Atomically controlled MXenes enable cost-effective green hydrogen production

A research team led by Dr. Albert Sung Soo Lee at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) with collaboration with Professor Chong Min Koo’s group at Sungkyunkwan University has developed an oxidatively stable molybdenum-based MXene as electrocatalyst support in anion exchange membrane water electrolyzers.

From winter’s rest to spring’s bloom: PmDAM6 gene steers plant bud dormancy

This pivotal study explores the genetic orchestration of bud dormancy in woody perennials, a survival strategy crucial for enduring harsh climates. It focuses on the PmDAM6 gene, revealing its regulatory effects on lipid metabolism and phytohormone dynamics within dormant meristems, which dictate the plant’s seasonal transition from rest to growth.

From fields to policy: Conserving China’s agricultural heritage systems

Agricultural heritage systems, the custodians of ancient farming practices, face unprecedented challenges from climate change and urbanization. This study presents a detailed geographical analysis coupled with strategic management approaches to conserve these invaluable systems.

From space to swamp: innovative AI method classifies mangrove species with unprecedented accuracy

Mangrove ecosystems, vital for biodiversity and climate change mitigation, face challenges in monitoring and conservation due to their complex species composition. A new study introduces an AI-driven approach to classify mangrove species with remarkable accuracy, potentially transforming conservation efforts.

Hurricanes Cooking up an Intense Season

The onset of the hurricane season has brought renewed attention to the impacts and preparedness efforts necessary to mitigate the damage caused by these powerful storms. The increasing intensity and frequency of hurricanes are attributed to global warming and climate change, posing significant risks to lives, property, and economies.

Cucumbers fight back: new study uncovers genetic key to overcoming water stress

A pivotal study has shed light on the genetic underpinnings of cucumbers’ ability to withstand waterlogging. The research identifies a key gene, CsPrx73, which is instrumental in the development of adventitious roots and the neutralization of harmful reactive oxygen species (ROS), offering a promising avenue for improving crop resilience in waterlogged conditions.

Energy saving and economic competitiveness of solar desiccant cooling technology – A case study of the Moroccan Kingdom

Abstract As many countries in the world, Morocco is vulnerable to climate change having direct impacts on its main economic sectors highly dependent on natural resources. This is exemplified, among other things, by long periods of drought, increase of average…

Application of photovoltaics on different types of land in China: Opportunities, status and challenges

Abstract Addressing pressing issues such as global climate change, dwindling fossil fuel reserves, and energy structure transitions, there is a global consensus on harnessing photovoltaic (PV) technology. As PV projects burgeon, they intensify the demand for land resources. Given land’s scarcity, its efficient…

UAlbany State Weather Risk Communication Center Director Available to Discuss Extreme Heat

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 17, 2024) — An intense heat wave is bringing record-breaking temperatures to the eastern United States this week, including the Capital Region. Today, temperatures in the Albany area are expected to reach close to 90 degrees, with…

Phosphorylation: the molecular key to birch trees’ drought endurance

Researchers have elucidated the pivotal function of the BpNAC90 gene’s phosphorylation in birch trees, which is essential for their drought tolerance. This discovery in gene expression regulation presents a significant step towards engineering plants with enhanced resilience to arid conditions, offering a strategic approach to combat the impacts of climate change on vegetation.

Innovative Material for Sustainable Building

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) introduce a polymer-based material with unique properties in the latest issue of the journal Nature Communications. This material allows sunlight to enter, maintains a more comfortable indoor climate without additional energy, and cleans itself like a lotus leaf. The new development could replace glass components in walls and roofs in the future

Coastal ecosystems: cracking the code

UC Irvine associate professor of ecology & evolutionary biology studies how warmer ocean water is affecting marine ecosystems, particularly the alarming reality that climate change often favors invasive species over native ones. Cascade Sorte has spent her career unraveling the mysteries of Earth’s changing oceans.

Boots on the Ground

In February 2016, 215 soldiers from the U.S. and Canadian militaries conducted a 10-day exercise called Arctic Ram. Their objective was to demonstrate they could rapidly respond to an emergency in the Arctic. In this case, they simulated retrieving a military satellite that crash-landed north of the small town of Resolute on Cornwallis Island in Nunavut, Canada.

Researchers Identify Priority Areas That Deliver on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Health

To meet the imperative of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework target, which seeks to protect at least 30 percent of the planet by 2030, researchers in an essay in PLOS Biology argue that “conservation areas need to be large enough to encompass functioning ecosystems and their associated biodiversity, and located in areas of high ecological integrity.”

90% of Floridians Believe Climate Change is Happening

FAU’s latest “Florida Climate Resilience Survey” found that 90% of Floridians believe that climate change is happening. Belief in human-caused climate change has surged among Florida Independents while slipping among Republicans. Despite these changes, the survey found enduring support among Floridians for increased government action to address the consequences of a warming planet.

New technique by NUS scientists to transform waste carbon dioxide into high-value chemicals achieves cost reduction of about 30%

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore has developed a novel technique to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) from treated flue gas directly into high-value chemicals and fuels. This innovation sidesteps the conventional approach of using high-purity CO2 for electrochemical reduction processes, achieving significant cost savings of about 30%.

Agricultural management practices evaluated in new nitrous oxide accounting method

Most analyses point to agriculture as the major source of nitrous oxide (N2O) globally. But there are a lot of variables within agriculture that can affect emissions. A recent University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign study provides a comprehensive accounting for these factors, finding, among other things, that long-term no-till management can effectively cut N2O emissions.

UC Irvine’s Adriana Briscoe is elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Renowned evolutionary biologist Adriana Darielle Mejía Briscoe of the University of California, Irvine has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She joins a class of 144 scientists from around the world being recognized this year for their outstanding accomplishments in original research.

At the Climate READi workshop: Resilient power systems in the context of climate change

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other institutions joined industry stakeholders in exploring solutions for power grid climate resilience at the Climate READi Southeast workshop co-hosted by EPRI and ORNL’s Water Power Program on April 10-11.

A new report from the American Lung Association shows nearly 40% of people across the U.S. are living in areas that are heavily polluted.

Susan Anenberg, Director of the GW Climate & Health Institute, and associate professor of environmental and occupational health. Anenberg’s research focuses on the health implications of air pollution and climate change. Recently her team published two studies finding links between…

Wilkes Center at University of Utah announces 7 finalists for the $500,000 Climate Solutions Launch Prize

The Wilkes Climate Launch Prize is one of the largest university-affiliate climate awards in the world and is geared to spur innovation and breakthroughs. The prize is specifically calibrated to support unconventional or first-of-a-kind projects that often have difficulty getting funding.

Penn Medicine marks Earth Day by signing national Health Sector Climate Pledge

In a public commitment to become the most environmentally friendly health care organization in the nation and lead the industry to reduce its outsized impact on climate change, Penn Medicine has signed the ambitious Health Sector Climate Pledge, promising to significantly cut and, eventually, eliminate its carbon emissions by 2042.