Power outage costs remain a mystery years later

Following a storm that left Texans without electricity, water, and heat, a report shows the complete costs of power outages remain unknown years later.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
March 3, 2021 ~5 min

The Texas blackouts showed how climate extremes threaten energy systems across the US

There will be more weather-driven disasters like February's deep freeze in Texas, and energy planners aren't prepared.

Roshanak (Roshi) Nateghi, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
March 2, 2021 ~9 min

What's really driving coal power's demise?

Contrary to popular belief, falling natural gas prices didn't accelerate coal power plant retirements. Here's what did.

Jeffrey York, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
March 1, 2021 ~6 min

Letter demands action over 'UK nature in freefall'

Wildlife experts urge the Prime Minister to step up action on the loss of species in the UK.

March 1, 2021 ~2 min

Noisy natural gas equipment harms bird reproduction

New research shows how noise from natural gas pipeline compressors affects the reproductive success of some songbirds.

Jeff Mulhollem-Penn State • futurity
Feb. 25, 2021 ~7 min

Most pheasants sold for food 'contain lead shot'

Scientists say a pledge by shooting groups to phase out lead shot has had no detectable effect.

Feb. 24, 2021 ~4 min

Power outages across the Plains: 4 questions answered about weather-driven blackouts

Heat waves, droughts and deep freezes can all strain the electric grid, leading utilities to impose rolling blackouts. Climate change is likely to make these events more common.

Michael E. Webber, Josey Centennial Professor of Energy Resources, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
Feb. 16, 2021 ~9 min

Fossil fuel subsidies amount to hundreds of billions of dollars a year – here's how to get rid of them

The costs that fossil fuels impose on public health through air pollution alone are enormous.

Radek Stefanski, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of St Andrews • conversation
Feb. 11, 2021 ~7 min

Prehistoric pigments reveal how melanin has shaped bird and mammal evolution

The study reveals changes in the functions of melanin over 500 million years.

Valentina Rossi, PhD Researcher, Palaeobiology, University College Cork • conversation
Feb. 9, 2021 ~8 min

Nature: how do you put a price on something that has infinite worth?

People both for and against pricing biodiversity need to work together to protect the natural world.

Tom Oliver, Professor of Applied Ecology, University of Reading • conversation
Feb. 5, 2021 ~7 min