This guide, in observance of Earth Day 2012, helps consumers move well beyond the throw-it-out mentality
The third annual ARPA-E summit showcases potentially transformative energy technologies
The science behind moving species under threat from climate change
Another Inconvenient Truth: The World's Growing Population Poses a Malthusian Dilemma
Solving climate change, the Sixth Great Extinction and population growth... at the same time
Happy Earth Day! Welcome to the Anthropocene
Scientists are suggesting that the present day is part of a new era in the planet's history. David Biello reports
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...
Celebrating Earth on Earth Day: A Few Favorite Places
Interviewer: So, how powerful are you? Could you ...say... destroy the Earth? Tick: Destroy the Earth? Egad, I hope not! That's where I keep all my stuff!
The Earth Beneath Our Feet
Some people take Earth Day more literally than others. Howard Garrett is one of them. Better known as the Dirt Doctor, Garrett believes that the health of the planet begins with the earth beneath our feet; it starts with cultivating strong vibrant soil, and blossoms outwards from there."Without healthy soil, we won't have healthy plants, animals or people," says Garret over the phone from his home in Dallas, Texas, where he advocates for natural organic gardening, landscaping and living.The soil, he says, is a living entity that's frequently mistreated...
Genetically Engineered Stomach Microbe Converts Seaweed into Ethanol
A genetically modified strain of common gut bacteria may lead to a new technology for making biofuels that does not compete with food crops for arable acreage
Oil Habit Unchanged on Two-Year Anniversary of BP's Gulf of Mexico Spill
Two years ago, 11 men lost their lives as a backlash of gas exploded into the night from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. In the ensuing months, roughly 5 million barrels of oil and more than 6 billion cubic feet of natural gas spewed into the ocean from the Macondo well more than a kilometer underwater...
Celebrate Earth Day: Buy! Buy! Buy!
A casual spin last night through the pile of ads inserted inside my local Sunday newspaper made it clear to me that the best possible thing we all can do this week to honor Earth is to shop till we drop...
New Energy-Dense Battery Could Enable Long-Distance Electric Cars
Material changes enable a new battery to store more electricity--and could boost the driving range of electric vehicles
Maul of the Wild: Sixth Extinction Wipes out Animals Worldwide
Extinction juggernaut races across the globe
Feed the World, Save the Planet
The world's population will cross the 7 billion mark this month and is projected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. So many more people, plus rising living standards, mean that global agriculture will have to double food production by mid-century.Yet farming and ranching already exact a daunting toll on the environment: burn down rain forests to create more arable land, dump fertilizers onto fields that run off and choke life in rivers and oceans, emit volumes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, use up vast stores of freshwater for irrigation...
Small Reactors Make a Bid to Revive Nuclear Power
Can small, LEGO-like reactors help create better prospects for the nuclear industry?
7 Billion People and Counting
Can the planet handle more than seven billion humans?
Earth Day at 40: New Perspectives on the Planet's Health
April 22, 2010, marks the 40th anniversary of the original Earth Day. How far has the planet come in the intervening decades?
New Solutions for Clean Energy
As the world continues to grapple with energy-related pollution and poverty, can innovation help?
Can We Feed the World and Sustain the Planet?
A five-step global plan could double food production by 2050 while greatly reducing environmental damage