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Can Captured Carbon Save Coal-Fired Power?

Can Captured Carbon Save Coal-Fired Power?

Extracting carbon dioxide from power plant exhaust and storing it underground may be the only hope to avoid a climate change catastrophe caused by burning fossil fuels

June 22, 2009 — David Biello

Getting your V6 to act like a V8, while saving gas

The history of engine improvements in the U.S. has tended primarily in one direction: raw horsepower. Engines have gotten bigger and more powerful over time—and that's certainly what automakers have used as a key selling point...

May 20, 2009 — David Biello

Carbon capture success in Wisconsin

Capturing the carbon dioxide that wafts up the smokestack after burning coal (or any other fossil fuel) has been identified by everyone from President Obama to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as a critical technology to help keep the lights on while combating climate change...

May 20, 2009 — David Biello

New fuel efficiency standards: Too much or not enough?

The Obama administration unveiled a plan to boost fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks to an average of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016—four years ahead of current schedule and up from an average of just 25 miles per gallon today...

May 19, 2009 — David Biello

Trees boost air pollution--and cool temperatures--in U.S. Southeast

Why is the southeastern U.S. getting cooler while the rest of the globe is warming? Thank the trees, say some researchers.

On sweltering summer days, trees and other plants emit volatile organic compounds, such as isoprene, which combine with manmade soot and other aerosols in the atmosphere to produce a cooling haze, says environmental scientist Allen Goldstein of the University of California, Berkeley...

May 18, 2009 — David Biello

A new dawn for solar power?

If solar power is ever going to take off—and the world needs it to—photovoltaic cells will have to become a whole lot cheaper to produce.

May 15, 2009 — David Biello

Better Place unveils robot battery swap station

Many have wondered what Better Place's vaunted automated battery changing stations might look like. So the company, a would-be pioneer in electric cars and their attendant infrastructure, has released a slick video showing how it’s done at a demonstration site in Yokohama, Japan...

May 13, 2009 — David Biello

Is that your power plant on my roof?

Duke Energy wants to put a power plant on your house.

Over the next year, the utility plans to spend $50 million to plop a variety of photovoltaic panels on commercial buildings, the roofs of private homes, and other property in North Carolina...

May 13, 2009 — David Biello
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