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December 9, 2019

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A new way of removing carbon dioxide from a stream of air could provide a significant tool in the battle against climate change. The new system can work on the gas at ... 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

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019: Lithium-Ion Batteries

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 is being awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino "for the development of lithium-ion ... 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
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Study Shows Where Global Renewable Energy Investments Have Greatest Benefits

New study finds that the amount of climate and health benefits achieved from renewable energy depends on the country where it is installed. Countries with higher carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and ... read more

Geoscientists Hope to Make Induced Earthquakes Predictable

Geoscientists have created a model to forecast induced earthquake activity from the disposal of wastewater after oil and gas ... read more

Historical Data Confirms Recent Increase in West Texas Earthquakes

A new analysis of historical seismic data has found that earthquake activity in West Texas near the city of Pecos has increased dramatically since ... read more

Scientists Create 'Artificial Leaf' That Turns Carbon Into Fuel

Scientists have created an 'artificial leaf' to fight climate change by inexpensively converting harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) into a useful alternative ... read more

Oil and Gas Wastewater Used for Irrigation May Suppress Plant Immune Systems

A new study gives pause to the idea of using oil and gas wastewater for irrigation. The team conducted a greenhouse study using produced water to irrigate common wheat crops. Their study showed that ... read more

Harmful Emissions from Traffic, Trucks, SUVs

Almost one third of Canadians live near a major road -- and this means they go about their everyday lives exposed to a complex mixture of vehicle air pollutants. A new study reveals that emissions ... read more

Where to Install Renewable Energy in US to Achieve Greatest Benefits

A new study shows that to achieve the biggest improvements in public health and the greatest benefits from renewable energy, wind turbines should be installed in the Upper Midwest and solar power ... read more

To Rid Electric Grid of Carbon, Shore Up Green Energy Support

Engineers, along with an economist, have created an energy model that helps to remove carbon-generated power from the US electric grid -- replacing it with a greener, financially feasible wind, solar ... read more

Study Casts Doubt on Carbon Capture

Current approaches to carbon capture can increase air pollution and are not efficient at reducing carbon in the atmosphere, according to new ... read more

Lead Isotopes a New Tool for Tracking Coal Ash

Scientists have developed a forensic tracer that uses lead isotopes to detect and measure coal fly ash in dust, soil and sediments. Tests show the new tracer can distinguish between the isotopic ... read more

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

All Plastic Waste Could Become New, High-Quality Plastic Through Advanced Steam Cracking

A research group has developed an efficient process for breaking down any plastic waste to a molecular level. The resulting gases can then be transformed back into new plastics - of the same quality ... read more

Croissant Making Inspires Renewable Energy Solution

The art of croissant making has inspired researchers to find a solution to a sustainable energy ... read more

Scientists Recalculate the Optimum Binding Energy for Heterogeneous Catalysis

In a discovery that could lead to the development of novel catalysts that do not rely on expensive rare metals, scientists have shown that the optimal binding energy can deviate from traditional ... read more

Are We Underestimating the Benefits of Investing in Renewable Energy?

Scientists have estimated the emissions intensity of carbon dioxide and other air pollutants from a major electricity distributor and highlighted key consequences - essential information for ... read more

Cheaper Catalyst Can Generate Hydrogen in a Commercial Device

Researchers have shown for the first time that a cheap catalyst can split water and generate hydrogen gas for hours on end in the harsh environment of a commercial electrolyzer -- a step toward ... read more

Liquid Metals the Secret Ingredients to Clean Up Environment

Liquid metal catalysts show great promise for capturing carbon and cleaning up pollutants, requiring so little energy they can even be created in the ... read more

Stabilizing Multilayer Flows May Improve Transportation of Heavy Oils

During the past 20 years, the oil industry has begun to transition away from light oils toward heavier oils. But transporting heavy oils cost-effectively is a challenge because heavy oils are viscous ... 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

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