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Don't wait for a unicorn: Investing in low-carbon tech now will save money

Mon, 21 May 2018 13:17:58 EDT ~ Waiting for a 'unicorn technology' that provides green energy at low cost could be more expensive than adopting low-carbon energy technologies now. Find out more...

Advanced biofuels can be produced extremely efficiently, confirms industrial demonstration

Mon, 21 May 2018 13:11:27 EDT ~ Researchers have developed new technologies that can be used to convert industrial plants to produce fossil-free heat, electricity, fuel, chemicals and materials. The technical potential is enormous -- using only Sweden's currently existing power plants, renewable fuels equivalent to 10 percent of the world's aviation fuel could be produced. Find out more...

Optimum shade for cocoa

Fri, 18 May 2018 10:27:49 EDT ~ As chocolate becomes ever more popular, demand for cocoa keeps rising. For production to keep up, agricultural practices have to become more sustainable. Researchers tested what shade trees can contribute to solving this problem. Find out more...

Shocking study shows one third of world's protected areas degraded by human activities

Thu, 17 May 2018 14:36:41 EDT ~ A shocking study confirms that one third of the world's protected areas -- an astonishing 2.3 million square miles or twice the size of the state of Alaska -- are now under intense human pressure including road building, grazing, and urbanization. Find out more...

Can we get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources?

Thu, 17 May 2018 11:38:12 EDT ~ Some researchers doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy. Now scientists have hit back with their response to the points raised. They demonstrate that there are no roadblocks on the way to a 100 percent renewable future. Find out more...

Natural regeneration or tree-planting? Study points to bias in forest restoration studies

Wed, 16 May 2018 14:47:06 EDT ~ At a time when countries are pledging to restore millions of hectares of forest, new research argues that recent studies on forest regeneration techniques are flawed. Sites used to evaluate natural regeneration were secondary growth forests, whereas sites chosen to evaluate artificial regeneration ranged from abandoned coal mines to cattle-trampled fields. Authors of the new study suggest elements of both techniques should be considered, depending on the objectives for a site and its current state. Find out more...

Whole-tree logging may not hinder plant biodiversity

Wed, 16 May 2018 14:46:21 EDT ~ When it comes to timber harvesting, removing the whole tree -- from stump to twigs -- doesn't reduce plant diversity any more than old-fashioned logging, which leaves tree branches behind in the woods, new research finds. Find out more...

Global 2 degrees C rise doubles population exposed to multiple climate risks compared to 1.5 degrees C

Wed, 16 May 2018 10:14:20 EDT ~ New research identifying climate vulnerability hotspots has found that the number of people affected by multiple climate change risks could double if the global temperature rises by 2 degrees C, compared to a rise of 1.5 degrees C. Find out more...

China's program 'riskiest environmental project in history,' researcher warns

Tue, 15 May 2018 18:09:14 EDT ~ A global expert on infrastructure says that China's plan to crisscross half of the Earth with massive transportation and energy projects is environmentally the riskiest venture ever undertaken. Find out more...

A green approach to making ammonia could help feed the world

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:15:48 EDT ~ Researchers have developed a new 'green' approach to making ammonia that may help make feeding the rising world population more sustainable. Find out more...