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Top University Research in Sustainability

High-impact sustainability research and innovations from world's leading universities.

University of Maryland

Climate Change Cuts Into Agriculture Productivity, Study Finds

06-May-2021

The study is the first to quantify the man-made effects of climate change on global agricultural productivity, showing agriculture is particularly vulnerable in warmer regions like Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Read More...

University College London

Decarbonising heat in homes: Applying behavioural science to the whole system

05-May-2021

Households of all kinds will need to be supported to make low-carbon changes, which will mean retrofitting homes at a national scale Read More...

University College London

Working with Nature for Sustainable Development: A Shared Agenda on Biodiversity and Climate Change

04-May-2021

This public panel discussion brings together leading experts on biodiversity and climate change to discuss the urgent need to transform our relationship with nature and possible ways forward Read More...

Bristol University

CoolestLAB

30-Apr-2021

The Cooling Energy Science & Technology Laboratory (CoolestLAB) is a research group based in the Energy and Bio Thermal Systems Division in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS Read More...

Bristol University

Designing offshore renewable energy systems

30-Apr-2021

By using standard components and manufacturing processes, Orthospar could significantly reduce manufacturing and assembly costs, while creating an easily accessible platform that can be adapted for a multiple turbine sizes Read More...

IIT Bombay

How do Indian farmers adapt to climate change amid socio-economic hurdles?

30-Apr-2021

Researchers have explored how farmers adapt to climate change alongside other social and infrastructural hurdles. Their observations can direct government policies so that Indian agriculture is safe from a tumultuous future because of climate variability Read More...

IIT Bombay

Finding flood risks at the village-level to facilitate decision-making

30-Apr-2021

Researchers have used a combination of global climate models along with local rainfall and river flow models to determine the odds of flood inundation of individual villages Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Great Lakes research to fuel emerging bioeconomy

29-Apr-2021

University of Wisconsin–Madison, has been innovating advances toward a society powered by renewable chemicals and fuels derived from non-food plants Read More...

University of Texas

New group of microbes quietly living in hot springs around the world

23-Apr-2021

The microbes appear to be playing an important role in the global carbon cycle. Thomas Brock's research led to a powerful biotech tool called PCR, which is used, among other things, in gene sequencing and COVID-19 tests Read More...

Bristol University

Turning waste metal into versatile aerogels

22-Apr-2021

A research team at NUS Engineering has demonstrated a new eco-friendly technique to convert aluminium and magnesium waste into high-value aerogels with many applications Read More...

UC Davis

Decarbonizing California Transportation by 2045

21-Apr-2021

The studies are designed to identify paths to slash transportation-related fossil fuel demand and emissions while also managing a strategic, responsible decline in transportation-related fossil fuel supply Read More...

National University of Singapore

Using waste clay to make greener concrete

21-Apr-2021

The researchers found this method was capable of producing ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) – a far stronger type of concrete that can reduce the size of the structural elements, and potentially reduce the amount of concrete needed Read More...

University College London

New study investigates policies to encourage use of solar photovoltaics and battery storage in homes

21-Apr-2021

Researchers from University College London (UK), IIASA (Austria), and Aalto University (Finland), proposed innovative policies to encourage residential electricity consumers to pair solar photovoltaics (PV) with battery energy storage Read More...

University College London

New research finds major opportunities in decarbonising maritime transport

16-Apr-2021

The research finds ammonia and hydrogen as the most promising zero-carbon fuels for shipping at present, more scalable and cost-competitive than other biofuel or synthetic carbon-based options Read More...

UMass Amherst

Experts Predict Accelerating Cost Reductions in Offshore Wind

15-Apr-2021

Study by wind energy researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UMass Amherst shows expected cost declines of 17%–35% by 2035 and 37%–49% by 2050 Read More...

University College London

Taking action to achieve Net Zero in the agriculture sector

15-Apr-2021

The research shows that a long-term focus on sustainability is needed and farmers must have a better understanding of their farm’s performance including greenhouse gas emissions (methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide) and carbon capture accounting Read More...

University College London

Taking action to achieve Net Zero in the agriculture sector

15-Apr-2021

The research shows that a long-term focus on sustainability is needed and farmers must have a better understanding of their farm’s performance including greenhouse gas emissions (methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide) and carbon capture accounting Read More...

University of Tokyo

Simple Chemistry will Enhance the Sustainability of Concrete Production

14-Apr-2021

Researchers have developed a new method of producing concrete without cement. They have directly bonded sand particles via a simple reaction in alcohol with a catalyst. Read More...

University of Minnesota

Ocean bacteria release carbon into the atmosphere

12-Apr-2021

A team led by University of Minnesota researchers has discovered that deep-sea bacteria dissolve carbon-containing rocks, releasing excess carbon into the ocean and atmosphere. Read More...

University of Minnesota

Reflecting sunlight could cool the Earth’s ecosystem

07-Apr-2021

The team focused on a specific proposed SRM strategy — referred to as stratospheric aerosol intervention (SAI)) — to create a sulfate aerosol cloud in the stratosphere to reduce a portion of incoming sunlight and radiation Read More...

Michigan State University

To intervene or not to intervene? That is the future climate question

05-Apr-2021

Climate modelers were unaware of the complexities of the ecological systems being affected. It is a strong reminder of the importance of the need for multidisciplinary analysis of complex problems in environmental science. Read More...

Stony Brook University

How Would Geoengineering Impact Nature? SBU ecologist and colleagues tackle the question

05-Apr-2021

A team of research scientists called the Climate Intervention Biology Working Group asks the question: How would natural systems be affected if humans used technology to cool the Earth? Read More...

University of Maryland

UMD Collaborates to Quantify How Climate Change Has Slowed Agricultural Productivity Growth Worldwide

01-Apr-2021

A new study published in Nature Climate Change, researchers developed a robust model of weather effects on productivity, looking at productivity in both the presence and absence of climate change Read More...

Cornell University

Green hydrogen filling station fueled by Cornell research

31-Mar-2021

Catalyzed by a Cornell grant and research over the past decade, the Standard Hydrogen Corporation (SHC) and National Grid recently announced plans to build the first hydrogen “energy station” of its kind in the US. The SHC Energy Transfer System will be built in New York’s Capital Region. Read More...

University of Chicago

Climate Change’s Human Cost With Michael Greenstone

31-Mar-2021

Prof. Michael Greenstone knows the importance of using his research to better explain the connection between the environment, health and global energy. Read More...

Princeton University'

Ingredient in household cleaner could improve fusion reactions

30-Mar-2021

Research led by scientists provides new evidence that particles of boron, the main ingredient of Borax household cleaner, can improve the efficiency of the fusion reactions Read More...

University of Pennsylvania

Decarbonization and Nature-Based Solutions: A Winning Combo

30-Mar-2021

Panelists at a Kleinman Center event discuss how nature-based solutions can partner with decarbonization efforts to combat the climate crisis. Read More...

MIT

Energy transition with better storage

29-Mar-2021

Researchers evaluate the role and value of long-duration energy storage technologies in securing a carbon-free electric grid. Read More...

MIT

Powering the energy transition with better storage

29-Mar-2021

Researchers evaluate the role and value of long-duration energy storage technologies in securing a carbon-free electric grid. Read More...

University of Virginia

The Decarbonization Imperative: How the entire economy can meet the climate moment

26-Mar-2021

Professor Mike Lenox and Senior Researcher Becky Duff at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business talk with the Batten Institute’s Sean Carr about their new book on what it will take to decarbonize the economy Read More...

Stanford University

Revealing Cost of a Key Climate Solution

25-Mar-2021

Researchers at Stanford University and Carnegie Mellon University suggest that managing and disposing of high salinity brines – a by-product of efficient underground carbon sequestration – will impose significant energy and emissions penalties. Read More...

University College London

UCL wins prestigious climate action award

25-Mar-2021

UCL has been named the winner of the Green Gown Award for Climate Action for our campaign to become a zero-carbon institution by 2030 Read More...

MIT

Study reveals plunge in lithium-ion battery costs

23-Mar-2021

Analysis quantifies a dramatic price drop that parallels similar improvements in solar and wind energy, and shows further steep declines could be possible Read More...

University College London

Net Zero Innovation Programme: A UCL and Local Government Association Collaboration

23-Mar-2021

The Net Zero Innovation Programme brings together partnerships of researchers and climate change officers from councils across all the regions in England, providing support to work collaboratively to define and co-create challenges, and the time and funding to work on their problems towards achieving local net zero targets Read More...

UC San Diego

Why Commercialization of Carbon Capture and Sequestration has Failed and How it Can Work

22-Mar-2021

The researchers found that the credibility of revenues and incentives—functions of policy and politics—are among the most important attributes, along with capital cost and technological readiness Read More...

University of Southhampton

Ambitions to reduce shipping emissions charged by future technology research

22-Mar-2021

New research into the viability of battery technologies for maritime operations informs the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as part of their on-going assessment of future technologies Read More...

University College London

New technical guidance to help protect historic buildings from climate change published

22-Mar-2021

UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage to work together to expand research into heritage science, technology and data science applications for the historic environment, with a particular emphasis on climate change – one of the fastest growing threats for the historic environment worldwide Read More...

Caltech

Techno Economic Analysis of Industrial Green Hydrogen Production

19-Mar-2021

A Caltech team that developed a model to analyze the real production costs and carbon emissions from the production of industrial hydrogen. Read More...

University of Maryland

Grid impact of non-residential distributed solar energy and reduced air emissions

18-Mar-2021

Using consumer-level high frequency electricity consumption and solar panel installation data from Arizona, United States, we estimate the actual hourly reduction in electricity needed from the grid of commercial and industrial consumers through an econometric analysis Read More...

Stanford

Stanford study finds that wind energy output increases when people need heat the most

17-Mar-2021

Using the latest climate and energy models, Stanford professor Mark Jacobson shows that wind energy production increases during the coldest spells when heat demand is highest and can help prevent cold weather–related blackouts. Read More...

Northwestern

New blueprint for zero-emission cement and concrete by 2050

16-Mar-2021

Northwestern University researchers have developed a new blueprint for reducing carbon emissions in concrete, the world’s most-used building material. Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Study Finds Link Between Climate Change and Longer “Dead Zones” in Lakes

15-Mar-2021

According to the study, warm summer weather is the main driver behind longer periods of anoxia, or oxygen-starved water, in Lake Mendota Read More...

Purdue University

New technology aims to improve battery life

11-Mar-2021

The Purdue researchers developed a new, custom logic family that can be used to reduce the power needed by the CMOS. This new technology can run with a power supply down to near-threshold or sub-threshold levels. This will reduce the energy used by the CMOS. Read More...

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Researchers Awarded $4.35 Million in 2020 for Direct Air Capture Projects

09-Mar-2021

Researchers in Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are principal investigators on six new projects that have been awarded a total of $4.35 million for studies related to direct air capture science and technology. Read More...

NC State University

Freight Rail Decarbonization Project Receives $1.5 Million from Energy Department

09-Mar-2021

With the funding, Freight Rail project will research low-carbon energy storage systems to ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emission in the rail freight sector Read More...

The Brookings Institution

Climate finance: What are the ‘known unknowns’?

09-Mar-2021

Three senior researchers affiliated with development and climate policy think tanks suggests that there are several big “known unknowns” to add to the “unknown unknowns” Read More...

University of Minnesota

Atmospheric drying will lead to lower crop yields, shorter trees across the globe

08-Mar-2021

Research from the University of Minnesota and Western University in Ontario, Canada, outlines global atmospheric drying significantly reduces productivity of both crops and non-crop plants, even under well-watered conditions Read More...

University College London

UCL academics co-develop green shipping initiative for banks

08-Mar-2021

UCL shipping experts played a key role in developing a framework and principles promoting shipping’s decarbonisation. These allow banks to integrate climate considerations into lending decisions Read More...

MIT

Emre Gençer on the evolving role of hydrogen in the energy system

05-Mar-2021

With support from renewable energy sources, the MIT research scientist says, we can consider hydrogen fuel as a tool for decarbonization. Read More...

MIT

How to reduce the environmental impact of your next virtual meeting

04-Mar-2021

Study uncovers overlooked environmental impacts of internet use by estimating associated carbon, land, and water footprints. Read More...

University College London

New PhD studentship in modelling digital twins

26-Feb-2021

This project assesses the whole lifecycle cost of data capture, analysis and storage to deliver sustainable digital twins for decarbonisation and demand management Read More...

Cornell University

Cornell team develops sustainable building simulation method

25-Feb-2021

The framework allows designers to understand the full environmental impact of their building. It is a decision-making tool that can dynamically and concurrently simulate several variables. Read More...

MIT

King Climate Action Initiative announces new research to test and scale climate solutions

25-Feb-2021

The King Climate Action Initiative (K-CAI) announced the results of its first competition aimed at identifying and scaling innovative solutions at the intersection of poverty and climate change. Read More...

University College London

New African groundwater maps reveal widespread resilience to climate change

19-Feb-2021

Reserves of groundwater in much of the populated parts of Africa are being replenished at rates that could help to protect communities against the damaging effects of climate change, finds a new study co-authored by UCL Read More...

Politecnico - School of Management, Italy

Air transport sustainability: a PhD in collaboration between easyJet and the School of Management

18-Feb-2021

The course focuses on the challenges and opportunities that digital innovation can have in this area, with a particular focus on how airlines can contribute to the de-carbonisation of the sector and reduce the effects of climate change Read More...

Texas A&M University

Pasture-cropping practice could improve degraded Texas grassland soils

16-Feb-2021

Pasture cropping, a relatively new and innovative land management system, integrates direct seeding of cool-season annual crops into dormant perennial warm-season grasses Read More...

IIT Madras

IIT-M team develops battery-run sweepers

12-Feb-2021

Researchers at IIT Madras, have designed and developed a road dust collector that works like a lawn mower to make road cleaning a little less backbreaking. Two-foot-tall, battery-operated prototype machine is equipped with rolling brushes, dust pans and suction fans to clear both fine and coarse particles off roads Read More...

Purdue University

New mix could double concrete’s carbon uptake

10-Feb-2021

The research team discovered that adding only small amounts of nano-titanium dioxide nearly doubles concrete’s absorption of the problematic greenhouse gas. Read More...

University of Colorado

College of Media, Communication and Information

09-Feb-2021

Dr. Vaughan Environmental Media Scholar-in-Residence hopes the team’s work will provide a broader understanding of the carbon and environmental intensity of the Internet––with particular mind to its subsea infrastructure. Read More...

Purdue University

Purdue plant science startup receives NSF funding

08-Feb-2021

A Purdue University-affiliated startup that designs, distributes and supports direct-to-consumer, in-home greenhouses has won a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant. Read More...

Princeton University

Princeton researchers at forefront of national plans for technological and social transition to net-zero emissions

03-Feb-2021

Scientists and research based at Princeton University played a critical role in a new national report that investigates the technology, policy and societal dimensions of accelerating decarbonization in the United States. Read More...

Cornell University

Cornell wind energy scientists release a new global wind atlas

02-Feb-2021

Cornell wind energy scientists have released a new global wind atlas. It is a digital compendium filled with documented extreme wind speeds for all parts of the world to help engineers select the turbines in any given region. Read More...

Purdue University

Purdue rare-earth element innovations, critical for clean energy technologies

02-Feb-2021

American Resources Corp. acquires environmentally safer method developed at Purdue to advance clean energy technologies that require rare-earth elements Read More...

University of Virginia

Less centralized, renewable power a better bet as hurricanes intensify

02-Feb-2021

New research demonstrates that modernizing power grids with more renewable energy sources will cost less than repairing such catastrophic damage. Read More...

University of Maryland

The mortality impacts of current and planned coal-fired power plants in India

02-Feb-2021

Ryna Cui and Nathan Hultman, along with others, goes in depth on a study done to better understand the impacts of coal power plants and analyze potential solutions to avoid premature mortality and health damages in India Read More...

UC Berkeley

Setting Priorities for Building Decarbonization

31-Jan-2021

Building toward Decarbonization, highlights a set of criteria for high-priority communities including those with the least financial resources and the most to gain from improved air quality Read More...

University College London

Clothes with Stories

28-Jan-2021

CLOTHES WITH STORIES is an interdisciplinary art-science project funded under the 'Wellbeing in a Throw-away Culture' initiative, part of UCL Grand Challenges Read More...

MIT

Boosting the efficiency of carbon capture and conversion systems

25-Jan-2021

Researchers at MIT have developed a method that could significantly boost the performance of systems that use catalytic surfaces to enhance the rates of carbon-sequestering electrochemical reactions. Read More...

Lund University

Recycling is the alpha and omega of a sustainable circular economy

21-Jan-2021

Researchers at Lund University are working closely with companies to find smarter solutions that focus on improving sustainability in materials recycling Read More...

University of Virginia

To predict the future of Polar Ice, environmental scientists are looking to the past

15-Jan-2021

A new study by geologist Lauren Simkins, a University of Virginia environmental sciences professor, has discovered a way to test important variables in the equation that could make those models much better at predicting how much sea levels will rise – and how fast Read More...

The Brookings Institution

The role of the energy transition and investors in forging resilient resource-rich country outcomes

15-Jan-2021

The new challenges of the energy transition require a new perspective, including a revamped vocabulary and a new role for resource governance. Read More...

Purdue University

Turn off that camera during virtual meetings

14-Jan-2021

Just one hour of videoconferencing or streaming, for example, emits 150-1,000 grams of carbon dioxide requires 2-12 liters of water. Read More...

Politecnico - School of Management, Italy

Wave Energy Converter

13-Jan-2021

The wave energy converters (WEC) are distinguished into three main categories: oscillating bodies, oscillating water columns, overtopping devices Read More...

University of Maryland

Scientists unveil battery breakthrough for energy storage

08-Jan-2021

The team said it reached a breakthrough in the development of zinc-air batteries, an alternative to lithium-ion batteries that could be cheaper to produce and involve fewer mining challenges Read More...

Texas A&M University

We’re Paying For Emissions We’ve Already Released

05-Jan-2021

A team of researchers including a Texas A&M professor says, Global warming in excess of 2 degrees Celsius has already been set into motion by past emissions Read More...

IIT Bombay

In-situ polarized ultra-thin PVDF film based flexible piezoelectric nanogenerators

31-Dec-2020

Piezoelectric nanomaterials open a huge room for generating useful electrical energy output via mechanical actuation including vibrational energy, anthropogenic activities, wind energy, ocean energy etc Read More...

University of Southhampton

Leading the way to affordable green energy

21-Dec-2020

Entrepreneurial Engineer Dr Phil Yue Wu developed an innovative piece of software with the potential to contribute to a greener society with affordable energy for all Read More...

University of Virginia

Fuel cell research breakthrough could transform clean energy

18-Dec-2020

Using an innovative chemical strategy developed at UVA, a team of researchers led by College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences chemistry professors Sen Zhang and T. Brent Gunnoe have produced a new form of fuel cell catalyst using the elements cobalt and titanium. Read More...

MIT

Making smart thermostats more efficient

18-Dec-2020

A smart thermostat quickly learns to optimize building microclimates for both energy consumption and user preference. Read More...

MIT

To boost emissions reductions from electric vehicles, know when to charge

17-Dec-2020

MIT researchers develop novel EV emissions model to quantify importance of vehicle charging patterns and impact of ambient temperature on EV emissions levels. Read More...

UC Davis

Can Water Saving Traits Help Wine Survive Climate Change?

17-Dec-2020

Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have found that varieties that produce their best wines in warmer, drier regions have traits that conserve water, helping the vines extend their water resources to last over the growing season Read More...

MIT

A cool advance in thermoelectric conversion

11-Dec-2020

A quantum effect in topological semimetals demonstrated by MIT researchers could allow for the utilization of an untapped energy source. Read More...

University College London

Carbon capture, storage and utilisation in EU decarbonisation scenarios – new report

11-Dec-2020

Researchers at the UCL Energy Institute have just completed a review of carbon capture and storage in future EU decarbonisation scenarios for the Carbon Capture and Storage Association Read More...

University College London

Greening the Recovery in Ghana and Zambia

10-Dec-2020

Zambia and Ghana’s current levels of ambition in areas such as low carbon energy, land management and forestry are significant. But their most ambitious plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from a ‘business as usual’ trajectory are conditional Read More...

MIT

MIT labs win top recognition for sustainable practices in cold storage management

08-Dec-2020

Whitehead Institute and MIT named 2020 Organizational Winners in the fourth annual International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories International Laboratory Freezer Challenge. Read More...

Texas A&M University

Carbon-Loaded Peatlands Can’t Be Ignored, Texas A&M Scientist Says

07-Dec-2020

Assistant Professor of Geography Julie Loisel is among a team of scientists who agree that preserving peatlands is essential to limiting climate warming. Read More...

University College London

Carbon offset market needs radical reform

04-Dec-2020

Firms can offset their carbon dioxide emissions by purchasing credits from projects around the world that reduce emissions or remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere Read More...

Princeton University'

How plants compete for underground real estate affects climate change

03-Dec-2020

An international team of researchers discover whether plants invest differently in root structures when planted alone versus when planted alongside a neighbor. Read More...

Environmental Intelligence Lab

Investigating global patterns of irrigation water demand and availability

29-Nov-2020

The research find that in up to 35% of currently rain-fed croplands, irrigation could be expanded as an adaptation strategy to climate change without negative environmental externalities on freshwater resource Read More...

University of Southhampton

MOU signed between MCA and University of Southampton will focus on developing autonomous ships and emissions reduction in shipping

26-Nov-2020

Applying expertise in energy storage and its integration into the maritime environment with the MCA is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate the growing impact such technologies are having in replacing conventional internal combustion engines. Read More...

Lund University

One percent of the world’s population accounts for more than half of flying emissions

19-Nov-2020

One percent of the world’s population accounts for more than half of the carbon dioxide emissions from passenger air travel. Thus, there is good reason to view air travel in a new light Read More...

University of Wisconsin

UW researchers’ evaluation puts MGE net-zero carbon goal on path to limit global warming

18-Nov-2020

Madison Gas and Electric’s plan for net-zero carbon electricity by 2050 reflects a pace of carbon reduction consistent with limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius to prevent the most severe impacts of climate change Read More...

University College London

Opinion: How museums could inspire radical action on the climate crisis

18-Nov-2020

The emergence of the public museum cannot be disentangled from painful histories of colonial subjugation and exploitation Read More...

Monash University

Carbon-capture breakthrough could be a game-changer in utilising CO?

17-Nov-2020

The CSIRO and Monash University have developed a revolutionary device that captures carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere. Read More...

Duke University

What Can One Person Do to Fight Climate Change?

16-Nov-2020

A team of Duke University undergraduates have launched an interactive website called You Change Earth that aims to end climate defeatism and empower people to fight climate change through personalized action plans tailored to their lives. Read More...

University of Minnesota

Wolves alter wetland creation and recolonization by killing ecosystem engineers

16-Nov-2020

Beavers are important ecosystem engineers that create wetlands. This study documents that wolves alter wetland creation when they kill beavers Read More...

National University of Singapore

A greener way to cool data centres

15-Nov-2020

Researchers have developed a high-efficiency hybrid cooling solution for ‘green’ data centres, achieving a near-ideal partial power usage effectiveness score Read More...

University College London

UCL ISR contributes to new circular economy research centres funded by UKRI

13-Nov-2020

Researchers from the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources are involved in new circular economy research centres funded by the UK Government to help reduce waste, energy and pollution in UK industries. Read More...

University of Tokyo

Making solar power generation sustainable with instant monitoring technology

12-Nov-2020

To refine original technology that automatically detects problems in individual panels, which is useful in maintenance. Sensors attached to the panels keep track of the operating status, as a means for real-time remote monitoring Read More...

Lund University

High temperatures threaten the survival of insects

10-Nov-2020

Insects have difficulties handling the higher temperatures brought on by climate change, and might risk overheating. The ability to reproduce is also strongly affected by rising temperatures Read More...

UCLA

UCLA-Led Research Shows Efficient and Inexpensive Fuel-Cells in Sight

09-Nov-2020

Advance provides pathways for renewable energy and hydrogen-powered automobiles Read More...

University of Wisconsin

A better understanding of coral skeleton growth suggests ways to restore reefs

09-Nov-2020

The study results provide an explanation for how corals are resistant to acidifying oceans caused by rising carbon dioxide levels and suggest that controlling water temperature, not acidity, is crucial to mitigating loss and restoring reefs Read More...

University of Maryland

Global-scale View of Animal Behavior Shows Climate Change's Impacts

06-Nov-2020

Animals are responding in unexpected ways to changes in their environment, an international team including University of Maryland biologists found using a new large-scale archive of animal movement studies Read More...

University College London

Health inequalities & climate change assessed together for fair green recovery

06-Nov-2020

For the first time, inequalities in planetary health and human health have been assessed together in an independent report to inform the UK Government's future targets on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions Read More...

University of Southhampton

Project to develop new model for minimising energy loss in offshore wind farms

05-Nov-2020

The University of Southampton will team with London-based Flightform Insights to develop a novel wake and wind generation model to minimise energy losses from offshore wind farms Read More...

Cambridge University

Clean fuel created from carbon dioxide, water and sunlight

04-Nov-2020

A wireless device capable of converting sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water into a carbon-neutral fuel called formic acid has been developed by a Cambridge Univ team Read More...

The Brookings Institution

Steps toward greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the 100 largest cities across the United States

28-Oct-2020

Brookings research, Sam Markolf, Inês M.L. Azevedo, Mark Muro, and David G. Victor, outline their analysis on the progress toward subnational climate targets in the 100 largest U.S. cities Read More...

The Brookings Institution

Cities are pledging to confront climate change, but are their actions working?

22-Oct-2020

A study by Brookings Institute says about two-thirds of cities with climate pledges are currently lagging in their targeted emissions cuts, while 13 others don’t appear to have available emissions tracking in place. Read More...

Purdue University

White paint could reduce the need for air conditioner

21-Oct-2020

Purdue University engineers have created white paint that can keep surfaces up to 18 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than their ambient surroundings – almost like a refrigerator does, but without consuming energy. Read More...

University College London

Study by UCL researchers shows limited benefits of paper recycling unless powered by renewables

20-Oct-2020

The researchers found that emissions would radically reduce if paper production and disposal were carried out using renewable energy sources rather than fossil fuels Read More...

MIT

Solar-powered system extracts drinkable water from “dry” air

14-Oct-2020

Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have significantly boosted the output from a system that can extract drinkable water directly from the air even in dry regions, using heat from the sun or another source. Read More...

IIT Madras

Policy reforms help manufacturing sector becomes energy-efficient in last two decades: Study

14-Oct-2020

In the last two decades, India's manufacturing sector has gained 39 per cent in energy efficiency thanks to various policy reforms by the Centre, according to a research by IIT-Madras Read More...

Cornell University

New research project for optimizing offshore wind farm design

13-Oct-2020

Research to unlock the power of wind energy by optimizing the spacing between wind turbines and wind turbine arrays to maximize power production. Read More...

University of Minnesota

New global temperature data will inform study of climate impacts on health, agriculture

13-Oct-2020

A new data set provides high-resolution, daily temperatures from around the globe that could prove valuable in studying human health impacts from heat waves, risks to agriculture, droughts, potential crop failures, and food insecurity Read More...

Politecnico - School of Management, Italy

How can traceability improve sustainability in the global coffee supply chain?

08-Oct-2020

The research team investigate the traceability systems implemented in the coffee supply chain, providing a taxonomy of solutions and characterizing how these systems are applied, in terms of technological display, information width and depth, as well as considering their relationship with sustainable value creation Read More...

Stanford University

Stanford expert explains why laughing gas is a growing climate problem

07-Oct-2020

Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is the most important greenhouse gas after methane and carbon dioxide and the biggest human-related threat to the ozone layer. Read More...

Texas A&M University

Why Green Sports Are Good Sports

06-Oct-2020

A Texas A&M sport ecology expert says leagues, teams and fans can all benefit from promoting environmental sustainability. Read More...

IIT Madras

IIT Madras Researchers International Team Wins US Energy Depts Waves to Water Prize

05-Oct-2020

The objective is to design a wave energy-based desalination system to provide post-disaster drinking water supply to coastal areas. Read More...

MIT

Antarctic sea ice may not cap carbon emissions as much as previously thought

01-Oct-2020

Study suggests sea ice blocks the flow of carbon both into and out of the ocean, in roughly equal measure. Read More...

University of Wisconsin

$11.4M Army grant supports aircraft hybrid-electric engine research at UW–Madison

29-Sep-2020

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers are leading research to pave the way for hybrid-electric engines that power uncrewed aircraft systems Read More...

University College London

Energy system development pathways for Ethiopia (PATHWAYS)

29-Sep-2020

The principal aim of this project is to develop possible transition pathways in Ethiopia to modern energy – specifically clean electricity – by incorporating behavioural issues in energy system modelling Read More...

University College London

Climate change impacts on hydro-generation and land suitability for agriculture

29-Sep-2020

This project aims to understand the impacts of climate change uncertainty on water availability and land suitability for agriculture production in the three least developed countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, namely, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar Read More...

University College London

Why the impacts of climate change on GDP forecasts are important for scenario analysis

29-Sep-2020

This project looks at why the impacts of climate change on GDP forecasts are important for scenario analysis adopted by institutions such as the IEA, and the implications for sector-based analysis Read More...

University of Toronto

Low-carbon health care: U of T, local hospitals launch Sustainable Health System

28-Sep-2020

Leaders from 12 hospital systems that comprise the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) and the seven health science faculties that make up the University of Toronto’s Council of Health Sciences have formed the Sustainable Health System Community of Practice. Read More...

University of Toronto

Methane-converting viruses could play a role in combating climate change

24-Sep-2020

A new study from Professor Lesley Warren suggests that previously unknown viruses might also play a key role. The biocatalytic power of these organisms could one day be harnessed in the fight against climate change. Read More...

University of Maryland

The Compounding Costs of Air Pollution

22-Sep-2020

Researchers analyzed the likelihood of people staying indoors due to air pollution, along with the impacts of pollution on the performance of solar panels in Phoenix, Ariz., the fifth-most populous city in the U.S. and No. 1 for air pollution Read More...

IIT Bombay

Surface Enhanced Graphene Based Nano hybrids for Enhanced Energy Storage and a Device Thereof

20-Sep-2020

There has been much emphasis to develop several sophisticated technologies using graphene based hybrid nanostructures especially for energy storage Read More...

Purdue University

Purdue research drives efforts toward cleaner air in California

16-Sep-2020

Purdue University research is driving clean air changes in California and could lead to landmark vehicle emissions changes across the United States. Read More...

Stanford

Stanford technology predicts the slow death of a lithium-ion battery

14-Sep-2020

A new model offers a way to predict the condition of a battery’s internal systems in real-time with far more accuracy than existing tools. Read More...

University College London

Mediterranean and tropical biodiversity most vulnerable to human pressures

14-Sep-2020

Animals in tropical and Mediterranean areas are the most sensitive to climate change and land use pressures, finds a new study by UCL researchers Read More...

IIT Madras

IIT-M develops alternatives to conventional Li-ion batteries

14-Sep-2020

IIT Madras researchers have made significant advances in developing alternatives to conventional lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries for industrial usage Read More...

University College London

New study draws lessons for carbon capture and storage from history of sulphur control

10-Sep-2020

Authors from the UCL Institute have published a paper titled ‘Diffusion of flue gas desulfurization reveals barriers and opportunities for carbon capture and storage’ Read More...

University of Chicago

Climate change will ultimately cost humanity $100,000 per ton of carbon, scientists estimate

09-Sep-2020

The new estimate for an “ultimate cost of carbon” to humanity, published in the journal Climactic Change, came out closer to $100,000 per ton of carbon—a thousand times higher than the $100 or less routinely calculated for the cost to our generation. Read More...

University College London

Nobel prize-winning economics of climate change is misleading and dangerous – here’s why

09-Sep-2020

Professor Steve Keen (UCL Office of the Vice-Provost: Research) disagrees with the assertions of Noble Prize winner William Nordhaus on climate change and asserts climate change will negatively affect industries and economies worldwide Read More...

University College London

Multinationals’ supply chains account for a fifth of global emissions

08-Sep-2020

The research shows the impact that multinationals can have by encouraging greater energy efficiency among suppliers or by choosing suppliers that are more carbon efficient Read More...

Purdue University

DoE funding to speed up adoption of 3D-printed microreactors

02-Sep-2020

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded an $800,000 grant to Purdue University's College of Engineering for a project to accelerate the introduction of the 3D-printed microreactor Read More...

University of Texas

Hunting for a Better Biofuel Is Scope of New UT Austin-Led Research

02-Sep-2020

Switchgrass sequesters carbon underground in its roots, produces cellulose that can be used to make ethanol and typically grows in soils that are unsuitable for food crops — all characteristics that make it a great candidate for biofuel Read More...

University of Minnesota

Diversifying crop rotations improves environmental outcomes while keeping farms profitable

31-Aug-2020

A new study from researchers at the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University finds that diversifying crop rotations can greatly reduce negative environmental and health impacts, while maintaining profitability for farmers Read More...

University of Maryland

Wind energy analysis has new implications for manufacturing, supply chain, and industrial policy

31-Aug-2020

The manufacturing of high-complexity components has been limited to only a few countries, primarily industrialized countries, that tend to work with few local original equipment manufacturers Read More...

IIT Madras

Researchers discover new component to effectively split Water into Hydrogen and Oxygen using Solar Power

21-Aug-2020

Researchers have discovered a new material to effectively split Water into Hydrogen and Oxygen using Solar Power. This research is expected to create a renewed interest in solar fuels domain Read More...

University of Southhampton

Tech solutions investigated to supercharge the future of floating wind farms

20-Aug-2020

Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute is developing technological innovations that will enable wind energy to be captured in greater sums to meet future energy needs and help tackle climate change Read More...

MIT

Assessing the value of battery energy storage in future power grids

12-Aug-2020

Researchers from MIT and Princeton University examine battery storage to determine key drivers that impact its economic value, how that value might change with increasing deployment over time, and the implications for the long-term cost-effectiveness of storage Read More...

MIT

Shrinking deep learning’s carbon footprint

07-Aug-2020

Deep learning has made the recent AI revolution possible, but its growing cost in energy and carbon emissions is untenable. Read More...

University College London

UCL spinout Bramble Energy secures £5 million investment

05-Aug-2020

The funding will support the launch of Bramble Energy’s zero-emissions portable power product range, which can replace diesel generators Read More...

IIT Bombay

Growing Silicon Nanowire on Copper Substrates: Applications in High Energy Density Battery and Thermoelectric power generation

31-Jul-2020

Silicon is the most sought after material for battery anode due to its highest reported theoretical capacity of ~4200 mAh/g, which is ten times higher than that of currently used graphite anode in commercial batteries Read More...

University of Maryland

UMD researcher receives new $1M Vehicle Technology Award

16-Jul-2020

The scientists have designed the electrolytes to form lithiophobic solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) on micro-sized Silicon (Si). The lithiophbic SEI with weak bonding with Si can accommodate large volume changes of Si without damage, ensuring a long cycle and calendar life Read More...

MIT

Decarbonize and diversify

15-Jul-2020

The researchers project that expected climate-related actions by importers of Russia’s fossil fuels will lower demand for these resources considerably, thereby reducing the country’s GDP growth rate by nearly 0.5 percent between 2035 and 2050. Read More...

University of Minnesota

Identifying sources of deadly air pollution in the United States

15-Jul-2020

The research finds that air pollution from sources in the United States leads to 100,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. About half of these deaths are from burning fossil fuels Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Merging solar cell and liquid battery produces efficient, long-lasting solar storage

13-Jul-2020

Chemists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and their collaborators have created a highly efficient and long-lasting solar flow battery, a way to generate, store and redeliver renewable electricity from the sun in one device Read More...

MIT

A new approach to carbon capture

09-Jul-2020

Developing a technology that can capture the CO2 in the air is a particularly hard problem, in part because the CO2 occurs in such low concentrations. Read More...

Stanford University

A ‘regime shift’ is happening in the Arctic Ocean

09-Jul-2020

Stanford scientists find the growth of phytoplankton in the Arctic Ocean has increased 57 percent over just two decades, enhancing its ability to soak up carbon dioxide. Read More...

University of Michigan

U-M’s Advanced Transportation Hub announces funding to 8 promising mobility projects

08-Jul-2020

Of those selected for funding, seven were led by researchers at U-M and one was led by a researcher at Western Michigan University. These projects aim to tackle market needs, offering ways to increase the efficiency, safety and sustainability of moving people and goods. Read More...

Princeton University'

Clean energy technologies and transition

02-Jul-2020

Princeton and ExxonMobil have renewed a five-year partnership aimed at accelerating the science behind next-generation energy and environmental technologies. ExxonMobil will continue to work with Princeton faculty and students to develop innovative solutions to help us meet society’s dual challenge of providing energy to those who need it and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” Read More...

University of Tokyo

Development of long-term heat-storage ceramics

02-Jul-2020

University of Tokyo, discovered a long-term thermal storage ceramic that can permanently store the thermal energy of hot water or warm water from 38ºC to 67ºC. Read More...

University College London

Opportunities for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to contribute to clean growth in the UK

23-Jun-2020

The Institute for Sustainable Resources has produced a new report examining the opportunities for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies (H2FC) to contribute to clean growth in the UK Read More...

IIT Madras

IIT Madras Research Team produces High Energy Bio-oil from Agricultural and Plastic Waste

15-Jun-2020

IIT Madras Researchers have developed a simple microwave process to produce bio-fuel oils with high energy values from two waste products – agricultural waste such as rice straw and bagasse and discarded plastics Read More...

University of Toronto

U of T researchers seek to reduce chemical industry's carbon footprint

12-Jun-2020

Developed highly efficient electrochemical processes for producing ethylene – one of the world’s most common industrial chemicals – from waste CO2 rather than from fossil fuels. Read More...

Tel Aviv University

Turning vapor into electricity?

08-Jun-2020

Tel Aviv University research reveals, Electricity generated by interactions between water molecules and metals may be turned into a source of energy Read More...

Purdue University

‘Hot’ electrons for more efficient energy use

04-Jun-2020

Highly energetic, “hot” electrons have the potential to help solar panels more efficiently harvest light energy. Read More...

Monash University

Fuel for thought: Charting a course towards the ammonia economy

04-Jun-2020

In the ammonia economy, ships, trucks, buses, power generators and even jets would run on ammonia. By 2050 ammonia could replace fossil fuels “in almost any application” Read More...

Stanford

Stanford researchers design a more efficient and affordable desalination process

01-Jun-2020

A new device capable of turning desalination waste into commercially valuable chemicals could make the process cheaper and more environmentally friendly. Read More...

University College London

UCL joins forces with Siemens for a hydrogen gas turbine project

29-May-2020

The objective of the project is to demonstrate carbon-free energy production from surplus renewable energy at the Engie Solution’s operated thermal power plant in Saillat-sur-Vienne, France Read More...

Bristol University

NUS raises S$300 million in its inaugural green bond issuance

27-May-2020

NUS’ new Green Finance Framework provides the overarching criteria and guidelines for the University to enter into green finance transactions, such as green bonds and loans Read More...

IIT Madras

IIT Madras develops light-weight alloy to replace steel, aluminium in cars

27-May-2020

Researchers have developed a magnesium alloy with significantly improved properties, that can replace steel and aluminium in automotive and aerospace components. The current industrial application of wrought magnesium alloys in structural components is limited due to their poor moderate or low strength Read More...

University College London

UCL-Energy shipping team wins funding to explore effect of behavioural nudges on emission reductions

21-May-2020

UCL Energy Institute, in partnership with Signol, has won funding of ~£130,000 for STEAM, Sustainability Through Efficient Actions in Maritime, that aims to directly target the behaviour of crews in order to improve fuel efficiency Read More...

IIT Madras

IIT Madras Researchers Develop Solar Parabolic Trough Collector with enhanced energy efficiency for Industries

21-May-2020

IIT Madras Researchers have developed a low-cost Solar Parabolic Trough Collector (PTC) system for concentrating solar energy with industrial applications in areas such as desalination, space heating and space cooling, among others Read More...

Purdue University

Artificial intelligence is energy-hungry. New hardware could curb its appetite

07-May-2020

Sharing intelligence features between hardware and software would offset the energy needed for using AI in more advanced applications such as self-driving cars or discovering drugs. Read More...

University of Minnesota

Engineering natural selection in microbes has implications for biofuel production, addressing antibiotic resistance

07-May-2020

University researchers have now developed a tool that makes it possible to mutate a single gene at a time — opening the door not only to a better understanding of evolution, but also better ways to modify the genes of microbes to give them the ability to mass-produce molecules Read More...

University College London

Energy Open Piazza consortium secures funding for smart energy systems innovation

07-May-2020

The Energy Open Piazza consortium has secured £1.4M in funding from the Power Forward Challenge, aimed at supporting innovators from Canada and the UK to come together to deliver high-quality projects that explore the cutting edge of smart grid innovation Read More...

Purdue University

3D-printed concrete to help build offshore wind energy infrastructure

30-Apr-2020

Purdue University engineers are conducting research on a way to make these parts out of 3D-printed concrete, a less expensive material that would also allow parts to float to a site from an onshore plant. Read More...

University of Minnesota

New recycling method could make polyurethane materials sustainable

30-Apr-2020

Researchers has found a better way to recycle a versatile plastic material, called polyurethanes, that could prevent the material from becoming waste Read More...

Purdue University

Carbon dioxide sensor can lower energy use, reduce utility costs

21-Apr-2020

Purdue researchers have developed a sensor to help control and cut down on energy consumption through heating and ventilation systems. Read More...

Stanford University

Stanford researchers find methane leaks from U.S. water heaters are high, but fixable

17-Apr-2020

Emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from water heaters are higher than previously estimated, especially for a new type of heater growing in popularity, a new Stanford study finds. But simple fixes exist. Read More...

University of Texas

Model Predicts Which Coral Reefs Will Better Adapt to Global Warming

14-Apr-2020

According to a new study in the journal Global Change Biology, reefs that receive more heat-tolerant coral larvae from warmer ocean regions will be more likely to adapt and survive than those that receive less Read More...

UC Davis

Concrete Solutions That Lower Both Emissions and Air Pollution

23-Mar-2020

The scientists quantified the costs of climate change impacts and of death and illness from air pollution. They found that concrete production causes about $335 billion per year in damages, a large fraction of the industry value Read More...

University of Texas

Hidden Source of Carbon Found at the Arctic Coast

20-Mar-2020

The researchers concluded that the supply of leachable organic carbon from groundwater amounts to as much as 70% of the dissolved organic matter flux from rivers to the Alaska Beaufort Sea during the summer Read More...

IIT Madras

IIT Madras collaborates with six other IITs to attract more mainstream research in rural technologies

13-Mar-2020

IIT Madras is joining hands with the Rural Technology Action Groups (RuTAG) of six other IITs to organise a three-day International Conference on 'Rural Technology Development and Delivery' with the objective of attracting more mainstream research in rural technologies Read More...

University of Toronto

'Reverse fuel cell' built by U of T researchers converts waste carbon into valuable products

11-Feb-2020

In their latest electrolyzer design, the team used a unique arrangement of materials to overcome the challenges of bringing the reactants together Read More...

Lund University

Increasing tropical land use is disrupting the carbon cycle

28-Jan-2020

A study shows that the rapid increase in land use in the world's tropical areas is affecting the global carbon cycle more than was previously known. Data from a new satellite imaging system, they found that the biomass in tropical forests is decreasing Read More...

University of Toronto

Substances that created hole in ozone may account for half of Arctic warming, U of T researchers find

20-Jan-2020

The substances responsible for creating a massive hole in the Earth’s ozone layer may account for nearly half of Arctic warming over a 50-year period, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Toronto. Read More...

Monash University

Batteries made with sulphur could be cheaper, greener and hold more energy

13-Jan-2020

lithium-sulphur batteries rely on a different kind of chemical reaction which means their ability to store energy is much greater than that of lithium-ion batteries Read More...

University of Michigan

‘Green methane’ from artificial photosynthesis could recycle CO2

10-Jan-2020

A new artificial photosynthesis approach uses sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into methane, which could help make natural-gas-powered devices carbon neutral. Read More...

Purdue University

A simplified way to turn food waste into hydrogen energy

07-Jan-2020

The Purdue scientists developed a method to improve the production of hydrogen from food waste using yeast. Read More...

UC Davis

How Can Agriculture Be a Part of the Climate Solution?

07-Jan-2020

Farmers and ranchers can capture carbon and store it in the soil. Carbon farming also produces usable products that benefit the economy, community, ecosystem and people Read More...

Princeton University'

New technology boosts energy efficiency in data centers

19-Dec-2019

The new device aggregates power conversion into one unit, and then distributes that power. It can increase the energy efficiency of the power-delivery system by 60% to 88%. Read More...

University of Texas

How We Transport Water in Our Bodies Inspires New Water Filtration Method

16-Dec-2019

A multidisciplinary group of engineers and scientists has discovered a new method for water filtration that could have implications for a variety of technologies, such as desalination plants, breathable and protective fabrics, and carbon capture in gas separations Read More...

Stanford University

Tracking power plant emissions in real time

04-Dec-2019

Stanford scientists have developed a precise way to measure U.S. power plant emissions 24/7. The new tool will enable grid operators and big electricity consumers to reduce their carbon footprint in real time. Read More...

IIT Madras

Scientist team at IIT Madras working to make the most out of solar energy

19-Nov-2019

A team from IIT Madras have designed, fabricated and checked the efficiency of an indigenously developed low-cost parabolic trough collector system (PTC) for concentrating solar energy Read More...

Columbia University

How Columbia’s Electrochemical Energy Center is Working to Decarbonize Society

07-Nov-2019

The mission of the Columbia Electrochemical Energy Center (CEEC), is to speed the decarbonization of the transportation, electrical generation and industrial sectors through fundamental research into improving batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cells Read More...

University of Minnesota

Nutritious foods have a lower environmental impact than unhealthy foods

28-Oct-2019

The research report concludes that foods with positive health outcomes have among the lowest environmental impacts, while other foods, such as red meat, can be especially harmful to both Read More...

Stanford University

Stanford study casts doubt on carbon capture

25-Oct-2019

research from Mark Z. Jacobson at Stanford University, published in Energy and Environmental Science, suggests that carbon capture technologies can cause more harm than good. Read More...

Stanford University

Stanford researchers create new catalyst that can turn carbon dioxide into fuels

17-Oct-2019

A new process shows promise in turning the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide back into usable fuels, and yields four times as much fuel as previous approaches. Read More...

Cornell University

Discovery in gallium nitride could be a key enabler of energy efficient electronics

26-Sep-2019

The team plans to use their invention in more complex circuits, opening up new possibilities in high-power switching, 5G cellular technology and energy efficient electronics, including phone and laptop chargers. Read More...

Bristol University

A breakthrough in green production and storage of hydrogen gas

24-Sep-2019

Dr Simonov and members of his research team have made a discovery with enormous potential to solve the instability problem, making hydrogen generation by water electrolysis more economically viable. Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Sustainable dairy project finds ways to lower emissions, boost profits

20-Sep-2019

Nationwide research project has concluded with solutions to help the dairy industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions while boosting profitability Read More...

Duke University

Duke-led team wins $3M Grant to study Peatlands and climate change

29-Aug-2019

A research project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy uses climate controlled chambers to study the impact of global warming on peat mosses and the microbes they interact with Read More...

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota receives $20M grant for sustainable plastics research

13-Aug-2019

The University of Minnesota has been awarded a $20 million grant for Sustainable Polymers focused on discoveries of the next generation of environment-friendly plastics. The funding also includes an educational component to build awareness surrounding the impacts of plastics on our environment Read More...

Purdue University

New research aims to optimize farmland use for crops, solar electricity production

08-Aug-2019

Purdue University professors are questioning what else fertile farmland can be used for with a new multidisciplinary project researching how to improve future sustainability by simultaneously using crop fields for solar electricity production. Read More...

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M Researchers To Develop Climate-Smart Sorghum

30-Jul-2019

Texas A&M researchers believe the development of climate-smart crops is the key to improving nitrogen-use efficiency and reducing fertilizer nitrogen loss in agricultural fields. Read More...

Georgia Tech

Reinvented Toilets Could Provide Safe Sanitation for 2.5 Billion People

29-Jul-2019

A Georgia Tech faculty, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is trying to reinvent the toilet, a technology that hasn’t changed much in more than a century. Read More...

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota helping farmers adapt to changing growing conditions

29-Jul-2019

The University’s Research and Outreach Centers are working with farmers to improve the sustainability of their operations. They are also driving climate-adaptive crop research around Minnesota Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Chemical catalysis pioneer James Dumesic wins international energy prize

25-Jul-2019

Dumesic, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, was selected for his pioneering work on novel catalytic processes for converting plant material into advanced fuels, biodegradable plastics, and other renewable chemicals Read More...

Georgia Tech

Rising Tundra Temperatures Create Worrying Changes in Microbial Communities

08-Jul-2019

Rising temperatures in the tundra of the Earth’s northern latitudes could affect microbial communities in ways likely to increase their production of greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide, a new study suggests Read More...

MIT

How Greentown Labs became the epicenter of clean tech

25-Jun-2019

Greentown Labs is the largest clean technology incubator in North America by both square feet and the number of member companies. Read More...

Stanford University

Solving geothermal energy's earthquake problem

23-May-2019

A new analysis suggests flaws in some of the most common ways of trying to minimize the risk of such quakes when harnessing the Earth’s heat for energy. Read More...

Stanford University

Stanford researchers outline vision for profitable climate change solution

20-May-2019

A seemingly counterintuitive approach – converting one greenhouse gas into another – holds promise for returning the atmosphere to pre-industrial concentrations of methane, a powerful driver of global warming. Read More...

IIT Madras

Achieving Optimum Performance Of Li-S Batteries

15-May-2019

Lithium-ion batteries have been explored extensively for this purpose as they deliver a much higher energy density than other rechargeable batteries in current use Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Industry-ready process makes plastics chemical from plant sugars

03-May-2019

A team from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the University of Wisconsin–Madison describe an efficient and economically feasible process for producing HMF — 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, a versatile plant-derived chemical considered crucial for building a renewable economy Read More...

University of Minnesota

Planning for the future of energy demand with renewable energy

02-May-2019

The study found that the use of fossil fuels would still be needed to meet peak demand in cold climates like Minneapolis and Fort Collins. renewable energy cannot be produced at the rate needed to meet demand during the coldest months Read More...

University of Chicago

Renewable energy mandates reduce carbon dioxide emissions—but at a cost

24-Apr-2019

A new working paper finds programs which require that a certain percentage of electricity come from renewable sources are inefficient in reducing carbon emissions. Read More...

Lund University

How to make solar energy more efficient

11-Apr-2019

The aim of the research is to find a new way of exploiting the sun’s energy to produce electricity. Energy cannot be created, only converted from one form into another, such as from solar energy into electricity. In the process, energy often escapes in the form of heat, which means it is lost Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Fuel cell advance a breath of fresh air for future power alternative

08-Apr-2019

A promising alternative to conventional power plants, solid oxide fuel cells use electrochemical methods that can generate power more efficiently than existing combustion-based generators Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Study suggests trees are crucial to the future of our cities

25-Mar-2019

According to the study, the right amount of tree cover can lower summer daytime temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Engineered microbe may be key to producing plastic from plants

06-Mar-2019

Researchers hoping to turn woody plants into a replacement for petroleum in the production of fuels and other chemicals have been after the sugars in the fibrous cellulose that makes up much of the plants’ cell walls Read More...

University of Virginia

Resilience, Storytelling highlight National Geographic-UVA Partnership

28-Feb-2019

The University of Virginia and the National Geographic Society are sponsoring a series of talks and presentations for the community, featuring prominent National Geographic explorers and UVA faculty members. Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Ancient poop helps show climate change contributed to fall of Cahokia

25-Feb-2019

A new study shows climate change may have contributed to the decline of Cahokia, a famed prehistoric city near present-day St. Louis. And it involves ancient human poop Read More...

University of Michigan

How air conditioners could advance a renewable power grid

05-Feb-2019

More strategic control of air conditioners could improve the overall efficiency and reliability of the power grid and make it easier to transition to renewable energy, and achieving this is the goal of the project Read More...

University of Minnesota

Sustainable bioenergy from native prairies on abandoned agricultural lands

23-Jan-2019

University of Minnesota scientists applied their research on native prairies in the Upper Midwest to understand marginal lands—particularly abandoned and degraded agricultural fields Read More...

UC Davis

Finding Shovel-Ready Solutions for Carbon Sequestration

16-Jan-2019

Amending the soil with natural materials can help to restore soil health, and boost crop yields while capturing carbon dioxide and locking it away so that it doesn’t cause climate impacts that harm people, ecosystems and the economy Read More...

Harvard Medical School

Decarbonizing Health Care

19-Dec-2018

Harvard Medical School, teaching hospitals, clinical institutes sign joint commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Read More...

Harvard Medical School

Decarbonizing Health Care

19-Dec-2018

Harvard Medical School, teaching hospitals, clinical institutes sign joint commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Read More...

Stanford University

Stanford researchers uncover startling insights into how human-generated carbon dioxide could reshape oceans

11-Dec-2018

Volcanic carbon dioxide vents off the coast of Italy are rapidly acidifying nearby waters. This natural laboratory provides a crystal ball-view into potential future marine biodiversity impacts around the world. Read More...

Stanford University

What should we do with nuclear waste?

10-Dec-2018

Nuclear security expert Rod Ewing discusses new recommendations for solving the U.S. nuclear waste problem, why conventional risk assessments don’t go far enough and what makes this challenge more difficult than putting a man on the moon. Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Humans may be reversing the climate clock, by 50 million years

10-Dec-2018

Without reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions, our climates by 2150 could compare to the warm and mostly ice-free Eocene, an epoch that characterized the globe 50 million years ago Read More...

Lund University

Historical climate important for soil responses to future climate change

30-Nov-2018

According to the study, microorganisms that have been subjected to long-term drought find it easier than other microbes to recover when moisture in the soil increases again. Read More...

University of Texas

Newly Discovered Deep-Sea Microbes Gobble Greenhouse Gases and Perhaps Oil Spills, Too

27-Nov-2018

Scientists at The University of Texas have discovered nearly two dozen new types of microbes, many of which use hydrocarbons such as methane and butane as energy sources to survive and grow. Newly identified bacteria might be helping to limit the concentrations of greenhouse gases Read More...

University of Minnesota

Plant communities help predict consequences of climate change

27-Nov-2018

Scientists need to be cleverer in predicting future communities in the face of climate change than previously thought, and data sets like this one help us along that path Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Grasslands among the best landscapes to curb climate change

15-Nov-2018

Grasslands, wetlands, forests and other ecosystems naturally absorb and store carbon. Protecting and preserving these features of the natural world could allow for the annual absorption of one-fifth of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions Read More...

University of Minnesota

Research shows farmer adjustments offset climate change impacts in corn production

09-Nov-2018

The combination of changes in climate, primarily cooling of the hottest temperatures, and farmer adjustments, including earlier planting and planting longer maturing varieties, increased maize yield trends 28 percent since 1981 Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Professor takes on climate change by promoting science literacy through music, art, comics

02-Nov-2018

The BBC reporter told Meyers that his rigorous science examining climate cycles of the Earth was being used as evidence for climate change denial Read More...

University of Washington

High CO2 levels cause plants to thicken their leaves, which could worsen climate change effects

01-Oct-2018

Plant scientists have observed that when levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rise, most plants do something unusual: They thicken their leaves. Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Unique technology could turbocharge electrical efficiency

25-Sep-2018

University of Wisconsin–Madison is developing new technology that would use smaller, distributed electrical generation systems roughly twice as efficient as conventional fossil fuel-based power plants and provide more environmentally friendly power Read More...

University of Wisconsin

New generation: Unique technology could turbocharge electrical efficiency

25-Sep-2018

University of Wisconsin–Madison team is developing new technology that would use smaller, distributed electrical generation systems roughly twice as efficient as conventional fossil fuel-based power plants and provide more environmentally friendly power Read More...

The Brookings Institution

Understanding India, its energy needs and ambitions, and the global implications for carbon emissions

18-Sep-2018

Recent research from Brookings Institution shows that the transition will not be nearly as smooth as some imagine. Renewable energy will be increasingly important in India, but cannot entirely displace coal in the short run. Read More...

MIT

A new way of thinking about deep decarbonization

06-Sep-2018

MIT researchers have found the most effective way to reduce emissions from electricity sources is to use a mix of renewable and other low-carbon tech options. Read More...

UC Davis

Grasslands More Reliable Carbon Sink Than Trees

09-Jul-2018

A study from the University of California, Davis, found that grasslands and rangelands are more resilient carbon sinks than forests in 21st century California Read More...

University of Minnesota

Renewable coal on the horizon

03-Nov-2017

A team of researchers has introduced what might be called “instant coal”: an energy-dense biofuel made from wood and agricultural waste in the Natural Resources Research Institute’s (NRRI) Read More...

University of Wisconsin

New technique could slash energy use in making silicon

13-Oct-2017

University of Wisconsin–Madison chemistry professor has come up with a new and more sustainable way to make silicon at much lower temperatures for the kind of advanced batteries used in electronics such as phones, cameras and laptop computers Read More...

University of Minnesota

New study: Corn’s environmental impact varies greatly across the U.S.

05-Sep-2017

New research drills down to the county-level impact of corn production, connecting it for the first time to where corn likely winds up – based on the facility-specific demand of large-scale U.S. corn consumers, which include meat and ethanol producers Read More...

University of Minnesota

U of M wastewater treatment pilot promises to turn scum into profit

12-Jun-2017

Using a free oil source combined with the lack of transportation and handling costs makes a scum to biodiesel process very attractive financially Read More...

University of Minnesota

U of M helps startup Resynergi create energy from plastic waste and biomass

08-Jun-2017

Resynergi Inc. is combining U of M Professor Roger Ruan’s microwave-based technology to convert biomass such as waste wood or crop residue into oil with its own modular, microwave-based system to transform unrecycled waste plastic into biodiesel from a broadened range of feedstocks Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Renewable plastic precursor could grow cellulosic biofuel industry

06-Apr-2017

University of Wisconsin–Madison has found a way to produce from biomass a valuable compound used in plastic production that they estimate could lower the cost of ethanol produced from plant material Read More...

University of Minnesota

Losses of soil carbon under climate warming might equal US carbon emissions

30-Nov-2016

A new global analysis finds that warming temperatures will trigger the release of trillions of kilograms of carbon from the planet’s soils into its atmosphere, driven largely by the losses of soil carbon in the world’s colder places Read More...

University of Minnesota

U study provides global picture of crop production greenhouse gas emissions

21-Nov-2016

Researchers from the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment used models and geospatial data to determine which crops and cropping practices are the biggest emissions culprits Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Move over, solar: The next big renewable energy source could be at our feet

20-Oct-2016

Prototype of the researchers’ energy harvesting technology, which uses wood pulp and harnesses nanofibers. The technology could be incorporated into flooring and convert footsteps on the flooring into usable electricity Read More...

University of Wisconsin

‘Super yeast’ has the power to improve economics of biofuels

14-Oct-2016

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin­–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with which a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Madison-made electrolyte going big at global battery manufacturer

25-Apr-2016

University of Wisconsin–Madison startup that has invented a safer electrolyte for the lithium-ion batteries used in phones, laptops and tablets, says its formulation has survived several years of evaluation and is now moving into pilot production at a major Japanese battery manufacture Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Power walk: Footsteps could charge mobile electronics

08-Feb-2016

An innovative energy harvesting and storage technology developed by University of Wisconsin–Madison mechanical engineers could reduce our reliance on the batteries in our mobile devices, ensuring we have power for our devices no matter where we are Read More...

University of Wisconsin

New way to make yeast hybrids may inspire new brews, biofuels

04-Dec-2015

A new method for making interspecies yeast hybrids in the lab, the makers of beer, wine, biofuels and other products that depend on yeasts may soon have many more strains of the microorganism to work with Read More...

University of Wisconsin

New nanogenerator harvests power from rolling tires

29-Jun-2015

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers and a collaborator from China have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car’s rolling tire friction Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Munching bugs thwart eager trees, reducing the carbon sink

02-Mar-2015

A new study shows that hungry, plant-eating insects may limit the ability of forests to take up elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, reducing their capacity to slow human-driven climate change Read More...

University of Wisconsin

Best-ever efficiency points to clean, green gas-diesel engine

15-Jul-2014

It burns diesel and gasoline in a ratio that is precisely controlled to exploit each fuel’s strong points. Sensors and a computer can vary the mixture with split-second timing, creating an engine that runs much cooler than conventional gas or diesel engines Read More...