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Cheaper gas, more regs cut coal’s competitive advantage in power plants

The cost of complying with tougher EPA air-quality standards could spur an increased shift away from coal and toward natural gas for electricity generation,...

Ash from refuse could become hydrogen gas

Every year, millions of tons of environmentally harmful ash is produced worldwide, and is mostly dumped in landfill sites or, in some countries, used...

Power generation is blowing in the wind

By looking at the stability of the atmosphere, wind farm operators could gain greater insight into the amount of power generated at any given...

Biomass could provide a fifth of global energy without damaging food...

Energy generated from plant biomass could deliver up to one fifth of global demand without causing a decline in food production, although there are...

Soil science: Healing our planet’s ills from the ground up

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Under our feet and ubiquitous, lowly soil can be easily overlooked when it comes to addressing climate change and population growth. But in the January-February issue of the Soil Science Society of America Journal, a team ...

Challenges for biofuels: New life cycle assessment report from Energy Biosciences...

A combination of rising costs, shrinking supplies, and concerns about global climate change are spurring the development of alternatives to the burning of fossil fuels to meet our transportation energy needs. Scientific studies have shown the mo...

Story tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory...

HYDROPOWER -- Fishy behavior . . . Proposals to install hydrokinetic turbines -- like underwater windmills -- in rivers across the U.S. are prompting questions about the environmental impacts of this new hydropower energy source. In response, r...

Oil giant plans new platform near feeding ground of critically endangered...

Sakhalin Energy Investment Company -- part owned by Shell -- has announced plans to build a major oil platform near crucial feeding habitat of the Western North Pacific gray whale population. Only around 130 whales of the critically endangered...

Scaling up: The future of nanoscience

In the late 1950s, Richard Feynman famously imagined a science where researchers and engineers could achieve remarkable feats by manipulating matter and creating structures all the way down to the level of individual atoms. Now, over fifty years a...

UCSD engineers give solar power a boost

The growing popularity of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems across the United States has made it more important to maximize their power input. That's why UC San Diego environmental engineering professor Jan Kleissl is working on technologies and...

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