Using more wood for construction can slash global carbon emissions
A Yale University-led study has found that using more wood and less steel and concrete in building and bridge construction would substantially reduce global carbon dioxide emissions and fossil fuel consumption.
Meeting climate targets may require reducing diet of meat and dairy
Greenhouse gas emissions from food production may threaten the UN climate target of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to research at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.
Canada invests in joining the marine energy research race with the UK
The Canadian Government has announced plans to fund projects in the tidal energy sector as it looks to narrow the research gap with fellow marine power pioneers the UK.
Pilot project studies customer response to real time energy prices
One of Norway’s largest power companies, Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk Nett (NTE), has begun an innovative pilot project to ascertain whether customers will respond to fluctuating energy prices in real time.
Antarctic ice study finds global sea levels could rise even faster
Six massive glaciers in West Antarctica are moving faster than they did 40 years ago, causing more ice to discharge into the ocean and global sea level to rise, according to new research.
Climate change causes river threat from build-up of weeds
One of the most serious threats to global biodiversity and the leisure and tourism industries is set to increase with climate change according to new research by Queen's University Belfast.
British bird is an unlikely winner from the changing climate
Climate change may be bad news for billions, but scientists at the University of Sheffield have discovered one unlikely winner – a tiny British bird, the long-tailed tit.
Recent climate change linked to ocean current slow down
Far beneath the surface of the ocean, deep currents act as conveyer belts, channeling heat, carbon, oxygen and nutrients around the globe.
Recent flooding could signal onset of climate change, study warns
A new investigation of long-term weather records suggests that the recent flooding in the south of England could signal the onset of climate change.
"Breathing" battery can power electric vehicles over 300 miles on one charge
Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) nearly doubled in 2013, but most won’t travel further than 100 miles on one charge. To boost their range toward an impressive 300 miles or more, researchers are reporting new progress o
Value of world's forest carbon could be undervalued by $800bn
Edinburgh University’s Carbomap, an environmental survey company, has announced the completion of a three-dimensional carbon map of a forested region in Costa Rica and it reveals that the actual carbon content is 22% h
Farm-based biomass plants boost the rural economy, study finds
Bioenergy is becoming an increasingly popular source of renewable energy as the technology has advanced enough to allow biomass power plants small enough to fit on a farm to be built at relatively low costs.
Renewables and smart grids are the future for EV charging stations
Being able to charge up to 30 electric cars at once requires ingenious energy management as researchers look to incorporate a mix of renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germany’s largest charging station.
Ice-free Arctic season is getting longer by 5 days every decade
The ice-free season across the Arctic is getting longer by five days per decade, according to new research.
Antarctica to lose three-quarters of summer ice by end of century
Antarctica’s Ross Sea is one of the few polar regions where summer sea-ice coverage has increased during the last few decades, bucking a global trend of drastic declines in summer sea ice across the Arctic Ocean and in