Monthly Archives: March 2011

Careers series: How do I get a job in solar?

Careers series: How do I get a job in solar?

While solar power is still a long way from becoming the world’s dominant energy supply, there are plenty of companies out there working to establish a presence in this burgeoning industry. To find out more about the types of jobs available in solar power, and how to go about landing one, we spoke to employees […] … learn more→

Creative arts a space of fertility for educational research

Creative arts a space of fertility for educational research

The time seems to have come for the creative arts to take their place as a serious discipline within the academy. They may well be the catalyst and the synergizing force that will force the experts to start digging the right holes in the right places in just the right way. … learn more→

From the White House to Facebook: Robert Gibbs

From the White House to Facebook: Robert Gibbs

The New York Times is reporting that Facebook, in an effort to “protect” itself, may hire former press secretary Robert Gibbs to provide the company with a footing in Washington. The man who famously dubbed smart people in the media, some of who put his employer in the White House, could be working for a corporation […] … learn more→

Whale and dolphin death toll during Deepwater disaster may have been greatly underestimated

Whale and dolphin death toll during Deepwater disaster may have been greatly underestimated

Animal carcasses recovered represent a small fraction of fatalities … learn more→

Emissions trading doesn't cause pollution 'hot spots'

Emissions trading doesn’t cause pollution ‘hot spots’

Programs that allow facilities to buy and sell emission allowances have been popular and effective since they were introduced in the U.S. two decades ago. But critics worry the approach can create heavily polluted “hot spots” in low-income and minority communities. A new study by Evan Ringquist, professor in the Indiana University School of Public […] … learn more→

Treated stormwater safe for growing food

Treated stormwater safe for growing food

Treated stormwater is safe to use on your humble household vegetable patch according to a new report by the Centre for Water Sensitive Cities at Monash University. The study found that vegetables watered with treated stormwater, normally associated with having strong levels of heavy metals such as lead, and increased pollutants, were just as safe […] … learn more→

UQ researchers find a price on carbon could benefit farmers

UQ researchers find a price on carbon could benefit farmers

Scientists at UQ, in collaboration with JCU, may have found a way to offset up to 2.5 percent of Australia’s annual greenhouse gas emissions and secure economic benefits for regional communities. A recent study found that reducing grazing pressure in Eastern Australia’s mulga lands would result in an increase in groundcover and water infiltration and […] … learn more→

Nature paper calls for carbon labeling

Nature paper calls for carbon labeling

Labeling products with information on the size of the carbon footprint they leave behind could help both consumers and manufacturers make better, environmentally friendly choices. A Michigan State University professor and colleagues, writing in the April issue of the journal Nature Climate Change, said that labeling products, much like food products contain labels with nutritional […] … learn more→

Stanford researchers use river water and salty ocean water to generate electricity

Stanford researchers use river water and salty ocean water to generate electricity

Stanford researchers have developed a battery that takes advantage of the difference in salinity between freshwater and seawater to produce electricity. Anywhere freshwater enters the sea, such as river mouths or estuaries, could be potential sites for a power plant using such a battery, said Yi Cui, associate professor of materials science and engineering, who […] … learn more→

Satellites show effect of 2010 drought on Amazon forests

Satellites show effect of 2010 drought on Amazon forests

A new study has revealed widespread reductions in the greenness of Amazon forests caused by the last year’s record-breaking drought. “The greenness levels of Amazonian vegetation — a measure of its health — decreased dramatically over an area more than three and one-half times the size of Texas and did not recover to normal levels, […] … learn more→