June 11 Energy News


Science and Technology:

¶ A team of researchers at UC Berkeley developed a potential solution to water shortages; a box that can harvest water out of desert air, without any need for power other than sunlight. The key to the device is not a pump or solar panel-operated tap, but rather the materials contained in the box, what the chemists call a metal-organic framework. [Alphr]

Berkeley water collector in the lab

¶ A beetle that has killed millions of acres of pines in southern forests is munching its way north, and research suggests its tree-killing could get worse. Once unknown north of Delaware, the southern pine beetles have been expanding their range as the climate warms. They have been caught as far north as New England. [Fort Wayne Journal Gazette]


¶ Several years ago, India set what seemed like a lofty target of 175 GW of wind…

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