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Turn off a light, save a life

We all know that turning off lights and buying energy-efficient appliances affects our financial bottom line. Now, according to a new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers, we know that saving energy also saves lives and even more money for consumers by alleviating the costs of adverse health effects attributed to air pollution. Writing this

2019-03-21T07:32:15-05:00Tags: |

Cities rethink parking as ride-hailing grows and parking revenue declines

As Lyft and Uber race toward IPOs this spring, Americans are relying on the ride-hailing services more than ever, and as a result, city parking garages and airport parking lots are a bit emptier. A new study published in The Journal of Transportation and Land Use aims to understand how parking demand is changing as

2019-03-21T07:17:20-05:00Tags: |

Wearable liquid unit that aims to harvest energy

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A fascination with movie technology that showed robots perform self-repair through a liquid formula inspired a Purdue University professor to make his own discoveries – which are now helping to lead the way for advancements in self-powering devices such as consumer electronics and defense innovations. The Purdue team, led by Wenzhuo

2019-03-20T07:32:55-05:00Tags: |

India pushes for greater uptake of electric mobility

In the gold rush for global domination of the electric mobility market, India has thrown its hat into the ring. The Modi-led government announced last month that it would offer US$1.4 billion in subsidies for both buyers and manufacturers of electric vehicles and impose higher import tariffs to spur domestic companies to build vehicles. The

2019-03-19T07:44:47-05:00Tags: |

Wales: ‘Radical’ plan could deliver 100 per cent renewable power by 2035

Wales could shift to 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2035, creating over 20,000 jobs and delivering a £7.4bn economic boost for the country's economy. That is the headline conclusion from a new report released last week by the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) as part of the think tank's Re-Energising Wales project, which argues

2019-03-19T07:34:15-05:00Tags: |

The answer to the UK’s renewable energy future is blowing in the wind

Auctions for new capacity held in 2017 resulted in deals at half the price of those signed just two years prior, while we are seeing a steady drumbeat of new records relating to clean power production. Just last month, the world’s largest offshore wind farm began generating power. Anchored to the seabed 75 miles off

2019-03-18T10:44:28-05:00Tags: |

Rainfall changes for key crops predicted

Even if humans radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions soon, important crop-growing regions of the world can expect changes to rainfall patterns by 2040. In fact, some regions are already experiencing new climatic regimes compared with just a generation ago. The study, published March 11 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, warns that up

2019-03-16T08:37:14-05:00Tags: |

Tectonics in the tropics trigger Earth’s ice ages

Over the last 540 million years, the Earth has weathered three major ice ages -- periods during which global temperatures plummeted, producing extensive ice sheets and glaciers that have stretched beyond the polar caps. Now scientists at MIT, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of California at Berkeley have identified the

2019-03-16T08:10:19-05:00Tags: |

Environment damage behind 1 in 4 global deaths, disease: UN

A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said Wednesday in a landmark report on the planet's parlous state. Deadly smog-inducing emissions, chemicals polluting drinking water, and the accelerating destruction of ecosystems crucial to the livelihoods of billions of people are driving a

2019-03-13T09:31:09-05:00Tags: |

Q&A: Stanford energy experts discuss whether batteries can replace natural gas..

As the mix of energy sources feeding power-hungry homes, businesses and industry comes to incorporate more renewables like wind and solar, society faces a reckoning with where to turn when wind and sunshine die down. What will it take for greener sources not only to join fossil fuels on the American power grid, but eventually

2019-03-13T10:41:49-05:00Tags: |

New Mexico is the third state to legally require 100% renewable electricity

As Congressional leaders in Washington, DC remain stalled out on climate-related legislation, states are moving forward, even in conservative parts of the country. New Mexico is the latest. The southwestern state is the latest to embrace carbon-free electricity, passing a bill that will require all electricity from public utilities to come from carbon-free sources. The

2019-03-14T12:45:36-05:00Tags: |

UN: Environment is deadly, worsening mess, but not hopeless

Published in time for the Fourth United Nations Environmental Assembly, UN Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (2019) calls on decision makers to take immediate action to address pressing environmental issues to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as well as other Internationally Agreed Environment Goals, such as the Paris Agreement. UN Environment launched the first Global

2019-03-13T09:20:07-05:00Tags: |

A tale of two cities: Is air pollution improving in Paris and London?

In a paper, published today in the journal Environmental Pollution, researchers from King’s and Airparif found that despite efforts, both cities do not meet legal limits for nitrogen dioxide and airborne particle pollution set by the World Health Organisation. Many polices are in place to combat air pollution at European-wide, city-wide and local scales. This

2019-03-12T11:49:37-05:00Tags: |

Research connects dots among ocean dynamics, drought and forests

In a time of drastic change, humans look for predictability. A recent study led by a University of Wyoming researcher found that even in dramatically changing climates, mechanisms can be found that predict how those changes will play out. The last ice age was 11,000 years ago and, since then, climates have continuously changed, triggering

2019-03-13T09:51:26-05:00Tags: |

Movie technology inspires wearable liquid unit that aims to harvest energy

A fascination with movie technology that showed robots perform self-repair through a liquid formula inspired a Purdue University professor to make his own discoveries -- which are now helping to lead the way for advancements in self-powering devices such as consumer electronics and defense innovations. The Purdue team, led by Wenzhuo Wu, the Ravi and

2019-03-12T11:21:30-05:00Tags: |

An Australian model for the renewable-energy transition

Australia is experiencing a remarkable renewable energy transition. The pipeline for new wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity systems is 6-7 Gigawatts (GW) per year for the period 2019-21. This equates to 250 Watts per person per year compared with about 50 Watts per person per year for the EU, Japan, China, and the United

2019-03-11T09:29:28-05:00Tags: |

As sea level rises, wetlands crank up their carbon storage

Some wetlands perform better under pressure. A new study revealed that when faced with sea-level rise, coastal wetlands respond by burying even more carbon in their soils. Coastal wetlands, which include marshes, mangroves and seagrasses, already store carbon more efficiently than any other natural ecosystem, including forests. The latest study, published March 7 in the

2019-03-09T14:35:48-05:00Tags: |

Ecological vineyards help protecting bird population in the environment

Ecological farmlands help protecting bird populations and reducing the effects of global change on the environment, according to a study published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment by the experts Joan Real, Àlex Rollan and Antonio Hernández-Matías, from the Conservation Biology Group of the Faculty of Biology and the Biodiversity Research Institute of the

2019-03-07T07:56:49-05:00Tags: |

Lawsuit challenges EU on ‘renewable energy’ definition

The European Union is relying heavily on burning forest biomass to meet its carbon emissions goals. And now it’s facing a legal challenge that’s sure to ignite debate on what it really means for an energy source to be renewable and carbon neutral. Plaintiffs from six different countries have challenged the EU’s treatment of forest

2019-03-07T08:06:19-05:00Tags: |