Oktoberfest ‘Produces 10 Times as Much Methane as Boston’

For the millions of people who descend on Munich for the annual bash, Oktoberfest is a celebration of beer, bands and bratwurst. But as the dust settles for another year on the world’s largest folk festival, and die Bierleichen (“beer corpses”) return to the land of the living, environmental scientists …

Mysterious Oil Spill on Massachusetts’ Charles River Spurs Major Emergency Response

An oil spill on Massachusetts’ Charles River drew a major emergency response Wednesday night, as several fire trucks and emergency vehicles, including a hazmat team, raced to help with the cleanup, 7 News Boston WHDH reported. The spill was detected in Waltham, a town about 12 miles west of Boston. Authorities were alerted …

A New Phone Battery Could One Day Recharge Itself on CO2

Ah, those lithium batteries in our phones. They tend to go flat just when we need them most. Then again, that’s Murphy’s law for you, isn’t it? Encouragingly, lithium-ion batteries are getting better and better with more and more oomph in them. But what if your phone’s lithium battery could …

Students Say Colleges Must Use 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Students and faculty members in Massachusetts are planning to converge on the Statehouse to pressure colleges and universities to switch to 100 percent renewable energy. The students point to a vote by the Boston University board of trustees last year to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions. They’re gathering at the …

Boston City Council Approves Plastic Bag Ban

You might want to bring a tote if you plan on shopping in Beantown next year. Boston City Council voted 12-0 on Wednesday to ban single-use plastic bags across the Massachusetts capital. The measure now heads to Mayor Marty Walsh, who is said to be reviewing the proposal, which requires …

U.S. Solar Industry Sees Phenomenal Growth

The U.S. solar market continued its years-long expansion in the second quarter of 2017 as the industry installed 2,387 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV), the largest total in a second quarter to date. This tops Q1’s total and represents an 8 percent year-over-year gain, GTM Research and the Solar …

Massachusetts Solar Marketplace Changing

Solar power continues to grow in Massachusetts and around the country, but new data shows the source of new installations is changing. Nationally, the industry installed 2,387 megawatts of solar capacity in the second quarter of this year, up 8 percent from that quarter last year. But, residential solar accounted …