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November 26, 2015

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November 26, 2015

Shedding Light on Oil Behaviors Before the Next Spill

Nov. 25, 2015 — There are still critical research gaps hampering efforts to both assess the environmental impacts of crude oil spills and to effectively remediate them, a Canadian, comprehensive scientific report ... read more

Next-Generation Fuel Cells Are Ready for Low-Emission Electricity Production

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new-generation, long-life fuel cell system is under development, offering efficiency higher than that of competing technologies. The project will result in new, energy-efficient and commercially ... read more

Taking Care of Old Oil Wells

Nov. 24, 2015 — Thousands of old offshore oil wells will have to be plugged to prevent them leaking, an expensive exercise. Researchers are now proposing a solution that may offer some relief for what is a major ... read more

Green Fermentation Process: From Waste Feedstock to High Value Chemicals

Nov. 2, 2015 — Researchers have developed a novel anaerobic undefined mixed culture fermentation process to produce high value chemicals from glycerol and volatile fatty acids in waste ... read more

Life Cycle Assessment Approach Combines Environmental With Economic Factors to Determine Greenhouse Gas Reductions for Varying Forms of Bioenergy

Oct. 28, 2015 — A new study sets out to calculate the true costs and benefits associated with replacing fossil fuels with bioenergy in varying forms for numerous s applications. The life cycle assessment approach ... read more

Hazards of Old Natural-Gas Pipes Spur Upgrades

Oct. 28, 2015 — Millions of residents across the US rely on natural gas to heat their homes, stoves and showers. But leaks along the thousands of miles of pipeline that deliver the fuel are a costly -- and sometimes ... read more

Upcoming UN Climate Summit Can't Overlook China's Support of Global Coal Power

Oct. 27, 2015 — When global leaders converge on Paris on Nov. 30 for the 2015 United Nations climate change conference, they should create guidelines and incentives for developing nations to cooperate with one ... read more

Oct. 26, 2015 — Scientists have demonstrated that microwaves can help create nanostructured molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) catalysts with an improved ability to produce hydrogen. The microwave-assisted strategy ... read more

Oct. 26, 2015 — Increasing numbers of natural gas-powered trucks and buses are hitting the road, but a major disadvantage is the bulky equipment needed to store compressed NG or to keep liquefied NG cold. Now ... read more

Canadian Researchers Find Geothermal Heat Pumps Most Feasible in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Oct. 23, 2015 — Researchers have recently conducted a survey of four Canadian cities to determine the economic feasibility of installing geothermal heating systems in homes in Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver and ... read more

Oct. 23, 2015 — There is an inexhaustible amount of energy lying right beneath our feet. It is a renewable and stable energy source -- free of carbon dioxide emissions. Researchers are now planning to drill deep ... read more

Wood-Based Alternatives in Chemistry

Oct. 22, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new way to use wood or other kinds of biomass to make chemical materials without relying on the usual non-renewable petrochemical starting ... read more

Oct. 20, 2015 — Abandoned oil and gas wells near fracking sites can be conduits for methane escape not currently being measured, a significant finding given the current debate over new EPA rules regulating ... read more

Analysis Shows Greenhouse Gas Emissions Similar for Shale, Crude Oil

Oct. 15, 2015 — A pair of studies on the efficiency of shale oil production excavation have been released by researchers. The reports show that shale oil production generates greenhouse gas emissions at levels ... read more

Oct. 15, 2015 — The federal Renewable Fuel Standard and its overreliance on corn ethanol has created additional environmental problems in its 10-year history, resulting in unmet targets for cutting air pollution, ... read more

Africa's Urban Waste: A Valuable Source of Electricity

Oct. 13, 2015 — Estimated electricity production from the total waste generated in Africa could reach 122.2 TWh in 2025, or more than 20 percent of the electricity consumed in 2010 at continental level (661.5TWh), ... read more

Oct. 9, 2015 — A new generation of platinum-copper catalysts requiring very low concentrations of platinum in the form of individual atoms to cleanly and cheaply perform important chemical reactions is reported. ... read more

Fracking Industry Wells Associated With Premature Birth

Oct. 8, 2015 — Expectant mothers who live near active natural gas wells operated by the fracking industry in Pennsylvania are at an increased risk of giving birth prematurely and for having high-risk pregnancies, ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — A new fracturing fluid has been created that may increase the ability to develop geothermal energy, scientists report. This advance of tapping the natural heat of Earth may improve the ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Before embarking on a transcontinental journey, jet airplanes fill up with tens of thousands of gallons of fuel. In the event of a crash, such large quantities of fuel increase the severity of an ... read more

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