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Poor outlook for biodiversity in Antarctica

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:16:06 EDT ~ 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. Find out more...

The economic case for wind, solar energy in Africa

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:28:29 EDT ~ To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment has found that wind and solar can be economically and environmentally competitive options and can contribute significantly to the rising demand. Find out more...

Building a market for renewable thermal technologies

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:30:39 EDT ~ Renewable thermal technologies have significant market potential in the state if supported by appropriate public policy and financing tools, a new analysis concludes. Find out more...

Study refines filters for greener natural gas

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:24:40 EDT ~ Scientists have mapped out the best materials for either carbon dioxide capture or balancing carbon capture with methane selectivity. Find out more...

A 'carbon law' offers pathway to halve emissions every decade

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:13:38 EDT ~ On the eve of this year's Earth hour (March 25), researchers propose a solution in the journal Science for the global economy to rapidly reduce carbon emissions. The authors argue a carbon roadmap, driven by a simple rule of thumb or 'carbon law' of halving emissions every decade, could catalyze disruptive innovation. Find out more...

Warning of shortage of essential minerals for laptops, cell phones, wiring

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:00:42 EDT ~ Researchers say global resource governance and sharing of geoscience data is needed to address challenges facing future mineral supply. Specifically of concern are a range of technology minerals, which are an essential ingredient in everything from laptops and cell phones to hybrid or electric cars to solar panels and copper wiring for homes. Find out more...

Fashion industry gains new tools to reduce its environmental load

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:28:00 EDT ~ The environmental impact of our clothing has now been mapped in the most comprehensive life cycle analysis performed to date. For the first time, this makes it possible to compare the environmental effects of completely different types of textiles. The results will be used to create a practical tool for clothing manufacturers that want to lighten their environmental load. Find out more...

Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:49:27 EDT ~ A team of scientists 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. Find out more...

Switzerland could generate more energy out of used wood

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:29:29 EDT ~ Switzerland is not fully exploiting a significant source of clean energy: 173,000 tonnes of used wood could be re-used producing valuable heat and power energy today, in addition to the 644,000 tonnes of used wood already being used. This was the conclusion reached by a nationwide survey among 567 companies in the construction, waste management and transport sectors. Find out more...

Door and window locks are less carbon-costly and more effective than burglar alarms and CCTV, a new study finds

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:58:54 EDT ~ A new study, which estimates the carbon footprint of burglary prevention measures, has found that the best options from both an environmental and security point of view are door and window locks. This is because they are not only more effective at preventing crime, but also more environmentally friendly, having a much lower carbon footprint than other measures, such as burglar alarms or CCTV. Find out more...