(University of Göttingen) More and more products carry ethical labels such as fair-trade or organic, which consumers view positively. Nevertheless, the sales figures of these products often remain low, even though they offer advantages for the environment or for society. A team of scientists from the University of Göttingen investigated what factors influence consumers' purchasing intentions. The results were published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, an international scientific publication which covers environmental and sustainable research and practice.
March 22, 2019
(University of East Anglia) New research suggests that targeted use of behavioural 'nudges' can encourage people to conserve water.Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) found that rather than giving people general information about the importance of saving water, emphasising the water conserving actions of others in the same social group -- for example university students or local residents -- encourages similar behaviour changes and reduces water demand.
March 21, 2019
(Lehigh University) A Lehigh University team led by industrial and systems engineering professor Frank E. Curtis has won a $250,000 support grant from Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), as part of the agency's Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. The competition comprises a series of challenges meant to modernize energy grid software through the development of new algorithms. Teams will submit their code in April for the first of two trial events.
March 20, 2019
(University of Guelph) The bird's trek between its breeding grounds in the central and western boreal forest of North America and its winter home in the Amazon Basin is one of the longest songbird migrations recorded.Describing a route arcing across North America and including a transoceanic flight to South America, the study confirms an epic migration journey that scientists had long suspected but not yet proved. Tracking their route is key to solving the birds' decline.
March 19, 2019