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Projected sea-level rise may be underestimated

The rate of sea-level rise in the past decades is greater than projected by the latest assessments of the IPCC, while global temperature increases in good agreement with its best estimates. This is shown by a new study.

Posted: Nov 28th, 2012

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A milestone along the way to CO2 free power plants

The 'carbonate-looping' method for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2), which has been researched at TU Darmstadt could reduce power-plant CO2 emissions by more than 90 %, while utilizing less energy and incurring less expense than former approaches.

Posted: Nov 28th, 2012

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4-degrees briefing for the World Bank: The risks of a future without climate policy

Humankind's emissions of greenhouse gases are breaking new records every year. Hence we're on a path towards 4-degree global warming probably as soon as by the end of this century. This would mean a world of risks beyond the experience of our civilization - including heat waves, especially in the tropics, a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people, and regional yield failures impacting global food security.

Posted: Nov 27th, 2012

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Synthetic molecule stores solar energy

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and UC Berkeley have developed a system which can store solar energy in chemical bonds. The system is based on a synthetic molecule that is changed by sunlight. The molecule can be transported and stored for several years and then used to generate heat on demand.

Posted: Nov 27th, 2012

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Rapid commercialization of sustainable energy technologies

Companies active in the energy sector will meet top researchers and university teachers in Stuttgart on December 10 and 11 at the KIC InnoEnergy Industry Conference. There, innovative approaches to future sustainable energy management in Europe will be presented.

Posted: Nov 26th, 2012

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Funneling the sun's energy

MIT engineers propose a new way of harnessing photons for electricity, with the potential for capturing a wider spectrum of solar energy.

Posted: Nov 26th, 2012

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Photovoltaics for agriculture

If the Sun's energy can be harnessed to power agricultural vehicles, our dependence on polluting fossil fuels and costly biofuels will decrease. New research is helping us to get closer to this vision.

Posted: Nov 25th, 2012

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Algae as alternative source of fuel

European scientists explored the prospect of using algae and other aquatic biomass (OAB) as innovative raw materials for biofuels production. By performing a full cycle analysis - from collection to fuel use - the project activities are expected to unlock the potential of algae for additional applications apart from energy.

Posted: Nov 25th, 2012

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