Global Warming Means More Dire Respiratory Problems

As the Earth slowly warms and weather patterns start to go non-linear, the side-effects for human health aren't always what you'd expect. In coming years, hospitals need to brace themselves for a spike in hospital visits due to respiratory problems, especially during summer. This finding comes out of a new study by a… » 2/20/09 11:00am 2/20/09 11:00am

A Satellite View of Tennessee's Kingston Fossil Plant, Before and After the Toxic Spill

As you've probably heard, a containment area for toxic fly ash (a byproduct of fossil fuel production) burst open last month in Tennessee, U.S. As a result, 1.3 million cubic meters of ash slurry oozed over the countryside, covering homes and getting into local rivers. NASA's Landsat 5 satellite captured these images… » 1/02/09 5:30pm 1/02/09 5:30pm

Photon Farming in the Vast Solar Fields of Northern China

This is an aerial view of China's future — vast solar farms that developers hope will fuel the industrial nation, as well as cut down on its choking smog problem. This solar photovoltaic power station, the largest of its type in northwest China, is currently under construction in Xining of Qinghai Province. Instead… » 11/03/08 11:02am 11/03/08 11:02am

Dried Mushrooms Could Stop Global Warming, Say Scientists

The fungi destroyed by global warming might just be the key to preventing the planet from becoming a giant ball of greenhouse gasses. A group of researchers at UC Irvine in California have discovered that rising temperatures are killing mushrooms in the forests of Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia and other northern areas.… » 11/03/08 8:20am 11/03/08 8:20am

This Summer the Northwest Passage Opens, When the North Pole Melts

The ice-clogged, impassible North Pole of yesterday is about to melt away this summer, and may be one of the first examples of economic benefit coming from global warming. When the Pole shrinks away, it creates a wide path through the so-called Northwest Passage, a treacherous and icy route between the Pacific and… » 6/27/08 7:00am 6/27/08 7:00am

Crispy Noodles Fuel Next-Gen Hydrogen Cars

Crispy noodles are the missing link between today's carbon-emitting cars and tomorrow's clean hydrogen cars. It turns out that the structure of crispy noodles — rigid, twisty, and porous — perfectly matches that of a new polymer developed to trap and reuse hydrogen atoms in new "green" cars. University of Manchester… » 5/06/08 1:15pm 5/06/08 1:15pm

Now Your Car Can Pollute an Environmentally-Friendly Garage

Could this parking garage in Santa Monica, California, become the first certifiably "green" parking garage in the U.S.? LEED, a green building organization that awards certifications to structures that are demonstrably eco-friendly, says it may grant its certification to the garage any time now. » 4/14/08 4:24pm 4/14/08 4:24pm

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Giant Tree-Powered Machine Supplies Energy, Air to Madrid

This industrial environmentalist building/machine in Madrid is packed with solar cells and trees, and will apparently generate enough energy to sell to local electric companies. Called an "Air Tree," and created by Urban Ecosystems, the mega-device is supposed to have a significantly beneficial impact on the climate.… » 1/24/08 3:30pm 1/24/08 3:30pm

By 2050, Smog Monster Will Be Eating Mostly Cars

A new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that about 20-25% of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 and ozone) are coming from railway, shipping, and car or truck transportation. But the most interesting part of the study are its future projections. "In 2050, as much as 30-50%… » 1/07/08 7:20am 1/07/08 7:20am

Airborne Wind Turbines Are Floating Eco-Powerhouses of Tomorrow

Wind turbines produce energy by harnessing the wind, and usually they look like windmills. But a new breed of airborne wind turbine is heading into production. Many of them are house-sized and blimp-shaped, inflated with helium and left to churn in the rapid winds that are always blowing 1000 feet off the ground.… » 12/13/07 2:00pm 12/13/07 2:00pm

Tropics Expand and Stem Cells Repair Major Skull Damage

  • It's official: the Earth is getting more tropical. Global warming has expanded the tropical band around the center of the planet over the past two decades, and it looks like it will expand more over the next century. [Reuters]
  • Researchers repaired major skull damage in mice using human embryonic stem cells. They grew…
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Environmentalist Nation Secedes from Union, Institutes 20-Hour Workweek

Written in the 1970s at the height of the last eco-craze, Ernest Callenbach's classic utopian novel Ecotopia will intrigue anyone who wants to see what a sustainable environmentalist country might look like. Surprisingly prescient, and unafraid to look at the dark side of eco-fanaticism, Callenbach shows us a… » 11/21/07 11:30am 11/21/07 11:30am