What comes after the end of factory farming?

Factory farming only really began 40 years ago, and it seems unlikely to continue for another 40 years in its current configuration. Even leaving aside the massive, huge ethical problems with abusing our fellow sentient creatures, the logic behind factory farming is based on some assumptions that won't be true for… » 12/14/12 2:17pm 12/14/12 2:17pm

Your pillow is a lot like a toilet seat, microbially speaking

Most of us like to think that we are shielded against the elements inside the walls of our home or office buildings. This may be true for weather, but it's certainly not the case with fauna. Swarming around us at all hours of the day is what theoretical ecologist Jessica Green calls "the wildlife in the air."… » 10/22/12 6:20am 10/22/12 6:20am

Can you afford to go solar?

Lots of people around the country are outfitting their houses with energy-harvesting solar panels, and not just for the environment, but for government kickbacks, as well. Some companies will even foot the bill and install your panels for free, provided they can collect on the federal subsidies. » 8/25/11 2:57pm 8/25/11 2:57pm

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

Hungary's river of death, as seen from space

Here's an aerial view of Hungary's toxic spill, which threatens to become an international environmental disaster, from NASA's Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite. Click through for a close-up that shows the devastation more clearly. » 10/13/10 4:00pm 10/13/10 4:00pm

Hungarian toxic sludge kills 4, injures at least 120 — and it may be…

The horrifying, heartbreaking pictures of Ajka, Hungary, look like a natural disaster, like Hurricane Katrina. But they're not. This flooding is the result of a deadly spill from an alumina plant whose reservoir burst open. Warning: dreadfully upsetting photos below. » 10/05/10 12:23pm 10/05/10 12:23pm

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