Pollution

Solar Energy Becomes Largest Source of New Electricity Capacity in India
November 23, 2017 10:40 AM - Yale Environment 360

The solar sector has surpassed coal as the largest generator of new electricity in India, accounting for 39 percent of new electricity production in 2017, according to new data.

Energy From Electric Cars Could Power Our Lives — But Only If We Improve The System
November 22, 2017 02:06 PM - Elsevier

Power stored in electric cars could be sent back to the grid – thereby supporting the grid and acting as a potential storage for clean energy – but it will only be economically viable if we upgrade the system first. In a new paper in Energy Policy, two scientists show how their seemingly contradictory findings actually point to the same outcome and recommendations: that pumping energy back into the grid using today’s technology can damage car batteries, but with improvements in the system it has the potential to provide valuable clean energy – and improve battery life in the process.

Reducing Phosphorus Runoff
November 22, 2017 01:42 PM - University of Delaware

Throughout the United States, toxic algal blooms are wreaking havoc on bodies of water, causing pollution and having harmful effects on people, fish and marine mammals.

Ribbed Mussels Could Help Improve Urban Water Quality
November 22, 2017 01:36 PM - 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. The findings, published in Environmental Science and Technology, are part of long-term efforts to improve water quality in the Bronx River Estuary.

Ribbed Mussels Could Help Improve Urban Water Quality
November 22, 2017 01:36 PM - 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. The findings, published in Environmental Science and Technology, are part of long-term efforts to improve water quality in the Bronx River Estuary.

The Social Cost of Carbon Doubles
November 22, 2017 09:29 AM - University of California – Davis

The “social cost of carbon” — an influential figure used by policymakers to weigh the value of efforts that reduce greenhouse gas emissions — is outdated and underestimated. Updated estimates focused on the agricultural sector alone more than double the social cost of carbon, according to analysis from the University of California, Davis, and Purdue University.

The Social Cost of Carbon Doubles
November 22, 2017 09:29 AM - University of California – Davis

The “social cost of carbon” — an influential figure used by policymakers to weigh the value of efforts that reduce greenhouse gas emissions — is outdated and underestimated. Updated estimates focused on the agricultural sector alone more than double the social cost of carbon, according to analysis from the University of California, Davis, and Purdue University.

In bee decline, fungicides emerge as improbable villain
November 21, 2017 01:45 PM - Cornell University

When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions, they expected to find stressors like changes in land use, geography or insecticides.

Three studies from UTA's clear lab detect harmful pathogenic bacteria in Texas groundwater near natural gas extraction sites
November 21, 2017 01:16 PM - University of Texas at Arlington

Three new research studies from the University of Texas at Arlington have found harmful pathogenic bacteria in Texas groundwater near unconventional natural gas extraction sites.

Study Pinpoints Arctic Shorebird Decline
November 20, 2017 05:40 PM - Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study co-authored by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) addresses concerns over the many Arctic shorebird populations in precipitous decline. Evident from the study is that monitoring and protection of habitat where the birds breed, winter, and stopover is critical to their survival and to that of a global migration spectacle.

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