on the waste management infrastructure available in your country or region and the acceptance of the stakeholders along the value chain.
July 19, 2017
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How to eavesdrop on kelp
Listening to underwater forests could help monitor ocean health
July 6, 2017
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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 to survive a tsunami
We asked experts how to live through one of nature's most powerful disasters.
June 27, 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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How well have climate models done in the upper atmosphere?
Digging into the differences between models and satellite data.
June 21, 2017
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HP Is Making Ink Cartridges From Trashed Pop Bottles
Most of the news you read about ink cartridges is bad, and understandably so. Ink is one of the priciest liquids around by volume, printers waste unknown amounts to keep printheads "healthy,' and they quit working way before all the ink gets used up.
June 16, 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 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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Human-made fossil methane emission levels larger than previously believed
A team of researchers spent seven weeks in Antarctica collecting and studying 2,000-pound samples of glacial ice cores that date back nearly 12,000 years. The ancient air trapped within the ice revealed surprising new data about methane that may help inform today's policymakers as they consider ways to reduce global warming.
August 23, 2017
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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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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 you live in the South, climate change could kill your economy
Northern states might actually profit as the planet warms.
June 29, 2017
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IFTTT's Data Access Project brings government data to you
The digital automation service now connects users to info from agencies and institutions like the Library of Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense.
June 22, 2017
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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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Important things found in Antarctica this week: 91 volcanoes and also a fruitcake
And what they can tell us about the mysterious southern continent.
August 15, 2017
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Improved representation of solar variability in climate models
For upcoming climate model studies, scientists can use a new, significantly improved data set for solar forcing. An international science team led by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía in Granada has now published the details of the new reconstruction of this reference dataset in the journal Geoscientific Model Development.
July 4, 2017
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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 a Montana town, a record-breaking 103-degree swing in 24 hours
Loma's weather in January 1972 is a fascinating exemplar of sudden temperature spikes and drops.
June 22, 2017
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In March, wind and solar generated a record 10% of US electricity
And stationary storage batteries had a booming quarter, too.
June 14, 2017
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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 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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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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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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Insect eyes inspire new solar cell design
Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lenses in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics, say Stanford University scientists.
August 31, 2017
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Inside an investigation into Exxon Mobil's climate change misinformation
How Exxon sowed doubt about climate change, according to an author of a new study
August 23, 2017
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Inside Salt Lake City's dreary, dangerous smog dome
How it's fighting a perennial pollution problem.
August 2, 2017
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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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It's June. California Is Still Covered in Snow
The summer solstice is just around the corner, but someone forgot to tell California's snowpack.
June 16, 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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Japanese coastal species rode tsunami debris to the US
Some animals went through multiple generations as their debris rode the currents.
September 29, 2017
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July Was Record Hot for Parts of Alaska and the West
The northernmost city in the United States just had its hottest July on record, as other spots in Alaska had their hottest month overall. Heat records also fell in a few western cities, as well as the fearsomely hot Death Valley, where July was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth.
August 8, 2017
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Just some cool new pictures of the time Greenland was on fire
Ice and fire.
September 26, 2017
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Kestrels' strategies for flight and hunting vary with the weather
Even so, these small raptors expend a constant amount of energy per foraging trip
June 7, 2017
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Key to speeding up carbon sequestration discovered
Scientists at Caltech and USC have discovered a way to speed up the slow part of the chemical reaction that ultimately helps the earth to safely lock away, or sequester, carbon dioxide into the ocean. Simply adding a common enzyme to the mix, the researchers have found, can make that rate-limiting part of the process go 500 times faster.
July 17, 2017
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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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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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Leader of House Science Committee Says Climate Change is Awesome
Texas Representative Lamar Smith is now in charge of the House, Space, Science, and Technology committee. He also believes that climate change is a good thing.
July 28, 2017
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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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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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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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Loss of Arctic sea ice impacting Atlantic Ocean water circulation system
Arctic sea ice is not merely a passive responder to the climate changes occurring around the world, according to new research. Scientists say the ongoing Arctic ice loss can play an active role in altering one of the planet's largest water circulation systems: the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC).
July 31, 2017
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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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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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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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Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels
Massachusetts is considering a plan that would classify wood pellets and other tree products as sources of renewable energy, allowing the logging industry to contribute to the state's climate goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
August 7, 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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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 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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Metallic Nanostructures Could Triple the Efficiency of Solar-Based Hydrogen Fuel Generation
Hydrogen gas is a vital synthetic feedstock that is set to contribute considerably in renewable energy technology. While this is true, its capabilities are underplayed because most of this gas is presently being sourced from fossil fuels, for example natural gas.
August 29, 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 emissions tackled with gas-guzzling bacteria
Methane-oxidizing bacteria -- key organisms responsible for greenhouse gas mitigation -- are more flexible and resilient than previously thought, an international research has shown.
August 30, 2017
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Methane from tundra, ocean floor didn't spike during previous natural warming period
The last ice age transition to a warmer climate some 11,500 years ago did not include massive methane flux from marine sediments or the tundra, new research suggests. Instead, the likely source of rising levels of atmospheric methane was from tropical wetlands, authors of the new study say.
August 23, 2017
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Methane hydrate is not a smoking gun in the Arctic Ocean
Methane hydrate under the ocean floor was assumed to be very sensitive to increasing ocean temperatures. But a new study shows that short term warming of the Arctic ocean barely affects it.
August 22, 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-eating microbes may reduce release of gases as Antarctic ice sheets melt
A lake beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet contains large amounts of methane. New research describes how methane-eating microbes may keep the climate-warming gas from entering the atmosphere.
July 31, 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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Miami Just Had Its Hottest Month on Record
Summers in Miami are always hot and humid, but this summer has been one for the record books. July was the hottest month ever recorded for the city, with temperature archives going back to 1896, and capped off what has been the hottest year-to-date.
July 31, 2017
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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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Microreactor made to study formation of methane hydrate
Team is now able to measure how by how much transport phenomena affect crystal propagation rates
August 22, 2017
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Microsoft announces AI for Earth, to help "solve global environmental challenges"
Last year, Microsoft announced the formation of a new Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, with over 5,000 computer scientists. At the time, the company said it intended to "build the world's most powerful AI supercomputer with Azure and make it available to anyone, to enable people and organizations to harness its power".
July 12, 2017
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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 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 launches AI for Earth to give $2M in services to environmental projects
After helping to launch the Partnership on AI with Google, Facebook and others; and doubling down on AI research, today Microsoft unveiled a new initiative that points to how it plans to target specific verticals in what can potentially be a very nebulous field -- while also raising the public image of AI as some grow concerned about the implications of its encroaching influence.
July 12, 2017
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Microsoft wants to tackle environmental issues with new AI for Earth program
As part of its extensive efforts with artificial intelligence (AI), Microsoft today announced a new "AI for Earth" program. Through the program, Microsoft is hoping to leverage AI to help solve some of the "biggest environmental challenges of our time."
July 12, 2017
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Millennials regret opioid use, prefer lifestyle changes to manage pain
Often spending their days hunched over phones, tablets or computers and their free time at spin class or playing sports, millennials are the next generation poised to experience chronic pain. Even at their young age, millennials say acute and chronic pain are already interfering with their quality of life.
August 30, 2017
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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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MIT engineers devise automated approach to monitor neurons
Recording electrical signals from inside a neuron in the living brain can reveal a great deal of information about that neuron's function and how it coordinates with other cells in the brain. However, performing this kind of recording is extremely difficult, so only a handful of neuroscience labs around the world do it.
August 30, 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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MOF nanomaterials show promise for chillers
About 15 percent of all energy usage in the U.S. goes toward cooling. New research from the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory may ultimately help lower energy consumption for air conditioning by engineering tiny porous materials to hold onto a large amount of refrigerant gases.
July 28, 2017
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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 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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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 Evidence Exxon Misled The Public About Climate Change
Two years ago, Inside Climate News and Los Angeles Times investigations found that while Exxon Mobil internally acknowledged that climate change is man-made and serious, it publicly manufactured doubt about the science.
August 23, 2017
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More Heatwaves Ahead
Without interventions, three-quarters of planet's inhabitants will suffer, study suggest
June 19, 2017
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More Hot Days Are Coming With Climate Change. Our Choices Will Decide How Many
Summer still has a month to go, but extreme heat has been a major storyline through June and July. Sweltering temperatures have grounded planes, sparked wildfires and set records from coast-to-coast.
August 3, 2017
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Mosses used to evaluate atmospheric conditions in urban areas
Researchers have developed a method to evaluate atmospheric conditions using mosses (bryophytes) in urban areas, a development that could facilitate broader evaluations of atmospheric environments.
August 16, 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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Motorized molecules driven by light to cut into cancer cells
Researchers have developed a novel technique where molecules would be motorized using light and these would be used to drill holes in the membranes of individual cells such as the cancer cells. This could bring the treatment molecule into the cancer cell directly and cause them to die.
August 30, 2017
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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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Nanocomposite material uses solar energy to remove man-made dye pollutants from water
A novel composite material has been developed by scientists in the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University which shows promise as a catalyst for the degradation of environmentally-harmful synthetic dye pollutants, which are released at a rate of nearly 300,000 tonnes a year into the world's water.
June 29, 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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Nanopore filter may be a match for fracking water
A new superhydrophilic filter has proven able to remove greater than 90 per cent of hydrocarbons, as well as all bacteria and particulates from contaminated water produced by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations at shale oil and gas wells, according to researchers at the Energy Safety Research Institute at Swansea University in collaboration with researchers at Rice University.
September 25, 2017
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Nanostructured dark materials squeeze green fuel from sunlight
Hydrogen gas, an important synthetic feedstock, is poised to play a key role in renewable energy technology; however, its credentials are undermined because most is currently sourced from fossil fuels, such as natural gas.
August 28, 2017
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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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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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National Park Service Changes Its Tune, Ends Ban On Disposable Water Bottle Sales In Parks
In a move meant to "expand hydration options" for visitors to national parks, the National Park Service is reversing a six-year-old policy that allowed parks to ban the sale of bottled water.
August 17, 2017
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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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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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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 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 biofuel technology significantly cuts production time
New research from a professor of engineering at UBC's Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce.
July 12, 2017
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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 carbon nanotube-reinforced filters remove heavy metal toxins from water
A newly developed filter, which removes more than 99 percent of heavy metal toxins from water, shows potential for water remediation in developing nations around the world.
July 27, 2017
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New carbon nitride material coupled with ruthenium enhances visible-light CO2 reduction in water
A hybrid photocatalyst exhibits specifically high activity for the reductive conversion reaction of carbon dioxide to formic acid under visible light irradiation, new research has found.
June 13, 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 catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel
Scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a 'clean' process using solar energy.
June 21, 2017
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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 efficient catalyst for key step in artificial photosynthesis
Process sets free protons and electrons that can be used to make fuels
October 3, 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 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 Findings Show How Climate Change Is Influencing India's Farmer Suicides
A suicide epidemic among India's farmers has shaken the country and contributed to a doubling of the nation's suicide rate since 1980.
August 11, 2017
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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 light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Scientists have developed a light-activated material that can chemically convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide without generating unwanted byproducts. The achievement marks a significant step forward in developing technology that could help generate fuel and other energy-rich products using a solar-powered catalyst while mitigating levels of a potent greenhouse gas.
July 28, 2017
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New liquid-metal membrane technology may help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles viable
While cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells offer clear advantages over the electric vehicles that are growing in popularity (including their longer range, their lower overall environmental impact, and the fact that they can be refueled in minutes, versus hours of charging time), they have yet to take off with consumers.
August 28, 2017
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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 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 Off-Grid Desalination NanoTechnology Uses Solar Energy to Convert Salt Water into Drinking Water
An off-grid technology using only the energy from sunlight to transform salt water into fresh drinking water has been developed as an outcome of the effort from a federally funded research.
June 19, 2017
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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 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 report gives the lay of the land on grazing livestock's climate impact
An international research collaboration has shed light on the impact that grass-fed animals have on climate change. Its new study adds clarity to the debate around livestock farming and meat and dairy consumption.
October 3, 2017
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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: We're outpacing the most radical climate event we know of
Lots of carbon got dumped into the atmosphere 56 million years ago.
August 31, 2017
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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 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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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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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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Non-toxic flame retardant enters market, study suggests
Chemists have developed and patented an environmentally friendly way to produce flame retardants for foams that can be used in mattresses and upholstery. Unlike previous flame retardants made of chemicals containing chlorine, the new material is non-toxic and effective, researchers say.
September 28, 2017
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Norway leads the way in CO2 capture
This week, scientists from all over the world meet in Trondheim to learn about the technology of CO2 capture.
June 14, 2017
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Now climate change is coming for our sea turtles
Frigid winter waters and scorching beaches could put them in peril, but people are fighting back.
August 11, 2017
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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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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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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 and gas wells as a strong source of greenhouse gases
New study demonstrates methane leaks around North Sea boreholes
August 28, 2017
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Oil fields: Alternative to wasteful methane flaring
Reactor could save energy, lower carbon footprint
August 1, 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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One of the largest icebergs ever is about to break off Antarctica
2,500 square miles, about the size of Delaware
July 5, 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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Order Anti-Air Pollution Smart Masks For the Whole Family
In late 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Clean Air Act, designed to curb major threats to humans and the environment.
June 19, 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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Park rangers recall their most dangerous encounters with nature
Daring tales from the field.
June 29, 2017
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Past and future of sea ice cover in the Arctic
Despite the high temperatures, geologists and climate researchers find evidence that there was sea ice at the North Pole during the last interglacial
August 29, 2017
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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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Periodic table of ecological niches could aid in predicting effects of climate change
A group of ecologists has started creating a periodic table of ecological niches similar to chemistry's periodic table. It will be a critical resource for scientists seeking to understand how a warming climate may be spurring changes in species around the globe.
August 31, 2017
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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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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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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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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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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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Poplar trees fortified with probiotic effectively clean up polluted sites
Trees have the ability to capture and remove pollutants from the soil and degrade them through natural processes in the plant. It's a feat of nature companies have used to help clean up polluted sites, though only in small-scale projects. Now, a probiotic bacteria for trees can boost the speed and effectiveness of this natural cycle, providing a microbial partner to help protect trees from the toxic effects of the pollutants and break down the toxins plants bring in from contaminated groundwater.
August 14, 2017
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Post-glacial history of Lake of the Woods
The extent and depth of lakes in glaciated regions of North America are controlled by climate and the influence of differential isostatic rebound of the land's surface that began when Pleistocene ice melted from the continent. This relationship and the post-glacial history of Lake of the Woods -- one of the largest lake complexes in North America and the source of water for the city of Winnipeg -- is presented for the first time in a new study by five Canadian researchers.
August 9, 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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Preservation of floodplains is flood protection
The silting of rivers and streams leads to problems for fish, mussels, and other aquatic organisms because their habitats disappear. However, not only intensive agriculture and erosion are destroying these habitats. Now a study refutes this widespread view. In order to save the species living in the river basin -- and protect people from the threat of floods -- rivers need more space, diversity, and freedom.
September 27, 2017
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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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Project to save the Belize coast provides valuable framework
A coastal zone management plan designed to safeguard Belize's natural assets has produced a win-win opportunity for people and the environment, providing a valuable framework for other coastal nations around the world where overfishing, development, and habitat degradation are increasingly serious problems.
July 27, 2017
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Proposed Illinois coal rule favors cost-cutting over emissions control
What are we optimizing for as the energy grid changes?
September 27, 2017
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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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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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Purple plant is on the defensive
Lavender is more than just a nice smelling and calming plant
September 27, 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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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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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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Reducing environmental impact of idling buses and delivery trucks
Researchers have developed a system for service vehicles that could reduce emissions and save companies and governments millions of dollars per year in fuel costs.
June 16, 2017
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Remains of early, permanent human settlement in Andes discovered
Examining human remains and other archaeological evidence from a site at nearly 12,500 feet above sea level in Peru, the scientists show that intrepid hunter-gatherers -- men, women and children -- managed to survive at high elevation before the advent of agriculture, in spite of lack of oxygen, frigid temperatures and exposure to elements.
June 28, 2017
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Removing nitrate for healthier ecosystems
For agricultural nitrogen, slow it down, buff it out
September 27, 2017
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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 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 in ancient forests show link between climate change and wildfires
Researchers studying centuries-old trees in South America have found a tight correlation between wildfires and a warm weather fluctuation that has become more frequent in recent decades -- and will continue to be more frequent as the climate warms.
August 29, 2017
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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 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 develop new material that scrubs iodine from water
Researchers at Dartmouth College have developed a new material that scrubs iodine from water for the first time. The breakthrough could hold the key to cleaning radioactive waste in nuclear reactors and after nuclear accidents like the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
June 7, 2017
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Researchers discover potentially harmful nanoparticles produced through burning coal
Environmental scientists led by the Virginia Tech College of Science have discovered that the burning of coal produces incredibly small particles of a highly unusual form of titanium oxide.
August 8, 2017
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Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing nanocatalyst
Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute that examines the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria.
August 25, 2017
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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 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 say we have three years to act on climate change before it's too late
If we want a smooth transition into a sustainable future, we need to act fast.
June 28, 2017
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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 test a cooling system that works without electricity
It looks like a regular roof, but the top of the Packard Electrical Engineering Building at Stanford University has been the setting of many milestones in the development of an innovative cooling technology that could someday be part of our everyday lives. Since 2013, Shanhui Fan, professor of electrical engineering, and his students and research associates have employed this roof as a testbed for a high-tech mirror-like optical surface that could be the future of lower-energy air conditioning and refrigeration.
September 5, 2017
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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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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 ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry
Researchers have developed a highly efficient reusable catalyst for the production of primary amines. By cutting the amount of undesired by-products, the catalyst is set to revolutionize the production of bio-based fuels, pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals and more.
September 1, 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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Right kind of collaboration is key to solving environmental problems
Society's ability to solve environmental problems is tied to how different actors collaborate and the shape and form of the networks they create, says a new study.
August 18, 2017
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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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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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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 scrutinizing city sewage to study our health
It's not just useless crap.
July 5, 2017
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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 call for more research on how human activities affect the seabed
Extensive research has been released into how industry and environmental change are affecting our seafloors. Researchers say more work is needed to help safeguard these complex ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people for the future.
September 25, 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 monitor Silicon Valley's underground water reserves -- from space
Aggressive conservation helped the region's aquifer rebound quickly after one of the worst droughts in state history, researchers find
September 25, 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 Sharply Rebut Influential Renewable-Energy Plan
Nearly two dozen researchers critique a proposal for wind, solar, and water power gaining traction in policy circles.
June 19, 2017
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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 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 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: Earth is Screwed
The big push for those people trying to prevent the apocalypse is to limit global climate change to a mere two degrees Celsius. To be clear, this is still absolutely disastrous. Increases of three or even four degrees could happen, but if we can limit it to just two, then we dodge a lot of the really bad stuff. The problem? Well, it seems like that we'll be lucky if it rises by two degrees. Oh boy.
August 1, 2017
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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 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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Semitransparent and Flexible Solar Cells Created Using Atomically Thin Sheet
A team of Researchers from Tohoku University have formulated an innovative technique for fabricating semitransparent and flexible solar cells with atomically thin 2D materials.
September 26, 2017
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Severity of North Pacific storms at highest point in over 1,200 years
Warmer tropical waters impact weather from Alaska to Florida
August 23, 2017
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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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Sharp Uptick in Wildfires Strains Great Plains Agencies
The Great Plains had long been spared the agony of frequent wildfires -- until recent years.
June 16, 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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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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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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Small streams have a big influence on our lives
Importance of headwater streams in securing freshwater resources described
August 7, 2017
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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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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 hydrogen production by artificial leafs: Scientists analysed how a special treatment improves cheap metal oxide photoelectrodes
Metal oxides are promising candidates for cheap and stable photoelectrodes for solar water splitting, producing hydrogen with sunlight. Unfortunately, metal oxides are not highly efficient in this job. A known remedy is a treatment with heat and hydrogen. Scientists have now discovered why this treatment works so well, paving the way to more efficient and cheap devices for solar hydrogen production.
August 28, 2017
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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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'Solarsack' cleans water with heat from sunlight, cheaply and effectively
Students have developed "SolarSack" for inexpensive and environmentally friendly water purification. The concept was tested in villages, refugee camps and slums in East Africa where it will be marketed.
June 26, 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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Some marine species more vulnerable to climate change than others
Certain marine species will fare much worse than others as they become more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, a new study has found.
September 26, 2017
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South Asia could face deadly heat and humidity by the end of this century
Climate predictions show extreme future temperatures in India and Pakistan
August 2, 2017
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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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States Betting on Giant Batteries to Cut Carbon
Some states and electric power companies are rolling out a new weapon against fossil fuels -- giant batteries.
June 28, 2017
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Street lamps are hurting pollination by distracting insects
And pollination during the day can't compensate
August 2, 2017
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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 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 reveals ways collegiate sports venues can achieve 'zero waste'
A new study analyzing waste and recyclables during Mizzou's 2014 home football season demonstrates that by implementing several recommendations the team developed, such as offering better recycling receptacles and better sorting options for waste, sporting venues could be well on their way to achieving environmental benefits that exceed the standards for 'zero-waste' operations.
August 31, 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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Successful prediction of multi-year US droughts and wildfire risk
Longer-term forecasts will benefit agriculture and natural resource management
August 1, 2017
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Summer could be one long heatwave if planet hits 2 degrees Celsius
How heatwaves will change around the world for every 1°C increase in global average temperatures
September 28, 2017
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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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Sunnier Skies Driving Greenland Surface Melt
In the past two decades, the Greenland ice sheet has become the biggest single contributor to rising sea levels, mostly from melt across its vast surface. That surface melt is, in turn, driven mostly by an uptick in clear, sunny summer skies, not just rising air temperatures, a new study finds.
June 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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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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Temperatures rising: Achieving the global temperature goals laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement is unlikely, according to research
The Paris Climate Agreement of 2016, which saw 195 nations come together in the shared goal of ameliorating climate change, set forth an ambitious goal of limiting global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius. Since then, many have wondered, is that even scientifically possible? Unfortunately, the odds aren't looking good.
August 4, 2017
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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 Joins Effort to Pair Batteries With Offshore Wind
Tesla and wind farm developer Deepwater Wind are planning to team up to create the largest project in the world that combines an offshore wind farm with large-scale electricity storage, the companies announced Tuesday.
August 1, 2017
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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 wins bid to build world's largest lithium-ion battery for South Australia
Musk says Tesla can do it in 100 days or it's free
July 7, 2017
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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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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 Has Been Crazy Warm All Year. This Is What It Means for Sea Ice
Melt season has begun in earnest in the Arctic. Scientists will spend the next few months watching sea ice turn into open water until the ice pack hits its nadir in early fall.
July 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 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 Ends of the World is a page-turner about mass extinction
Tale of deep geological time feels like a scientifically accurate disaster movie.
September 4, 2017
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The Envirobot robo-eel slithers along the shore for science
The next time you're swimming in Lake Geneva, don't be surprised when you feel something eel-like and yet artificial touch your leg. That would be Envirobot, the latest biomimetic creation from Swiss researchers that autonomously swims around bodies of water and tests them for toxins and other factors.
July 25, 2017
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The environment can become a noninvasive therapeutic approach to bolster white matter health
An 'enriched' environment can improve cognitive function for infants and children
August 22, 2017
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The environmental footprint of your pet is bigger than you think
Sorry, cat and dog lovers
August 4, 2017
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The environmental injustice of beauty
A commentary calls for policies to protect women, especially minority women, from exposure to toxic chemicals in beauty products.
August 16, 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 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 Flooding In California Won't End Its Three-Year Drought
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January 12, 2017
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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 good, the bad and the algae
A new study is testing whether one of California's largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California's 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems related to elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural runoff. The research team intends to harness algae's penchant for prolific growth to clean up these pollutants and stop harmful algae blooms while creating a renewable, domestic source of fuel.
August 7, 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 key to drought-tolerant crops may be in the leaves
Leaf wax acts as the equivalent of 'lip balm' for plants, protecting them from the harmful effects of drought
August 15, 2017
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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 Expected to Have Company
It's stressful being an iceberg hanging on by a thread. If you want proof, look no further than the Larsen C ice shelf.
July 7, 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 Larsen C Rift is Racing to Its Conclusion
A rift has torn the Larsen C ice shelf asunder and now the outside edge of the ice is moving at an unprecedented pace. When it breaks off, it will become one of the largest icebergs ever recorded.
June 28, 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 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 next step for EPA to relax fuel economy standards: Public comment period
Automakers wanted EPA's mpg targets relaxed, and they'll likely get their way.
August 11, 2017
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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 Sixth Mass Extinction of Wildlife Also Threatens Global Food Supplies
The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world's food supplies, according to experts.
September 27, 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 time window for the 1.5-degree target is closing
Earth's climate is out of balance: the planet has been warming since industrialization began, because CO2 increasingly collects in the atmosphere. Even an immediate stop of all emissions would not bring global warming to a sudden halt, reveals a study by Thorsten Mauritsen, Research Group Leader at the Hamburg-based Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, and his colleague Robert Pincus, a scientist at the University of Colorado in the US: in this case, in addition to previous warming of 0.8 degrees Celsius, another 0.3 degrees Celsius would be added by the end of this century alone.
August 11, 2017
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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 West Is on Fire As Heat Records Fall
From Phoenix to Boise, high temperature records fell like dominoes over the weekend as an impressive heat wave engulfed the western U.S., helping to fuel several wildfires.
July 10, 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 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 Soaring Co2 Levels Visualized As Skyscrapers
If you want an unusual but punchy telling of the world's explosion of climate-warping gases, look no further than this visualization of CO2 levels over the past centuries soaring like skyscrapers into space.
September 29, 2017
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There's a Wildfire Burning in West Greenland Right Now
It's not just the American West and British Columbia burning up. A fire has sparked in western Greenland, an odd occurrence for an island known more for ice than fire.
August 7, 2017
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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 ice: Vanishing ice only exacerbates a bad, climate change-fueled situation
How's the Earth's ice system changing? Look to the active cryosphere.
June 19, 2017
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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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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 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 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 British Columbia's Second-Worst Wildfire Season. It's Far From Over
Poor air quality, blood-red sunsets and mountains swallowed by smoke are just a handful of the impacts of wildfires roaring in British Columbia.
August 4, 2017
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This is how much of the world is currently on fire
The 2017 fire season is a global phenomenon.
August 4, 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 Map Shows Warming's Fingerprints on Weather
The field of climate science that looks for the fingerprints of climate change on extreme weather events has been growing rapidly in recent years, making it hard to keep track of the dozens of studies that have been done.
July 11, 2017
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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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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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Three-quarters of the planet could face deadly heatwaves by 2100
And a third of us already do.
June 19, 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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Tipping points are real: Gradual changes in carbon dioxide levels can induce abrupt climate changes
During the last glacial period, within only a few decades the influence of atmospheric CO2 on the North Atlantic circulation resulted in temperature increases of up to 10 degrees Celsius in Greenland -- as indicated by new climate calculations.
June 23, 2017
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To guard against climate change, Los Angeles is painting its streets white
They plan to lower the temperature by 3 degrees over the next 20 years.
September 6, 2017
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Today's Extreme Heat May Become Norm Within a Decade
When 2015 blew the record for hottest year out of the water, it made headlines around the world. But a heat record that was so remarkable only two years ago will be just another year by 2040 at the latest, and possibly as early as 2020, regardless of whether the greenhouse gas emissions warming the planet are curtailed.
July 14, 2017
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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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Tracking the environmental exposure of the emerging nanomaterial industry
Safer sun cream, energy-storing plastics, non-stick surfaces, richer fertilisers and sweat-proof clothes -- the evolution of nanotechnology, which utilises the special properties of small clusters of atoms, has led to an abundance of new products. However, relatively little is known about what happens when these nanomaterials enter the environment.
August 30, 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 last night's leftovers into green energy
In a classic tale of turning trash into treasure, two different processes soon may be the favored dynamic duo to turn food waste into green energy, according to a new Cornell University-led study.
June 19, 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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Trash to treasure: How can we extract valuable resources from production waste?
For every ton of alumina, the Aluminium of Greece plant in Agios Nikolaos -- near the large bauxite deposits at Boeotia and Phocis -- produces a ton of bauxite residue, making around 2,000 tons of the heavy red mud every day.
August 11, 2017
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Trash to treasure: The benefits of waste-to-energy technologies
Instead of hauling food waste to landfills, we might want to use that organic waste to power garbage trucks, your car, truck or SUV while at the same time potentially helping the environment.
August 28, 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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Triple-layer catalyst does double duty
Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen to produce clean energy can be simplified with a single catalyst developed by scientists at Rice University and the University of Houston.
July 26, 2017
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Tropical Forests are Vomiting CO2 into the Atmosphere
Wait... what? That doesn't make sense. Forests help, right? They suck out CO2 and gives us oxygen. That's just how it works, yeah? Well, not quite, unfortunately.
September 29, 2017
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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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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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Tunneling a path to low cost, high efficiency solar cells
Lowering the cost of solar cell production and making it more affordable to individuals and businesses could be a game-changer for the energy sector.
September 5, 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 homes into power stations could cut household fuel bills by more than 60 percent
Energy bills could be cut by more than 60 percent -- saving the average household over £600 a year -- if homes were designed to generate, store and release their own solar energy, a report has revealed. The concept has already been proven and is operating successfully on a building in the UK.
August 9, 2017
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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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Twistron Yarns Used to Produce Electricity from Oceanic Wave Motion
An international team of scientists headed by researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas and Hanyang University in South Korea have created high-tech yarns with the ability to produce electricity upon being twisted or stretched.
August 28, 2017
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Two-thirds of Americans don't bother seeking out science news
Survey shows only 17 percent of US citizens are active consumers of science news.
September 26, 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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UK climate report confirms 2016 was really hot
New findings are in line with NASA and NOAA estimates.
August 9, 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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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 alternative reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide
Scientists have explored alternative reasons for climate change denial, specifically economic, social or cultural influences on why individuals or entire communities remain skeptical of climate change.
August 15, 2017
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Unfair share: Only one company's environmental record gets examined
And it's the one that's already doing more.
August 17, 2017
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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 floods intensifying, countryside drying up
An exhaustive global analysis of rainfall and rivers shows signs of a radical shift in streamflow patterns, with more intense flooding in cities and smaller catchments coupled with a drier countryside
August 14, 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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US government's grim climate summary draft gets unofficially published
Fate of congressionally mandated report uncertain in the face of Trump's disbelief.
August 8, 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 sunlight to the max with MXenes
Materials called transition-metal carbides have remarkable properties that open new possibilities in water desalination and wastewater treatment. A KAUST team has found compounds of transition metals and carbon, known as a MXenes but pronounced "maxenes", can efficiently evaporate water using power supplied by the sun.
June 19, 2017
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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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Volcanic eruptions drove ancient global warming event
Warming event that took place 56 million years ago led to significant ecological disruption and could shed light on modern climate change
August 31, 2017
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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 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 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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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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Wastewater Treatment by Using PEDOT-Coated Carbon Nanofiber Electrodes
Bioelectrochemical Engineers and Materials Scientists from the Cornell University might have developed what seems to be a new, cost-effective electrode material for eliminating pollutants from wastewater.
June 28, 2017
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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 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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We Couldn't Monitor Larsen C Without These Satellites
The iceberg-to-be is hanging on by a thread, with just eight miles of solid ice standing in the way of a rift that's spent years carving through the ice. Scientists can track the growth of the crack with precision during the summer season by flying over it, but even during the dead of Antarctic night, they're still able to see it clearly thanks to eyes in the sky.
June 23, 2017
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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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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 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 happens when you heat the Antarctic Ocean by a single degree?
Hint: it's nothing good.
August 31, 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 really going on with sea level rise
Even the best data can be presented in misleading ways.
August 1, 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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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 the Smog In China So Bad?
It's Getting Harder and Harder to Breathe
January 6, 2017
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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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Why whales are back in New York City
The Cetaceans are back in town.
June 7, 2017
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Wildfire Season Is Scorching the West
The West is ablaze as the summer wildfire season has gotten off to an intense start. More than 37,000 fires have burned more than 5.2 million acres nationally since the beginning of the year, with 47 large fires burning across nine states as of Friday.
July 28, 2017
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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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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

Magnetic electrodes increase solar cell efficiency
An international research group led by the Ikerbasque researcher Luis Hueso, leader of CIC nanoGUNE's Nanodevices Group -- and which has had the participation of the China Academy of Sciences, the Max Planck Institute (Germany) and nanoGUNE itself -- has developed a photovoltaic cell in which magnetic materials such as electrodes are used for the first time to provide current.
September 29, 2017
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Tesla updates referral program to include solar products
SolarCity's referral program will be phased out in favor of a more cohesive solution.
September 29, 2017
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Perovskite solar cells reach record long-term stability, efficiency over 20 percent
Scientists have greatly improved the operational stability of perovskite solar cells by introducing cuprous thiocyanate protected by a thin layer of reduced graphene oxide. Devices lost less than 5 percent performance when subjected to a crucial accelerated aging test during which they were exposed for more than 1,000 hours to full sunlight at 60°C.
September 28, 2017
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A little tension yields enormous solar crystals
New evidence of surface-initiated crystallization may improve the efficiency of printable photovoltaic materials.
September 26, 2017
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Wearable solar thermoelectric generator created
Engineers have introduced a new advanced energy harvesting system, capable of generating electricity by simply being attached to clothes, windows, and outer walls of a building.
September 26, 2017
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Atomically thin solar cell materials
Researchers at Tohoku University have developed an innovative method for fabricating semitransparent and flexible solar cells with atomically thin 2D materials. The new technology improves power conversion efficiency of up to 0.7% - this is the highest value for solar cells made from transparent 2D sheet materials.
September 25, 2017
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Semitransparent and flexible: Solar cells made from atomically thin sheet
A new method for fabricating semitransperant, flexible solar cells has greatly improved power conversion efficiency.
September 25, 2017
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Power company kills nuclear plant, plans $6 billion in solar, battery investment
Duke Energy Florida is just the latest utility to walk away from nuclear.
August 31, 2017
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The tricky trifecta of solar cells
Layering thin sheets of two-dimensional (2-D) perovskite materials creates a promisingly stable solar cell. However, the cell is not as efficient as its thicker, less stable three-dimensional (3-D) counterpart.
August 30, 2017
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Two for the price of one: Exceeding 100 percent efficiency in solar fuel production
In conventional systems for converting sunlight to chemical fuels, a single photon, no matter how energetic, leads to a single electron-hole pair and thus a single electron-hole pair's worth of chemical work. The one-to-one situation limits devices that use sunlight to create chemical fuels.
August 30, 2017
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Photosynthesis discovery could lead to design of more efficient artificial solar cells
A natural process that occurs during photosynthesis could lead to the design of more efficient artificial solar cells, according to researchers at Georgia State University.
August 29, 2017
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Photosynthesis discovery could help design more efficient artificial solar cells
A natural process that occurs during photosynthesis could lead to the design of more efficient artificial solar cells, according to researchers.
August 29, 2017
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Scientists power past solar efficiency records
The high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells has now been demonstrated through new research.
August 29, 2017
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Scientists power past solar efficiency records
Collaboration between researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), and the ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) shows the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells.
August 29, 2017
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A low-cost method for solar-thermal conversion that's simpler and greener
'Dip-and-dry' approach for selective solar absorbers exhibit high-performance and durability
August 28, 2017
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Importance of solar energy underestimated by a factor of three
The growth of solar energy has been grossly underestimated in the results of the models of the IPCC. Costs have dropped and infrastructures expanded much faster than even the most optimistic models had assumed.
August 28, 2017
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Perovskite solar cells go single crystal
Photovoltaic conversion is regarded as the ultimate solution to the mankind's ever growing demand for energy, yet the traditional silicon-based solar cells are expensive to produce, and the production itself involves intensive energy consumption.
August 28, 2017
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More solar power thanks to titanium
Modification of a hematite photoanode by a conformal titanium dioxide interlayer for effective charge collection
August 23, 2017
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The power of perovskite
Researchers improve perovskite-based technology in the entire energy cycle, from solar cells harnessing power to LED diodes to light the screens of future electronic devices and other lighting applications.
August 18, 2017
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A map of the cell's power station
Mitochondria are the cell's power stations; they transform the energy stored in nutrients so that cells can use it. If this function is disturbed, many different diseases can develop that often affect organs with a high metabolism, like the brain or the heart.
August 18, 2017
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Tesla and GE are installing solar rooftop systems on 50 Home Depots
Tesla's energy unit is working with GE's Current to install solar systems on 50 Home Depot locations in the U.S. The installation is part of a plan on Home Depot's part to move more of its stores to clean power, with a goal of generating 135 megawatts of clean energy from its locations by 2020, Bloomberg reports.
August 17, 2017
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At ITC hearing, two US solar manufacturers ask for tariffs on imported cells
Solar industry isn't with the manufacturers, says tariffs will kill US jobs.
August 15, 2017
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Nanotechnology gives green energy a green color
Solar panels have tremendous potential to provide affordable renewable energy, but many people see traditional black and blue panels as an eyesore. Architects, homeowners and city planners may be more open to the technology if they could install green panels that melt into the landscape, red panels on rooftops and white ones camouflaged as walls.
August 15, 2017
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Polystyrene makes next-generation of solar panels even cheaper
Researchers from The University of Manchester are using polystyrene particles rather than expensive polymers to make the next generation of solar cells, which are used to make solar panels, more stable and even cheaper.
August 15, 2017
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Solar panels: Nanotechnology gives green energy a green color
Researchers have created green solar panels using soft imprint lithography to print an array of nanocylinders that scatter green light
August 15, 2017
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South Australia okays giant solar thermal plant from SolarReserve
The 150MW plant will be completed by 2020, SA government says.
August 14, 2017
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Studying the Sun's atmosphere with the total solar eclipse of 2017
A total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth about once every 18 months. But because Earth's surface is mostly ocean, most eclipses are visible over land for only a short time, if at all. The total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, is different -- its path stretches over land for nearly 90 minutes, giving scientists an unprecedented opportunity to make scientific measurements from the ground.
August 14, 2017
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Will The Total Solar Eclipse Affect Solar Power?
You're ready for the eclipse on Aug. 21, with your non-counterfeit viewing glasses and travel plans set. Yet here's something that you may not have thought of: How will a total or even a partial solar eclipse affect homes and workplaces that use solar power?
August 11, 2017
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Power-to-liquid: 200 liters of fuel from solar power and the air's carbon dioxide
Production of liquid fuels from regenerative electric power is a major component of the energy turnaround. The first 200 l of synthetic fuel have now been produced from solar energy and the air's carbon dioxide by Fischer-Tropsch synthesis under the SOLETAIR project. Here, INERATEC, a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), cooperates with Finnish partners. The mobile chemical pilot plant that can be used decentrally produces gasoline, diesel, and kerosene from regenerative hydrogen and carbon dioxide. It is so compact that it fits into a shipping container.
August 8, 2017
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Tesla tows tiny house around Australia with Model X
It's all in the name of touting its solar energy offerings.
August 14, 2017
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Hackers could exploit solar power equipment flaws to cripple green grids, claims researcher
Holes fixed after lengthy buck-passing party
August 7, 2017
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Simultaneous design and nanomanufacturing speeds up fabrication
Method enhances broadband light absorption in solar cells
August 4, 2017
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Elon Musk is one of the first customers of Tesla's Solar Roof
Tesla has started installing the first of its Solar Roofs, and Elon Musk is among the initial customers. The Tesla CEO said on a call with investors last night that he and JB Straubel, the company's CTO, have both installed the solar power roofs on their homes. Musk even claims that two photos released in Tesla's letter to investors are of one of their houses (though the home looks a little small for Musk).
August 3, 2017
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Solar glasses generate solar power
Semitransparent organic solar cells in eyeglasses to power microprocessor, example of future solar-powered mobile applications
August 2, 2017
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Solar sunglasses generate solar power
Organic solar cells are flexible, transparent, and light-weight -- and can be manufactured in arbitrary shapes or colors. Thus, they are suitable for a variety of applications that cannot be realized with conventional silicon solar cells.
August 2, 2017
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Tesla has completed its first ever Solar Roof product installations
Tesla has already completed the first installations of its Solar Roof products, which use integrated solar panels to gather energy. The solar tiles were first introduced last year, and are designed to look essentially indistinguishable from traditional roofing materials so that they present an aesthetically attractive option to consumers who might shy away from traditional panel designs.
August 2, 2017
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MIT Researchers Use Graphene to Create Transparent, Flexible Solar Cells
MIT has come up with a new flexible, transparent solar cell which would make it possible for solar cells to be used in numerous items around us in the near future -- in cell phones and laptops, on windows and walls, and more.
July 31, 2017
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Novel technique uses graphene to create solar cells to be mounted on surfaces
Imagine a future in which solar cells are all around us -- on windows and walls, cell phones, laptops, and more. A new flexible, transparent solar cell developed at MIT is bringing that future one step closer.
July 31, 2017
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Researchers seek to improve solar cell technology using new materials and nanowires
Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology are expanding solar cell technology using nanowires to capture more of the sun's energy and transform it into usable electricity. Comparable to ultra-thin blades of grass, nanowires added to today's conventional materials are capable of capturing more light and can be cost-effective solutions for adopting solar energy into the broader consumer market.
July 28, 2017
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Atomic movies may help explain why perovskite solar cells are more efficient
In recent years, perovskites have taken the solar cell industry by storm. They are cheap, easy to produce and very flexible in their applications. Their efficiency at converting light into electricity has grown faster than that of any other material -- from under four percent in 2009 to over 20 percent in 2017 -- and some experts believe that perovskites could eventually outperform the most common solar cell material, silicon.
July 26, 2017
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Non-toxic alternative for next-generation solar cells
Researchers have demonstrated how a non-toxic alternative to lead could form the basis of next-generation solar cells.
July 18, 2017
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Rooftop concentrating photovoltaics win big over silicon in outdoor testing
A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce over 50 percent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who field tested a prototype unit over two sunny days last fall.
July 17, 2017
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This Solar Cell Can Capture All Wavelengths of Solar Spectrum
Traditional solar cells harvest only a narrow sliver of the electromagnetic energy pouring down onto Earth, and that's one of the reasons it's been so challenging to get solar efficiency beyond 20-30 percent. A team of researchers from George Washington University has devised a new layered solar panel that can absorb light from a wider range of the spectrum, pushing the efficiency as high as a stunning 44.5 percent. This could be one of the most efficient solar cell in the world, if all goes as planned.
July 12, 2017
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Solar energy: googling your roof
Internet users can assess the solar potential of their roofs through a platform developed by Google. The online "calculator', which was only accessible in the US, has now reached Europe, starting in Germany
July 12, 2017
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China Wants to Build Panda-Shaped Solar Grids All Over the World
China is known as the home of the endangered and adorable panda, and now there's a new panda that could be spreading to the whole world. Only this one doesn't eat bamboo -- it eats sunlight. A company called Panda Green Energy has built a solar panel array that looks like a giant panda. It's the cutest power plant you've ever seen, and the company wants to start building them in other parts of the world.
July 7, 2017
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Solar cell design using diverse plant pigments
A member of the Faculty of Biology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University in cooperation with his colleagues has optimized and characterized TiO2-based solar cell design using diverse plant pigments. Two types of solar cells with two photosensitizers: thylakoid membrane preparations and anthocyanin-enriched raspberry extracts have been studied.
July 3, 2017
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Meniscus-assisted technique produces high efficiency perovskite PV films
A new low-temperature solution printing technique allows fabrication of high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with large crystals intended to minimize current-robbing grain boundaries. The meniscus-assisted solution printing (MASP) technique boosts power conversion efficiencies to nearly 20 percent by controlling crystal size and orientation.
July 7, 2017
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A Giant Panda Is Now Producing 50MW Of Solar Power
No, not ailuropoda melanoleuca... They're fascinating creatures, but their conversion rate is pretty much zero. We're talking about a giant panda bear-shaped solar farm.
July 6, 2017
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Self-powered system makes smart windows smarter
Researchers developed a new type of smart window: a self-powered version that promises to be inexpensive and easy to apply to existing windows, with potential to save heating and cooling costs. The window powers itself with a transparent solar cell that harvests near-ultraviolet light.
June 30, 2017
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New nanocatalyst paves way for carbon-neutral fuel
Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a 'clean' process using solar energy.
June 21, 2017
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Solar heating could cover over 80 percent of domestic heating requirements in Nordic countries
According to researchers at Aalto University, by using suitable systems, more than 80% of heating energy for Finnish households could be produced using solar energy.
June 19, 2017
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'Magic' alloy could spur next generation of solar cells
In what could be a major step forward for a new generation of solar cells called "concentrator photovoltaics," University of Michigan researchers have developed a new semiconductor alloy that can capture the near-infrared light located on the leading edge of the visible light spectrum
June 15, 2017
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'Magic' alloy could spur next generation of solar cells
In what could be a major step forward for a new generation of solar cells called 'concentrator photovoltaics,' researchers have developed a new semiconductor alloy that can capture the near-infrared light located on the leading edge of the visible light spectrum.
June 15, 2017
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New technology will enable properties to share solar energy
In the UK alone, some 1.5 million homes are equipped with solar panels, and it has been estimated that by 2020 the figure could soar to 10 million, with the prospect of lower energy bills for consumers and massive reductions in CO2 emissions.
June 14, 2017
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Solar material for producing clean hydrogen fuel
A new material has been created based on gold and black phosphorus to produce clean hydrogen fuel using the full spectrum of sunlight.
June 14, 2017
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Google's Project Sunroof gives you solar panel peer pressure
You can look up whether your neighbors are adding solar installations to their roofs.
June 12, 2017
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Novel techniques examine solar cells with nanoscale precision
Using two novel techniques, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have for the first time examined, with nanometer-scale precision, the variations in chemical composition and defects of widely used solar cells.
June 9, 2017
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Simulations pinpoint atomic-level defects in solar cell nanostructures
Calculations help researchers predict defect-free materials
June 9, 2017
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Solar cell design - a seating plan for molecules
Individual pieces of a jigsaw puzzle joined together as if moved by magic -- that is what FAU materials researchers imagine when they apply molecules to surfaces to produce materials for new technologies such as organic solar cells.
June 8, 2017
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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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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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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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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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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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