Solar cells outperform plants in harvesting sun's energy
In a head-to-head battle of harvesting the sun's energy, solar cells beat plants, according to a new paper in Science. But scientists think they can even up the playing field, says researcher David Kramer at Michigan St
Gulf oil spill threatens more species than legally protected
Marine species facing threats from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico far exceed those under legal protection in the United States, a new paper in the journal BioScience finds.
Mega-fires may contribute to climate change, UN report
The growing number of mega-fires around the world may be contributing to global warming, a new United Nations report says, calling on governments to introduce comprehensive strategies to reduce the risk of such outbreaks
Throw out the duster... it's good for the environment, say scientists
Household dust can actually be beneficial to the environment and has the ability to reduce indoor pollution by as much as 15 percent, according to a new study.
Vatican report claims loss of glaciers threatens way of life
Glaciers are in rapid decline and loss of these glaciers will have profoundly negative impacts on climate and human life, according to a new report published by a scientific working group commissioned by the Vatican’s
Grid scheme boosts efficiency for electric vehicle charging
A new pricing mechanism that could change the way electric vehicles can be charged has been developed by researchers at the University of Southampton.
Climate change effects in Arctic more extensive than expected
A much reduced covering of snow, a shorter winter season and thawing tundra reveal the effects of climate change in the Arctic have already arrived.
Study forecasts the “devastating” human death toll of climate change
Global climate change is anticipated to bring more extreme weather phenomena such as heat waves that could impact human health in the coming decades.
Project launched to support community renewable energy growth
The Co-operative Group and Co-operatives UK are joining forces to work on a new piece of research to support the development of community renewable energy in the UK.
Survey reveals surprise rise in numbers of endangered rhino
After three rigorous weeks of conducting the National Rhino Census in Nepal, new data on the population of greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) was formally released today.
Earth can recover from rising CO2 faster than thought
The Earth may be able to recover from rising carbon dioxide emissions faster than previously thought, according to evidence from a prehistoric event analysed by a Purdue University-led team.
Study links air pollution with breast cancer in later life
Exposure to air pollution early in life and when a woman gives birth to her first child may alter her DNA and may be associated with premenopausal breast cancer later in life, researchers at the University at Buffalo hav
Dramatic discovery creates energy from light without solar panels
A dramatic and surprising magnetic effect of light discovered by University of Michigan researchers could lead to solar power without traditional semiconductor-based solar cells.
Fresh habitats could help species cope with climate change
Animals and plants may need extra habitats to survive the challenge of climate change, according to research by scientists at the University of York.
Scientists find sugarcane fields helps cool the climate
Brazilians are world leaders in using biofuels for gasoline. About a quarter of their automobile fuel consumption comes from sugarcane, which significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions that otherwise would be emitted