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Indian Railways and Military Go Solar

There's been no shortage recently of big companies going big on solar, nor of middlemen trying to pave the way for bulk buying of solar power, but when the beast that is national procurement gets involved, the ante is upped...

April 15, 2015 — Tali Trigg
Can Chinese Cities Turn Around Pollution in Time?

Can Chinese Cities Turn Around Pollution in Time?

China became a mostly urban country in 2011, the service sector became the biggest in 2013, and in 2015 Chinese cities will try to reverse negative trends of sprawl and pollution.

February 26, 2015 — Tali Trigg
Species Snapshot: Sunda Pangolin

Species Snapshot: Sunda Pangolin

Today is World Pangolin Day, an occasion to recognize the rapidly impending extinction of the eight species of scaly anteaters from Africa and Asia.

February 21, 2015 — John R. Platt
Renewable Energy Shines in 2014

Renewable Energy Shines (and Blows) in 2014

Looking back at 2014 through the prism of renewable energy, it's hard not to get bombastic. So many records were broken, corners turned, and with costs declining, it's hard not to wonder if 2015 will see renewable energy become nothing more than a fully competitive energy source, capturing more and more market share...

February 5, 2015 — Tali Trigg
The Road to Paris and COP-21

The Road to Paris and COP-21

As 2015 begins, the road to the crucial COP-21 summit here in Paris (where I am based) is being outlined by the French government, the UN, and a huge number of other actors and NGOs.

January 16, 2015 — Tali Trigg

Can China Cut Coal?

On a visit to China a few years back, I asked a local official about pollution controls after enjoying my first sour, gritty taste of the country’s air.

November 25, 2014 — David Biello

U.S. Falling Behind on Competitiveness and Innovation

I’ve been mentioning R&D in talks and articles a lot lately. Most audiences outside the beltway don’t immediately know I mean Research and Development – until I explain it’s the part of our federal budget accounting for a good deal of “science stuff.” R&D supports basic research and leads to new innovation while helping boost [...]..

November 12, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

Paper Dragons Redefine an Ancient Art

Paper cutting as an art form is almost as old as paper itself. Traditionally, though, paper cuts are 2-dimensional, almost cartoonish depictions of scenes because of the nature of the process: either the paper is there, or it is cut away, leaving the artist with two tones to work with...

September 13, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
The Cyclic Nature of “Crazy Bad” Air Pollution and Fuel Transitions

The Cyclic Nature of “Crazy Bad” Air Pollution and Fuel Transitions

  China has become an icon for global air quality discussions – with its infamously horrible airpocolypses leading to widely publicized health impacts on the local population including widespread headaches, respiratory distress, and anxiety...

August 11, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Map Monday: 50+ Shades of Air Pollution

Map Monday: 50+ Shades of Air Pollution

In today's installment of Map Monday, I wanted to focus on air pollution as mapped by Hsu et al and The Atlantic. Go to this link to see the full interactive map, which details air pollution by country and city...

June 16, 2014 — Tali Trigg
Kawasaki Disease Traced to Winds from Northeast China Carrying Unusual Fungal Load

Kawasaki Disease Traced to Winds from Northeast China Carrying Unusual Fungal Load

In 2012 I wrote a story for Nature about a strange illness called Kawasaki Disease whose cause has eluded scientists for over 50 years. The diseases causes inflammation of the blood vessels in small children that leads to fever, rashes and reddening, and even coronary aneurysms that can cause heart attacks in the young...

May 25, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer
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