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Map reveals worldwide impacts of climate change

Scientists from the University of Southampton have helped to create a new map, which shows the impact climate change could have on the whole planet by the end of the century, if carbon emissions continue to increase.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2014

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Are ants the answer to carbon dioxide sequestration?

A 25-year-long study provides the first quantitative measurement of in situ calcium-magnesium silicate mineral dissolution by ants, termites, tree roots, and bare ground. This study reveals that ants are one of the most powerful biological agents of mineral decay yet observed. It may be that an understanding of the geobiology of ant-mineral interactions might offer a line of research on how to 'geoengineer' accelerated carbon dioxide consumption by calcium-magnesium silicates.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2014

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Improving the cost and efficiency of renewable energy storage

Scientists have developed a method for improving the catalysis of water-splitting reactions used for storing wind and solar energy. The method chemically peels off the outermost surface of a catalyst, thereby maximizing its active surface for the reaction.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2014

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Postcards from the photosynthetic edge

Using the world's most powerful x-ray laser, an international collaboration led by Berkeley Lab researchers took femtosecond 'snapshots' of water oxidation in photosystem II, the only known biological system able to harness sunlight for splitting the water molecule. The results should help advance the development of artificial photosynthesis for clean, green and renewable energy.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2014

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A livable city solution: The powerful potential of microgrids

As urban growth increases stress on global systems, researchers are working to develop solutions that contribute to the livability of future cities. When it comes to urban energy - and its ever-increasing consumption - they believe resiliency, reliability and accessibility will be critical factors in ensuring a sustainable supply.

Posted: Jul 8th, 2014

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Efficient, durable and affordable: On the road to the super battery

In the future more and more cars will fill up with electricity instead of petrol - ideally, electricity from wind, water or solar energy. A prerequisite for the energy turnaround is the availability of efficient storage media. Scientists at the Technische Universität München are working on the optimal battery cell.

Posted: Jul 8th, 2014

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New DOE grant to support research on energy-efficient manufacturing

The work will focus on developing 'sustainable catalysis', finding ways to increase the energy efficiency of the manufacture of important chemicals used in huge quantities to produce products that are part of our everyday life, and use renewable materials to make those chemicals, ideally having them begin their lives as biomass, rather than as petrochemicals.

Posted: Jul 8th, 2014

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