- Dec 26 20163 minutes
States Are The Nuclear Industry’s Best Hope
Trump’s signaled he’s pro-nuclear, but it’s a low priority for Congress | “It’s going to be quite challenging to do anything at the federal level”
- Dec 1 20161 minute
To Catch A Hacker
WHEN CYBER-HACKERS overtook parts of Ukraine’s electricity grid last December, plunging more than 200,000 people into darkness, the unprecedented attack sent utility companies everywhere scrambling to address long-standing vulnerabilities in their ow
- Dec 23 20162 minutes
This Spider Turns Itself Into A Leaf
The spider may be able to select leaves with hues similar to its own body for more effective camouflage.
- Dec 12 20161 minute
How To Optimize The World’s Energy System
JOE KAESER IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD, WE ARE SURROUNDED by electronics, from the computers on our desks to the smartphones in our pockets to the thermostats in our homes to our data in the virtual cloud. For this reason, you might imagine that our crit
- Jan 7 20177 minutes
The Atlantic Ocean And An Actual Debate In Climate Science
Scientists have recently begun to re-examine a scary question: Will a crucial ocean current shut down?
- Dec 21 201616 minutes
President Trump And The Unnatural World
David Biello, author of The Unnatural World, talks about the paradox of climate change in the Trumpocene.
- Jan 9 20174 minutes
Obama In Science: The Renewable Revolution Will Outlast Trump
The president makes the case for his energy legacy in one of the nation’s preeminent scientific journals.
- Dec 12 20162 minutes
The Great Climate-Change Savior? It’s Pragmatism
RICHARD BRANSON IN 1976, AMID RISING SCIENTIFIC concerns about a warming planet, a young energy-policy analyst named Amory Lovins challenged the U.S. government to reimagine the nation’s energy supply and pursue the path of renewable energy and grea
- Nov 28 20161 minute
The Return Of ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’
It really is a new day for U.S. energy policy. The President-elect has pledged to roll back environmental regulations, invest in new pipelines and allow drilling on public lands—and he can make many of the changes unilaterally once in office. On thei
- Jan 9 20172 minutes
The Moon May Be Formed From Many Tiny Moons
New research suggests the moon was the result of a series of smaller collisions rather than a single catastrophe, contradicting a theory that has been widely accepted for over 30 years.
- Jan 2 20173 minutes
How Bad Air Came Back
Air pollution is getting worse—and hurting us even more
- Oct 17 20161 minute
‘Clean Coal’ Is Far From Clean
And, despite what Trump said in the debate, it isn’t likely to save miners’ jobs either
- Dec 12 20161 minute
A Cabinet Pick Who’s Bad For Climate Policy
Ben Carson must acknowledge the threat global warming poses to American homes
- Dec 1 20161 minute
Cells Of Steel
WATCHING MATT DAMON play a stranded astronaut in The Martian, moviegoers might assume they’re learning exactly how to survive on Mars. Simply pop up a greenhouse, fertilize the sandy soil with excrement, and behold a thriving crop of potato plants th
- Dec 19 20163 minutes
Trump’s Tax Bill For Global Warming
Floridians in Palm Beach spend millions to deal with rising seas | “Three feet of water-level change would severely impact us”
- Nov 1 20161 minute
Wind Is Getting Really, Really Cheap
The first offshore wind farm in the U.S. marks a turning point for the industry.
- Jul 4 20162 minutes
Erin Brockovich’s Latest Crusade
THE CELEBRATED ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST IS BACK ON THE FRONT LINES, FIGHTING FOR CLEAN WATER ACROSS THE NATION
- Dec 1 20165 minutes
DOING LAUNDRY: THAT IS HOW ONE THINKER RESPONDED TO THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN GREECE AND THE WASTE IT CREATES. THE RESULT WAS A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES NEW ARRIVALS WITH CLOTHING AND LOCAL WORKERS WITH EMPLOYMENT. OTHER STEWARDS PLANTED THEMSELVES BETWEEN
- Sep 19 20161 minute
The Anthropocene Should Bring Awe—and Act as a Warning
JUSTIN WORLAND AS GEOLOGICAL EPOCHS HAVE COME AND gone throughout Earth’s vast history, shifts have often correlated with large-scale global changes like ice ages and mass extinctions. An asteroid hits the planet, wiping out the dinosaurs, and the C
- Dec 12 201612 minutes
A Possible Break In One Of Evolution's Biggest Mysteries
Whales have one of the strangest, least-understood histories of any animal—and barnacles might be the key to unlocking their secrets.
- Oct 31 20161 minute
New Deal on Pollutants Caps Good Year for Climate Action
JUSTIN WORLAND CLIMATE NEGOTIATORS MEETING IN KIGALI, Rwanda, agreed on Oct. 15 to phase out pollutants known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The deal represents crucial progress toward meeting the goal of last year’s landmark Paris Agreement, which s
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
Q&A Adam Sieminski, Head Of EIA
Naureen S. Malik Adam Sieminski is the administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a division of the Department of Energy that collects and analyzes data. Are $60 oil prices possible next year? They should be above $50 next year.
- Oct 1 20161 minute
MANY RENEWABLE energy advocates think the best way to store solar and wind energy may be to use what are known as “flow batteries,” which hold liquid electrolytes in tanks and then pump them through a reactor to produce electricity. A major advantage
- Dec 1 20162 minutes
In A Decade, Oklahoma's Earthquakes Will Be Normal Again
Next year, though, the state faces a 40-percent risk of a major tremor.
- Oct 30 20161 minute
1 An Experiment in the Woods
ARCHITECT STEVEN HOLL SAVED A PLOT OF LAND FROM DEVELOPMENT AND BUILT HIMSELF A GUESTHOUSE THAT SLEEPS FIVE—BUT HAS NO BEDROOMS.
- Dec 1 20132 minutes
Prefab Homes are Seeing Green
Customizable, sustainable residences get big funding
- Jul 1 20156 minutes
Meet the Business Owners Spearheading Alcohol's Avant-Garde
A growing number of bars are leveraging advanced science, emerging technologies and DIY ingenuity to expand the possibilities of cocktail craft and redefine how drinks are engineered and experienced.
- Aug 1 20161 minute
The Gift of the Cacti
Two decades ago, car companies predicted that they’d have millions of hydrogen fuel-cell cars on the road by 2020. today, that seems impossible, given that only three models are in commercial producti
- Jul 18 20161 minute
232. Coal Country Goes Green
Justin Worland HUNDREDS OF COAL-FIRED power plants across the U.S. have shuttered in the face of cheaper alternatives and increasingly tough environmental regulations. But while the closings are a win for clean air, they can devastate local economie
- Oct 17 20162 minutes
Inside the Fight for Cleaner Air
AT FIRST GLANCE, LONDON’S Oxford Street looks like any other pristine urban corridor. Trees bloom. Taxis honk. Shoppers flock to stores like Starbucks, Uniqlo and the Gap. Of all the words you could use to describe this destination, dangerous would b