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May 02, 2015

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8:35 PM | The Energy Tree The Energy Tree has grown out of a shared...
The Energy Tree The Energy Tree has grown out of a shared commitment to hands-on learning, the need to reduce energy consumption and to equal access to clean energy for all. It was planted as part of Bristol’s European Green Capital 2015 celebrations. The leaves are solar panels hand-built by individuals working with the Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) to recover from drug and alcohol abuse. BDP aims to reduce harm, help people work towards their goals and make a positive contribution to […]

May 01, 2015

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1:46 PM | Beijing Program to Tackle Energy, Environmental Issues
The Earth Institute is taking an extra step to contribute to China’s environmental future by sponsoring the first Beijing Week on Energy and Environment, a week-long program this summer for emerging leaders and professionals in the fields of energy and environment.
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4:05 AM | Eyes on Environment: the search for artificial photosynthesis
“Natural selection is not a master engineer, but a tinkerer. It doesn’t produce the absolute perfection achievable by a designer starting from scratch, but merely the best it can do with what it has to work with.” – Jerry Coyne … Continue reading →

Sun, K., Saadi, F., Lichterman, M., Hale, W., Wang, H., Zhou, X., Plymale, N., Omelchenko, S., He, J., Papadantonakis, K. & Brunschwig, B. (2015). Stable solar-driven oxidation of water by semiconducting photoanodes protected by transparent catalytic nickel oxide films, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201423034. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1423034112

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2:05 AM | Best Reason For Better Green Energy: Incomes Are Rising And More People Will Want Air Conditioning
Global incomes continue to rise, more people are living more comfortably, globalization has been a huge win for many developing nations and that means more people than ever can afford air conditioning. While some policy makers live in an idealized developed world where more wind and solar power at ever higher costs will solve the emissions problem, that lacks fairness for people who are only now able to afford to live well. More people are going to need electricity and that means we need […]
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12:55 AM | How much energy is there in all the excess human fat in the USA?
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April 30, 2015

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7:07 PM | Governor Brown’s New Climate Offensive in Five Jerryesque Quotes
In promoting his new greenhouse gas reduction targets, the governor invokes World War II, climate-change deniers in Washington, and the recycled toilet water in our future.
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5:11 PM | When You’re Super Tired With No Vacation in Sight
Lately, I’ve been tired. Really tired. Long to-do lists. Lots of writing. Lots of worries. There are no catastrophes or terrible concerns. My brain simply feels stalled from too much […]
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2:48 PM | California Governor Calls for Aggressive Emissions Cuts
California will establish a greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, the state’s Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday. The declaration was made just before a speech on the new executive order at the Navigating the American Carbon World Conference in Los Angeles, where participants took to Twitter to reflect on…
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12:18 PM | Famous City ID'd as Top Energy Hog
An international team of researchers has figured out which cities squander the most resources, and which are the most efficient.
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1:04 AM | Fire Your Batteries (Before They Fire You)
Berkeley start-up hopes to extinguish the danger in lithium-ion batteries The post Fire Your Batteries (Before They Fire You) appeared first on The Berkeley Science Review.

April 29, 2015

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6:06 PM | ESA Policy News April 29: Scientific societies weigh in on America COMPETES reauthorization, relay support for federal participation at conferences, oppose ‘climate riders’
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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4:49 PM | Protein Art: Postcards and the Upcoming Mother’s Day
Some Protein Art motives are now available as (post)cards! The cards can be ordered via the Protein Art shop at Etsy. In case of shippment to Germany, some cards are also avialable with a discount at Rockys-Onlineshop. A postcard for the upcoming Mother’s Day on Mai 10th is shown beneath. Now some words about the […]
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1:00 PM | A Nation Divided On Keystone XL
The new results from the nationally representative UT Energy Poll are out today, highlighting the way so many energy issues have become politicized. A standout this time is the Keystone XL pipeline... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 28, 2015

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9:23 PM | Lake Mead Has Dropped To Its Lowest Level Ever
California isn't the only one having a water crisis. Yesterday, Lake Mead sank to its lowest level yet. The watery behemoth created by the construction of the Hoover Dam in…
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7:30 PM | Watch Thermal Video Of A Lithium-Ion Battery Exploding
This Friday, Europe's largest freight carrier, Cargolux, will ban bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries from its freight planes. Last month, an international group of…
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4:21 PM | A Vatican Declaration Seeks Equitable Clean-Energy Access in a Livable Climate
A Vatican gathering pushes the moral case for sustaining a livable climate while alleviating poverty.

April 27, 2015

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8:02 PM | Sooo.. About Audi’s “E-Diesel”Audi recently announced a new type...
Sooo.. About Audi’s “E-Diesel”Audi recently announced a new type of fuel they have developed which is made from water, clean energy, and CO2. The fuel is said to be more environmentally friendly, quieter (in the engine, I presume), with fewer pollutants, and a high energy efficiency. Gotta say, it sounds pretty good. One thing though that I’d really like more information about is where they’re getting the CO2 from. While some graphics boast “Direct Air […]
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6:43 PM | Captured CO2 Could Fuel a Giant Underground Battery
A massive carbon battery could be used to store energy from renewable sources, such as wind and solar. Continue reading →
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6:42 PM | Audi samples diesel made directly from carbon dioxide
High-temperature process just needs steam and any source of CO2.

April 26, 2015

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10:09 AM | Japan Now Has More EV Chargers Than Gas Stations
For any alternative fuel in transport, the key question is: what about infrastructure? As in, how much does infrastructure cost, what are the environmental effects, and who is actually going to pay... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 24, 2015

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7:45 PM | Falcon With GPS Could Save Birds From Wind Turbines
Falcons are perfected aerial machines, evolved over millennia to be very, very good at being falcons. Unfortunately, upstart Homo sapiens have put a few obstacles in the…
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6:30 PM | Oil and Gas Boom May Permanently Harm Ecosystems
Oil and gas drilling is causing long-lasting damage to ecosystems, and it's outpacing recovery efforts.
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5:46 PM | Sustainability Reporting and Ranking Transparency: CDP
Adam Gordon, an alumni of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, recently returned to campus to talk about his work at CDP as a supply chain account manager.
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4:50 PM | The Power of Self-Care
When I practice self-care, I am myself. The veil of overwhelm lifts and reveals the core of me. I am silly, playful, compassionate, curious, understanding, patient and energetic. I’m still […]
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4:12 PM | The downside of “Drill, baby, drill!”—degraded North American ecosystems
As wells go in, vegetation loss and water use skyrocket.
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12:30 PM | Has UK Renewable Electricity Really Tripled?
Renewable electricity has nearly trebled under this government.said Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat energy and climate change minister, during an environment debate held by the Daily Politics show. Amid the climate of mistrust about claims made by politicians that tends to accompany election campaigns, it is reassuring to report that the evidence supports the minister’s statement. read more
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5:25 AM | Out of the Dark Ages: How solar panels might make blackouts history
Did you boil a billy for a cuppa this week? Eat dinner by candlelight? Have a cold shower? Blackouts are rare in Australia but this week’s ferocious storms in NSW caused loss of power to thousands of homes, including many of the scientists who work at our energy centre in Newcastle. It prompted us to ask: Will blackouts become a thing of the past as our energy sources change?

April 23, 2015

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5:45 PM | Tesla's Next Product: A Battery To Run Your House?
On March 30, Elon Musk sent out this tweet: Since then, we've all been waiting with bated breath to see what kind of "new product line" Tesla could possibly be getting…
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4:31 PM | Emissions, Economic Growth Parting Ways
A U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) analysis released Monday reveals that the country’s energy-related carbon emissions grew last year but more slowly than the economy as a whole, representing a decoupling of emissions and economic growth that is projected to continue through 2015 (subscription). Bloomberg reports that the difference in the emissions increase and the…
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2:14 AM | Scientific American: The Age of Wind and Solar Is Closer Than...
Scientific American: The Age of Wind and Solar Is Closer Than You Think Great article about progress in alternative energy, but I couldn’t get past the gloomy forecast that fossil fuels will still be prominent for many years to come:According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the share of global energy provided by renewables—a mere 14 percent in 2012—will increase only slightly between now and 2040, rising to just 19 percent…Though they also argue that there […]
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