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Stories by Mark Fischetti

Solar-Powered Catamaran Circumnavigates Earth

This Friday, May 4, a vessel named Tûranor PlanetSolar will become the first totally solar-powered boat to circumnavigate the Earth. The broad, V-shape catamaran left Monaco on September 27, 2010, traveled west on a mostly equatorial route, and will return to the Monaco Yacht Club 584 days later...

May 2, 2012 — Mark Fischetti

Views from Space Show a Fragile Earth

Two provocative ways to see long-term changes on earth are currently being promoted in honor of Earth Week. A Web site by NASA, and an app from HarperCollins, both show striking side-by-side satellite images of locations that have changed dramatically over time spans of up to 30 years or more...

April 25, 2012 — Mark Fischetti

Earth Day 2012: The Best and Worst Pronouncements

April 22 marks the 42 nd annual Earth Day observance. In recent years, the week running up to Earth Day has become increasingly filled with a riotous mix of news that ranges from inspired initiatives to thinly veiled partisanship and shameless exploitation...

April 19, 2012 — Mark Fischetti
The Funny Side of Climate Change

The Funny Side of Climate Change

In her latest comic book, graphic novelist Kate Evans helps readers understand carbon trading schemes and their shortcomings

April 12, 2012 — Mark Fischetti

The Cool City Challenge: Getting a Low-Carbon Lifestyle to Catch On

Most people are aware that reducing carbon emissions could help the planet. But convincing a particular individual to change his or her behavior in ways that emit less carbon—not to mention the behavior of an entire city—can be a monumental challenge.David Gershon, founder of the Empowerment Institute in Woodstock, N.Y., is taking on that challenge, with help from three urban managers who hope their cities can become models for the future.Gershon, who authored the 2006 book and program Low Carbon Diet, has spent 20 years researching how to change community behavior...

March 30, 2012 — Mark Fischetti

Fracking Could Work If Industry Would Come Clean

VANCOUVER—Resistance to hydraulic fracturing in the U.S. has risen steadily in recent months. Citizens and politicians are worried that fracking deep shales to extract natural gas can contaminate groundwater, trigger earthquakes and release methane, the potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere...

February 18, 2012 — Mark Fischetti
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