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March 22, 2019

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March 22, 2019

Renewable Energy Won't Make Bitcoin 'Green,' but Tweaking Its Mining Mechanism Might

Mar. 14, 2019 — The cryptocurrency Bitcoin is known for its energy footprint. Now, a researcher suggests that renewable hydropower production cannot supply the large quantities of energy needed to power machinery ... read more

Mar. 14, 2019 — Nanoscientists have succeeded in demonstrating a new reaction mechanism to cleave cellulose efficiently. This new reaction could lead to an efficient, environmentally friendly and cost-effective ... read more

Autonomous Vehicles Could Be an Environmental Boon or Disaster, Depending on Public Policy

Mar. 12, 2019 — Widespread use of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could either massively increase or drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions depending, in large part, on public policy, according to new ... read more

Shifting Away from Coal Is Key to Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mar. 7, 2019 — The United States could fulfill its greenhouse gas emission pledge under the Paris Climate Agreement by virtually eliminating coal as an energy source by 2024, according to new ... read more

Improving Solar Cell Efficiency With a Bucket of Water

Mar. 6, 2019 — Beth Parks has devised an astonishingly simple way to overcome a limitation of solar cells -- a bucket of water. She developed a frame that holds the solar cell with a bucket suspended on either end. ... read more

Good News! Europe's Electric Grid Will Still Work Even as the World Crumbles

Mar. 6, 2019 — Temperatures may climb and seas may rise, but the lights (and, undoubtedly, the air conditioning) will still be on in nations with high capacities for wind and solar energy. New research suggests ... read more

Discovering the Next Generation of Catalysts

Mar. 5, 2019 — The use of solar and wind energy must be doubled to meet the world's demand for clean energy over the next 30 years. Catalysts that can ensure the storage of solar and wind energy in fuels and ... read more

Machine Learning Used to Identify High-Performing Solar Materials

Mar. 5, 2019 — Thanks to a study that combines the power of supercomputing with data science and experimental methods, researchers have developed a novel 'design to device' approach to identify promising ... read more

Potential New Source of Rare Earth Elements

Mar. 4, 2019 — Researchers have found a possible new source of rare earth elements - phosphate rock waste - and an environmentally friendly way to get them out, according to a new study. The approach could benefit ... read more

Forests, Carbon Sinks Cannot Make Up for Delays in Decarbonizing the Economy, Experts Argue

Feb. 28, 2019 — To stabilize the Earth's climate for people and ecosystems, it is imperative to ramp up natural climate solutions and, at the same time, accelerate mitigation efforts across the energy and ... read more

Layering Titanium Oxide's Different Mineral Forms for Better Solar Cells

Feb. 28, 2019 — A research team has improved the efficiency of a new type of solar cell with a double layer consisting of pure anatase and brookite, two different mineral forms of titanium oxide. Using water-solute ... read more

Feb. 27, 2019 — Scientists have developed a recycling process that transforms single-use beverage bottles, clothing, and carpet made from the common polyester material polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into more ... read more

A Water-Splitting Catalyst Unlike Any Other

Feb. 27, 2019 — Chemists have developed a new iron-nickel oxide catalyst for water splitting, the reaction that produces hydrogen fuel. The patent-pending catalyst shows significantly higher activity in the ... read more

How Power-to-Gas Technology Can Be Green and Profitable

Feb. 26, 2019 — Hydrogen production based on wind power can already be commercially viable today. Until now, it was generally assumed that this environmentally friendly power-to-gas technology could not be ... read more

CO<sub>2</sub> Emissions in Developed Economies Fall Due to Decreasing Fossil Fuel and Energy Use

Feb. 25, 2019 — Efforts to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and tackle climate change in developed economies are beginning to pay off according to new ... read more

Carbon Taxes Could Create New Winners and Losers Among Countries, Research Says

Feb. 19, 2019 — A global carbon tax would create new sets of economic winners and losers, with some countries holding a distinct competitive advantage over others, according to new ... read more

Feb. 19, 2019 — A group of researchers has recently developed a new software aimed at the analysis of energy generation systems based on kites and drones. They used the software to study the behavior of these ... read more

The Global Impact of Coal Power

Feb. 19, 2019 — With data and modelling from almost 8,000 coal power plants, researchers present the most comprehensive global picture to date of climate and human health impacts from coal power ... read more

Feb. 18, 2019 — Climate change is shifting the energy in the atmosphere that fuels summertime weather, which may lead to stronger thunderstorms and more stagnant conditions for midlatitude regions of the Northern ... read more

Feb. 14, 2019 — Researchers have used one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to reveal the structure of a large protein complex crucial to photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert sunlight into ... read more

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