Earth, Energy & Environment

Autonomous vehicles could be an environmental boon or disaster, depending on public policy

Widespread use of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could either massively increase or drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions depending, in large part, on public policy, according...

Chernobyl: How bad was it?

Not long after midnight on April 26, 1986, the world’s worst nuclear power accident began. Workers were conducting a test at the Chernobyl Nuclear...

Climate Change Will Expose Half of World’s Population to Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes By 2050

Scientists and public health officials have documented an increasing number of outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses across the globe in recent years, including yellow fever,...

Utilities have little financial incentive to plug methane leaks

Natural gas distribution firms lack incentives to reduce methane leaks, which contribute to climate change, a new University of Michigan study shows. Researchers say by...

New separation technique could lead to reduced carbon dioxide emissions

A Washington State University research team has developed a new way to separate carbon dioxide out of industrial processes — an important key in reducing...

Capturing bacteria that eat and breathe electricity

Last August, Abdelrhman Mohamed found himself hiking deep into the wilderness of Yellowstone National Park. Unlike thousands of tourists who trek to admire the park’s...

Due to humans, extinction risk for 1,700 animal species to increase by 2070

As humans continue to expand our use of land across the planet, we leave other species little ground to stand on. By 2070, increased...

Dying Trees in Cities? Blame It on the Concrete

A North Carolina State University study examining urbanization, scale-insect abundance and latitudinal warming on tree health in the Southeast captured a few surprising results. The...

Mystery of green icebergs may soon be solved

Research led by the University of Washington proposes a new idea that may explain why some Antarctic icebergs are tinged emerald green rather than...

How Bacteria Can Help Prevent Coal Ash Spills

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that uses bacteria to produce “biocement” in coal ash ponds, making the coal ash...

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