NASA Study: Human Influence on Global Droughts..

Human-generated greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles were affecting global drought risk as far back as the early 20th century, according to a study from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City. The study, published in the journal Nature, compared predicted and real-world soil moisture data to look for human influences on

2019-05-30T07:08:28-05:00Tags: |

5 Good Environmental News Stories from the Past Year

These days it’s easy to feel gloomy about the state of earth’s ecosystem. The climate continues to change, causing a host of issues, from more catastrophic weather and wildfires to the increased acidification of our oceans. Meanwhile, we have a president actively working to erode hard-won ecological protections. So it was a surprise to many

2019-05-29T06:29:43-05:00Tags: |

Why 100% Renewable Energy Is Not Enough

While 160 companies around the world have committed to use “100 percent renewable energy,” that does not mean “100 percent carbon-free energy.” The difference will grow as power grids become less reliant on fossil power, according to a new Stanford study published today in Joule. Entities committed to fighting climate change can accurately measure and

2019-05-28T06:23:47-05:00Tags: |

Air Pollution Exposure: Cognitive Abilities

A growing body of research suggests that exposure to air pollution in the earliest stages of life is associated with negative effects on cognitive abilities. A new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by ”la Caixa”, has provided new data: exposure to particulate matter with a diameter of less

2019-05-27T06:51:38-05:00Tags: |

How Ecopreneurs Alleviate Poverty in Africa

SEATTLE, Washington — Ecopreneurship is on the rise in Africa, creating local solutions to alleviate poverty and various environmental problems ailing the different countries on the continent. An “ecopreneur” is exactly what it sounds like, an entrepreneur whose business focuses on creating or selling sustainable goods or services. For those stuck in poverty, ecopreneurship could

2019-05-25T06:42:01-05:00Tags: |

Bringing Solar Power to Low-Income Communities

Isbel “Izzy” Palans lives in a small cabin nestled among mountain peaks and towering trees in the Colorado Rockies. Her home is often shaded and, during the long winters, buried under heaps of snow. Her monthly utility bills show credits for solar electricity production, but no solar panels are affixed to her roof. Instead, the

2019-05-24T07:47:02-05:00Tags: |

Forests shaped more by Native Americans’ burning

Native Americans' use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change. "I believe Native Americans were excellent vegetation managers and

2019-05-22T06:24:45-05:00Tags: |

India 2024: An energised India

Providing affordable and accessible energy to every citizen while ensuring energy security has been the cornerstone of India’s energy policy. Over the years, this policy has been shaped by numerous socio-economic and political factors including the dichotomy between a nationalised Indian energy sector (upstream and downstream) and a more ‘liberated’ economy; centre-state relations; a rising

2019-05-17T06:50:00-05:00Tags: |

Low-Income Households Need to Be Part of the Clean Energy Revolution

Nearly a third of U.S. households struggle to afford their energy bills, with one in five cutting back on or forgoing necessities such as food or medicine to pay for electricity and heat, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Some 14 percent have received a disconnection notice, and 10 percent keep temperatures at unsafe

2019-05-16T06:38:03-05:00Tags: |

Integrated approach could help to end energy poverty

With almost four years completed since the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we face a narrowing window of opportunity to mobilize the disruptive solutions and ambitious partnerships needed to bend the curve and improve the lives of billions within that timeframe, or indeed sooner. Nowhere is a sense of urgency greater

2019-05-15T05:40:03-05:00Tags: |

New battery to store clean energy

Researchers have built a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery, a step toward a potential solution for energy storage on the nation's power grid and longer-lasting batteries in cell phones and laptops. In a study published Friday in the journal Batteries and Supercaps, researchers from The Ohio State University detailed their findings centering around the

2019-05-14T05:49:08-05:00Tags: |

Breaking cycle of poverty could start in preschool

New research from one of the country’s leading experts in childhood development shows high-quality educational interventions in a child’s first few years of life can result in lasting economic, health and social benefits that extend beyond a single generation. In 2010, James Heckman, a Nobel Laureate with the University of Chicago’s Center for the Economics

2019-05-14T05:41:05-05:00Tags: |

Cut emissions and poverty, not trees,..

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Giving local communities the responsibility to manage forests - which are shrinking worldwide - could help ease poverty and deforestation, scientists said on Monday in what they described as one of the largest studies of its kind. Researchers examined more than 18,000 community-led forest initiatives in Nepal, using satellite images

2019-05-11T08:26:27-05:00Tags: |

LED bulbs often cost more in poor neighborhoods

In many low-income neighborhoods, upgrading to energy-efficient lightbulbs costs more than twice what it does in higher-income areas. Tony Reames of the University of Michigan led a research team that surveyed 130 stores across Wayne County, which includes Detroit. Reames: “Fewer stores in higher poverty areas even carried LED bulbs, but when they did, they

2019-05-11T08:21:00-05:00Tags: |

Why off-grid blooms in middle-income countries

Two hypotheses are natural starting points to address the question around pockets of growth. Firstly, off-grid will be attractive where there is strong demand for electricity. If off-grid electricity responds to energy poverty, then it can be expected that countries with lower electrification rates will be fertile grounds for these technologies. A second explanation could

2019-05-10T07:42:54-05:00Tags: |

AI is on its way to becoming the brain of the grid

In May 2017, Bill Gates wrote an open letter to college graduates offering some career advice. In it, he said if he was starting out today, he’d consider entering one of these three fields: artificial intelligence, energy or bioscience. On artificial intelligence (AI), he said, “We have only begun to tap into all the ways

2019-05-08T07:25:54-05:00Tags: |

‘The future of life on Earth lies in the balance’

Almost 600 conservation experts have signed the Call4Nature open letter written by wildlife charity WWF, which is being published to coincide with the IPBES report (see letter below). Overfishing “We are overfishing our oceans at an alarming rate and choking them with plastic and other pollutants. If we want to see healthy seas that will

2019-05-07T06:38:27-05:00Tags: |