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Archive: Science & Technology

11 Dec 2014

Will New Technologies Give Critical Boost to Solar Power?

by CHERYL KATZ
Promising new technologies, including more efficient photovoltaic cells that can harvest energy across the light spectrum, have the potential to dramatically increase solar power generation in the next two decades. But major hurdles remain. READ MORE

06 Nov 2014

What Is the Carbon Limit? That Depends Who You Ask

by FRED PEARCE
Scientists are offering widely varying estimates of how much carbon we can emit into the atmosphere without causing dangerous climate change. But establishing a so-called carbon budget is critical if we are to keep the planet a safe place to live in the coming century. READ MORE

27 Oct 2014

Innovations in Energy Storage Provide Boost for Renewables

by DAVE LEVITAN
Because utilities can't control when the sun shines or the wind blows, it has been difficult to fully incorporate solar and wind power into the electricity grid. But new technologies designed to store the energy produced by these clean power sources could soon be changing that. READ MORE

20 Oct 2014

Drive to Mine the Deep Sea Raises Concerns Over Impacts

by MIKE IVES
Armed with new high-tech equipment, mining companies are targeting vast areas of the deep ocean for mineral extraction. But with few regulations in place, critics fear such development could threaten seabed ecosystems that scientists say are only now being fully understood. READ MORE

08 Oct 2014

The Case for a Climate Goal Other Than Two Degrees Celsius

by DIANE TOOMEY
Scientists and climate negotiators have largely agreed that limiting global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius is an important goal. But political scientist David Victor disagrees, arguing that the benchmark is too simplistic and should be abandoned in favor of other indicators. READ MORE

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e360 digest

26 Nov 2014: Aerodynamic Upgrades to Large Trucks Would Cut Fuel Use Steeply

18 Nov 2014: Social Media Can Help Track Severity of Air Pollution, Researchers Say

14 Nov 2014: New Material Can Trap Powerful Greenhouse Gases Efficiently, Chemists Say

13 Nov 2014: Global Maps Detail Seasonal and Geographic Trends in Ocean Acidification

06 Nov 2014: Scientists Call For Greater Diversity of Viewpoints on Conservation

03 Nov 2014: Climate Impacts To Be Severe and Irreversible Without Emission Cuts, UN Says

24 Oct 2014: New Mapping Tool Shows U.S. Geothermal Plants and Heat Potential

17 Oct 2014: Pesticide Linked to Bee Deaths Does Not Improve Soybean Crops, EPA Finds

14 Oct 2014: Researchers Explain Puzzling Stability of Some Himalayan Glaciers

10 Oct 2014: Natural Gas Production Causing Large Methane Hotspot Over U.S. Southwest


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