Both conservatives and liberals want a green energy future, but for different reasons

How should the United States power its economy in 2050? A recent survey finds surprising agreement from Americans of all political stripes.

Shahzeen Attari, Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change energy public-opinion fossil-fuels regulation oil coal renewable-energy us-energy-policy natural-gas energy-prices energy-subsidies

Dirty carbon reveals a sophisticated side

Coal could someday be used to make a variety of useful devices, researchers suggest.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: electronics carbon coal research invention school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse

COVID-19 will slow the global shift to renewable energy, but can't stop it

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.

Peter Fox-Penner, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Professor of Practice, Questrom School of Business, Boston University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  china  solar-power  fossil-fuels  supply-chains  coronavirus-2020  recession  coal  renewable-energy  wind-energy  oil-prices  energy-transition  electricity-generation

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.

Yang Ou, Postdoctoral Associate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory • conversation
Feb. 21, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  air-pollution  regulation  oil  coal  wood  particulates  us-environmental-protection-agency  air-pollution-and-health

Air pollution from power plants is killing people

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.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Nov. 21, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: pollution death electricity fossil-fuels united-states coal featured earth-and-environment health-and-medicine race-and-ethnicity

Carbon capture might not be such a great idea

Carbon capture technologies could actually produce more carbon dioxide than they suck up. Focusing on renewables is a better solution, researchers say.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Oct. 28, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change electricity carbon-dioxide coal renewable-energy earth-and-environment

Lead isotopes reveal coal fly ash contamination

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."

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
Oct. 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: pollution soil lead isotopes coal earth-and-environment

Shift away from coal saves billions of gallons of water

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.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
Oct. 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: sustainability water coal renewable-energy natural-gas earth-and-environment

Coal ash rule would risk putting carcinogen in water

Changing the 2015 Coal Ash Rule risks contaminating water across the country with arsenic, selenium, hexavalent chromium, preliminary findings show.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
Oct. 7, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: cancer pollution water coal earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Air pollution causes birth defects and fetal death in rats

A new study shows the dire effects of air pollution during pregnancy.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
May 28, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: pregnancy pollution birth-defects coal earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

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