How an effort to reduce fossil fuel use led to another environmental problem: Light pollution

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain In 2014, Los Angeles cut its annual carbon emissions by 43% and saved $9 million in energy costs by replacing the bulbs in more than half of the city’s street lamps with light-emitting diodes. That year, the Nobel Prize in physics went to three scientists whose work made those LEDs possible. … Read more

Investigation examines fossil fuel industry influence at elite American universities

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain An investigation published by The BMJ Today takes an in-depth look at how fossil fuel companies pour money into prestigious American universities. Investigative journalist Paul Thacker examines how oil and gas companies have funded research to try to weaken messages on climate change, capture academia, and protect their interests, much like … Read more

Three ways the fossil fuel industry failed women, and how clean energy can learn from their mistakes

A crucial outcome of Australia’s jobs summit last week was the commitment to review programs aimed at boosting the number of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Energy is a particularly male-dominated STEM industry, with clean energy on the brink of massive expansion. However, to ensure the clean energy industry is truly … Read more

Hawaii families impacted by Navy’s jet fuel leak worry about cancer, prepare legal action a year later

Waikīkī Beach, Honolulu, United States. Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The battle to hold the US military accountable for tainting public drinking water with jet fuel from the Red Hill bulk fuel storage facility continues almost a year after thousands of residents who were sickened and displaced last year. In November, a major jet fuel leak … Read more

Fossil fuel companies’ projections won’t meet Paris Agreement climate goals

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Decarbonization scenarios produced by BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Equinor are incompatible with Paris Agreement goals for a safe and habitable planet. This is the finding of new research underscoring how global decarbonization scenarios outlined by these energy companies show delayed reductions in fossil fuel consumption and run the risk of … Read more

Inefficient building electrical risks prolonging fossil fuel use

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A new study finds that decarbonization pathways need to incorporate more efficient electric heating technologies and more renewable energy sources to minimize strain on the US electric grid during increased electricity usage from heating in December and January. Otherwise, harmful fossil fuels will continue to power these seasonal spikes in energy … Read more

Billions of people rely on wild species for food, fuel, income: UN

UN biodiversity experts said it is possible to use wild species more sustainably. Rampant exploitation of nature is a threat to the well-being of billions of people across the world who rely on wild species for food, energy and income, United Nations biodiversity experts said Friday. From fishing and logging to the use of wild … Read more

The ‘fuel of evolution’ is more abundant than previously thought in wild animals

Spotted hyenas adapt well to changes in their environment. Here, a clan of hyenas in the Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania) quickly declared a broken-down roller as their new favorite resting place. Credit: Photo: Oliver Höner Darwinian evolution is the process by which natural selection promotes genetic changes in traits that favor survival and reproduction of individuals. … Read more

New study maps financial ownership of over $1 trillion of the fossil fuel industry’s projected ‘stranded asset’ loss

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Driven by technological, social and political change, renewable energy technologies are progressively replacing fossil fuels. Under an expectation that governments will fulfill their net-zero emissions pledges, these changes will accelerate, with the consequences that current oil and gas assets may be overvalued by more than $1 trillion, a figure that exceeds … Read more

Fusion experts tackle cooling strategies for fusion fuel cycle

A team of fusion scientists and engineers stand in front of ORNL’s Helium Flow Loop device. From back left to front right: Chris Crawford, Fayaz Rasheed, Joy Fan, Michael Morrow, Charles Kessel, Adam Carroll, and Cody Wiggins. Not pictured: Dennis Youchison and Monica Gehrig. Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL, US Dept. of Energy To achieve practical energy … Read more