Environment

Aging population increases energy use

Aging population increases energy use

May 19, 2021

New research links two of the biggest drivers of global change today: the population’s rapid aging and the planet’s rising heat. The research, among the first to explore how residential energy use changes over the human lifespan, finds that we use more energy as we age, that local climate changes energy-demand patterns, and that demand […]

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Oil Impairs Ability of Coral Reef Fish to Find Homes and Evade Predators

April 4, 2021

Just as one too many cocktails can lead a person to make bad choices, a few drops of oil can cause coral reef fish to make poor decisions, according to a paper published today in Nature Ecology & Evolution. A team of fisheries biologists led by Jacob Johansen and Andrew Esbaugh of The University of […]

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Sewage Sludge Leads to Biofuels Breakthrough

March 30, 2021

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of 29 million tons per year. Results from […]

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Scientists project a drier Amazon and wetter Indonesia in the future

March 29, 2021

Climate models predict that an increase in greenhouse gases will dry out the Amazon rainforest in the future while causing wetter conditions in the woodlands of Africa and Indonesia. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have identified an unexpected but major factor in this worldwide precipitation shift: the direct response of […]

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How electric vehicles could take a bite out of the oil market

March 28, 2021

When will cars powered by gas-guzzling internal combustion engines become obsolete? Not as soon as it seems, even with the latest automotive news out of Europe. First, Volvo announced it would begin to phase out the production of cars that run solely on gasoline or diesel by 2019 by only releasing new models that are electric […]

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Microbes go dark to stay warm in cooler climates

March 25, 2021

Microorganisms in colder climates darken themselves to capture more heat from the sun and improve their ability to survive, according to a study from scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For the study, published online today in the journal Current Biology, scientists examined yeasts collected at different latitudes, and found that dark-pigmented ones […]

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Indigenous communities moving away from government utilities

March 17, 2021

Indigenous communities are rejecting non-indigenous energy projects in favour of community-led sustainable energy infrastructure. The switch has led to some improvements in economic and social development as well as capacity-building for self-governance, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. “Many indigenous communities decided to take back control of their own energy production and […]

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