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Article ID: 709721

Bright Skies for Plant-Based Jet Fuels

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

With an estimated daily fuel demand of more than 5 million barrels per day, the global aviation sector is incredibly energy-intensive and almost entirely reliant on petroleum-based fuels. However, a new analysis by scientists at Berkeley Lab shows that sustainable plant-based bio-jet fuels could provide a competitive alternative to conventional fuels if current development and scale-up initiatives continue to push ahead successfully.

Released:
18-Mar-2019 6:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 709696

Solar-Powered Moisture Harvester Collects and Cleans Water From Air

University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Engineers at UT Austin combined hydrogels - materials designed to be “super sponges” - that are both highly water absorbent and can release water upon heating. The tech could be used in disaster situations, water crises or poverty-stricken areas and developing countries.

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15-Mar-2019 12:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 709647

How Injected Microbes Persist in Hydraulically Fractured Shale

Department of Energy, Office of Science

Scientists reveal the importance of an amino acid that supplies energy and protection for microbial communities deep underground.

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14-Mar-2019 2:50 PM EDT
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    11-Mar-2019 12:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 709230

Few Pathways to an Acceptable Climate Future Without Immediate Action, According to Study

Tufts University

A new comprehensive study of climate change has painted over 5 million pictures of humanity’s potential future, and few foretell an Earth that has not severely warmed. But with immediate action and some luck, there are pathways to a tolerable climate future, according to a research team led by Tufts University

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6-Mar-2019 3:35 PM EST
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Article ID: 709152

Light From an Exotic Crystal Semiconductor Could Lead to Better Solar Cells

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Scientists have found a new way to control light emitted by exotic crystal semiconductors, which could lead to more efficient solar cells and other advances in electronics, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Materials Today. Their discovery involves crystals called hybrid perovskites, which consist of interlocking organic and inorganic materials, and they have shown great promise for use in solar cells.

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6-Mar-2019 6:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 709114

Babson Hosts Babson Sustainability and Energy Club’s Annual Sustainability Forum

Babson College

The 13th Annual Babson Sustainability Forum will take place on Babson College’s Wellesley campus, March 29, 2019, 8 am to 6 pm. The Babson Sustainability and Energy Club’s annual forum, with the theme Embracing The Future’s Goals, will host talks and elite panel discussions covering the broad umbrella of sustainability, featuring industries from agriculture and food, fashion, financing, and clean tech and energy.

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5-Mar-2019 10:50 AM EST
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Article ID: 708301

Report presents economic, environmental strategies for Chicago's Calumet River area

University of Illinois at Chicago

Produced by the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the report provides a framework for the region to plan and carry out future projects that deal with public health and the environment, social equity, and economic development.

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19-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST

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    29-Jan-2019 11:00 AM EST

Article ID: 706909

China’s Regulations Unsuccessful in Curbing Methane Emissions

Johns Hopkins University

China, already the world’s leading emitter of human-caused greenhouse gases, continues to pump increasing amounts of climate-changing methane into the atmosphere despite tough new regulations on gas releases from its coal mines, a new Johns Hopkins study shows.

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24-Jan-2019 6:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 706864

Farm Manure Boosts Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Even in Winter

University of Vermont

Researchers have shown, for the first time, that manure used to fertilize croplands in spring and summer can dramatically increase greenhouse gas emissions in winter. While it’s known that farmers’ decisions to add nutrients to their fields affects greenhouse gas emissions during the growing season, the study is the first to show that these choices have long-lasting effects, especially as winters warm and soils thaw more frequently.

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22-Jan-2019 2:30 PM EST

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