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Renewable Energy Shines in 2014

Renewable Energy Shines 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
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
What's in Your Air? [Interactive]

What's in Your Air? [Interactive]

Take a deep breath. Hold it. Now, release. Breathing is an amazing bodily function, one that is fundamental to life and an act that we do both automatically and conscientiously.

May 6, 2015 — Angel Hsu & Alisa Zomer
Damage from Extreme Weather Increasing

Damage from Extreme Weather Increasing

Hurricane Irene is part of a worsening trend. Weather disasters have grown more frequent and more costly over the past 30 years in the U.S.,

September 1, 2011 — Christine Gorman
Map Monday: Will Global Warming Drown Your Hometown?

Map Monday: Will Global Warming Drown Your Hometown?

You may recently have read about climate change and North Carolina for all the wrong reasons, entailing laws designed to forbid the mentioning of the term "climate change" as well as outright banning measurements of sea-level rise...

September 29, 2014 — Tali Trigg

Does Uber Make Cities More Energy Efficient?

It seems you can't read an article about new mobility or the sharing economy without stumbling across Uber; the mobility service that sprung up in 2009 to only five years later become valued at more than Avis, Hertz, or Sony...

November 21, 2014 — Tali Trigg
When David always beats Goliath

When David always beats Goliath

Perhaps I’m just out of touch or a just new school environmentalist, but I don’t agree with beating up on fossil fuels just because it’s the convenient thing to do.

October 2, 2013 — David Wogan
On environmentalism and ‘frackademia’

On environmentalism and ‘frackademia’

It’s sad that the biggest takeaway from the UT Austin/Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) study on methane emissions from upstream shale gas production has been the involvement of industry...

September 18, 2013 — David Wogan
EPA “got it right” on more stringent methane regulations

EPA “got it right” on more stringent methane regulations

One of the big takeaway from the big UT Austin/Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) methane leakage study released today is emissions rates are actually lower in some parts of the production process than initially thought...

September 16, 2013 — David Wogan
Drown Your Town

Drown Your Town

From: Drown Your Town: what does your hometown look like with sea level rise? by David Wogan at Plugged In. Source: Andrew David Thaler Amid a couple of harrowing weeks in the science blogging community, a madcap and dastardly plan was hatched by the Southern Fried Scientist, Andrew David Thaler...

October 24, 2013 — Glendon Mellow
Full Frontal Nerdity

Full Frontal Nerdity

I was once caught staring at energy efficiency guru Amory Lovins' pocket protector, and without blinking he said, "Yes, it's full frontal nerdity." There was something refreshing about that sentiment, so let me similarly make my intentions clear: in joining SciAm Blogs, I hope to bring you some unnoticed news and engage you on a [...]..

April 22, 2014 — Tali Trigg

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
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Memorial Day Flash Sale

Memorial Day Flash Sale

How Smartphones Affect Mental Health