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An Update on US Methane Emissions from Fracking

Originally published by gws on SkepticalScience.com A relatively large number of research publications has appeared in the peer-reviewed literature since we last updated our readers on fracking and methane, CH4, emissions. We cannot discuss them all here. However, in summary, it can be concluded from these papers that EPA is very likely underestimating fossil fuel […]

September 3rd

How To Hack A US Presidential Election

I get a lot of press releases emailed my way. One flew in this week regarding how easy/difficult it is to hack a presidential election. I didn’t spend time on it since it didn’t seem like a story for us and this election seems like one where election-day cheating is least likely to matter, but […]

August 31st

Nearly 30% Of India’s Land Is Now Undergoing Desertification

Nearly 30% of India’s land is now undergoing desertification, primarily as a result of the land degradation accompanying overcultivation, overgrazing, deforestation, and the overexploitation of water resources in dryland regions, according to a new report from the Indian Space Research Organization. To put that in different terms, around 96 million hectares of land in India […]

August 29th

Study: Imminent Extinction Crisis For World’s Remaining Megafauna Mammals

The extinction of most of the world’s remaining megafauna mammals is more or less imminent (over the next few decades) without major changes and improved conservation strategies, according to a public declaration published in the journal BioScience. The public declaration — which calls for a coordinated global plan to prevent further megafauna extinctions — was […]

August 1st

Even 10,000 Meters Under The Sea, Industrially Produced Chemicals Are Causing Problems For Animals — Deep-Sea Crustaceans Contain Higher Concentrations Of Man-Made Chemicals Than Animals In Coastal Waters

Very high levels of man-made pollutants and toxic chemicals — including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) — have been found in animals living in some of he deepest oceanic trenches in the world, according to brand new as yet unpublished research. The work involved the collection of small shrimp-like creatures, including Hirondellea […]

July 28th

Climate Change Deniers vs Climate Scientists – Who’s Right on Arctic Sea Ice?

In the never-ending non-contest between climate change deniers and climate scientists, there is plenty of gloating to go around. Tossing down the gauntlet once again, Peter Sinclair challenges Joe Bastardi, the King of Climate Change Deniers, to a six-year review of Bastardi’s 2010 prediction on Arctic sea ice behavior. Award-winning climate writer and videographer Sinclair […]

July 25th

Earth’s New “Mini Moon” Confirmed by NASA JPL

First discovered by University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on April 27, 2016, Earth’s new moon, or “mini moon” has been officially confirmed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Officially named “2016 HO3,” the newly discovered asteroid is dubbed a “mini moon” because it not only orbits the Sun–it orbits Earth, as well. Although NASA […]

July 21st

More Research: Fracking by the Numbers; The Damage to Our Water, Land, and Climate from a Decade of Dirty Drilling

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Proof of the hazardous, risky, severe results from fracking grows. Local communities are at serious risk from the process of fracking. A new report, Fracking by the Numbers, states: “The combination of two technologies—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—has enabled the oil and gas industry to engage to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations […]

May 11th

CU-Boulder & NREL Scientists Make Ammonia For Fertilizers From Sunlight

A group of scientists led by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Colorado-Boulder has developed a new, eco-friendly method to produce ammonia, the main ingredient of fertilizers, using light. This study also included researchers from Utah State University (USU) and Montana State University (MSU). Discovery details The […]

April 25th

NREL Researches Capturing Waste Heat Via Nanotubes

There may be a remarkable potential energy future for nanotubes. Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) believe finely tuned carbon nanotube thin film has the potential to act as a thermoelectric power generator which captures and uses waste heat. According to press information, this research might help guide the manufacture of […]

April 19th

Hospital Water Pipes Home To Pathogenic Bacteria Communities, Research Finds

Microbial communities featuring potentially pathogenic characteristics have been found living in the shower hoses at a major US hospital, as a result of new research from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia Institute of Technology. While its long been known that the human-built environment is home to all sorts of specialized microbial communities, […]

April 4th

Fairy Circles Found In Australia, New Theories On Formation

Fairy circles are generally circular, mostly barren patches of land that are found in portions of the grasslands of Namibia. As far as the scientific community was concerned, this region was the only place that these somewhat enigmatic features were found. New work from researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, however, […]

March 26th

How Does Solar Energy Work? How Solar Power Works

If asked how solar energy works, not many can accurately describe solar power fundamentals to friends and associates. So here is a refresher for those wanting to refresh their renewable energy knowledge base. Sun basics It helps understanding how this remarkable source of energy burns. Born some 4.6 billion tears ago, the Sun is roughly 109 […]

March 24th

Hydropower Costs | Renewable Energy Hydroelectricity Costs vs Other Renewable & Fossil Costs

Hydropower costs reportedly equal the lowest levelized price of electricity compared to all major renewable energy and fossil fuel sources. This clean electricity source is regarded as the most mature, reliable, and cost-effective renewable power generation technology available in the world. Hydropower operations usually have flexibility in their design as well and can be structured to […]

March 9th

Solar Energy & Solar Power Facts

For those who support the principles behind renewable energy, here is a list of solar energy and solar power facts which is nice to have handy. As a matter of fact, the next time somebody questions you about the viability of solar energy, arm yourself with some of these solar energy facts. After all, there’s nothing […]

March 4th

Beautiful New Image Of Milky Way Released

A beautiful new image of our home Galaxy, the Milky Way, was recently released to celebrate the conclusion of the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL) — an effort to map the entire Galactic Plane, as seen from the Southern Hemisphere, at sub-millimeter wavelengths. That is to say, at wavelengths between infrared […]

February 29th

How Solar Power & Photovoltaics Work

Does the solar power you enjoy use photovoltaics? Or is it a collector system? Does it generate electricity or heat? While it’s great enjoying the benefits of this clean power source, it is always helpful knowing what type of solar power is going to serve you best, its relative costs, and how it works. Here According to […]

February 10th

BPA-Free Plastic Causes Its Own Problems — Replacement, BPS (Bisphenol S), Found To Disrupt Reproductive System & Alter Embryonic Development As Well

In a finding that should surprise exactly no one with any critical faculties remaining, it turns out that the replacement for BPA used in “BPA-free” plastic — BPS (Bisphenol S) — is itself involved in reproductive system disruption and altered embryonic development. The new finding (which has been expected by anyone who have been paying […]

January 31st

NREL: Solar Cell Defects Might Improve Solar Cells

Originally published on CleanTechnica The time-honored adage that we sometimes learn best by the mistakes we’ve made is now being applied by scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in their study of defects in solar cell defects, stating the results may lead to improved performance. The study reports about certain defects in silicon solar cells […]

January 21st

Cooking Data To Hate On Plants

Originally published on Chomping Climate Change. Walking by fruits, vegetables, or other plant material growing in sunshine, the fragrance is often exhilarating.  That’s in part because plant material in sunshine creates oxygen, at the same time as it absorbs greenhouse gas from our atmosphere. But walking by livestock, the opposite happens, either in daylight or nighttime;  there’s normally an unpleasant […]

December 21st

Renault-Nissan Video On Record-Breaking EV Shuttles For COP21

Originally published on EV Obsession. In Paris, Renault-Nissan Alliance is providing official transport for the United Nation’s COP21. It is the largest fleet of electric vehicles for an international conference, with 200 EVs to transport delegates. 200 pure electric cars quietly, silently transporting people emissions-free to the annual summit that runs from November 30 to December 11. Now, […]

December 6th

Dogs Prefer Electric Cars

Originally published on EV Obsession. The wildlife in my front yard feels completely at ease with my silent Nissan LEAF. I am not alone or imagining this — someone on the Tesla Motors Club forum shared an even more interesting story than mine. His two dogs prefer to ride in the quiet electric Model S, Leaf, or Roadster over […]

December 6th

84% of LEAF Charging & 87% of Volt Charging Done At Home

Originally published on EV Obsession. For anyone contending that extended-range electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt shouldn’t classify as “electric vehicles,” here are two stats for you from the most comprehensive EV driver study conducted to date: Nissan LEAF average annual electric miles driven: 9,697 Chevy Volt average annual electric miles driven: 9,112 Looking at total […]

November 3rd

Orionids Meteor Shower Peaks On October 22, 2015

The Orionids meteor shower will be reaching its peak this year on October 22, 2015, in the early morning hours — or, to put it another way, the meteor shower will be peaking late at night on October 21. The Orionids are usually best observed between the hours of around midnight and 4-5 am most […]

October 10th

Viruses Are Alive, Despite Earlier Refutations, According To New Research

Despite earlier presuppositions that viruses aren’t actually “alive” new research is supporting the idea they viruses are in fact living entities — just ones that are very different from other forms of known life. The new work represents what the researchers involved say is the “first reliable method for tracing viral evolution back to a […]

September 30th

20-Million-Year-Old “Black Death” Ancestor Found In Flea In Amber

The oldest yet evidence of the presence in the world of the “Black Death” bacteria was recently isolated from a flea that was entombed in Amber around 20 million years ago, according to recent reports. The “fossil” bacteria found is thought to be rather closely related to the bacteria thought to be responsible for the […]

September 30th