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July 31, 2015

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July 31, 2015

Timber and Construction: A Well-Matched Couple

July 7, 2015 — For the last 10 years, scientists have been conducting research into building structures and materials (concrete, steel and timber). According to their latest piece of research, timber is a very ... read more

Stronger Action Needed to Transform UK's Energy System

July 5, 2015 — An ambitious policy package is essential for the UK to transform its energy system to achieve the deep reductions in carbon emissions required to avoid dangerous climate change, according to new ... read more

Bioenergy in the Upper Rhine Area: Potential for Improvement

June 30, 2015 — Scientists have analyzed the potentials of sustainable use of biomass on the Upper Rhine. The conclusion drawn by the researchers: Further increase in biomass production is limited, as this would ... read more

Little Faith in Carbon Capture in the EU and USA

June 29, 2015 — Pessimism prevails about the future of carbon capture and storage in both the USA and EU. This is despite the fine promises that it was precisely this technology that would save the oil and gas ... read more

Highest Certified Efficiency for Perovskite Solar Cells Measuring Over One Square Centimetre

June 18, 2015 — Researchers have achieved a 15% energy conversion efficiency in perovskite solar cells for the first time in the world, as officially recognized by an international public test ... read more

Fighting Climate Change, With Cement

June 12, 2015 — The cement industry is one of the largest sources worldwide of carbon emissions, accounting for around five per cent of global emissions. New technologies may help substantially lower these ... read more

Car of the Future: Autonomous, or Cooperative

June 22, 2015 — The self-driving car has strong potential for improving traffic flow, road safety, and reducing the environmental impact of traffic. But only if it is designed to communicate with other cars and ... read more

June 2, 2015 — The heat generated by burning a fossil fuel is surpassed within a few months by the warming caused by the release of its carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, a new study says. The release of CO2 into ... read more

Use of Computerized Clinical Decision Support Tools Leads to Small Reduction in Inappropriate Advanced Imaging Studies

June 2, 2015 — The increasing use of advanced medical imaging such as MRI and CT is often cited as a key driver of increasing medical costs. Beginning in 2017, federal rules will require that decision support tools ... read more

EU Biofuels Regime Failing to Meet Its Objectives Under Current Regulatory Framework, Experts Say

May 26, 2015 — The European Union regulatory framework for biofuels has the potential to address its climate, energy and environmental objectives, but only if carefully tailored and effectively implemented. The ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Drones, say goodbye to pilots. With the goal of achieving autonomous flight of these aerial vehicles, researchers have developed a vision and learning system to control and navigate them without ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Scientists have developed an environment friendly version of building concrete called green-mix ... read more

Enhancing Knowledge Crucial to Improving Energy-Saving Behaviors, Study Shows

May 22, 2015 — Increasing public knowledge and understanding about energy issues is vital if improved energy-saving behaviors are to be encouraged among individuals and organizations, a study ... read more

American Energy Use Up Slightly, Carbon Emissions Almost Unchanged

May 20, 2015 — Americans' energy use continued to grow slowly in 2014, fueled by increases in the use of natural gas, wind and solar, according to the most recent energy flow ... read more

US West's Power Grid Must Be Prepared for Impacts of Climate Change

May 18, 2015 — Arizona State University researchers say in coming decades a changing climate will pose challenges to operations of power generation facilities, especially in the Western United States. They ... read more

Ethanol Refining May Release More of Some Pollutants Than Previously Thought

May 5, 2015 — Ethanol fuel refineries could be releasing much larger amounts of some ozone-forming compounds into the atmosphere than current assessments suggest, a new study finds. Airborne measurements downwind ... read more

Can Biodiesel Damage Your Car in Colder Climates?

May 5, 2015 — The oil industry believes biodiesel is not to blame for problems that some car owners are experiencing. But the nature of the fuel means that it has to be handled differently than regular ... read more

Housing Market Cycles Have Become Longer

May 1, 2015 — A statistical analysis of data from 20 industrial countries covering the period 1970 to 2012 suggests housing market pricing cycles -- normal, boom and bust phases -- have become longer over the last ... read more

Energy Consumption Rises With Automated Bill Payment

Apr. 29, 2015 — The adage 'out of sight, out of mind' applies to utility consumption, according to new research. A study of 16 years of billing records from one South Carolina electric utility found that ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Researchers have conducted the most comprehensive study yet of the full cost of saving electricity by U.S. utility efficiency programs and now have an answer: 4.6 cents. That’s the average total ... read more

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