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Scientists turn carbon dioxide back into coal

Researchers have used liquid metals to turn carbon dioxide back into solid coal, in a world-first breakthrough that could transform our approach to carbon capture and storage. The research team led by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have developed a new technique that can efficiently convert CO2 from a gas into solid particles of carbon.

2019-03-06T06:32:50-05:00Tags: |

Georgia Tech to Launch State’s First Sustainability Master’s Program

The Georgia Institute of Technology is launching a new Master of Science in Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management (MSEEM) — the only graduate degree in Georgia fully dedicated to sustainability issues. The highly technical, science-based, and interdisciplinary program — approved by the Board of Regents on Feb. 12, 2019 — will prepare students to deliver

2019-03-05T08:05:20-05:00Tags: |

Climate change is shifting productivity of fisheries worldwide

Fish provide a vital source of protein for over half the world's population, with over 56 million people employed by or subsisting on fisheries. But climate change is beginning to disrupt the complex, interconnected systems that underpin this major source of food. A team of scientists led by Christopher Free, a postdoctoral scholar at UC

2019-03-04T09:26:57-05:00Tags: |

Natural and industrial approaches to global decarbonization

In the fight to slow climate change, nature is a powerful weapon. In fact, natural climate solutions, such as reducing deforestation and changing farming practices, can soak up excess carbon in the atmosphere and prevent certain emissions so effectively that it might be tempting to think they can buy us time while we figure out

2019-03-02T08:58:27-05:00Tags: |

Will Malaysia become Southeast Asia’s clean energy leader?

A silver lining of global warming is that it is forcing every nation to rethink its future, to open its mind to new possibilities. The latest IPCC report gives the world only 12 years to radically cut greenhouse gas emissions or condemn future generations to climate change catastrophe. There is no choice but to act.

2019-02-26T05:54:17-05:00Tags: |

Lifting people out of poverty by investing in sustainable business

Desertification and land degradation are not new to the fragile Sahel ecosystem, a semi-arid strip of land south of the Sahara Desert. Climate change, which is expected to deeply modify the region’s climate, including by abruptly increasing rainfall, adds another layer of complexity to the daily lives of the people living in the Sahel. Environmentally-friendly

2019-02-26T08:33:18-05:00Tags: |

Identifying common ground for sustainable agriculture in Europe

Agriculture is critical to achieving many Sustainable Development Goals. New research from Lund University shows that researchers, policymakers, and farmers in Europe currently have different, often conflicting, priorities for sustainable agriculture. The researchers propose a way forward built on shared priorities. "We identified precisely where the major gaps between research, policy, and practice are in

2019-02-26T06:07:22-05:00Tags: |

Photo competition to profile sustainable food, energy and mobility

How we produce and consume food and energy and how we move people and goods around have an impact on our environment, climate and health. The European Environment Agency’s new photo competition, ‘Sustainably Yours’, invites Europeans to send photos of the challenges and opportunities in making food, energy and mobility choices more sustainable. The EEA’s

2019-02-26T06:00:40-05:00Tags: |

Wind Energy beneficial for business owners and environment

The Office for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy at JMU, formerly known as the Center for Wind Energy, works around the state of Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region to bring awareness to wind energy, solar energy and energy storage and efficiency. A grant given from the U.S. Department of Agriculture permits the office to find

2019-02-26T05:40:08-05:00Tags: |

The promise of a 100% renewable energy world

For decades, the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) has been promoting the development and application of solar energy technologies worldwide, and it is promising to lead the energy transformation to a 100% renewable energy world this century. In 1963, ISES was accredited by the United Nations and has been working with UN entities and programs

2019-02-27T07:08:55-05:00Tags: |

Sustainable economics for a sustainable environment

CHENNAI: The economic and technological developments around the world are having direct repercussions on the environment. What was once considered as localised environmental impacts, which could easily be rectified, have now become widespread effects which may soon be irreversible. Addressing this issue, a national symposium on ‘Contemporary issues in environmental economics’ was organised by the Loyola

2019-02-27T07:09:26-05:00Tags: |

New 2019 Factbook identifies key sustainable energy trends

The electricity sector continued to improve its carbon intensity in 2018 due to increased renewable energy and natural gas power generation and investments in energy efficiency, even as a stronger economy and volatile weather boosted energy demand and contributed to a rise in economy-wide carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions. Consumers experienced near record low energy costs

2019-02-27T07:08:09-05:00Tags: |

Sweden Expands Support For Off-Grid Renewable Energy

SIDA, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, is halfway through a 5-year commitment to bringing off-grid solar power to Zambia, one of the many countries that make up sub-Saharan Africa, where 70% of the people have no access to a functioning electrical grid. Those that do are often bedeviled with frequent interruptions of service and

2019-02-25T07:58:42-05:00Tags: |

Sustainable: Energy disclosure ordinance stirs debate

Minneapolis residents may gain a sense of how much energy will cost when they buy homes and rent apartments if the City Council approves a new energy disclosure ordinance this month. The ordinance would do three things. First, it would require home sellers to complete two additional inspection tests and provide energy-efficiency information. Second, multifamily

2019-02-25T08:16:46-05:00Tags: |

Climate change makes summer weather stormier yet more stagnant

Climate change is shifting the energy in the atmosphere that fuels summertime weather, which may lead to stronger thunderstorms and more stagnant conditions for midlatitude regions of the Northern Hemisphere, including North America, Europe, and Asia, a new MIT study finds. Scientists report that rising global temperatures, particularly in the Arctic, are redistributing the energy

2019-02-23T18:31:55-05:00Tags: |

A sustainable and recyclable thermoelectric paper

Thermoelectric materials, capable of transforming heat into electricity, are very promising when converting residual heat into electrical energy, since they allow us to utilize hardly usable or almost lost thermal energy in an efficient way. Researchers at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) have created a new concept of thermoelectric material, published in

2019-02-21T15:25:12-05:00Tags: |

Universities in New York State Form Renewable Energy Purchasing Consortium

State and private universities in New York State banded together to form a renewable energy purchasing coalition. Called New York Campuses’ Aggregate Renewable Energy Solutions (NYCARES), the consortium includes 21 higher education institutions. The consortium of universities came together in late 2018 and plans to consider large-scale solar photovoltaic, wind, hydroelectric, and energy storage projects

2019-02-19T06:28:32-05:00Tags: |

Towards a “Great Food Transformation”

Unsustainable food systems are threatening human health and environmental sustainability. We need to change the way we farm—and our diets. There are more of us, we’re getting wealthier, and we’re demanding more protein-rich foods, such as meat. In the long run, this is simply not sustainable. Unhealthy and unsustainably produced food poses a global risk

2019-02-19T06:23:15-05:00Tags: |