“The simple strategy that utilities can use to cut carbon pollution”

"When demand on the electricity grid is high, additional power plants may need to be switched on to meet the demand. Firing up a power plant is expensive for the utility. And, the backup plants tend to be older and more polluting. So, to even out demand on the grid, many utilities across the U.S. offer dynamic pricing plans. That means they charge less for electricity at off-peak times. Some utilities even alert customers by text or e-mail when demand is expected to be high. This encourages people to shift some of their energy use – for example, running the dishwasher or dryer overnight instead of in the evening. Gulezian: “You don’t need to change your life dramatically. It’s small changes.”"

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/06/how-utilities-can-cut-carbon-pollution/?popupally_stop=subscriber

“Key ‘step forward’ in cutting cost of removing CO2 from air”

"Carbon Engineering has published a peer-reviewed study showing that they can capture carbon for under $100 a tonne. This would be a major advance on the current price of around $600 per tonne. The company says their immediate goal is to produce synthetic liquid fuels made from carbon and renewable energy."

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44396781

“Big Oil Is Investing Billions in Renewable Energy. Here’s Where and How”

"If the future of energy were a storybook, then renewable energy would play the part of the hero. That would leave oil and gas producers as the villains -- and it's not difficult to see why. The transportation, electricity generation, and industrial sectors account for 78% of America's total carbon emissions. A couple of famous oil spills don't really help from the PR perspective, either. "

https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/06/04/big-oil-is-investing-billions-in-renewable-energy.aspx

“Bendable concrete, with a design inspired by seashells, can make US infrastructure safer and more durable”

"Spring construction season is underway, and many tons of concrete will be used in the coming months. Unfortunately, concrete is a brittle material: Placed under stress, it cannot bend very far before it fractures. Some pavements that are being poured now will crack within a few years and require expensive repairs. New concrete will be mixed, and the cycle will start again. But a better solution is in view. My laboratory at the University of Michigan, along with many other laboratories around the world, has shown it is possible to make concrete more ductile – that is, bendable without fracturing. Bendable concrete makes infrastructure safer, extends its service life and reduces maintenance costs and resource use."

https://theconversation.com/bendable-concrete-with-a-design-inspired-by-seashells-can-make-us-infrastructure-safer-and-more-durable-93621

“New Device Produces Water From Thin Air – No Electricity Required”

"WATER IS ALL around us. The only problem is that it remains trapped in the atmosphere until the right conditions release it as rain or snow. Now Omar Yaghi, a chemistry professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has helped find a way to grab that water anytime we need it."

https://www.newsdeeply.com/water/community/2018/05/31/new-device-produces-water-from-thin-air-no-electricity-required

“Self-driving technology is going to change a lot more than cars”

"When people think about self-driving cars, they naturally think about, well, cars. They imagine a future where they buy a new car that has a "self drive" button that takes them wherever they want to go. That will happen eventually. But the impact of self-driving technology is likely to be much broader than that. Our roads are full of trucks, taxis, buses, shuttles, delivery vans, and more—all of these vehicles will have self-driving equivalents within a decade or two."

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/05/self-driving-technology-is-going-to-change-a-lot-more-than-cars/

“April was Earth’s 400th warmer-than-normal month in a row”

"In every single month after February 1985, the average global temperature has been warmer than normal — 400 months in a row. Anyone born after that month has never experienced a “cool” month for Earth, let alone a normal one. It’s certainly a milestone for the planet, but it’s not surprising and it’s nothing new."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/05/18/april-was-earths-400th-warmer-than-normal-month-in-a-row/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.42b234012baf

“Can seaweed make cow burps less potent? These UC Davis scientists hope to find out”

"Early indications of a UC Davis study show feeding dairy cows seaweed may reduce methane emissions caused by their belching, the university announced Thursday. UC Davis animal science professor Ermias Kebreab and animal biology PhD candidate Breanna Roque separated 12 Holstein cows into three groups, two of which received different doses of seaweed in their feed and one of which got no seaweed at all."

http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/environment/article211864964.html

“12 destinations travelers might want to avoid in 2018”

"Tourism backlash has been in full effect over the past 12 months, with several destinations announcing they'd had enough of foreign visitors flooding their streets or disrupting their fragile ecosystems. Unsurprisingly, this has posed a a dilemma for mindful travelers planning their next vacation."

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/places-to-avoid-2018/index.html

“This Machine Transforms Waste Into Walls”

"Forget Bitcoin. The hottest potential new currency lies in our trash bins, Arthur Huang says, and he’s built a portable recycling plant to prove it. His solar-powered Trashpresso turns plastic waste into small tiles that can be used to build walls and floors."

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/genius-arthur-huang-plastic-waste-planet-trashpresso/