New perovskite solar cell design could outperform existing commercial technologies

A new design for solar cells that uses inexpensive, commonly available materials could rival and even outperform conventional cells made of silicon.

Writing in the Oct. 21 edition of Science, researchers from Stanford and Oxford describe using tin and other abundant elements to create novel forms of perovskite -- a photovoltaic crystalline material that's thinner, more flexible and easier to manufacture than silicon crystals.

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Climate change paper studies carbon uptake in ecosystems

 

A new paper out Jan. 23 in the journal Nature Climate Change by University of Montana researcher Ashley Ballantyne delves into one of the great uncertainties in predicting future climate.

"Will ecosystems take up more carbon or release more carbon as the climate changes?" Ballantyne said. "This is a key question in trying to predict what the climate might look like in the future."

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Origin Energy ignores coal seam gas well leaks, whistleblower says

 

Statement of claim lodged at federal court alleges that a general manager said company calculated it was cheaper to pay fines than comply with regulations

 

Origin Energy has had a deliberate policy of ignoring coal seam gas wells that have been leaking and an offshore gas well that has potentially been leaking for more than a decade, a corporate whistleblower has alleged.

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More voters blame energy price rises on privatisation than renewables – polling

Only 17.7% of respondents in polling commissioned by GetUp believe renewable energy is the primary culprit

 

 

Australian voters have not been swayed by a campaign attempting to blame rising power prices on renewable energy, according to new polling commissioned by GetUp.

Conservative media, as well as the federal government, have been attacking renewable energy, blaming it for rising power bills as well as blackouts that were caused by extreme weather.

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Trump’s Border Wall Will Be Awful for the Environment

 

It will create millions of tons of carbon dioxide and cause ecological damage—but on the bright side, it may raise gas prices.

Donald Trump’s border wall doesn’t make financial sense. But it’s also a disaster in terms of the environment.

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Solar Team Great Britain designs the UK’s first family-sized solar-powered car

 

Solar Team Great Britain has created the UK’s first family-sized solar-powered car. The newly formed team has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them build what it hopes will win the title as the world’s fastest solar-powered car at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia, later this year.

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Top climate experts give their advice to Donald Trump

To fulfil his campaign slogan of “make America great again”, Donald Trump must back the boom in green technology – that was the message from the leading climate figures ahead of his inauguration as president on Friday.

Unleashing US innovation on the trillion-dollar clean technology market will create good US jobs, stimulate its economy, maintain the US’s political leadership around the globe and, not least, make the world a safer place by tackling climate change, the experts told the Guardian.

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Trump signals changing priorities, revises White House website to remove climate change

 

Just moments after President Donald Trump took the oath of office Friday, the official White House website was transformed into a set of policy pledges - and absence of them - that offered the broad contours of the Trump administration's top priorities, including fierce support for law enforcement and gun owners' rights to defend themselves, the disappearance of the outgoing White House's policy page on climate change and a notable lack of any directives involving former president Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

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More voters blame energy price rises on privatisation than renewables – polling

 

Only 17.7% of respondents in polling commissioned by GetUp believe renewable energy is the primary culprit

Australian voters have not been swayed by a campaign attempting to blame rising power prices on renewable energy, according to new polling commissioned by GetUp.

Conservative media, as well as the federal government, have been attacking renewable energy, blaming it for rising power bills as well as blackouts that were caused by extreme weather.

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2016 warmest year on record globally, NASA and NOAA data show

Earth's 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and NOAA. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures.

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