New research suggests that getting depressed when it's cold and dreary outside may not be as common as is often believed.
In a study recently published online in the Journal of Affective Disorders, researchers found that neither time of year nor weather conditions influenced depressive symptoms. However, lead author David Kerr of Oregon State University said this study does not negate the existe ... read more >>
A new Energy Department study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) indicates that by 2025 wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies, if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations.
The report, "Beyond Renewable Portfolio Standards: An Assessment of Regional Supply and Demand Conditions ... read more >>
The radioactive ocean plume from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster will reach the shores of the US within three years from the date of the incident but is likely to be harmless according to new paper in the journal Deep-Sea Research 1.
While atmospheric radiation was detected on the US west coast within days of the incident, the radioactive particles in the ocean plume take considerably ... read more >>
Though little precipitation fell from the clouds last summer across central Ohio, David Brandt’s healthy soil delivered what the sky could not—moisture to his thirsty crops.
At harvest time, while other farmers in the area averaged only 60-70 bushels of corn per acre, Brandt’s yield was nearly twice that. He attributes the difference to the health and vitality of his soil — and his use of cover ... read more >>
Los Angeles County firefighters hike on a fire line near Groveland, California, as smoke rises from the massive Rim Fire burning near Yosemite National Park.
Now into its tenth day, the Rim Fire threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Fire crews have contained about 20 percent of the wildfire, which has burned some 160,000 acres—an area about the size of Chicago.
"There have be ... read more >>
The large wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has already consumed more than 184,000 acres, and shows no signs of slowing down. The blaze, which has been dubbed “Rim Fire,” is now the largest fire in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and one of the largest in California’s history.
The Rim Fire is one of more than 30 blazes currently churning across the West. And a combination o ... read more >>
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), Dr. Katharina Six, Dr. Silvia Kloster, Dr. Tatiana Ilyina, the late Dr. Ernst Maier-Reimer and two co-authors from the US, demonstrate that ocean acidification may amplify global warming through the biogenic production of the marine sulfur component dimethylsulphide (DMS). ... read more >>
India is set to take a definite step towards opening the offshore wind energy sector to the developers. After deliberations for several months, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) is set to launch the National Offshore Wind Energy Authority (NOWA) to proliferate deployment of offshore wind energy projects in the county. ... read more >>
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Lake Michigan Wind Energy Act earlier this month, but don’t expect wind farms to pop up in the lake anytime soon. ... read more >>
In the past few years, there has been a lot of lip service paid to utility consumer engagement. Some of the push comes from regulators as they task utilities to educate customers about smart grid investment. For other utilities, it is about forging new relationships to get residential customers involved in demand response or energy efficiency programs. ... read more >>