Carbon storage has to expand rapidly, or coal burning has to cease, if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change
Building on light-cloaking work, physicists took a small step toward the goal of shielding cities from earthquakes by deflecting incoming energy. David Biello reports
Smartphones, cheap satellite imaging and crowdfunded enterprises have made citizen oversight possible that was undreamed of by past transparency advocates and environmentalists. David Biello reports
Poor people will suffer the most, unless the world exploits vanishing opportunities to adapt
An army of undergraduates built a synthetic chromosome with cheap DNA-making technology
As the cost of solar power drops, more consumers find that they hold the upper hand as utilities fight to maintain paying customers and the relevance of the grid
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has a working prototype for a space-based solar energy collector and distributor that would beat the cloudy-day problem. David Biello reports
Has the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy failed in its mission to create alternative energy breakthroughs?
A consideration of the role of sootlike particulates and ozone implies that the climate should will not be insensitive to increasing levels of greenhouse gases. David Biello reports
Rebuilding plants into bionic superpowered energy photosynthesizers—we have the nanotechnology
The conflict over Crimea may prove a last gas…p for Russian energy warfare
If test plants succeed, waste methane could fuel vehicles—but the conversion may not offer much environmental benefit
The U.S. government has given industry permission to use of lethally loud seismic devices up and down the east coast. David Biello reports
A new study attempts to quantify CO2 emissions if economic growth continues. David Biello reports
The energy secretary talks about buffering infrastructure against the next Hurricane Sandy
As more people move to cities, careful planning could mean a happy home for both humans and a substantial amount of wildlife. David Biello reports
A new study suggests that more methane is leaking than the U.S. government estimates—but natural gas remains less polluting than coal
New research suggests that planting gardens atop roofs or painting them white could offset both the local urban heat island effect and global warming, although one roof type does not cover all situations...
A new experiment releases more energy than is pumped into fuel—a major milestone—but a long journey still remains for sustainable energy from fusion
What is the largest type of trash produced in the U.S.? It’s not whatever you’re thinking, most likely. It’s coal ash. Burning coal produces more than 100 million metric tons of coal ash per yearthe gray or black sooty aftermath of our fossil fuel habit...