How should the United States power its economy in 2050? A recent survey finds surprising agreement from Americans of all political stripes.
May 5, 2020 • ~9 min
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Coal could someday be used to make a variety of useful devices, researchers suggest.
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The US is gradually shifting to lower-carbon energy sources, but the COVID-19 pandemic, an oil price crash and a likely recession are big speed bumps.
March 31, 2020 • ~8 min
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Air pollution kills thousands of Americans every year – here's a low-cost strategy to reduce the toll
A new study takes an innovative approach to reducing fine particle air pollution and spotlights key sources: factories that burn coal and oil, petrochemical plants and burning wood for home heating.
Feb. 21, 2020 • ~9 min
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Air pollution from electricity generation led to 16,000 early deaths in the US in 2014, research finds. And there are disparities in impact by race and location.
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Carbon capture technologies could actually produce more carbon dioxide than they suck up. Focusing on renewables is a better solution, researchers say.
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A new tool can spot contamination from coal fly ash. "Our hope is that this new tracer...will help us provide greater protection to communities at risk."
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Moving from coal to natural gas could help save a lot of water, but moving to renewables would use just a fraction of the water we use today for power.
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Changing the 2015 Coal Ash Rule risks contaminating water across the country with arsenic, selenium, hexavalent chromium, preliminary findings show.
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