Novel gas-capture approach advances nuclear fuel management

Multidisciplinary team uses metal organic frameworks to extract radioactive krypton from fuel-reprocessing gasses.

Peter Dunn | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
July 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: energy emissions research school-of-engineering collaboration national-science-foundation-nsf materials-science-and-engineering dmse nuclear-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe nuclear-power-and-reactors

Homes of wealthy Americans spew 25% more emissions

The giant houses of wealthy Americans offset progress toward lower greenhouse gas emissions, report researchers. See the map.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
July 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change money housing emissions featured earth-and-environment neighborhoods

Methane emissions hit record-breaking levels

Methane emissions have reached the highest levels on record, researchers say. And more than half of all methane emissions now come from human activities.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: climate-change methane maps emissions featured earth-and-environment

Decarbonize and diversify

How energy-intensive economies can survive and thrive as the globe ramps up climate action.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
July 15, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change energy environment economics policy carbon-dioxide greenhouse-gases russia emissions research technology-and-society mit-energy-initiative alternative-energy joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change

Uber or Lyft electric car swap saves 3X more carbon than yours

Swapping out a gas-powered Uber or Lyft vehicle with an electric car cuts emissions three times more than when an individual driver makes that switch, research finds.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
July 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: sustainability emissions transportation apps earth-and-environment vehicles

Dusty air ups infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new study in Sub-Saharan African shows that increases in dust air pollution boosts infant mortality. Climate change could make things even worse, too.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
July 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change pollution emissions childrens-health babies featured health-and-medicine sub-saharan-africa dust

A new approach to carbon capture

Researchers design an effective treatment for both exhaust and ambient air.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
July 9, 2020 ~15 min

Tags: sustainability energy environment climate pollution startups carbon greenhouse-gases emissions research carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie alumniae mit-energy-initiative chemical-engineering

Sun and permafrost make emissions outlook even bleaker

Arctic permafrost stores one trillion metric tons of carbon. New research on photomineralization suggests more of that carbon will be released.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
June 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change permafrost light emissions earth-and-environment

Stiffer roadways could improve truck fuel efficiency

Study finds simple changes in road resurfacing practices could improve gas mileage for heavy vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability greenhouse-gases infrastructure emissions research transportation automobiles carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology concrete concrete-sustainability-hub

CO2 emissions have dropped 17% during pandemic

The drop in carbon dioxide emissions during the COVID-19 pandemic shows we can change our energy-hungry behavior—and how much further we have to go.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change covid-19 pollution carbon-dioxide emissions earth-and-environment

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