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EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Gets Grilled on Fossil Fuel Ties at Confirmation Hearing

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt sat down before the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee for his confirmation hearing as a nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ). Senator John Barrasso, the Wyoming Republican who newly chairs the committee, opened the hearing with a number of compliments for Pruitt. Show More Summary

Trump's Interior Dept. Nominee, Rep. Ryan Zinke to Face Questioning on Climate Record, Support for Oil, Gas, Coal

Rep. Ryan Zinke, Republican from Montana and President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the Department of the Interior, will appear before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for a confirmation hearing today. If confirmed,...Show More Summary

Amazon’s New Patent Reveals Autonomous Vehicle Plans

Autonomous drones apparently aren't exciting enough for Amazon, so the online retail giant has also started work on developing self-driving vehicle technology for use on the ground. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has just granted Amazon a patent related to the coordination of autonomous vehicles on a roadway with reversible lanes. Show More Summary

Tomorrow’s Energy Leaders Call for Leadership From Trump Today

We are now just days away from the inauguration, and beyond boisterous campaign pledges to arrest the coal industry’s decline and withdraw from the Paris Agreement, President-elect Donald Trump’s scant energy and climate policies remain frustratingly obscure and inscrutable. Show More Summary

Researchers discover greenhouse bypass for nitrogen

(Virginia Institute of Marine Science) An international team discovers that production of a potent greenhouse gas can be bypassed as soil nitrogen breaks down into unreactive atmospheric N2.

UCI researchers map oceanic troughs below ice sheets in West Antarctica

(University of California - Irvine) University of California, Irvine glaciologists have uncovered large oceanic valleys beneath some of the massive glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica. Carved by earlier advances...Show More Summary

Mighty river, mighty filter

(American Society of Agronomy) Researchers are reviving one of the Mississippi River's main filters: the floodplain. The result is a unique environment that removes nitrogen, a contributor to the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone.

New research on shallow warm clouds will advance climate models, weather forecasts

(University of Kansas) David Mechem is leading a new $525,000, three-year grant from the US Department of Energy to better understand the fundamental processes governing the behavior of shallow clouds.

Neuro-imaging maps brain wiring of extinct Tasmanian tiger

(Emory Health Sciences) Imaging technology opens door to learning more about brain evolution by studying museum specimens from around the world.

Survival of many of the world's nonhuman primates is in doubt, experts report

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A report in the journal Science details the grim realities facing a majority of the nonhuman primates in the world -- the apes, monkeys, tarsiers, lemurs and lorises inhabiting ever-shrinking forests across the planet. The review is the most comprehensive conducted so far, the researchers say, and the picture it paints is dire.

The Tasmanian tiger had a brain structure suited to a predatory life style

(PLOS) Scans of preserved Tasmanian tiger brains suggest that these extinct predators devoted more of the cortex to complex cognition associated with predation compared to modern Tasmanian devils, according to a study published Jan.Show More Summary

Georgia Power Marketplace Takes Customer Engagement to the Next Level

Georgia Power doesn’t just want to keep the lights on anymore. Increasingly, the Southern utility wants to build on its relationship with customers, and earn the title of trusted energy advisor. On August 1, Georgia Power launched the...Show More Summary

Are Online Marketplaces Coming to a Utility Near You?

Over the past decade, digital marketplaces have rapidly upended the dynamics of many established industries. The remarkable rise of companies like Uber, Airbnb and Amazon has challenged and reinvented the customer experience across transportation,...Show More Summary

China Is Killing 120 Gigawatts of Planned Coal Capacity—More Than All Coal in Germany

New York Times: China Cancels 103 Coal Plants, Mindful of Smog and Wasted Capacity China is canceling plans to build more than 100 coal-fired power plants, seeking to rein in runaway, wasteful investment in the sector while moving the...Show More Summary

Jane Qiu and Jane Palmer awarded EGU Science Journalism Fellowship

(European Geosciences Union) The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has named journalists Jane Qiu and Jane Palmer as the winners of its 2017 Science Journalism Fellowship. Qiu will receive ?3,000 to report on glaciers and fjord ecosystems in Svalbard, while Palmer is awarded ?2,000 travel to Peru to find out more about the threat posed by slow-moving landslides.

Vitamin B-12, and a knockoff version, create complex market for marine vitamins

(University of Washington) A new study shows that vitamin B-12 exists in two different, incompatible forms in the oceans. An organism thought to supply essential vitamin B-12 in the marine environment is actually churning out a knockoff version.

Swamphens signal dominance through fleshy faces

(American Ornithological Society Publications Office) What's in a face? In addition to their plumage, Pukeko -- large purple swamphens found in New Zealand -- convey information about their status through their faces. A new study from...Show More Summary

Mitochondrial DNA shows past climate change effects on gulls

(American Ornithological Society Publications Office) To understand the present and future, we have to start with the past. A new study in The Auk: Ornithological Advances uses the mitochondrial DNA of Heermann's gulls to draw conclusions...Show More Summary

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