It’s getting cheaper and cheaper to make solar panels, and the panels are getting more and more effective. …read more
There is vastly more carbon in the ground than can safely be put into the atmosphere, whatever temperature limit you think there should be. Policy should be seeking to ensure that the carbon budget is used as wisely as possible. …read more
Often, the image of urban vertical farming involves happy-looking green plants. But the reality of vertical farming could be a little bit weirder and a little bit less natural-looking. …read more
A new study from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) estimates that the US could support the production of up to 25 billion gallons of algae biofuel annually. …read more
In front yards, backyards and on vacant land where nothing but weeds and debris used to be, an urban farm belt is forming, bringing neighbors back to the earth where just a few years ago, no one would come outside. …read more
Liquid air is air that has been chilled to the point of liquefying—when warmed it expands, allowing for the possibility of driving turbines to create electricity. …read more
The discovery of environmental and human health effects from disposal of millions of lithium-ion batteries each year has led scientists to recommend stronger policies for recovery, recycling and reuse of battery materials. …read more
Katherine Lucey is working with a network of women entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa to sell household solar energy systems. In an interview, Lucey explains how solar can transform lives, particularly those of women and girls. …read more
Illegal logging and unchecked economic development are taking a devastating toll on the forests of Vietnam and neighboring countries, threatening areas rich in biodiversity. …read more
Scientists warn of a planetary transformation comparable to the retreat of the glaciers more than 11,000 years ago and are meeting in Bonn, Germany this week to discuss what can be done about it. …read more
Battery swapping has been a somewhat contentious issue within the EV world. Initially, the market just didn’t seem ready for such a radical idea. But there are still some clear advantages, and it seems Tesla may see those as worth investing in.
It looks as though everyone will be happy to sign the next global climate agreement, due in 2015. Why? Because there will be very little in the agreement that will force countries to act on climate change.
So the hype around Britain’s shale gas potential continues. According to a new report from a business lobby group, Britain’s shale gas reserves are significant and exceed 300 trillion cubic feet of gas.