Climate Change Puts 40 Percent More People at Risk of Absolute Water Scarcity: Study

Water scarcity impacts people’s lives in many countries already today. Future population growth will increase the demand for freshwater even further. Yet in addition to this, on the supply side, water resources will be affected by projected changes in rainfall and evaporation. Climate change due to unabated greenhouse-gas emissions within our century is likely to put 40 percent more people at risk of absolute water scarcity than would be without climate change, a new study shows by using an unprecedented…

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World e-Waste Map Released

E-waste and managing its disposal in a safe way is a worldwide problem that won’t go away, especially as population numbers continue to grow. This e-waste map will assist individuals in understanding the scope of this danger. Annual world volume of end-of-life electronics expected to jump one-third to 65.4 million tonnes by 2017; New report details US generation and destinations of shipments of used electronics leaving households; methodology offers world guide By 2017, all of the year’s end-of-life refrigerators, TVs,…

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Can we turn unwanted carbon dioxide into electricity?

You can find more information from this AAAS press announcement  on the challenge of capturing and using unwanted carbon dioxide. New power plant design to expand use of geothermal energy in the US SAN FRANCISCO—Researchers are developing a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide (CO2) underground—and use it as a tool to boost electric power generation by at least 10 times compared to existing geothermal energy approaches. The technology to implement this design…

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Carbon capture technology could be vital for climate targets

The future availability of carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be pivotal in reaching ambitious climate targets, according to a new comprehensive study of future energy technologies from IIASA, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change, and the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum. The study, published in a special issue of the journal Climatic Change, provides an overview of the results of EMF27, a major research project combining 18 different global energy-economy models from research teams around the world. It examines the…

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IHS Report: China’s Power Market Will Overtake That of U.S. and Europe Combined by 2035

China’s power market demands in the last decade of robust economic expansion is unprecedented anywhere in the world, equally matched by the building out of its electric power infrastructure, which has more than tripled in the same period—and most of this growth fueled by coal. Today, however, environmental concerns and urban air pollution are prompting the authorities to opt for cleaner technologies while demand continues to surge. IHS, a global research and analytics firm, recently concluded a study on the…

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Deep Carbon Observatory scientists discover quick recipe for producing hydrogen

New formula for fast, abundant H2 production may help power fuel cells, helps explain expansive chemical-eating microbial communities of the deep Scientists in Lyon, a French city famed for its cuisine, have discovered a quick-cook recipe for copious volumes of hydrogen (H2). The breakthrough suggests a better way of producing the hydrogen that propels rockets and energizes battery-like fuel cells. In a few decades, it could even help the world meet key energy needs — without carbon emissions contributing to…

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Climate Change and the Oceans: Two Research Studies

The following news releases on climate change have been provided by EurekAlert. Sea-level rise to drive coastal flooding Review of studies show that sea-level rise, shoreline retreat will drive storm-related flooding Clamor about whether climate change will cause increasingly destructive tropical storms may be overshadowing a more unrelenting threat to coastal property — sea-level rise — according to a team of researchers writing in the journal Nature this week. After reviewing nearly 100 research studies, the scientists say accelerated sea-level rise certainly…

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NuScale Power Passes 100-Patent Mark for Small Modular Reactor Technology

With the recent validation of its evacuated containment patents in the US, Europe and Asia, NuScale Power, LLC, announced today that its portfolio now contains 108 patents granted or pending in 17 North American, European and Asian countries. NuScale’s robust patent development and protection program actively identifies and protects its designs and innovations in nuclear technology—focusing on key innovations for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs). NuScale’s portfolio includes patent filings related to advanced safety features, enhanced fuel performance, SMR scalability and modularity,…

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Asia’s Leading Environmental Show IE Expo 2014 Expands Sector for Air Pollution Control

Air pollution in China’s major cities hazardous to health IE expo 2014 During the next few years, environmental protection and improving the quality of the air in particular are one of the key topics facing the Chinese government. To adapt itself to the special needs of the Chinese market, IE expo 2014 is expanding the sector for air pollution control by adding new product categories. In doing so, it is reinforcing its leading position as China’s largest trade fair for…

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Financial decision makers need weather and climate information to manage risks

Climate change is no longer simply a political argument. Maximizing returns on financial investments depends on accurately understanding and effectively accounting for weather and climate risks, according to a new study by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program. The study also found that weather events create and exacerbate risks to financial investments by causing 1) direct physical impacts on the investments themselves, 2) degradation of critical supporting infrastructure, 3) changes in the availability of key resources, 4) changes to…

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Mitsubishi Electric 219 kW Photovoltaic System Installed at Bishamon Calif. Factory

Evidence of large clean energy systems continues to grow, like this large Mitsubishi solar PV system at a Bishamon Industries factory in Ontario, California. See the following press announcement. Mitsubishi Electric, a provider of high quality solar power technology, announced today the installation of a 219 kW photovoltaic (PV) system at Bishamon Industries Corporation’s factory in Ontario, Calif. In addition to reducing its impact on the environment, Bishamon expects to realize a 75 percent reduction in electricity costs by converting its factory to…

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How Farmers Could Mitigate Nitrous Oxide Emissions

Farmers may be able to help reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) by incorporating copper into crop fertilisation processes – according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Global agricultural emissions of the gas have increased by 20 per cent in the last century as a result of widespread use of nitrogen-based synthetic fertilizers. But new research into the processes of nutrient cycling published today reveals how farmers could mitigate the effects of this harmful…

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Global Carbon Emissions Set to Reach Record 36 Billion Tonnes in 2013

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again in 2013, reaching a record high of 36 billion tonnes – according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project, co-led by researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA). The 2.1 per cent rise projected for 2013 means global emissions from burning fossil fuel are 61 per cent above 1990 levels, the baseline year for the Kyoto…

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HIT technology being used in cleaning up and regenerating the seas

Received this note today from Graeme Croft at HydroInfra Technologies (HIT): You may already be aware of HIT technology being used in cleaning up and regenerating the seas Hydro Nano Gas (HNG) technology and what it can do to eliminate air pollution from power plants, shipping and other industries. Did you know that HNG is also being used to clean up the seas. Your readers need to know about this and the joint venture projects HIT is creating around the world…

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America Recycles Day on November 15th

Recycling, a great sustainable practice, has moved forward noticeably over the last few years but we still have a long way to go. Friday is America Recycles Day. Waste Management Corp provides some helpful tips on practicing good recycling. And if you haven’t yet started the practice of recycling, Friday is a great say to start. Or today! America Recycles Day is a great time to focus on the right way to recycle, says sponsor Waste Management. Waste Management is…

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Livermore researchers find tie between global precipitation and global warming

The rain in Spain may lie mainly on the plain, but the location and intensity of that rain is changing not only in Spain but around the globe. A new study by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists shows that observed changes in global (ocean and land) precipitation are directly affected by human activities and cannot be explained by natural variability alone. The research appears in the Nov. 11 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Emissions of…

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Princeton study: Amazon deforestation could mean droughts for western US

Understanding our interconnected and interdependent world: In research meant to highlight how the destruction of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere, Princeton University-led researchers report the total deforestation of the Amazon may significantly reduce rain and snowfall in the western United States, resulting in water and food shortages, and a greater risk of forest fires. The researchers report in the Journal of Climate that an Amazon stripped bare could mean 20 percent less rain for the coastal Northwest and…

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