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Florida’s ‘city of the future’ is first solar-powered town in America

June 9th, 2018 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

Developers hope Babcock Ranch will become America’s first self-sustaining city; Phil Keating reports on the progress.Video America’s first solar community coming to life in Florida Developers hope Babcock Ranch will become America’s first self-sustaining city; Phil Keating reports on the progress.



Pioneering ‘liquid air’ project can help store excess electricity

June 7th, 2018 at 7:52 am » Comments Off

A pioneering project in north-west England will turn air into liquid for energy storage to help electricity grids cope with a growing amount of wind and solar power. The world’s first full-scale “liquid air” plant is based on a technology that advocates say is cheaper and able to provide power for longer periods than lithium-ion […]



Electric vehicles begin to bite into oil demand

May 28th, 2018 at 9:40 am » Comments Off

Employees work on the assembly line of the electric bus at a BYD’s production base on January 23, 2018 in Xi’an, China. China’s largest electric carmaker BYD sold 113,669 new energy vehicles in 2017, up 13.4 percent year-on-year. (Photo by VCG/Getty Images) Projections have suggested that the advent of electric vehicles will have a dramatic […]



Bitcoin is going to use as much electricity as Austria by the year’s end

May 22nd, 2018 at 2:07 pm » Comments Off

At this point, mining Bitcoin requires such intensive, specific hardware that the only way for most people to get in on the crypto game is to simply purchase the coin via an exchange. But that doesn’t mean mining has slowed down. Rather, the opposite has been happening, giving environmentalists (and anyone but the most adamant […]



One of the world’s filthiest industries just agreed to clean up its act

April 20th, 2018 at 9:35 am » Comments Off

The shipping industry sets sail toward a carbon-free future. Cargo-shipping regulators have struck a historic deal to set their dirty fuel-burning industry on a low-carbon course. On Friday, the International Maritime Organization agreed for the first time to limit greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping. The nonbinding deal marks a critical shift for the sector—which, […]



More than 95% of world’s population breathe dangerous air, major study finds

April 19th, 2018 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

Children walking to school wearing smog pollution masks in Britain. Residents in many developing countries are exposed to toxic air both outdoors and inside their homes. More than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least […]



Trillions and trillions of viruses fall from the sky each day

April 16th, 2018 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

Viruses attached to a fragment of a bacterial cell wall. “Viruses modulate the function and evolution of all living things,” scientists wrote last year. “But to what extent remains a mystery.”



Incredible Sahara Forest Project to generate fresh water, solar power and crops in African desert

March 30th, 2018 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

Can you imagine being able to produce enough water in the Sahara to grow crops there? Can you imagine harnessing sufficient quantities of solar power to supply electricity to cities in Africa and cities in Europe? Can you imagine producing a sustainable bio-fuel that doesn’t impact on world food supplies? Charlie Paton, Michael Pawlyn and […]



The Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn’t what you think it is

March 25th, 2018 at 9:26 am » Comments Off

It’s not all bottles and straws—the patch is mostly abandoned fishing gear. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the world’s largest collection of floating trash—and the most famous. It lies between Hawaii and California and is often described as “larger than Texas,” even though it contains not a square foot of surface on which to […]



Robo-bees and drone-seeded forests: can technology mend our broken relationship with the natural world?

March 22nd, 2018 at 9:40 am » Comments Off

A drone offers a unique bird’s eye view as part of a forest fire surveillance system in the Landes region, France. I’ve tried many ways to free my brain from my iPhone. I’ve invented rules, bought books, deleted apps, installed other apps. But the only thing that reliably works is to leave the phone at […]



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