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April 16, 2014

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2:30 PM | Ranchers Behaving Badly, Hippie Hockey Players, 'Fartpacks' for Cows—Wait, What?!
By Jason Bittel Tasing saddles: In exchange for a fee, ranchers in Nevada are allowed to graze their cattle on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. But one rancher, Cliven Bundy, stopped paying that fee 21 years ago, saying he doesn’t recognize the federal government as even existing. And because Bundy refuses to pay the more than $1 million buckaroos he owes the BLM, the government confiscated the cows on its land. In reply Bundy […]

April 15, 2014

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10:21 PM | Hold the drill! Fracking emitting more methane than previously thought
As politically divisive as hydraulic fracturing is, we still need much more data to determine its environmental effects before deciding if it can be major source of energy during our transition away from fossil fuels.  Unfortunately, this lack of data … Continue reading →

Caulton, D., Shepson, P., Santoro, R., Sparks, J., Howarth, R., Ingraffea, A., Cambaliza, M., Sweeney, C., Karion, A., Davis, K. & Stirm, B. (2014). Toward a better understanding and quantification of methane emissions from shale gas development, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI:

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7:50 PM | Cheap, Abundant, Low-Toxic Photocatalyst Discovered
A research group at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) led by the principal researcher Hideki Abe and the senior researcher Naoto Umezawa at the NIMS’s Environmental Remediation Materials Unit discovered a new photocatalyst, Sn3O4, that uses sunlight to produce hydrogen from water. Read more »

Manikandan, M., Tanabe, T., Li, P., Ueda, S., Ramesh, G., Kodiyath, R., Wang, J., Hara, T., Dakshanamoorthy, A., Ishihara, S. & Ariga, K. (2014). Photocatalytic Water Splitting under Visible Light by Mixed-Valence Sn O , ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 6 (6) 3790-3793. DOI:

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7:37 PM | The Fine Print
By Sarah Tory Sometimes solving environmental problems is a lot of work. But every once and a while, a solution comes along that seems as simple as, say, changing a font. So easy, in fact, that a sixth-grader could figure it out. That’s what happened when 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani, concerned about the heavy paper and ink use at his Pittsburgh-area middle school, began thinking about ways to slow down consumption and cut costs. (Well, that and he […]
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6:43 PM | RWE to Supply Natural Gas to Naftogaz of Ukraine
Germany’s RWE began deliveries of natural gas to Ukraine on Tuesday as a diplomatic crisis between Kyiv and Moscow raises the risk of Russia cutting off gas supplies to Ukraine. Read more »
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5:32 PM | Quantum Dots Could Be Used to Make Efficient Solar Windows
A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy. Read more »

Meinardi, F., Colombo, A., Velizhanin, K., Simonutti, R., Lorenzon, M., Beverina, L., Viswanatha, R., Klimov, V. & Brovelli, S. (2014). Large-area luminescent solar concentrators based on ‘Stokes-shift-engineered’ nanocrystals in a mass-polymerized PMMA matrix, Nature Photonics, DOI:

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3:47 PM | U.S. / Texas Oil Reserves At Highest Levels In Decades
According to data recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, crude oil reserves in the U.S are at their highest level since 1976.  In 2012 alone the U.S. added 4.5 billion barrels.  This represents the highest one-year increase since … Continue reading →
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3:03 PM | Toyota Says Its New Gasoline Engines Will Be 10% More Efficient
Toyota Motor Corporation aims to increase the environmental performance of its vehicles with a series of newly-developed fuel-efficient gasoline engines. Read more »
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2:20 PM | Stop Killing Enviros! Climate Change vs. Mad Men, Gefilte Fish Shortage—Gulp
By Jason Bittel You need green to make green: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes no bones about the fact that we need to make a move soon to address climate change. Just one problem—trying to do so has proven political suicide. Many in Congress are beholden to the fossil fuel industry; others simply won’t consider levying any more taxes, no matter what they’re for. To help remedy the situation, the League of Conservation […]
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2:11 PM | Cracking Open a Cancer Cluster
By Elizabeth Royte This interview was originally published on March 21, 2013. On Monday, Dan Fagin (a member of the OnEarth editorial board) won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction. Read an excerpt from his award-winning book here.Toms River, New Jersey, wasn’t polluted in a day. Ciby-Geigy and Union Carbide dumped their wastes in this small coastal town for decades before scores of local children were diagnosed with leukemia and cancers of the central […]
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2:01 PM | EIA: LNG Shows Potential as Railroad Fuel
EIA projects that liquefied natural gas (LNG) will play an increasing role in powering freight locomotives in coming years. Read more »
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7:07 AM | Would addressing climate change improve energy security?
By Jessica Jewell, Research Scholar, IIASA Energy Program How would action to mitigate climate change affect energy security for countries around the world? In two recent studies that I worked on with colleagues in IIASA’s Energy Program and three other European research centers, we explored this question under a range of different policy scenarios. We found … Continue reading →

April 14, 2014

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8:54 PM | Years of Recapping Dangerously
By Jason Bittel When the premiere of your 9-part climate change documentary is up against Game of Thrones’ purple wedding and the return of Don Draper, it’s probably a smart idea to open with Indiana Jones boarding a fighter jet on his way to kick some Nazi ass.Of course, it’s really just Harrison Ford on a plane loaded with CO2 sensors, but he is embarking for an exotic locale to confront an existential threat to humanity. “The […]
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7:59 PM | Airborne Wind Turbines Have Significant Potential, Study Finds
Airborne wind turbines hovering high in the air and tethered to the ground, like kites, have the potential to generate huge amounts of electricity, based on a recent wind availability study led by the University of Delaware. Read more »

Archer, C., Delle Monache, L. & Rife, D. (2014). Airborne wind energy: Optimal locations and variability, Renewable Energy, 64 180-186. DOI:

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6:37 PM | Scientists Gain Insight Into High-Temperature Superconductivity
In a new study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, researchers have identified and solved at least one paradox in the behavior of high-temperature superconductors. The riddle involves a phenomenon called the “pseudogap,” a region of energy levels in which relatively few electrons are allowed to exist. Read more »

Mishra, V., Chatterjee, U., Campuzano, J. & Norman, M. (2014). Effect of the pseudogap on the transition temperature in the cuprates and implications for its origin, Nature Physics, DOI:

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4:36 PM | Flexible Thermoelectric Generator Turns Body Heat Into Electricity
A team of researches at KAIST University, Korea, has developed a glass fabric-based flexible thermoelectric generator that is extremely light and produces electricity from the heat of the human body. Read more »
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3:20 PM | BMW Unveils Concept X5 eDrive
BMW is using the New York International Auto Show 2014 to present the BMW Concept X5 eDrive—a company’s next step in reducing fuel consumption and emissions in the SAV segment. Read more »
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3:14 PM | Can openness make us better? Help us find out!
Last year's Unsolved Problems Unsession (above) identified two openness issues — Less secrecy, more sharing and Free the data — as the greatest unsolved problems in our community. This year, we'll dig into that problem. Here's the blurb: At the Unsolved Problems Unsession last year, this community established that Too much secrecy is one of the top unsolved problems in our industry. This year, we will dig into this problem, and ask what kind of […]
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2:01 PM | Futuristic Iceberg Society, IPCC: 'The Time Is Now,' Jellyfish Toilet Paper?
By Jason Bittel The last word: The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the third and final part of its massive report yesterday (there won’t be another big one for seven years or so). In the meantime, the latest is chockfull of dire warnings and strongly worded clarion calls. The chief takeaway is that while there’s still time to act against a 2-degree-Celsius rise in global temperatures, that window is closing. “We […]

April 11, 2014

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11:24 PM | Weekend Reads: Big Bird Puppet Masters, Green Jobs for Ex-Cons, Mosquitos: to Kill or Not to Kill?
By Melissa Mahony Reared by PuppetsWhen the California condor population fell to just 22 birds in 1987, conservationists took drastic measures to save the species, collecting every last wild condor and bringing them to the Los Angeles and San Diego zoos for breeding. The birds got to it. Problem is when they released the next generation into the wild, these scavengers had lost their wild ways. You see, instead of their real parents teaching them proper […]
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8:29 PM | 4 Ways To Reduce Your Home Energy Use & Save Money This Summer
Keeping your home cool and your energy consumption low during the torrid months of summer is a challenge. The average household electricity bill for the June-through-August time period last year was a staggering $395, according to the U.S. Energy Information … Continue reading →
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7:20 PM | Study to Determine ‘How Solar Users Think’
Homeowners install solar panels for a variety of reasons, but one UA study is gaining insight into what truly motivates them to go green. Read more »
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5:50 PM | Right-Sizing U.S. Electrical Grid Could Reduce Blackout Risk
David Newman, a physicist at the University of Alaska, believes that smaller grids would reduce the likelihood of severe outages, such as the 2003 Northeast blackout that cut power to 50 million people in the United States and Canada for up to two days. Read more »

Carreras, B., Newman, D. & Dobson, I. (2014). Does size matter?, Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, 24 (2) 23104. DOI:

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4:45 PM | NASA Wants to Replace Battery Technology With Something Better
NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable, energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America’s space program. Read more »
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3:09 PM | Scientists Suggest Planting Biofuel Crops on Solar Farms
A new model for solar farms that “co-locates” biofuel crops and solar panels could result in a harvest of valuable plants along with solar energy. Read more »

Ravi, S., Lobell, D. & Field, C. (2014). Tradeoffs and Synergies between Biofuel Production and Large Solar Infrastructure in Deserts, Environmental Science & Technology, 48 (5) 3021-3030. DOI:

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1:51 PM | Organic Solar Cell Benefit From Face-On Alignment of Molecules
New research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three-dimensional organic solar cells when the donor molecules align face-on, rather than edge-on, relative to the acceptor. This finding may aid in the design and manufacture of more efficient and economically viable organic solar cell technology. Read more »

Tumbleston, J., Collins, B., Yang, L., Stuart, A., Gann, E., Ma, W., You, W. & Ade, H. (2014). The influence of molecular orientation on organic bulk heterojunction solar cells, Nature Photonics, DOI:

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1:31 PM | Tumbleweed Takeover, More Oil for Enbridge, Bat Disease on the Move
By Susan Cosier The bat signal: White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease responsible for 5.7 million bat deaths in the United States and eastern Canada (see "The Man Who Loves Bats"), is now in two more states: Wisconsin and Michigan. This brings the total number of states to report the disease to 24. Wisconsin has one of the largest bat populations in the Midwest. In fact, they eat so many bugs there that a 2011 study found bats provide up to $1.5 billion in […]

April 10, 2014

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9:37 PM | More AAPG highlights
Here are some of our highlights from the second half of the AAPG Annual Convention in Houston. Conceptual uncertainty in interpretation Fold-thrust belt, offshore Nigeria. Virtual Seismic Atlas.Fold-thrust complex, deepwater Nigeria. Virtual Seismic Atlas.Rob Butler's research is concerned with the kinematic evolution of mountain ranges and fold thrust belts in order to understand the localization of deformation across many scales. Patterns of deformed rocks aren't adequately explained by […]
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8:05 PM | Video Explains ITER Project in Under 6 Minutes
A new video on fusion produced for the Monaco ITER International Fusion Energy Days (MIIFED) conference explains the ITER project in under 6 minutes. Read more »
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7:46 PM | Weekend Reads: Big Bird Puppet Masters, Green Jobs for Ex-Cons, Mosquitos: to Kill or Not to Kill?
By Melissa Mahony Reared by PuppetsWhen the California condor population reached just 22 birds in 1987, conservationists took drastic measures to save the species, collecting every last wild condor and bringing them to the Los Angeles and San Diego zoos for breeding. The birds got to it. Problem is when they released the next generation into the wild, the birds had lost their wild ways. You see, instead of their real parents teaching them proper condor […]
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