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August 24, 2016

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August 24, 2016

Genetically Improving Sorghum for Production of Biofuel

July 13, 2016 — The bioenergy crop sorghum holds great promise as a raw material for making environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals that offer alternatives to petroleum-based products. Sorghum can potentially ... read more

Sources, Occurrence Rate of Groundwater Methane in Colorado's Denver-Julesburg Basin

July 11, 2016 — The rate of groundwater contamination due to natural gas leakage from oil and gas wells has remained largely unchanged in northeastern Colorado's Denver-Julesburg Basin since 2001, according to ... read more

July 7, 2016 — Researchers developed an alternative fatty acid synthase (FAS) system in which enzymes from other organisms work with the native FAS in <i>E. coli</i> to improve the microbe’s capacity ... read more

June 24, 2016 — As the solar industry booms, coal workers have the opportunity to pursue new work. A new study looks at what it takes to retrain underground skills for sunnier ... read more

How China Can Ramp Up Wind Power

June 20, 2016 — China has an opportunity to massively increase its use of wind power -- if it properly integrates wind into its existing power system, according to a new study. The research forecasts that wind power ... read more

LED Technology Used in Indonesia to Monitor Safety at Construction Sites

June 17, 2016 — A safety monitoring method called On-Site Visualization has been implemented in metro system construction sites in Jakarta, Indonesia as part of a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) ... read more

China's Big Investment to Fix Environmental Wrongs Shows Both People, Nature Can Win

June 16, 2016 — China's massive investment to mitigate the ecosystem bust that has come in the wake of the nation's economic boom is paying off. An international group of scientists finds both humans and ... read more

Sustainability Criteria for Transport Biofuels Need Improvements

June 14, 2016 — In its Renewable Energy Directive, the European Union has set a 10% goal for the use of renewable energy in transport by 2020. Only biofuels meeting certain sustainability criteria are included in ... read more

Storage Technologies for Renewable Energy Can Pay Off

June 13, 2016 — Storage systems can make economic sense for renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, according to new ... read more

Climate Consequences of Oil Price Uncertainty Could Be Significant

June 13, 2016 — Oil prices can have a major impact on the types and quantities of energy sources used -- and thus on greenhouse gas emissions. A new study is the first to quantify the energy and emissions impacts of ... read more

June 13, 2016 — Home storage systems for electricity produced by photovoltaics facilities are gaining attractiveness, as their costs are declining. However, standardized, verifiable criteria for the end client to ... read more

US Counties Could Gain $1 Million in Annual Health Benefits from a Power Plant Carbon Standard

June 7, 2016 — Nearly all US regions stand to gain economic benefits from power plant carbon standards that set moderately stringent emission targets and allow a high level of compliance flexibility, according to a ... read more

New Tool Could Help Investors Pick the Clean Energy Project Right for Them

June 7, 2016 — In 2013, Serbia announced its goal of having 27 percent of the country's power be generated from renewable sources by 2020. Hitting that target will require building additional clean energy ... read more

Pursuing Energy Independence Will Hardly Mitigate Climate Change

June 7, 2016 — Although cutting carbon dioxide emissions can lead to energy security benefits, such as reducing energy imports, pursuing energy independence will not equivalently reduce emissions, reports a new ... read more

MPs Want Academic 'Match-Making' Service to Help Inform Policy

June 6, 2016 — MPs have expressed an overwhelming willingness to use a proposed new service to swiftly link them with academics in relevant areas to help ensure policy is based on the latest ... read more

June 1, 2016 — Using a new satellite-based method, scientists have located 39 unreported and major human-made sources of toxic sulfur dioxide ... read more

May 27, 2016 — The first comprehensive study of the content of rare earth elements in coal ashes from the United States shows that coal originating from the Appalachian Mountains has the highest concentrations of ... read more

Tax on Plug-in Vehicles Is Not Answer to Road-Funding Woes, Study Shows

May 27, 2016 — Given declining revenues from gasoline and diesel fuel taxes and the need for new ways of funding road infrastructure, state and federal policymakers are considering or have enacted annual ... read more

May 26, 2016 — A public-private team led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a new international standard that can 'map' the critically important environmental aspects ... read more

May 25, 2016 — The 'Internet of Things' could make cities 'smarter' by connecting an extensive network of tiny communications devices to make life more efficient. But all these machines will ... read more

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