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Considered an icon of conservation science, researchers at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) headquarters in Washington, D.C.,...
The new atlas, which shows the distribution of important trace metals and other substances, is the first product of...
Early in April, the first of a fleet of environmental monitoring satellites will lift off from Europe's spaceport in...
Since 2000, U.S. government health research agencies have spent almost $1 billion on an effort to churn out thousands...
Magdalena Koziol, a former postdoc at Yale University, was the victim of scientific sabotage. Now, she is suing the...
Antiretroviral drugs can protect people from becoming infected by HIV. But so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP...
Two studies show that eating a diet low in protein and high in carbohydrates is linked to a longer, healthier life, and...
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Scientist, Heal Thyself
13 February 2009 2:26 pm
Whether working on new biofuels, catalysts, solar cells, batteries, or smart grids, scientists are seen as key players in bringing about an affordable renewable energy economy. But scientists and scientific buildings are among the biggest energy hogs—and CO2 polluters—around. According to a new article by Evan Mills, a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, scientific buildings can be more than 100 times more energy intensive than conventional buildings, and collectively release as much CO2 as 7 million U.S. homes. (Scientific meetings are wasteful, too.) The good news, Mills says, is that there is plenty of room for improvement. Up to only 3% of U.S. labs are engineered to be “green.” And examples abound where reengineered high-tech facilities have trimmed their energy use by 50%. So, in addition to reinventing energy technology, scientists can help out by taking full advantage of what’s around already.