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Tag: environmental engineering

flood waters rise up the side of a levee

Jan 21, 2020

Study Finds Flooding Damage to Levees Is Cumulative – and Often Invisible

Repeated flooding has a cumulative effect on the integrity of earthen levees, suggesting that extreme weather associated with climate change could pose significant risks for the nation’s aging levees. 

photo of anaerobic digesters

Nov 13, 2019

Turning (More) Fat and Sewage Into Natural Gas

NC State researchers have developed what is, to date, the most efficient means of converting sewage sludge and restaurant grease into methane. 

blue sky with clouds

Sep 26, 2019

EPA Disbanded This Panel of Clean-Air Experts – They’re Meeting Again Anyway

Why science experts are convening to discuss clean air policy. 

several e-scooters knocked over on a sidewalk

Aug 2, 2019

Shared E-Scooters Aren’t Always as Green as Other Transport Options

A study finds that while shared e-scooters may be greener than most cars, they can be less environmentally friendly than other transportation options. 

a field of wind turbines

Jul 31, 2019

An Open Modeling Approach to Support Energy and Climate Policy

Researchers are developing an open-source computer model that can be used to inform the development of national energy and climate policies. 

woman crouching by cookstove

Apr 30, 2019

Field Study Finds Pellet-Fed Stoves Cut Pollutant Emissions 90%, Nearing Gas-Stove Performance

A field study in Rwanda finds that a new cookstove design, which makes use of compressed wood pellets, reduces air pollution by about 90% for a range of contaminants associated with health problems and climate change. 

rows of lithium ion batteries

Dec 5, 2018

Experts Lay Out Options For Future of Energy Storage in North Carolina

A report by NC State experts details energy storage options to inform energy policy. 

A cracked highway disappears into flood waters.

Oct 8, 2018

Assessing How Florence Affected the Very Ground We Stand On

After Florence, experts moved in to assess the damage. NC State's Brina Montoya was one of them. 

A faucet and drinking water.

Apr 16, 2018

Finding GenX

While searching for sources of bromide in the Cape Fear River watershed nearly five years ago, NC State environmental engineer Detlef Knappe and his team found more than they were looking for: high concentrations of a number of unexpected industrial chemicals in drinking water, including one — GenX — that has entered the popular vernacular in North Carolina. 

Jan 30, 2018

Energizing African Development

Lack of access to reliable power is termed “energy poverty,” and we are studying efforts to address it. 

Aug 7, 2017

Benefits of Advanced Wood-Burning Stoves Greater Than Thought

Research finds that advanced wood-burning stoves designed for use in the developing world can reduce air pollution more than anticipated. 

Mar 22, 2017

Hands-On Model Helps Students Understand Genetic Engineering

A team of faculty and undergraduate researchers have created an interactive, physical model to teach students about genetics and biological processes at the cellular level. 

Sep 26, 2016

The Next Generation of Greenhouses May Be Power Plants

Researchers from NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill are launching a project to develop next generation greenhouses with built-in solar cells that make use of the entire spectrum of solar light. 

Nov 12, 2015

Toilets, Pit Latrines and Adventures in Human Waste

According to Francis de los Reyes III, the problem with World Toilet Day is that it focuses almost entirely on toilets. And he's working on that. 

Sep 29, 2015

Modeling Tool IDs Genes That Control Stress Response in Plants

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has developed a modeling algorithm that is able to identify genes associated with specific biological functions in plants. The modeling tool will help plant biologists target individual genes that control how plants respond to drought, high temperatures or other environmental stressors.