Alternatives for aviation industry and the military pose issues related to land use, clearing peatland, fertilizer use, costs and more emissions
Carbon dioxide gets all the attention, but there are a host of compounds responsible for global warming
After more than 15 years of international climate negotiations, it has become ever more clear that all the carbon dioxide emitted to shuttle diplomats from city to city to hash out a regime to curb climate change has been largely wasted...
Efforts to integrate storage into electric grids continue to struggle as a federally backed flywheel company goes bankrupt
A new nationwide project aims to monitor the environment of the U.S. and enable comparisons of large-scale problems and variables such as climate change, pollution and sprawl
Attack of the jellyfish
The U.S. has begun to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants—quietly, with little fanfare and starting in Texas. The Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant in Llano County is being modernized with the installation of a combined cycle natural gas-fired turbine for improved efficiency at generating electricity...
The geneticist and entrepreneur hopes to use synthetic biology to transform microscopic algae into cells that eat up carbon dioxide, spit out oil and provide meals
Mercury, lead, chromium and other toxic compounds, used in many industrial processes, rob years of healthy life from millions each year. Simple fixes could go far in solving the issue
Flood, famine, fire and disease—climate change is expected to have an impact on all of these threats, by altering the earth in many ways, from changes in the planet's water cycle to making a broader swath of the planet amenable to insect-born illnesses such as malaria...
It's that time of year in the U.S. when clocks "fall back" from Daylight Saving Time to standard time. What does that mean? Well, you get back the hour of sleep you lost last spring and you can look forward to a week or so of feeling discombobulated.The railroads were the first to set the time in the 19th century, coordinating distant clocks so that trains could run on theoretically precise timetables (this cut down on crashes.)...
A new set of compounds for dye-sensitized solar cells have lowered costs and improved efficiency
Advanced lithium-ion batteries may be all the rage for electric cars, but that doesn't mean one no longer faces drain anxiety when sitting in the audience of an energy conference taking notes on a laptop while a speaker extols their virtues...
Tropical cyclones are nature's most powerful storms. Can they be stopped?
A mere 12 years after surmounting six billion, the world's population will reach seven billion, according to the U.N. But that rate seems to be slowing
Experimental infections prove that Geomyces destructans is responsible for white-nose syndrome
Plants mastered chemistry a long time before humans, billions of years actually. In fact, we humans and most of the rest of the life on Earth can thank tiny cyanobacteria for mastering/evolving the molecule known as chlorophyll...
For the first time, toxic screening is underway for thousands of chemicals in daily use
The bankruptcy of photovoltaic panel-maker Solyndra is actually good news for the U.S. solar industry
A new process aims to extract lithium from the brines used to generate electricity in a geothermal power plant