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October 26, 2016

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October 26, 2016

Is Energy Storage Via Pumped Hydro Systems Is Possible on a Very Small Scale?

Oct. 24, 2016 — Pumped-storage hydroelectricity systems are to be found throughout the world, but always on a large scale. Researchers investigated whether energy storage via pumped hydro systems is possible on a ... read more

Risk Analysis for Common Ground on Climate Loss and Damage

Oct. 20, 2016 — The Paris Agreement included groundbreaking text on the need for a mechanism to help identify risks beyond adaptation and support the victims of climate-related loss and damage--but how exactly it ... read more

Scientists Find Link Between Tropical Storms, Decline of River Deltas

Oct. 19, 2016 — A change in the patterns of tropical storms is threatening the future of the Mekong River delta in Vietnam, research shows, indicating a similar risk to other deltas around the ... read more

Oct. 19, 2016 — Oceans might not be thought of as magnetic, but they make a tiny contribution to our planet's protective magnetic shield. Remarkably, ESA's Swarm satellites have not only measured this ... read more

Impact of the Fukushima Accident on Marine Life, Five Years Later

Oct. 18, 2016 — Five years ago, the largest single release of human-made radioactive discharge to the marine environment resulted from an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. Approximately ... read more

Fracking Wastewater Is Mostly Brines, Not Human-Made Fracking Fluids

Oct. 17, 2016 — Human-made chemical-laden fracking fluids make up less than 8 percent of wastewater being produced by fracked wells; more than 92% of it is naturally occurring brines, which carry their own risks but ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — Tiny robots have been helping researchers study how cli­mate change affects bio­di­ver­sity. These “robo­mus­sels” have the shape, size, and color of actual mus­sels, with minia­ture ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — To help improve hurricane preparedness and mitigation efforts, new research examines how accurate current forecasting systems are in predicting rainfall from North Atlantic tropical cyclones that ... read more

Finding Ideal Materials for Carbon Capture

Oct. 17, 2016 — In recent years, a class of highly absorbent, nanoporous materials called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have emerged as a promising material for carbon capture in power plants. But finding the ... read more

Storm Wave Study Could Help Improve Design of Coastal Defenses

Oct. 14, 2016 — Coastal defenses could be designed to better withstand powerful storms triggered by climate change, a study of wave dynamics suggests. Improving seawalls could help limit loss of life and damage to ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — New research reveals how a single warming event in Antarctica may be an indication of future ecosystem changes. Stationed in East Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys -- a polar desert that's ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — One of the biggest untapped clean energy sources on the planet — wave energy — could one day power millions of homes across the U.S. But more than a century after the first tests of the power of ... read more

Healthy Soil Is Essential to a Circular Economy

Oct. 13, 2016 — To achieve the Dutch government's objective of realizing a circular economy in the Netherlands, it is essential to maintain the productivity of the country's farmland. Healthy soil produces ... read more

Support for Fracking Is at an All-Time Low, Says New English Survey

Oct. 13, 2016 — As the Government gives the go-ahead to resume fracking in the UK, a new survey has shown that public support for the extraction and use of shale gas has fallen from over 58 per cent in July 2013 to ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — As they grow, corals are bathed in a sea of marine microbes, such as bacteria, algae, and viruses. While these extremely abundant and tiny microorganisms influence coral communities in a variety of ... read more

Climate Change May Help Ethiopia, Increase the Country's Access to Water

Oct. 12, 2016 — Despite the many disastrous impacts of climate change, there are some regions of the globe that might benefit from hotter temperatures. A team of researchers have predicted that water availability in ... read more

Oct. 11, 2016 — The first definitive evidence has been reported for a chemical bond between two negatively charged molecules of bisulfate, or HSO4, a new molecular structure with potential applications to the safe ... read more

Oct. 11, 2016 — The impact of old forest roads on the species diversity in the rainforest of Central Guyana has been the focus of recent research. Investigators reached the conclusion that the established roads may ... read more

Oct. 10, 2016 — Researchers set out to answer one not-so-simple question: Is it feasible to build and operate a high-speed passenger ferry solely powered by hydrogen fuel cells? The answer is ... read more

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