Planet Hulk's Mad Genius Has A Radical Solution To Global Warming

We loved Greg Pak's robot-themed anthology film Robot Stories, and now he's crafted a bizarre, clever short film set in our eco-apocalyptic near future. "Mister Green" is one of 11 movies about future America that you can watch for free. » 3/08/10 5:00pm 3/08/10 5:00pm

The Splendor of Greenland's Ice Sheet Crumbling Away

For the past several years, scientists have been tracking the transformation of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Now it's shrinking faster than ever, and a new study proves it has lost 1500 gigatons of mass from 2000 to 2008. » 11/13/09 7:20am 11/13/09 7:20am

The Future of Vancouver Takes Shape

In the misty distance is the gleaming sphere of Science World, and in the foreground is Vancouver's ultra-green Olympic Village, which planners say will hold 16,000 people by 2020. They'll eat food grown on roofs and drink reclaimed rainwater. » 11/11/09 7:30am 11/11/09 7:30am

10 Ways To Rescue The Climate, According To Science Fiction

Hot enough for ya? Our crazy fossil-fuel orgy is driving the planet's temperatures through the roof. Good thing science fiction books and movies have come up with 10 can't-fail solutions (well, maybe they'd work) for stopping global warming. » 9/04/09 12:37pm 9/04/09 12:37pm

Let's Start the Offshore Logging Lobby with Robots

Lumber companies are calling for offshore clear-cutting, logging forests that have been underwater for decades. And environmentalists have discovered the only loggers they could love. » 1/06/09 8:30am 1/06/09 8:30am

Massive Flood of Toxic Ash Swallows Tennessee Area, Heads to…

A pond of fly ash sludge at a Tennessee coal plant was breached earlier this week, and the toxic ash flooded out over 2.6 million cubic yards of the local landscape. This makes it officially larger than the Exxon Valez spill in terms of sheer size, though there's a big difference between the effects of this fly ash… » 12/24/08 1:19pm 12/24/08 1:19pm

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

Get Those Electrons Into A Seminar, Stat!

Environmentalism is such a downer, with all the doomsaying and finger-wagging. So maybe it's a good thing that globalization's cheerleader, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, has turned his upbeat, can-do goshdarnit style to green issues with his latest book, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need A Green… » 10/27/08 2:30pm 10/27/08 2:30pm

A Fleet of 1500 Cloud-Seeding Ships Could Stop Global Warming, Say…

Using a fleet of 1500 wind-powered ships that cruise the oceans autonomously, spraying massive plumes of salt water into the air, we could reverse the effects of global warming within years. So says John Latham, a researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, U.S., who has worked with… » 9/08/08 11:20am 9/08/08 11:20am

Scifi's Greatest Space Builders — And How We'll Copy Them

Click to view » 8/18/08 10:20am 8/18/08 10:20amOne day, when you hear someone is a construction worker, you'll have to ask whether he or she wears a spacesuit on the job. We're already assembling massive structures in space - like the International Space Station and Dextre, that got built in space this past spring - but space construction will soon…

Earth Systems Science Agency — To the Rescue!

Members of the Earth Systems Science Agency can predict the future, monitor the weather and control satellites. They have a loosely-defined connection to the U.S. government and several cutting-edge labs, and possess "geologic, biologic, hydrologic and geospatial expertise." Whoa, is this new super-team going to… » 7/03/08 3:00pm 7/03/08 3:00pm

Eco Nightclub Powered by Boogie Energy

A nightclub opening early next month in England is going to save the future — but only if you boogie as hard as you can on their energy-absorbing dance floor. The floor is made from a flexible material that bends as people pound it with their dancing feet. As you can see in this image, the dancing squashes special… » 6/20/08 2:04pm 6/20/08 2:04pm

The Public Transit Projects that Should Have Been

Urban history is littered with the dead bodies of scrapped public transit projects. When eager commuters and car companies turned the automobile into the most popular form of transit in the world in the twentieth century, many cities set aside plans for expanding their public transit systems, such as the electric… » 4/16/08 5:15pm 4/16/08 5:15pm

A Solar-Powered Death Ray

A Spanish company has built a "Solar Power Tower" near Seville that could easily become the world's first orbital solar death ray. It generates electricity via sunlight without photovoltaic cells, using 624 mirrors called heliostats to focus sunlight on a receiver at the top of the tower. The system generates… » 4/14/08 8:00am 4/14/08 8:00am

Power Your Home with Helium Balloons

Need to get some quick-and-pretty solar energy to your house, but don't want to mount a bunch of heavy solar panels on your roof? Now you can start powering up with these gorgeous, lightweight solar balloons. As long as you've got a helium tank handy, says inventor Joseph Cory, just one or two of these balloons made… » 4/10/08 4:09pm 4/10/08 4:09pm

Time Travel for Eco-Tourists

If you could time travel back 400 years to see the thick, green forests and clear streams of pre-urban New York City, would it change the way you feel about the environment today? Ecologist Eric Sanderson thinks so. In preparation for the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's arrival in New York's harbor, he's been… » 3/05/08 7:00am 3/05/08 7:00am

Giant Machines That Eat Garbage (and the People Who Feed Them)

Garbage disposal factories are the unsung heroes of the giant machine world. With everybody excited about Pixar's upcoming garbage robot flick Wall-E, it's time to meet some real-life garbage machines. Some are glistening high tech towers, like this waste disposal/power plant in Vienna. Others are surprisingly… » 2/08/08 2:00pm 2/08/08 2:00pm

A Water Bottle for Giant Monsters Showed Up Yesterday in Sao Paulo

No, it's not really a wine cooler for Cloverfield. It's an art installation by Eduardo Srur on the banks of Sao Paulo's most polluted river, which was also the recent site of a toxic fashion show. Srur doesn't want to make the Tiete river chic, though — he wants to warn people of the dangers of pollution from… » 1/31/08 1:23pm 1/31/08 1:23pm

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