Scientists make first detection of exotic “X” particles in quark-gluon plasma

The findings could redefine the kinds of particles that were abundant in the early universe.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 21, 2022 ~7 min

An energy revolution is possible – but only if leaders get imaginative about how to fund it

Providing government subsidies for emerging clean technologies could unlock their transformative potential.

Michael Grubb, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, UCL • conversation
Jan. 19, 2022 ~5 min

Batteries get hyped, but pumped hydro provides the vast majority of long-term energy storage essential for renewable power – here’s how it works

A team of researchers found 35,000 pairs of existing reservoirs, lakes and old mines in the US that could be turned into long-term energy storage – and they don’t need dams on rivers.

Matthew Stocks, Research Fellow, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, Australian National University • conversation
Jan. 19, 2022 ~8 min

Renewables are cheaper than ever – so why are household energy bills only going up?

New means of generating electricity need new energy markets.

Michael Grubb, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, UCL • conversation
Jan. 18, 2022 ~8 min

Ireland has the wind and seas to become an offshore superpower

The coming year will reveal if the country is serious about developing its wind energy.

Aldert Otter, PhD Researcher, Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland, University College Cork • conversation
Jan. 18, 2022 ~6 min

Why lowering everyone's energy bills is a better solution than targeting only the most vulnerable

Means-testing support for fuel-poor households will leave millions in hardship.

Neil Simcock, Lecturer in Human Geography, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
Jan. 14, 2022 ~7 min

Unusually calm and cloudy weather led to resurgence in fossil fuel use in 2021

Calm and cloudy days led to a resurgence in fossil fuel use.

Noah Godfrey, Energy Data Analyst - PhD in Modelling Flexibility in Future UK Energy Systems, University of Birmingham • conversation
Jan. 14, 2022 ~7 min

Pricing carbon, valuing people

New research suggests ways to optimize US climate policy design for a just energy transition.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
Jan. 12, 2022 ~6 min

What is wishcycling? Two waste experts explain

Tossing something into your recycling bin that can’t be processed does more harm than good.

Kate O'Neill, Professor of Global Environmental Politics, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Jan. 12, 2022 ~5 min

A 21st-century reinvention of the electric grid is crucial for solving the climate change crisis

Renewable energy is expanding at a record pace, but still not fast enough. Here are the key areas to watch for progress in bringing more wind and solar into the power grid in 2022.

Jeffrey Logan, Associate Director of Energy Policy and Analysis, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Jan. 12, 2022 ~10 min