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October 6, 2015

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October 6, 2015

Oct. 5, 2015 — The targets for lower emissions of carbon dioxide from Europe's basic industries are out of reach, without urgent introduction of innovative carbon dioxide mitigation technologies, say ... read more

The Danish Nitrogen Budget in a Nutshell

Sep. 30, 2015 — To get a clearer overall picture of the sources and sinks of nitrogen, scientists have developed a national nitrogen budget for Denmark for the years 1990 to 2010. The budget shows inputs and outputs ... read more

Barley Straw Shows Potential as Transport Biofuel Raw Material

Sep. 30, 2015 — The hemicellulose sugars of barley straw can be effectively fermented into biobutanol, when starch is added during the pre-treatment or fermentation process, shows a new study. Seeking to find ... read more

New Prototype Cleans Air and Removes Pollution

Sep. 29, 2015 — A prototype of a new device could eliminate pesticide residues, grease, detergents, deodorants and general pollution from the atmosphere, reducing health ... read more

Energy Use Feedback Key to Unlocking Savings, If Used Wisely

Sep. 22, 2015 — Using feedback that incorporates goals or incentives and leverages new media and technology appears to be the best way to get people to cut back on their energy use, according to researchers who ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — The hotter solar cells become, the less efficient they are at converting sunlight to electricity, a problem that has long vexed the solar industry. Now engineers have developed a transparent overlay ... read more

Greening the Electric Grid With Gas Turbines

Sep. 21, 2015 — Much of the nation's energy policy is premised on the assumption that clean renewable sources like wind and solar will require huge quantities of storage before they can make a significant dent ... read more

Boost in Available Wind Power for the Midwest With Global Warming

Sep. 18, 2015 — Mother Nature will be delivering a future gift of 2 percent more wind energy in the Midwest, U.S. if regional climate models are correct, according to new ... read more

Closer Look Reveals True Cost of Coal

Sep. 17, 2015 — The cost of coal use is greater than it seems and policies geared toward subsidizing its use must be reformed quickly, before countries invest in coal-fired ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — Researchers will do an epidemiological, disease control?type study of more than 5 million solar panels at hundreds of power plants around the world to learn how photovoltaic modules degrade under ... read more

How Much Water Does U.S. Fracking Really Use?

Sep. 15, 2015 — Energy companies used nearly 250 billion gallons of water to extract shale gas and oil from hydraulically fractured wells in the US between 2005 and 2014, a new study finds. During the same period, ... read more

Sep. 14, 2015 — Hydrogen could be the ideal fuel: Whether used to make electricity in a fuel cell or burned to make heat, the only byproduct is water; there is no climate-altering carbon dioxide. Like gasoline, ... read more

Sep. 14, 2015 — Experts predict farmers can sustainably, and affordably, meet humanity's growing demand for food and ... read more

Biodiesel Made Easier, Cleaner With Waste-Recycling Catalyst

Sep. 14, 2015 — Researchers have devised a way of increasing the yield of biodiesel by using the waste left over from its production process. Using simple catalysis, the researchers have been able to recycle a ... read more

Inside Climate Politics in the United States

Sep. 11, 2015 — The politics of climate change are often depicted as a simple battle, between environmentalists and particular industries, over government policy. That's not wrong, but it's only a rough ... read more

How to Beat the Climate Crisis? Start With Carrots

Sep. 10, 2015 — Researchers says building coalitions through the support of clean-energy industries will speed up progress in tackling climate ... read more

Artificial 'Plants' Could Fuel the Future

Sep. 8, 2015 — The developer of a new technology that turns sunlight into liquid fuel, along with two other leading nanoscientists, discuss the remarkable science behind it -- and how learning from nature's ... read more

Inspired by Art, Lightweight Solar Cells Track the Sun

Sep. 8, 2015 — Solar cells capture up to 40 percent more energy when they can track the sun across the sky, but conventional, motorized trackers are too heavy and bulky for pitched rooftops and vehicle ... read more

Sep. 8, 2015 — Scientists have successfully developed efficient and low-cost semitransparent perovskite solar cells with graphene electrodes. The power conversion efficiencies of this novel invention are around 12 ... read more

Understanding the World’s Oceans More Essential Than Ever to Secure the Future of Our Planet

Sep. 7, 2015 — A greater understanding and appreciation of our oceans is essential for the wellbeing of the world’s population, according to a new report. The report looks at the future for: commercial shipping ... read more

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