Environmental Update

By Max Guinn | Innovation, science, people and ideas that inspire care of our planet

New Artificial Leaf Creates Fuel From Sunlight, Water

Scientists have developed an artificial leaf that absorbs sunlight to generate hydrogen fuel from water, an advance that may provide clean energy for …

Clean Energy

Coal’s future as a power source in Colorado flickering

Xcel Energy Colorado has closed several coal plants over the past decade, usually to address air quality concerns in metro Denver. Those early …

Energy

Your solar panels could power the neighborhood during a blackout

A new set of algorithms could make it possible for renewable energy-generating homes to not only access their power reserves during outages, but share their resources with their neighbours -- a move which could play a significant role in disaster relief efforts.<p>Self-sufficiency is an attractive …

Renewable Energy

Climate Change Could Wipe Out One-Third of Earth's Parasite Species by 2070

Weirdly, that's NOT actually a good thing.<p>That we are in the midst of a mass extinction event is no secret. As climate change melts glaciers, warms …

Climate Change

Upto 381 new species discovered in the Amazon – in pictures

A strong-beaked bird named after Barack Obama, a fire-tailed titi monkey and a new pink river dolphin are among species recorded by the Living Amazon Initiative of the WWF Network

Biological Species

California Proves That Environmental Regulations Don't Kill Profits

To anyone who believes environmental regulation is poison for profits, California must be infuriating. The state’s pollution policies rarely wilt its …

Climate

If You Think Fighting Climate Change Will Be Expensive, Calculate the Cost of Letting It Happen

With the Trump Administration’s surprising U-turn on the COP21 Paris Agreement, the U.S. finds itself with some strange bedfellows, joining Nicaragua and Syria in abstaining from this important treaty. The White House’s argument for leaving the treaty is based on economic nationalism: President …

Climate

Japan's new mushroom solar farms produce sustainable energy and food

Japan’s agricultural sector could find a much-needed boost with an innovative approach to growing that combines solar power generation and mushroom …

Renewable Energy

Former President Jimmy Carter Just Made a Solar Farm to Power Half His City

Steady Solar Supporter<p>In 1979, in the throes of the U.S. energy crisis, then President Jimmy Carter addressed the nation as he installed 32 solar …

The Best Fish Species for Backyard Aquaculture & How to Source Fingerlings and Fry

You’ve spent months researching the perfect aquaculture or aquaponics system and getting it all set up. Now it’s time to stock your tanks with fish. …

Aquaculture

Want to save the bees? Here's what you should know.

Plus some bee-utiful photography.<p>Most bees are solitary. This may come as a surprise, especially if your bee knowledge comes from reading about colony collapse disorder and that one time you saw <i>The Bee Movie</i> once on a plane. To most people, bees are fat, buzzing, social insects that live in hives …

Bees

Melting permafrost in the Arctic is unlocking diseases and warping the landscape

The consequences of climate change can be weird and apocalyptic.<p>You can find evidence of a changing climate everywhere on Earth. But nowhere are the changes more dramatic than in the Arctic.<p>Our world’s northern polar region is warming twice as fast as the global average. And the consequences are …

Climate Change

World has three years left to stop dangerous climate change, warn experts

Former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres among signatories of letter warning that the next three years will be crucial to stopping the worst effects of global warming<p>Avoiding dangerous levels of climate change is still just about possible, but will require unprecedented effort and coordination …

Climate

Those 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change? A review found them all flawed

It’s often said that of all the published scientific research on climate change, 97% of the papers conclude that global warming is real, problematic for the planet, and has been exacerbated by human activity.<p>But what about those 3% of papers that reach contrary conclusions? Some skeptics have …

Research

MIT Researchers Propose an Ancient Technology to Store Clean Energy

What's old may become new again.<p>A new proposal from MIT researchers looks at how firebricks, clay bricks used in ovens as far back as 3,000 years …

Clean Energy

China to take on Hyperloop with supersonic 'flying train'

Hyperloop hype has been going global lately with talk of bringing Elon Musk's crazy vacuum tube transport system everywhere from Indiana to Indonesia. Now China is getting in on this future with plans to develop what it refers to as a "flying train" that's actually similar to a Hyperloop, but …

Transportation

Tesla's own Hyperloop pod sets record with 220 mph test run

Make no mistake, Elon Musk is now taking the commercialization of his Hyperloop idea very seriously. His Tesla-branded Hyperloop pod hit 220 mph (355 km/h), according to Musk, breaking the 201 mph speed record set by the students of team WARR at the Hyperloop Pod Competition earlier this week. Both …

Elon Musk

Coalition of 9 states targets further 30% cut in power plant emissions

When Donald Trump announced his intention to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement, the general consensus was that the world would truck on with …

Climate

Midwest greenhouse heated with geothermal energy produces citrus year-round for $1 per day

Those who live in the Midwest United States understand how difficult it can be to eat local during winter. But for Russ Finch and his community, the …

Farming

Meet the solar-powered electric motorhome we've all been waiting for

Tesla and Cummins are making waves right now with their new electric-powered semi trucks, but one other long-range vehicle has yet to make a …

Electric Vehicles

National Renewable Energy Laboratory optimistic in face of Trump’s budget cuts

Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post fileThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Wind Technology Center operates at the base of the foothills …

Denver

Here's Elon Musk's Plan to Power the U.S. on Solar Energy

"The sun is a giant fusion reactor in the sky."<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk — whose company makes electric cars and has a new solar roof panel division — …

Federal Government Wakes Up To Surging Rooftop Solar

Electricians Adam Hall, right, and Steven Gabert, install solar panels on a roof in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo by Matt York)<p>Like a rocket on a radar screen, small-scale solar energy has muscled its way into the government’s meticulous portrayal of the energy landscape.<p>For many years, the U.S. Energy …

Renewable Energy

46 House Republicans join Democrats in backing a US military study on climate-change threats

President Trump has been highly dismissive of the long-term threat of climate change, to the point of recently pulling the U.S. out of the Paris international climate change accord. But not so Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis and many other defense experts.<p>During his Senate confirmation …

Climate Change

First Step Toward Atlantic Drilling Could Decimate Key Species In Ocean Food Chain

A report suggests airgun blasting has a deadly effect on zooplankton -- a critical food source for fish, whales and other marine life.<p>One of the first steps toward offshore drilling development in the Atlantic Ocean could decimate a key species in the marine food chain, a new study finds.<p>Seismic …

Oceans

Lyft to Power 1 Billion Automated Electric Car Rides Per Year by 2025

By Gina Coplon-Newfield<p>If you think the only way to drive electric is to buy electric, then think again. From ride sharing to car sharing, and …

This Solar Cell Can Capture All Wavelengths of Solar Spectrum - ExtremeTech

By on July 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Traditional solar cells harvest only …

Iceberg twice size of Luxembourg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf

Satellite data confirms ‘calving’ of trillion-tonne, 5,800 sq km iceberg from the Larsen C ice shelf, dramatically altering the landscape<p>A giant iceberg twice the size of Luxembourg has broken off an ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula and is now adrift in the Weddell Sea.<p>Reported to be “hanging …

Climate Change

Renewable energy is becoming so cheap the US will meet Paris commitments even if Trump withdraws

Research analysts at Morgan Stanley believe that renewable energy like solar and wind power are hurtling towards a level of ubiquity where not even politics can hinder them. Renewable energy is simply becoming the cheapest option, fast. Basic economics, the analysts say, suggest that the US will …

Renewable Energy