Energy

Slender fish handing from a line between wooden posts with large trees, mountains, and a body of water in the background.

Sun-dried candlefish, also known as hooligan, eulachon, and oolichan. (Brodie Guy/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

George Washington University
Today, petroleum is one of Alaska's main exports, but the use of oil in the region goes back thousands of years to the Tlingit people's harvesting of lipid-dense and flammable candlefish. Can this history illuminate a way to a green-fueled future?
A field of shrubs under a cloudy sky.

Clouds hang low over Beaufort West, South Africa (Jaunita Swart/Unsplash)

George Washington University
Have we finally cracked the code on controlling the weather? A recent paper suggests that by using drones to charge up the water droplets in clouds, we can cause them to fall as rain.
Garden bed with green sprouts covered by a dome of plastic sheeting.

A hoop house composed with plastic sheeting and tubes provides cover for a raised garden in Washington, DC. (Lance Cheung/USDA (Public Domain Mark 1.0))

University of Maryland
University of Maryland international Ph.D. student Krisztina Christmon launched her award-winning idea of repurposing farm plastic as part of a university innovation challenge in 2020. One year later, she serves as CEO of Repurpose Farm Plastic LLC.
A red gas pump with yellow fuel option buttons.

Both experts and lawmakers expressed concern about how EPA policies might impact fuel costs, particularly in light of American prices hitting their highest level in eight years. (Photo courtesy of Dawn McDonald/Unsplash)

Northwestern University
As Charlotte Varnes reports, changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program could lead to wide-ranging economic impacts, experts told lawmakers during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing.
A white, green and blue bus with text that reads "Hydrogen Fuel Cell" parked in a terminal.

A hydrogen fuel cell bus in Sullivan Station in Boston, Massachusetts. (King TransitMA/Wikimedia Commons)

Northwestern University
As Jorja Siemons reports experts discuss clean hydrogen fuel's usefulness in Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources hearing Thursday.
A large, circular, blue piece of industrial equipment used to experiment on subatomic particles.

The muon “g minus 2” magnet has a radius of 7m and operates at negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The rotational spin of muons is measured as they travel through the ring’s magnetic field. The ring was transported 3,200 miles from New York to Illinois over three days and travelled by barge and along toll roads to reach its destination. (Reidar Hahn/FERMILAB)

Northwestern University
After 10 years of logistical planning, Fermilab recently confirmed that previous experimentation on subatomic particles called muons may suggest the existence of an undiscovered 18th particle, report Poonam Narotam and Fiona Skeggs.

The 146 megawatt peak (MWp) Bolero Solar PV plant is located in the Atacama Desert in Chile. (Antonio Garcia/Unsplash)

George Washington University
Today's COP26 theme is energy. Get up to speed on industry topics and then check out some new renewable energy projects that can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels for energy.

(Narupon Promvichai/Pixabay)

Planet Forward Advisory Council | Holland & Knight
The Road to COP26 | Despite the challenging circumstances, continuing these international climate change negotiations remains essential to move the planet forward — and this COP meeting will be an important one.
Robert Rosner and Suzet McKinney stand on either side of the Doomsday Clock, which reads "It is 100 seconds to midnight."

Robert Rosner, left, chair of the Bulletin Science and Security Board, and board member Suzet McKinney unveil the time on the Doomsday Clock at a Zoom news conference on Jan. 27. Rosner is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Chicago, and McKinney is CEO and executive director of the Illinois Medical District. (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

Northwestern University
Scientists sound the alarm on climate change and nuclear risk as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced the 2021 time for its historic clock, which counts down to a “midnight” apocalypse. Carlyn Kranking reports.

New York restaurant, Blue Hill, was one of the first to prioritize ultra-local sourcing. (Lou Stejskal)

The George Washington University
To lower their environmental impact, restaurants are transitioning their operations to be more sustainable and climate friendly.

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