By Joshua M. Pearce, Michigan Technological University Within the next month, energy watchers expect the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act on an order from Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would create new pricing rules for certain power plants that can store fuel on site to support grid resilience. Show More Summary
BONN, GERMANY – Fossil fuel companies have known for a long time that their products significantly contribute to climate change. But it wasn’t until recently that scientists began to understand just how much of the climate crisis could...Show More Summary
(University of Vermont) Understanding the climate context is important is determining how to best respond to food insecurity, according to a study of nearly 2,000 smallholder farms in Africa and Asia. Rainfall patterns determined whether financial supports or agricultural inputs or practices were the most effective intervention.
I’m very happy to return to blogging here at PLoS after a long…pause. I talk about why after this post, which was originally published by the Guardian. An emotive article on the ‘Ice Apocalypse‘ by Eric
Dan Shugar lives, breathes and bleeds solar. "If you cut my wrist, pure silicon comes out," he exclaimed in an interview with Powerhouse CEO Emily Kirsch, as part of the Watt It Takes interview series. This week, Shugar steps behindShow More Summary
(Brigham and Women's Hospital) A new Clinical Implications of Basic Research paper highlights a novel surgical adhesive on the horizon.
(Center for Genomic Regulation) Scientists demonstrate that Leishmania adaptation results from frequent and reversible chromosomal amplifications. This novel insight into Leishmania genomic instability should pave the way for the identification of parasite drug resistance mechanisms and help discover biomarkers.
In the remote north-eastern corner of Alaska, just under 20-million acres have been set aside as a federal protected area since 1960. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has recently come under threat, however, with President Donald...Show More Summary
(Marine Biological Laboratory) Two new studies on the evolutionary origin of teeth and of vertebra further illuminate the human connection to marine organisms that goes back millions of years. Both studies in the little skate (Leucoraja...Show More Summary
(GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Centre) Municipalities, enterprises, and households are switching to LED lights in order to save energy. But these savings might be lost if their neighbors install new or brighter lamps. Scientists...Show More Summary
When Tesla unveiled its stationary storage products for homeowners and utilities in 2015, it immediately sparked new demand for batteries. But in the two years since, the company's track record for delivery has been mixed. While pursuing...Show More Summary
Over the years, driven by the requirements of its renewable energy portfolio standard and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, North Carolina has risen to become the country's second-largest solar market. The state now has more than 3,500 megawatts of solar installed and more than 7,000 solar jobs. Show More Summary
Oh, what trying times in which to gather for frothy merriment! A nation of contrasts, we gather once a year to feast and set aside our squabbles over which model of electricity delivery will triumph, or whether blockchain will be the end to all problems. Fear not as you navigate the treacherous waters of division and misunderstanding. Show More Summary
The energy storage industry is set to rise dramatically -- for those companies that can play the long game. Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a report Tuesday that forecasts the global energy storage market will “double six times”...Show More Summary
The market outlook for solar projects in the U.S. now officially rests in the hands of President Donald Trump. Last week, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) published a report sent recently to the White House on the pending Section 201 investigation of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) solar cells and modules. Show More Summary
The experience curve is a useful tool for forecasting future cost reductions in solar. This curve, also known as the learning curve, reveals a consistent pattern in solar: For every cumulative doubling of production volume, the price...Show More Summary
By Henry Kelly, University of Michigan Attacks on climate policies are not really about the science. They’re about the future of fossil fuels. Any program with a reasonable chance of meeting the goals embraced by the 2016 Paris accords...Show More Summary
(NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center) Ribbed mussels can remove nitrogen and other excess nutrients from an urban estuary and could help improve water quality in other urban and coastal locations, according to a study in New York City's Bronx River. Show More Summary
(California Institute of Technology) An empirical model of 55 of California's major reservoirs reveals how they respond to shifting drought conditions and to one another.