Britain's electricity use is at its lowest for decades – but will never be this low again

Per capita electricity use was higher in the 1970s than today.

Noah Godfrey, Energy Data Analyst - PhD in Modelling Flexibility in Future UK Energy Systems, University of Birmingham • conversation
Jan. 22, 2021 ~7 min

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Affordable electric car battery aims to end ‘range anxiety’

A new long-lasting, quick-charging electric car battery may offer a way to ease drivers' "range anxiety"—the fear of running out of power.

A'ndrea Elyse Messer-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 20, 2021 ~5 min

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Biden plans to fight climate change in a way no U.S. president has done before

Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter explains how the new administration can mobilize all parts of his government as it faces five big climate challenges.

Bill Ritter Jr., Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~9 min

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Air pollution may contribute to Alzheimer’s and dementia risk – here's what we're learning from brain scans

The tiny air pollutants known as PM2.5, emitted by vehicles, factories and power plants, aren’t just a hazard for lungs. A study finds more brain shrinkage in older women exposed to pollution.

Jiu-Chiuan Chen, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California • conversation
Jan. 5, 2021 ~7 min

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Carbon emissions from ride hailing are worse than we knew

New research digs into carbon emissions from ride-hailing services with an eye towards disentangling those stats from other emissions sources.

U. Oregon • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~6 min

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Make drones sound less annoying by factoring in humans at the design stage

We've devised a way to factor in noise annoyance levels in drone design.

Antonio J Torija Martinez, Lecturer in Acoustic Engineering, University of Salford • conversation
Dec. 21, 2020 ~5 min

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To boost emissions reductions from electric vehicles, know when to charge

MIT researchers develop novel EV emissions model to quantify importance of vehicle charging patterns and impact of ambient temperature on EV emissions levels.

Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Dec. 17, 2020 ~8 min

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Fluorine may replace lithium for rechargeable batteries

Fluorine, a relatively abundant and light element, may be a good substitute for lithium without changing how long batteries last much.

Beth Miller-WUSTL • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~6 min

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Millions of electric cars will need charging in future – but how?

Any green industrial revolution will need lots more electric cars – we're experimenting to see what does and doesn't work.

Stephen Potter, Professor of Transport Strategy, The Open University • conversation
Dec. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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Hydrogen power: Firms join forces in bid to lower costs

The possibility of a future powered significantly by clean hydrogen takes a small step closer.

Dec. 8, 2020 ~3 min

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