New map shows whether your region uses more carbon than it generates

Our dependence on plants shot up from 1995 to 2005, according to a new NASA study. Here's a map that shows which regions use more carbon than they produce (red) and which regions produce more than they use (green). » 12/22/10 7:00am 12/22/10 7:00am

A dire warning on climate change from two Republicans (who aren't in…

The Republican party needs to wake up to the reality that we're causing global climate change before it's too late, warned two former GOP congressmen. » 11/21/10 8:00am 11/21/10 8:00am

Tower will feature "floating observatories" held up by helium balloons…


This looks like some weird and possibly carnivorous alien plant — but it's actually a high-tech "green" building, using lightweight materials from the "spacecraft industry" to make lightweight observation pods that glide up and down vertically. » 11/17/10 7:00am 11/17/10 7:00am

The case of the mass honeybee killer has a new prime suspect

Thanks to a joint investigation from academics and the Department of Homeland Security, the culprit in the Case of the Honeybee Killer has been found. » 10/07/10 4:23pm 10/07/10 4:23pm

Stinging jellyfish invade Baltimore's harbor, swim downtown

Baltimore's inner harbor has been taken over by milky-white creatures with long, trailing tentacles. The jellyfish swarmed into the harbor last week, and were last seen heading downtown. » 9/27/10 6:20am 9/27/10 6:20am

Five biomimetic ideas to make the world a cooler-looking place

Eco-friendly structures don't have to look like ugly gray boxes. In fact, saving the enviromment can inspire some of the best design out there. Here are five ways biomimetics takes the elegance of nature, and makes it work for us. » 9/23/10 12:30pm 9/23/10 12:30pm

2010 will be remembered as the year the Arctic Ocean became a trade…

In the 1980s, the Soviet Union built nuclear-powered ice-breakers, hoping to open a shipping route through the Arctic. They needn't have bothered — there's no ice left now in the summer, opening the fabled Northeast Passage to shipping. » 9/02/10 12:30pm 9/02/10 12:30pm

Dead lakes, dying seas: human-made natural disasters

This is the Aral Sea, which was once one of the four largest lakes in the world, until the Soviet Union diverted the rivers that fed it. Now full of stranded ships, it's just one of the world's dying lakes. » 8/30/10 3:30pm 8/30/10 3:30pm

The Pakistani flooding as seen from space: an explosion of water

You've probably seen the horrifying pictures of the 20 million victims of Pakistan's unprecedented flooding of the Indus River. But this false-color image from NASA's Terra satellite really drives home the extent of the devastation wrought by rising water levels. » 8/20/10 4:36pm 8/20/10 4:36pm

Eco-friendly super-tower, "The Electric Razor," is named ugliest new…

Some of the most beautiful buildings in the world are designed to be both sleek and eco-friendly. And then there's the Strata Tower, which improves urban density and has three wind turbines. And it's been named Britain's ugliest new building. » 8/13/10 6:30am 8/13/10 6:30am

20 careers that will make the future less dystopian

The future is a beautiful place - and you can help make it that way, while picking up a paycheck at the same time. Here are 20 jobs that will help the human race avoid dystopia! » 6/30/10 3:30pm 6/30/10 3:30pm

Waterworld star Kevin Costner will clean up the BP oil spill

Kevin Costner once boasted that he could have cleaned up the Exxon Valdez spill in a week. Now he'll get a chance to show what he can do — BP is buying his oil/water separation machines. [Inhabitat and WWL] » 6/11/10 2:54pm 6/11/10 2:54pm

"We broke the ocean": Cherie Priest on the oil spill

Boneshaker author Cherie Priest writes a heartbreaking, unsettling essay about the Gulf of Mexico disaster, and the responsibility we all share. » 6/05/10 12:30pm 6/05/10 12:30pm

Supertankers could be super easy solution to Gulf Coast oil disaster

Engineer Nick Pozzi has a simple solution to the massive oil spill in the Gulf Coast: use empty supertankers to suck up the oil. He says he knows it will work - because it did the last time this happened. » 5/21/10 12:30pm 5/21/10 12:30pm

One possible explanation for the Gulf oil spill: Did someone tug on…

Superman's turned nasty, in this awesome clip from Superman III, and this leads to him getting some action with a hot blonde who's "past saving." But first she wants him to cause a sexy, shiny oil spill in the Atlantic. » 5/20/10 5:30pm 5/20/10 5:30pm

The Reason Why Turtles Decided To Become Ninjas In The First Place

A dead turtle lays on the beach, its shell marked with orange paint for easy identification. This year's number of endangered sea turtle corpses found washed up from the Gulf of Mexico is double the usual amount. [Associated Press] » 4/30/10 2:00pm 4/30/10 2:00pm

A Graveyard For Our Solar-Powered Future, In Spain

Here's a Spanish cemetary which installed solar panels on top of the mausoleums a year or two back. It's a fitting image, because Spain has just buried its enormous push for solar energy, thanks to the financial crisis. » 4/30/10 11:17am 4/30/10 11:17am

The Only Way To Save The Environment May Be Setting An Oil Slick On Fire

This white, foamy oil slick appears almost beautiful in this satellite image — but it's set to become the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The Coast Guard is considering setting it on fire to save the environment. » 4/27/10 2:38pm 4/27/10 2:38pm