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  1. Solar panel demand causing spike in worldwide silver prices
    Rising demand for solar panels is having a major effect on the worldwide price of silver, which could lead to solar panel production costs becoming far higher in the future, new research has demonstrated.

  2. Best in snow: New scientific device creates electricity from snowfall
    Researchers have designed a new device that creates electricity from falling snow, a first. The device is inexpensive, small, thin and flexible like a sheet of plastic.

  3. Shrinking the carbon footprint of a chemical in everyday objects
    Chemical engineers have devised an alternative approach to synthesizing epoxides, a type of chemical that is found in many products, including plastics, pharmaceuticals and textiles. Their approach could reduce the greenhouse gas emissions produced by current manufacturing techniques.

  4. Engineers develop concept for hybrid heavy-duty trucks
    Researchers have devised a new way of powering heavy-duty trucks that could drastically curb pollution, increase efficiency, and reduce or even eliminate their net greenhouse gas emissions.

  5. Carbon-negative power generation for China
    Researchers have analyzed technical and economic viability for China to move towards carbon-negative electric power generation.

  6. Renewables are a better investment than carbon capture for tackling climate change
    Solar panels and wind turbines coupled with energy storage offer a better hope for tackling climate change than trying to capture carbon from fossil fuel power stations, according to new research. New research shows that resources that would be spent on developing and installing carbon capture technologies would be better invested in creating more solar panels and wind turbines and focusing on developing energy storage options to support these instead.
    The complicated future of offshore wind power in the US
    In recent years the US Department of Energy laid out an ambitious plan to grow the US offshore wind sector. Researchers make the case that it might not be as easy as it seems, citing specifically the challenge of supplying rare-earth metals needed to build these offshore wind turbines.

  7. Winds of change: Solar variability weakens the Walker cell
    Researchers have found robust evidence for signatures of the 11-year sunspot cycle in the tropical Pacific. They analyzed historical time series of pressure, surface winds, and precipitation with focus on the Walker Circulation -- a vast system of atmospheric flow in the tropical Pacific region that affects patterns of tropical rainfall. They have revealed that during periods of increased solar irradiance, the trade winds weaken and the Walker circulation shifts eastwards.
    Commercial hybrid-electric aircraft, reduced carbon emissions
    Although we're still a long way from commercial airplanes powered by a combination of fossil fuel and batteries, a recent feasibility study explored fuel/battery configurations and the energy lifecycle to learn the trade-offs needed to yield the greatest reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

  8. Bright skies for plant-based jet fuels
    With an estimated daily fuel demand of more than 5 million barrels per day, the global aviation sector is incredibly energy-intensive and almost entirely reliant on petroleum-based fuels. However, a new analysis shows that sustainable plant-based bio-jet fuels could provide a competitive alternative to conventional fuels if current development and scale-up initiatives continue to push ahead successfully.

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