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Subsidizing Coal and Nuclear Power Could Drive Customers off the Grid

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

Big Oil Companies Being Sued for Climate Impacts Could be a ‘New Normal’

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

To address hunger effectively, first check the weather, says new study

(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.

How soon will the ‘ice apocalypse’ come?

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, the King Midas of Solar

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

The future of sutures and staples: A sealant inspired by slugs

(Brigham and Women's Hospital) A new Clinical Implications of Basic Research paper highlights a novel surgical adhesive on the horizon.

The genome of Leishmania reveals how this parasite adapts to environmental changes

(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.

Trump Eyes Arctic Wildlife Refuge for Oil Drilling, Alarming Gwich’in

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

Growing teeth and a backbone: Studies trace early origins of skeletal tissues

(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

By saving cost and energy, the lighting revolution may increase light pollution

(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

Tesla Battery Supply Constraints Weigh on a Young Storage Industry

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

North Carolina’s Solar Market Gripped by Growing Pains, as Gigawatts of Projects Are Planned

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

GTM’s Book of Customs, Traditions and Etiquette, Vol. II: A Grid Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

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

Global Energy Storage to Double 6 Times by 2030, Matching Solar’s Spectacular Rise

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

Trump Says US ‘Will No Longer Tolerate’ Trade Abuses, as ITC Delivers Solar Tariff Report

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

Origins of the Solar Learning Curve

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

Why Meeting the Paris Climate Goals Is an Existential Threat to Fossil Fuel Industries

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

Ribbed mussels could help improve urban water quality

(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

Engineers model the California reservoir network

(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.

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