Climate

Is Tree Pollen More Allergic in Polluted Areas?

Is Tree Pollen More Allergic in Polluted Areas?

If you live in a polluted neighborhood, allergy season could be worse for you. A new study published in PLOS ONE Wednesday found that silver birch trees growing in more polluted areas of Poland had higher levels of the allergen Bet v1. “This research aligns with previous studies that have found that levels of allergic […]

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    Iceberg Nearly the Size of London Breaks Away From Antarctica

    Iceberg Nearly the Size of London Breaks Away From Antarctica

    A gigantic iceberg nearly the size of Greater London has broken free from the 492-foot-thick Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Cracks that had been developing naturally in the ice shelf over the past few years had expanded across the entire shelf, causing the iceberg to finally calve on Sunday, according to a British Antarctic Survey […]

    Distributed Renewables Are Cheaper, More Reliable for Puerto Rico, Study Finds

    Distributed Renewables Are Cheaper, More Reliable for Puerto Rico, Study Finds

    Dramatically expanding rooftop solar and battery storage is necessary for Puerto Rico to meet its renewable energy goals and doing so would make the territory’s grid more reliable, resilient, and affordable, a new DOE and FEMA report says. Despite the island’s obvious solar and wind energy potential, 97% of its power generation comes from fossil fuels. […]

    U.S. Gas Use Peaked Before Pandemic, Study Finds

    U.S. Gas Use Peaked Before Pandemic, Study Finds

    U.S. gasoline demand is unlikely to return to pre-pandemic highs, an important climate milestone since transportation is the leading contributor to the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.  In 2018, U.S. drivers consumed a record high of nearly 392 million gallons of gas per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (IEA). Now, that number is […]

    New App Shows Air Pollution Levels at London Tube Stations

    New App Shows Air Pollution Levels at London Tube Stations

    While taking public transit can help reduce pollution compared to individuals driving personal vehicles on the roads, there are some elements that leave more to be desired from passengers. For London Underground, the public rail often referred to as The Tube, poor air quality at various city stations has been a main concern. In response, […]

    ‘Wood Banks’ Provide Critical Heat as Gas Prices Spike

    ‘Wood Banks’ Provide Critical Heat as Gas Prices Spike

    With methane gas heating bills projected to be 28% higher than last winter, “wood banks” have become increasingly critical sources of heating fuel for people living on low- and fixed-incomes, The Guardian reports. About half of U.S. homes burn methane gas for heat, making those families especially vulnerable to price shocks driven by gas exports […]

    Low-Carbon Concrete: Is the Future Now?

    Low-Carbon Concrete: Is the Future Now?

    Concrete is the second most widely used material on Earth, behind only water. But concrete has also historically been detrimental to our environment. According to a study published in 2019, the combination of the calcination during the making of concrete, which in many locations uses coal or natural gas as the primary heat source, as […]