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first_img Related Harvard Climate Leadership Conference award recognizes sustainability efforts Laying some groundwork for environmental protection Studying environmental issues in China If we’re going to limit global temperature increases to 2 degrees above preindustrial levels, as laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement, it’s going to take a lot more than a transition to carbon-neutral energy sources such as wind and solar. It’s going to require carbon-negative technologies, including energy sources that actually reduce carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.While most climate researchers and activists agree that carbon-negative solutions will be needed to meet the goal set in Paris, so far most of these solutions have been viewed as impractical in the near term, especially for large, coal-reliant countries like China.Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment, in collaboration with colleagues from Tsinghua University in Beijing and other institutions in China, Australia, and the U.S., have analyzed technical and economic viability for China to move toward carbon-negative electric power generation.The research is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“This paper is making a bold suggestion that not only can China move toward negative carbon power, but that it can do so in an economically competitive way,” said Michael McElroy, the Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies at Harvard and a senior co-author of the paper.“The system we describe not only offers a carbon-negative alternative to generate electricity in the long run, but also brings significant near-term co-benefit to reducing air pollution in China,” said Xi Lu, associate professor in the School of Environment at Tsinghua University and first author of the paper. Lu is also a former SEAS graduate student and postdoctoral fellow.The strategy McElroy, Lu, and their colleagues lay out involves the combination of two forms of green energy: coal-bioenergy gasification and carbon capture and storage.,Bioenergy is one of the most important tools in the carbon-negative toolbox. It comes from the best CO2 scrubbers on the planet — plants. As most of us learned in grade school, plants use photosynthesis to convert CO2 into organic carbon and oxygen. The carbon stored in plants can be converted back into energy through combustion (a.k.a., fire); fermentation, as in the production of ethanol; or a process known as gasification, which converts carbon-rich materials into carbon monoxide, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide for fuels and industrial chemicals.The process of converting biomass into energy and then capturing and storing the waste CO2 is one of the most talked-about strategies for negative-carbon power. It’s known as BECCS, for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. The problem is that in most applications BECCS is not very efficient and requires massive amounts of land to grow the plants needed to power the planet, which would likely result in global food and water shortages.But what if there was a way to make the process more practical and efficient?Lu, McElroy, and their international team turned to an unlikely solution for green energy: coal.“If you try to do this with biofuel alone, it’s not very effective,” McElroy said. “The addition of coal provides an energy source that is really important. If you combine biofuel with coal and gasify the mixture, you can essentially develop a pure source of hydrogen in the process.”By modeling different ratios of biofuel to coal, the researchers found that as long as at least 35 percent of the mixture is biomass and the waste carbon is captured, the power generated would actually reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. At that ratio, the researchers found that the levelized cost of electricity would be no more than 9.2 cents per kilowatt hour. A carbon price of approximately $52 per ton would make this system cost-competitive with current coal-fired power plants in China.A key component to this strategy is the use of crop residue — the remains of plants after fields have been harvested — as biofuel.Seasonal agricultural fires, when farmers set their fields alight to clear stubble after a harvest, are a major source of air pollution in China. Collecting that stubble and using it as biofuel would not only reduce CO2 but significantly improve air quality in the country. Gasification also allows easier removal of air pollutants from the waste stream.The researchers acknowledge that developing a system to collect the biomass and deliver it to power plants will take time, but they argue that the system doesn’t need to be implemented all at once.“Because we’ve investigated the whole range of coal-to-biomass ratios, we’ve demonstrated how China could move incrementally toward an increasingly carbon-negative energy source,” said Chris P. Nielsen, executive director of the Harvard-China Project and co-author of the study. “First, small amounts of biofuel could be used to reduce the net-positive carbon emissions. Then, the system could grow toward carbon neutrality and eventually to a carbon-negative system. You don’t have to accomplish everything from the get-go.”“This study provides critical information for policymakers seeking to implement carbon-negative energy opportunities in China,” said Lu.The research was co-authored by Liang Cao, Haikun Wang, Wei Peng, Jia Xing, Shuxiao Wang, Siyi Cai, Bo Shen, and Qing Yang; lead author Lu and three other China-based co-authors are alumni of the Harvard-China Project. It was supported in part by a grant from the Harvard Global Institute. Robot builds erosion barriers from interlocking metal sheets, while robot swarms could protect threatened areas center_img A gold star for going green Harvard undergrads spent summer internships working in labs, touring country A decade on, a goal met; now, next targets Sustainability celebration marks Harvard’s accomplishments last_img read more

first_img18 Devito Place McDowall was sold in under a week.GOOD homes are a hot commodity at the moment in McDowall.A four-bedroom home at 18 De Vito Place was the second highest seller for the week when it sold for $782,000 after just four days on the market. Agent John Bradley from Place Aspley said interest in the suburb was red-hot at the moment, with it common for homes to be snapped up within a week.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“The quickest ones are sold before they even get on the market,” Mr Bradley said. On the first day the home was on the market, 49 groups went through the home, a number he said was “pretty normal” for the area.“There is not a huge amount of stock and there is a lot of competition,” he said. Mr Bradley believed that it was mainly families moving to the area, and that it was popular for the lifestyle and good schools.According to data from CoreLogic the average time on market in McDowall is 24 days, which was one of the quicker suburbs to sell across the North West district. Ferny Hills had the lowest average days on market across the area, at just 14 days.last_img read more

first_img The 39-year-old gets the leg-up aboard Church Field in the Agetur UK Handicap Hurdle (2.10) and Mountain Tunes in the Weatherbys Novices’ Hurdle (3.10). Church Field, owned by JP McManus, won four consecutive races this summer, but has been unplaced on his last two outings at Newton Abbot and Cheltenham. Mountain Tunes, an Irish point-to-point winner in March, is also owned by McManus and will be making his British debut on his first start for O’Neill. Asked about the chances of his mounts, the jockey said: “It would be great if one of them won. For my riding career, the sooner the better that one of them wins so I can get on with trying to have a few winners.” Officials at Towcester are excited about the prospect of McCoy achieving the feat at their track. Clerk of the course Robert Bellamy believes it would be “a feather in their cap” if McCoy can post his all-important victory at the Northamptonshire venue. He said: “Everyone was delighted to see him have that winner at Chepstow and hopefully, we’ll have a nice crowd here tomorrow. “It would obviously be fantastic for Towcester if he could get the 4,000th winner here. It would be a great feather in our cap and would give us great publicity as well, of course. “Hopefully there are no issues with the weather, we’ll have a good day and if he could do it, we’d all be delighted. “If he does do it, obviously there will be one or two things going on. “Until then, we’ll just treat it like a normal raceday.” Tony McCoy admits it will be a relief to bag his 4,000th winner as he moved to within one of the landmark total by steering Minella For Steak to victory at Chepstow. Press Association The 18-times champion was due to ride Mission Complete in the NFU Mutual Supports RABI Handicap Hurdle but trainer Jonjo O’Neill took that one out on account of the testing ground, prompting McCoy to switch to stablemate Minella For Steak. McCoy replaced 10lb-claimer James Huxham aboard Minella For Steak and he travelled well throughout the three-mile heat aboard the well-supported 3-1 favourite. He opted to kick for home early and appeared to be in total control approaching the penultimate flight only for Heronshaw to throw down a late challenge. Heronshaw drew level over the last but McCoy kept pressing his mount and Minella For Steak responded, digging deep to win by three-quarters of a length for owners Gay Smith and John Magnier. McCoy had earlier been out of luck as El Macca could finish only fifth in the opening RABI Gateway Project Maiden Hurdle. He said of his winner: “He’s amazing this horse, because he really struggles to breathe. “He’s been running on better ground and he’s won twice now on the heaviest ground possible. “We’re all supposed to be experts in this game and if anyone was riding him, or had anything to do with him, you wouldn’t believe he could win on this ground. “I’m glad that Jonjo let me ride him. I had to ring him and ask.” McCoy will head to Towcester, where he has two booked rides for O’Neill, on Thursday. last_img read more

first_img– ‘Cautious return’ –Some of the clubs with title aspirations from the less affected areas of the country have been talking about going back to training for weeks.Following decisions from local governments, teams such as Napoli and Parma have followed the lead of Lazio — who trailed leaders Juventus by just a point when play was suspended — and set dates this week for players to train.Sassuolo became the first team to resume individual training on Monday, with Bologna set to follow on Tuesday, followed by Lazio and Roma after their players and staff undergo coronavirus tests.Inter Milan said “first-team players will, on a voluntary basis, be able to make use of the pitches at the Suning Training Centre in Appiano Gentile over the coming days for individual activities.”Champions Juventus have recalled their overseas players, including Ronaldo, who once back from the Portuguese island of Madeira will have to spend two weeks in quarantine.City rivals Torino are also cautiously preparing to return to training.“The contagion is still important and we are not yet out of the problem,” Cairo said on the 71th anniversary of the Superga tragedy, a plane crash which killed all the members of the legendary ‘Il Grande Torino’ team.“We must be on high alert. The restart on a day like this is something symbolic.“Today Phase 2 begins. We hope it will be a day of restart and rebirth.“We have approved an accelerated programme to do tests and fitness visits this week, in the next three to four days we will be ready for individual trainings.”The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) will hold a meeting on May 8 which could be decisive, although president Gabriele Gravina warned he would “never sign for the end of the championships”, which he said would be “the death of Italian football”.Share on: WhatsApp Milan, Italy | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo has been recalled from Portugal as Serie A clubs get back to individual training on Monday after a two-month coronavirus lockdown, but doubts remain over whether the championship can return.The interior ministry’s go-ahead for players to return to club training facilities two weeks ahead of schedule has offered fans hope that the 2019-20 season might yet be saved.The government was responding after regions that had avoided the worst of the pandemic took matters into their own hands and gave permission to clubs to open their facilities for players to train on their own.But sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has warned that although individual training can resume, training in groups must wait until May 18. And with Italy still in the grip of the pandemic which has killed nearly 29,000, it is uncertain whether matches will be able to restart.“Nothing has changed compared to what I have always said about football,” said Spadafora.“Team training will not resume before May 18 and the resumption of the championship, for now, is not really discussed.”Spadafora added, as if to confirm his difficult relationship with professional football: “Now excuse me, but I’m returning to take care of all the other sports and sports centres (gymnasiums, dance centres, swimming pools) which must reopen as soon as possible.”The Corriere dello Sport daily on Monday created a front-page photo of the minister with a dagger in his hand about to burst a ball, with the headline “Attack on Calcio”.Officially all 20 Serie A teams have unanimously backed a return to competition, despite reservations from clubs such as Brescia and Torino, in the north of Italy, which was particularly hit hard by the virus.Torino president Urbano Cairo conceded there were “divergent opinions”.“Everyone is assessing whether the restart is possible and it is normal, even if the last word will be down to the institutions,” he told Radio Anch’io.Cairo stressed the importance of safeguarding the health of employees, “without forgetting that the players have been stopped and locked up at home for two months”.With the league suspended since March 9, football authorities point to the severe economic impact for a sector which according to the federation posts a turnover of 4.7 billion euros ($5.1 billion) and employs more than 120,000 people.last_img read more

first_imgA Florida man went on a vandalism crime spree because he believes President Donald Trump owes him money.Justin James Wilson, 30, caused an estimated $30,000 in damages to 20 cars at the the Holiday Inn Resort on Okaloosa Island, according to police.The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested the 30-year-old on Monday.Deputies say he admitted to breaking the windows, saying “Take me to jail. I did it because Donald Trump owes me one trillion dollars and these vehicles belong to the mafia.”Wilson, who is homeless,  is now facing 14 felony and six misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief.last_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2016)–Led by the Triple Crown Championship team of American Pharoah, Bob Baffert, Victor Espinoza and (owner/breeder) Zayat Stables, Santa Anita-based connections are positioned to have a big night on Jan. 16, when the 45th annual Eclipse Awards gala will be held at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida.A winner of his final race as a juvenile, Santa Anita’s Grade I, FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 27, 2014, American Pharoah wintered at Santa Anita as he prepared for a pair of victories at Oaklawn en route to becoming America’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Following a narrow defeat in the Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 29, “Pharoah” returned to The Great Race Place and was readied by Baffert for a resounding 6 ½ length win in his career finale–the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31.Spendthrift Farm’s Beholder, who began her 2015 campaign with a victory in Santa Anita’s Santa Lucia Stakes April 10, would go on to win the Grade III Adoration Stakes here on June 13, and three consecutive Grade I’s; the Clement Hirsch at Del Mar Aug. 1, the Pacific Classic (versus males) Aug. 22, and Santa Anita’s Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 26. Trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder, who is now age six, has won two lifetime Eclipse Awards and is nominated in two categories–Older Dirt Female and Horse of the Year.Baffert, who in the opinion of many, may have done his finest-ever work in guiding American Pharoah, who was forced to miss the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile due to a minor injury, through a Triple Crown winning season and ultimately victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, will be trying to win his fourth career Eclipse, following up on his three-peat in 1997, ’98 & ’99.Espinoza, who not only became racing’s first Triple Crown Champion Jockey since Steve Cauthen in 1978, but helped to “mainstream” the Sport of Kings by virtue of multiple appearances on national shows such as The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, Dancing With the Stars and others, also endeared himself to millions as a result of his charitable work with City of Hope, a national leader in cancer treatment and research.Nominated in both the owner and breeder categories, Zayat Stables, which also bred American Pharoah’s sire, Pioneerof the Nile, saw their stable superstar win seven out of eight starts in 2015, which accounted for a staggering $8,288,800 in earnings. Headed by Ahmad Zayat, Zayat Stables seeks its first-ever Eclipse Award.Undefeated in four starts, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Songbird, who used Santa Anita’s Grade I Chandelier Stakes on Sept. 26 as a steppingstone to a rousing 5 ¾ length win in the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Oct. 31, headquartered at Santa Anita for most of 2015 and is considered an odds-on favorite to be named Eclipse Champion 2-year-old filly. Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc., Songbird, a Kentucky-bred filly by Medaglia d’Oro, has earnings of $1,502,000.Reddam Racing’s undefeated Nyquist, who was a first-out maiden winner going five furlongs at Santa Anita on June 5, went on to register wins in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes, Grade I Del Mar Futurity and Santa Anita’s Grade I FrontRunner Stakes en route to his half length length victory in the Grade I Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Oct. 31. Trained by Doug O’Neill, Nyquist amassed earnings of $1,613,600.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto man who stood to inherit a multimillion-dollar aviation company was found guilty of first-degree murder in his father’s death Monday, a ruling that marked his third such conviction.Applause broke out as a judge declared Dellen Millard had carried out a planned and deliberate killing of his father, whose death was initially ruled a suicide.Wayne Millard, a wealthy 71-year-old businessman, was found dead in his bed with a bullet lodged in his brain on Nov. 29, 2012. His son had pleaded not guilty in the death but the judge hearing the case found otherwise.“I am satisfied that Dellen Millard killed his father by shooting him in the left eye as he slept,” said Justice Maureen Forestell. “I can find no theory consistent with innocence.”Millard, 33, cried softly as the decision was read out to a packed courtroom.Among those who had gathered for the ruling in the judge-alone trial were the parents of Millard’s two other victims, Toronto woman Laura Babcock and Hamilton man Tim Bosma. Babcock’s father said all three families would be forever linked as a result of Millard’s crimes.“It’s been proven that not only has the Bosmas and ourselves have lost a loved one, the Millard family must live with the fact this heinous individual murdered his own father,” Clayton Babcock said outside court. “There’ll be not a day in our lives when the loss of Laura, Tim or Wayne won’t be felt.”Crown attorney Ken Lockhart said he was grateful for the outcome of the case.“I hope that the process has brought (the families) some kind of closure,” he said.Wayne Millard’s death was Dellen Millard’s second murder.He had killed Babcock, a 24-year-old woman he had been seeing, months earlier in July 2012. Six months after his father’s death, Millard killed Bosma after taking the 32-year-old man’s truck for a test drive.Millard’s friend, Mark Smich, was also convicted of first-degree murder for the Babcock and Bosma slayings. The pair are serving life in prison with no chance for parole for 50 years for those murders.Police re-opened the case of Wayne Millard’s death after arresting the younger Millard for Bosma’s killing.The latest trial unfolded in June without a jury. The Attorney General granted a defence request for a judge-alone proceeding after agreeing that Dellen Millard’s notoriety, given the Bosma and Babcock murders, would make it impossible to find fair jurors.Prosecutors alleged Millard killed his father because millions in potential inheritance money was being squandered on a new aviation business.Forestell rejected significant parts of the Crown’s case, including the motive for money, saying it played no role in her decision. Instead, she found the case turned on a lie Millard told investigators after his father’s death.The trial heard Millard told police he found his father dead in bed around 6 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2012. He said he last saw his father alive around noon the day before and had then stayed the night at Smich’s house. But phone records indicated that one of Millard’s phones moved from Smich’s house around 1 a.m. on Nov. 29, 2012, to his father’s home where it stayed until shortly after 6 a.m.“I do not believe the statement of Dellen Millard that he stayed at Mark’s,” Forestell said. “I find it was fabricated to conceal he was involved in the death of his father.”Forestell also said Millard created a false alibi after leaving his truck, credit card and his other phone at Smich’s house.The trial also heard that Dellen Millard, who did not testify in his own defence, bought a handgun found next to his father’s body from a weapons dealer — evidence Forestell accepted.The defence had argued Wayne Millard’s death was a suicide.Dellen Millard told police his father was depressed, an alcoholic and under a tremendous amount of stress because of his efforts to turn around the family’s aviation business, court heard.“He carried some great sadness with him throughout life that I never knew — he never wanted to share that with me,” Dellen Millard told police in an interview played in court.Wayne Millard had inherited the family aviation business, Millardair, from his father, Carl Millard, in 2006. It had been launched as a cargo carrier in 1963 and later flew passengers before going bankrupt in 1990, court heard.The company then rented out aircraft hangars at Toronto’s Pearson airport until 2010, when Wayne Millard moved into the maintenance, repair and overhaul business and built a massive, multimillion-dollar hangar at the Region of Waterloo International Airport by 2012.The trial heard that Dellen Millard blamed his father for the company’s financial issues.“The last time I spoke to him, I told him the company’s financial troubles were his doing and that he was a failure,” Millard wrote in a text to his girlfriend that was presented in court. “Usually he tells me not to worry. But this time he said maybe I was right.”Days after his father’s death, Dellen Millard fired everyone at Millardair and wound the business down, court heard.A sentencing hearing for Millard is scheduled for Nov. 16. The Crown said it will seek an additional 25 years of parole ineligibility for Millard in his father’s death.last_img read more