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A 'carbon law' offers pathway to halve emissions every decade

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:13:38 EDT ~ On the eve of this year's Earth hour (March 25), researchers propose a solution in the journal Science for the global economy to rapidly reduce carbon emissions. The authors argue a carbon roadmap, driven by a simple rule of thumb or 'carbon law' of halving emissions every decade, could catalyze disruptive innovation. Find out more...

Warning of shortage of essential minerals for laptops, cell phones, wiring

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:00:42 EDT ~ Researchers say global resource governance and sharing of geoscience data is needed to address challenges facing future mineral supply. Specifically of concern are a range of technology minerals, which are an essential ingredient in everything from laptops and cell phones to hybrid or electric cars to solar panels and copper wiring for homes. Find out more...

Fashion industry gains new tools to reduce its environmental load

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:28:00 EDT ~ The environmental impact of our clothing has now been mapped in the most comprehensive life cycle analysis performed to date. For the first time, this makes it possible to compare the environmental effects of completely different types of textiles. The results will be used to create a practical tool for clothing manufacturers that want to lighten their environmental load. Find out more...

Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:49:27 EDT ~ A team of scientists has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce. It's using natural light to generate hydrogen from biomass. Find out more...

Switzerland could generate more energy out of used wood

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:29:29 EDT ~ Switzerland is not fully exploiting a significant source of clean energy: 173,000 tonnes of used wood could be re-used producing valuable heat and power energy today, in addition to the 644,000 tonnes of used wood already being used. This was the conclusion reached by a nationwide survey among 567 companies in the construction, waste management and transport sectors. Find out more...

Door and window locks are less carbon-costly and more effective than burglar alarms and CCTV, a new study finds

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:58:54 EDT ~ A new study, which estimates the carbon footprint of burglary prevention measures, has found that the best options from both an environmental and security point of view are door and window locks. This is because they are not only more effective at preventing crime, but also more environmentally friendly, having a much lower carbon footprint than other measures, such as burglar alarms or CCTV. Find out more...

Organic is only one ingredient in recipe for sustainable food future

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:23:37 EST ~ Many people choose organic thinking it's better for humans and the planet, but a new study finds that might not always be the case. Find out more...

Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:17:19 EST ~ Growing sustainable energy crops without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, may be possible on seasonally wet, environmentally sensitive landscapes, according to researchers. Find out more...

Petrol, jet fuel alternatives are produced by yeast cell factories

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:05:19 EST ~ There have been many attempts to modify this stubborn little enzyme, but none have succeeded. Until now. New findings show that the fatty acid synthase (FAS) enzyme has started to produce sustainable chemicals for biofuels. Find out more...

Study sparks debate over relationship between compact development and driving

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:20:47 EST ~ Compact development is often recommended as a way to get people to drive less and create more sustainable communities. However, different studies over the years have yielded different outcomes, leading to a muddled understanding about the true impact of compact development. After using meta-aggression analysis, new research concludes that planners should not rely on compact development as their only strategy for reducing driving, as it doesn't have much of an impact. Find out more...