Menopausal Mother Nature

News about Climate Change and our Planet

Year: 2015

Environmental awareness grows from peer-to-peer

Students stay involved with sustainability on campus through REP — the Undergraduate Resource Efficiency Program — and its affiliates. REP helps students “educate their peers on issues such as energy, waste, water, food, and more through fun, personal, community-building events, competitions, and campaigns.”

Green storage for green energy grows cleaner

Harvard scientists and engineers have demonstrated an improved flow battery that can store electricity from intermittent energy sources. The battery contains nontoxic compounds, inexpensive materials, and can be cost-effective for both residential and commercial use.

Greening the electric grid with gas turbines

A new Harvard study pokes holes in the belief that huge quantities of storage will be needed before clean, renewable sources can make a significant dent in greenhouse-gas emissions from electricity generation.

Climate test for forests

New research on northeastern forests is examining how the earlier arrival of warm weather might clash with genetic programming tuned to lengthening days and the duration and depth of winter cold.

Why more ‘hotspots’ aren’t so cool

A new study published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology reports that the number of ecosystem hotspots in Massachusetts has increased over the past decade, with more and more popping up in metro Boston.

Measured impact

According to the University’s Sustainability Report, released online today, various conservation measures and behavior changes have already contributed to 60 percent of Harvard’s progress in meeting its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016.

Making sustainability part of the business

Unilever CEO Paul Polman outlined the multinational corporation’s commitment to environmental sustainability during a talk at Harvard Business School’s Spangler Center on April 10 as part of Climate Week events at Harvard.