Reclaiming Appalachia: A Push to Bring Back Native Forests to Coal Country

Read the full story at e360. Previous efforts to restore former coal mine sites in Appalachia have left behind vast swaths of unproductive land. Now, a group of nonprofits and scientists are working to restore native trees to the region — even if it means starting the reclamation process from scratch.

Improved Sensors Could Reduce Energy Used for HVAC Systems

Read the full story The News. Engineering researchers at The University of Alabama are part of a nationwide project to find ways of reducing energy used to heat, cool, and ventilate buildings. Dr. Zheng O’Neill, UA assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is leading a team developing testing standards and control strategies for sensors used to …

Tracking Climate Changes – Neighborhood by Neighborhood

Read the full story from Johns Hopkins University. If you don’t like the weather, perhaps you could just move a few blocks away. Summer could be cooler, less smoggy, more healthy. Research supports the existence of these “microclimates” in urban areas, and Johns Hopkins University climate scientist Anna Scott wants to know more. She’s launched …

New Occupancy Detection Device Designed to Save Home Energy Use

Read the full story from the U.S. Department of Energy. Photoelectric infrared (PIR) sensors are the current choice for occupancy presence detection in buildings. The sensors are used for smart thermostats to control heating and cooling based on occupancy. A major problem is that these PIR sensors only detect individuals who are moving. A Stony …

Native fish species at risk following water removal from the Colorado River

Read the full story in Science Daily. Agriculture and domestic activities consume much of the Colorado River water that once flowed to the Colorado Delta and Northern Gulf of California. The nature and extent of impact of this fresh-water loss on the ecology and fisheries of the Colorado Delta and Gulf of California is controversial. …

How Much Food Do We Waste? Probably More Than You Think

Read the full story in the New York Times. Globally, we throw out about 1.3 billion tons of food a year, or a third of all the food that we grow. That’s important for at least two reasons. The less the world wastes, the easier it will be to meet the food needs of the …