Identifying water contamination from fossil fuel development using geochemical and isotopic fingerprints

Duke University Thesis Fossil fuels continue to be a major component of the energy economies in North America, accounting for 60% of electricity generation in the U.S. Recent incidences (i.e. spills) and limited regulation of the fossil fuel industry has generated public concern about the risks fossil fuel development pose to water resources. Previous studies have identified negative impacts on …

Next System Project Comparative Framework

By The Next System Project.  These questions were developed to guide authors in our “New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals” series. Core Goals. Briefly, what are the principal, core goals your model or system seeks to realize? [Partly, this is a question about the scope of the conceptualization you have developed, so be sure to note whether it speaks to economic, …

Water is getting much, much more expensive in these 30 cities.

By sarah.frostenson@vox.com May 19, 2017 Water utility prices in the US continue to march upward, and now as many as a third of Americans may be unable to pay their monthly water bill. In the past seven years, water rates in the US have climbed more than 50 percent on average, according to a new survey of water rates in 30 …

Traffic-related air pollution linked to DNA damage in children

Science Daily, 19 May 2017 This study adds to previous evidence that air pollution causes oxidative stress, which can damage lipids, proteins, and DNA. Credit: © Pink Badger / Fotolia  Children and teens exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution have evidence of a specific type of DNA damage called telomere shortening, reports a study in the May Journal …

Electric car profitability date moves up once again

UBS: Chevy Bolt Powertrain $4,600 Cheaper Than Thought, Tesla Model 3 Likely To Be Profitable By Steve Hanley, May 20th, 2017, Originally published on Gas2. Analysts for UBS have torn apart a perfectly good Chevy Bolt to see how it is put together. What they found led them to make this rather startling announcement:  the “total cost of consumer ownership [of …

Likelihood of citywide bans is slowly pushing diesel cars out of Europe

By James Ayre, Clean Technica, May 21st, 2017  The threat of citywide bans in various large cities in Europe seems to be slowly killing the diesel car market, going by recent sales figures in key markets there. In particular, diesel car sales in France and Spain have been falling particularly rapidly. And sales in other large markets such as the UK …

Light pole charge system for electric vehicles

By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, May 20th, 2017. Originally published on Gas2. A year ago, BMW’s carsharing program known as ReachNow folded up shop in San Francisco and moved to Seattle. The service began with 370 cars, including electric BMW i3 sedans and conventional 3 Series and MINI offerings. A year later, the ReachNow fleet has grown to more than …

Unsubsidized offshore wind power just won a German power auction – offshore wind is steady, stronger, and close to population centers

BNEF: As natural gas and coal plants are increasingly idled in favor of renewables, their capacity factors will take a big hit, and lifetime cost of those plants goes up. Think of them as the expensive back-up power for cheap renewables. Offshore wind won a German power auction without needing any subsidies: As prices plummet, offshore wind is now competitive with …

95% of U.S. Car Miles Will Be Traveled in Self-Driving, Electric, Shared Vehicles by 2030

Business Wire, May 4, 2017 LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A historic revolution in transportation will end over 100 years of individual vehicle ownership and reshape the world’s energy economy in the process. That’s according to a groundbreaking new research report, Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the ICE Vehicle and Oil Industries.   Assuming existing …