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Lancaster, Calif. Requires Newly Built Houses to Fully Power Themselves with Solar

Lancaster, California has moved beyond requiring solar panels on the rooftops of new houses. A newly passed city ordinance stipulates that those rooftop arrays meet the energy needs of those homes. The city started requiring solar on...Show More Summary

Impacts of mass coral die-off on Indian Ocean reefs revealed

(University of Exeter) Warming seawaters, caused by climate change and extreme climatic events, threaten the stability of tropical coral reefs, with potentially devastating implications for many reef species and the human communities that reefs support.

Former GOP Congressional Staffer Follows Revolving Door, Now Latest Keystone XL Lobbyist

TransCanada has wasted no time since President Donald Trump signed a January 24 executive order calling for U.S. federal agencies to permit construction of the Keystone XL  pipeline.  The Calgary-based company has already re-applied for a presidential permit through the U.S. Show More Summary

SunPower CEO: A Solar Market in ‘Significant Transition’

SunPower's conundrum is that its absolute dominance in silicon solar cell conversion efficiency hasn't consistently translated to success on the top and bottom line. And that's true this year in the context of what CEO Tom Werner has...Show More Summary

Selenium deficiency promoted by climate change

(ETH Zurich) As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease. Because the selenium content of crops may also be reduced, the risk of selenium deficiency could be increased in many regions of the world. This was shown by a recent study which used data-mining to model the global distribution of selenium.

Can Flow Batteries Beat Lead-Acid in Asia’s Telecom Market? Redflow Thinks So

Redflow is garnering interest in its zinc-bromine flow batteries from telecommunication companies and other businesses throughout South East Asia. Companies in several countries are currently evaluating the Redflow ZBM2 battery’s ability...Show More Summary

Forget Tax Credits. These Two Federal Policy Changes Are a More Immediate Threat to Solar

When Donald Trump won the presidential election in November, some in the solar industry worried they might become a political target. Eliminating federal tax credits or stripping funding for Department of Energy's renewables programs are one option. Show More Summary

'Tully monster' mystery is far from solved, Penn-led group argues

(University of Pennsylvania) Last year, headlines in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scientific American and other outlets declared that a decades-old paleontological mystery had been solved. The 'Tully monster,' an ancient animal that had long defied classification, was in fact a vertebrate, two groups of scientists claimed. Show More Summary

Even After Oil Prices Rebound, Many Drilling Jobs May Be Lost to Automation

New York Times: Texas Oil Fields Rebound From Price Lull, but Jobs Are Left Behind In the land where oil jobs were once a guaranteed road to security for blue-collar workers, Eustasio Velazquez’s career has been upended by technology. For 10 years, he laid cables for service companies doing seismic testing in the search for the next big gusher. Show More Summary

Stanford researcher to examine unsung hero of science: Assessment

(Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences ) Assessment adds enormous value to the scientific landscape, creating foundations for government and society.

Researcher unveils tool for a cleaner long island sound

(University of Connecticut) A new model released today at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science by UConn ecologist Jamie Vaudrey pinpoints sources of nitrogen pollution along Long Island Sound, and shows municipalities what they might do to alleviate it.

Marine ecologist offers suggestions for achieving a strong, lasting 'blue economy'

(Oregon State University) Incentive-based solutions offer significant hope for addressing the myriad environmental challenges facing the world's oceans.

'Alternative facts' not just in politics and media

(Michigan State University) A Michigan State University scholar is warning those who read about the latest groundbreaking research to proceed with caution. Kevin Elliott, an associate professor who specializes in the philosophy and ethics...Show More Summary

Gene sequences reveal secrets of symbiosis

(King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)) Genome sequences by KAUST of dinoflagellate algae indicate how they maintain their symbiotic relationship with corals.

Like Keystone XL, Much of Dakota Access Pipeline Steel Made by Russian Company Tied to Putin

At his February 16 press conference, President Donald Trump discussed his executive orders calling for U.S. federal agencies to grant TransCanada and Energy Transfer Partners the permits needed to build the Keystone XL and Dakota Access...Show More Summary

Smart reforms key to global fish recovery, even with climate change

(VVH Consulting) New research finds that climate change will cause dramatic impacts in the world's fisheries, but with effective management most fisheries could yield more fish and more prosperity, even with a changing climate. Relative...Show More Summary

Invitation: Global warming to cause dramatic changes in fisheries

(VVH Consulting) New research from scientists and economists at the University of California Santa Barbara, Oregon State University and Environmental Defense Fund identifies the dramatic future impacts of climate change on the world's fisheries and how fishing reforms are vital to sustaining the global seafood supply. Show More Summary

Maize study finds genes that help crops adapt to change

(Cornell University) A new study analyzed close to 4,500 maize varieties to identify more than 1,000 genes driving large-scale adaptation to the environment.

Are Fossil Fuel Companies Telling Investors Enough About the Risks of Climate Change?

Prior to President Donald Trump taking office, there was a push to require oil and gas companies to inform their investors about the risks of climate change. As governments step up efforts to regulate carbon emissions, the thinking goes,...Show More Summary

Communications expert explains how science should respond to fake news

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) The rise of fake news has dominated the world of politics since the last US election cycle. But fake news is not at all new in the world of science, notes University of Wisconsin-Madison Life Sciences Communication Professor Dominique Brossard. Show More Summary

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