Did the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency err when it found in 2009 that greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, endanger public health? Based on a new report from the agency's Inspector General, climate change denier and U.S...
Two subway trains collided in the city of Shanghai on September 26, injuring hundreds, according to early reports. And, much like the collision of two high-speed trains that killed 40 people near Wenzhou on July 23, the culprit appears to be signal failures.According to Chinese news magazine Caixin, the signals began to malfunction at least an hour before the crash, which caused operators to attempt to coordinate the system by phone...
20 teams compete to see who can build the best--and most practical--solar-powered home
Mottanai : it's a Japanese term that translates as "too precious to waste." It's the philosophy that guides the island nation's approach to natural resources like energy, and it has become particularly important as the meltdowns at Fukushima have resulted in roughly 25 percent of Japanese electricity supply disappearing as other nuclear reactors remain shutdown.It is also the antithesis in many ways of the American approach to energy, whether that is electricity, fossil fuels or renewables...
On Tuesday, September 20, I'm set to moderate a panel on energy efficiency, specifically as it applies in New York City. As part of Climate Week NYC, the panelists will explore what the local utility Consolidated Edison—and some of its partners—are doing to manage electricity use in the city that never sleeps (which means we use a lot of power when you add it all up, explicitly 2,500 megawatts per square mile in Manhattan).In New York, it's all about the buildings...
Autonomous mini-sailboat drones ply the ocean and mop up oil spills, gather information on marine life in crisis and clean up floating plastic trash.
New research investigates how jellyfishes are succeeding fishes as dominant players in ocean ecosystems
First there were glow-in-the-dark fish, then rats, rabbits, insects, even pigs. And, now, researchers have inserted the jellyfish genes that make fluorescent proteins into Felis catus , or the common household cat.The goal was just to make sure that the researchers could successfully insert novel genes into the cats...
From hacking infrastructure to a detonating a nuclear "dirty bomb," what are the most likely next terrorist attacks?
While much of the rest of the world undergoes an incredible surge in urbanization, certain cities in the U.S. continue to shrink in population, and thus geography.
Ten years later, what exactly residents and rescue workers were exposed to remains at least a partial mystery
The Obama administration has withdrawn regulations that would have prevented at least 1,500 deaths per year from unhealthy levels of smog in the air.
It's not that the central and northern portions of the east coast of North America never see hurricanes. It's just that we in the Northeast don't see them that often.
Earthquakes are not rare in the eastern half of North America, and when big ones happen they are felt far and wide
The warmer, drier conditions of El Nino have had a baleful effect on conflict in the tropics since 1950, research shows
Minutes ago, our 17-story building swayed side to side for a few seconds. Why? A 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia, according to the U.S.
Retrofitting is the best way to clean up urban living
China has plans for ecofriendly cities that may prove unrealistic. Instead, it could do a lot for the environment simply through sturdier construction
Masdar aims to be the source for a environmentally friendly urban future, but some planners doubt it offers much for other cities to emulate
The public-transit goals of "new urbanism" can fail if residents don't foresee true travel benefits