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NASA chief gets airborne mission updates at Langley

Nov. 02–Poster boards, videos, big screens and small planes were on display Friday as NASA chief Charles Bolden flew into Hampton for a quick briefing on key airborne missions operating out of NASA Langley Research Center. It was a chance for scientists, engineers and pilots to tout their successes and their relevance as they research [...]

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New Earth and Marine Science and Technology centre

The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University are joining forces to create a new centre for earth and marine science and technology. Based in Edinburgh, the Sir Charles Lyell Centre will be one of Europe’s leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences. Jointly funded by UK and Scottish funders, [...]

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Report: Urban underground holds sustainable energy

Vast energy sources are slumbering below big cities. Sustainable energies for heating in winter and cooling in summer may be extracted from heated groundwater aquifers. Researchers from KIT and ETH Zurich developed an analytical heat flux model and found that increasing heat in the underground is mainly caused by an increase in surface temperatures and [...]

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Mapping Mangroves for Our Carbon Future

A new study of 35 countries maps out the amount of carbon stored by mangrove ecosystems in various parts of the world in hopes of learning from the mangrove’s elusive carbon-storing system courtesy of Mother Nature. Mapping these mangrove hotspots is critical to our energy future, scientists say, because understanding how they store carbon could [...]

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Current-tracking drone subs to help improve climate predictions

The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has announced funding for two projects in collaboration with the US to study the circulation of water in the Atlantic that keep Europe’s climate mild and how it could be affected by changing global temperatures. One of the projects, known as OSNAP, involves mooring monitoring arrays that reach [...]

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Cleveland’s Climate Action Plan boils down to conservation and efficiency

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The city of Cleveland’s Climate Action Plan may sound a bit grandiose, but much of its comes down to two words — conservation and efficiency. Those are old ideas now wrapped into the more comprehensive concept called sustainability. Trees, for example, are seen as a bulwark if planted in huge numbers against [...]

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Climate change is real, NREL director tells Cleveland sustainability summit

CLEVELAND — Global climate change is already happening, a veteran engineering energy expert told the 500 people attending the City of Cleveland’s fifth annual sustainability summit Friday. “Climate change is real and we need to do something about it,” said Charles F. Kutscher, engineer and director of the Thermal Systems Group at the National Renewable [...]

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Energy Saving Trees mapping program helps Texas homeowners pick better spots to plant

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A new online tool could help Texas homeowners save money and energy based on where they plant trees. Texas A&M Forest Service officials in College Station on Tuesday announced the Energy Saving Trees program. The free program has a web-based mapping tool that lets homeowners compare energy savings based on amount [...]

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An International Standard to Boost Carbon Trading

by Jamie Gairns Please Note: The author, Jamie Gairns of Offsetters, is on the agenda of the OGC Energy & Utilities Domain Working Group (E&U DWG) webinar to be held from 1745 CET to 1840 CET (1145 EST to 1240 EST) on September 23, 2013. The title of his presentation is, “Why the development of [...]

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New online tool maps out sites for CO2 storage

A new online tool mapping out potential sites for carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been launched by The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey. The upgrade to the ‘CO2 Stored’ website will give easier access to information about the capacity and characteristics of possible storage locations under the UK’s seabed. Users will be [...]

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