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December 8, 2019

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Research has chemists one step closer to recreating nature's most efficient machinery for generating hydrogen gas. This new development may help clear the path for the ... read more
A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an 'artificial leaf' that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could ... read more

New Route to Carbon-Neutral Fuels from Carbon Dioxide

A new way to convert carbon dioxide into the building block for sustainable liquid fuels was very efficient in tests and did not have the reaction that destroys the conventional ... read more

Fracking Prompts Global Spike in Atmospheric Methane, Study Suggests

As methane concentrations increase in the Earth's atmosphere, chemical fingerprints point to a probable source: shale oil and gas, according to new ... read more
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Replacing Coal With Gas or Renewables Saves Billions of Gallons of Water

The transition from coal to natural gas in the US electricity sector is reducing the industry's water use, research finds. For every megawatt of electricity produced using natural gas instead of ... read more

Magneto-Inertial Fusion Experiment Nears Completion

The Plasma Liner Experiment will soon test the potential for a novel plasma fusion concept, while offering insights into the physics of colliding plasma ... read more

China Is on Track to Meet Its Emissions Goals for 2020

Polluting emissions from Chinese thermal power plants declined significantly between 2014 and 2017, according to new research. The study analyzed data from 2014, when China introduced the ambitious ... read more

Affordable, Less Intensive Methane Detection Protocol

A new testing protocol that uses existing, affordable water chemistry tests can help scientists and regulators detect sites showing evidence of new methane gas leaks caused by oil and gas drilling, ... read more

Cost-Effective Fuel Cell Technology

Researchers have identified ammonia as a source for engineering fuel cells that can provide a cheap and powerful source for fueling cars, trucks and buses with a reduced carbon ... read more

Innovative Valve Train Saves 20% Fuel

Scientists have developed an innovative, electrohydraulically actuated valve train for internal combustion engines, that enables completely free adjustment of stroke and timing, while at the same ... read more

Natural Gas Storage Research Could Combat Global Warming

To help combat global warming, a team is working on a new porous polymer that can store natural gas more effectively than anything currently being ... read more

Scientists Create Artificial Catalysts Inspired by Living Enzymes

Researchers have made a significant advance in the development of artificial catalysts for making cleaner chemicals and fuels at an industrial ... read more

Clearing Up the 'Dark Side' of Artificial Leaves

While artificial leaves hold promise as a way to take carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- out of the atmosphere, there is a 'dark side to artificial leaves that has gone overlooked for ... read more

3D Printed Rocket Fuel Comparison

Scientists in Australia are using 3D printing to create fuels for rockets, and using tailor-made rocket motors they've built to test the ... read more

A Catalyst for Sustainable Methanol

Scientists have developed a new catalyst that converts CO2 and hydrogen into methanol. Offering realistic market potential, the technology paves the way for the sustainable production of fuels and ... read more

Atomically Precise Models Improve Understanding of Fuel Cells

Simulations from researchers in Japan provide new insights into the reactions occurring in solid-oxide fuel cells by using realistic atomic-scale models of the electrode active site based on ... read more

Shifts to Renewable Energy Can Drive Up Energy Poverty, Study Finds

Efforts to shift away from fossil fuels and replace oil and coal with renewable energy sources can help reduce carbon emissions but do so at the expense of increased inequality, according to a new ... read more

Fossil Fuels Increasingly Offer a Poor Return on Energy Investment

Researchers have calculated the EROI for fossil fuels over a 16 year period and found that at the finished fuel stage, the ratios are much closer to those of renewable energy sources -- roughly 6:1, ... read more

Current Pledges to Phase out Coal Power Are Critically Insufficient to Slow Climate Change

The Powering Past Coal Alliance, or PPCA, is a coalition of 30 countries and 22 cities and states, that aims to phase out unabated coal power. But analysis shows that members mainly pledge to close ... read more

U.S. Military Consumes More Hydrocarbons Than Most Countries -- Massive Hidden Impact on Climate

Research shows the US military is one of the largest climate polluters in history, consuming more liquid fuels and emitting more CO2e (carbon-dioxide equivalent) than most ... read more

Carbon-Neutral Fuel Made from Sunlight and Air

Researchers have developed a novel technology that produces liquid hydrocarbon fuels exclusively from sunlight and air. For the first time worldwide they demonstrate the entire thermochemical process ... read more

One-Two-Punch Catalysts Trapping CO<sub>2</sub> for Cleaner Fuels

Researchers are getting closer to developing a material that delivers a one-two punch: recycling atmospheric carbon dioxide for the production of cleaner hydrocarbon ... read more

Fertilizer Plants Emit 100 Times More Methane Than Reported

Emissions of methane from the industrial sector have been vastly underestimated, researchers have ... read more

Plastic Water Bottles May One Day Fly People Cross-Country

Researchers have melted plastic waste at high temperature with activated carbon, a processed carbon with increased surface area, to produce jet ... read more

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