Climate change is recognized by the United Nations as “the most systemic threat to humankind,” but even with global awareness of the problem, the demand for fossil fuels remains high. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization says that air pollution is the world’s largest environmental risk, with an estimated 7 million people dying prematurely from air pollution each year. The rise of renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and geothermal show that there is a demand for more sustainability ...
“Exxon knew.” Thanks to the work of activists and journalists, those two words have rocked the politics of climate change in recent years, as investigations revealed the extent to which giants like Exxon Mobil and Shell were aware of the danger of rising greenhouse gas emissions even as they undermined the work of scientists.
But the coal industry knew, too — as early as 1966, a newly unearthed journal shows.
Nine-year-old Michaella Metz twirls, tumbles, runs, flips, skates, climbs, and slides her way through life. She is a softball All Star (at the time of publication, her softball team was 6-0 with four games left) and a competitive dancer. She’s also a left-foot amputee. Although she explores a number of other activities like tumbling, cheerleading, and ice skating, the center of her activities is dancing. This year she began dancing competitively and received the highest score possible in four out of five competitions.
Born with a congenital limb anomaly, Michaella is her parents’ “miracle bab
Americans are growing more and more accustomed to seeing e-bikes and bicycle-sharing programs in urban areas, but e-scooters are still a relatively new phenomenon that has yet to be fully understood.
UT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Professor Joshua Fu, an internationally recognized expert in the area of atmospheric deposition modeling, participated as a leading expert in a meeting of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 2-3.
UT-ORNL’s Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology Terry Hazen is in the planning stages for what he hopes will become UT’s second Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). His most recent grant, “Engineering Research Center for Protecting and Advancing Water-Energy-Environment and Sustainability (PAWES),” is a one-year planning grant intended to lay the foundation for bringing a broad multi-institutional initiative to campus that seeks to addr...
The interconnected global economy means that what happens in one area can have a profound effect elsewhere, affecting such important resources as food, fuel, and medicine.
Among many things, Jillian Weise’s third collection of poetry, Cyborg Detective, published this month by BOA Editions, brings attention to ableism present within literature. As a writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as a social media performance artist, Weise is adept at switching between genres and mediums to make visible the richness of disabled poetics. Her work often confronts issues of access–-within physical space and within art-–and upends tired notions that disability is supposed to be made hidden or secret, or that disability and sexuality are mutually exclusive.
UT Professor Thanos Papanicolaou is a well-known expert in water resources, river sedimentation, farm runoff, and many other water-related engineering disciplines, having earned the 2018 Einstein Award for his work.
At the current rate, the US is set to run out of landfill space in 17 years, but in the mounds of garbage, food waste exists that could be recaptured for soil and energy.
The Middle Point landfill in Nashville is the state’s largest with a daily haul of 4,000 tons of trash from 33 counties.
Seeing Joy Harjo perform live is a transformational experience. The internationally acclaimed performer and poet of the Muscogee (Mvskoke)/Creek nation transports you by word and by sound into a womb-like environment, echoing a traditional healing ritual. The golden notes of Harjo’s alto saxophone fill the dark corners of a drab university auditorium as the audience breathes in her music.
Fusion powers the sun and all the stars in the galaxy. It produces nearly all of the elements. It’s the power inside a thermonuclear weapon. No wonder it has the capacity to captivate the collective imagination—both with hopes and fears—like no other field of science or engineering.
Aging nuclear infrastructure has prompted utilities across the US and internationally to look toward implementing digital instrumentation and control (I&C) systems, which offer improvements over current analog technology in ease of maintenance, are more convenient, and are much more economically viable.
What does Charles Darwin have to do with building an advanced nuclear reactor? Potentially quite a lot. In the groundbreaking 1859 book, On the Origin of Species, Darwin introduced the scientific theory of biological evolution through natural selection: the strongest live on, breed, and create the next generation.