The Pyrotechnic Tragedy of Sheffield's Hyperbolic Cooling Towers

Over the weekend, an industrial-age legend was blown up — literally — in Sheffield, England. The Tinsley water cooling towers, two hourglass-shaped, 250-foot-tall structures, were built almost 70 years ago as part of a long-demolished power plant. Several local artists tried to convert the abandoned structures into… » 8/25/08 7:00am 8/25/08 7:00am

A Coal-Burning Power Plant, Before and After

Though the EU has been clamoring to reduce carbon emissions, Germany is in the process of building 26 new coal-burning power plants. Here you can see a gigantic excavator machine mining brown coal near the Boxberg power plant yesterday. Consider this a "before" picture. Want to see what happens after the excavation? » 4/18/08 7:00am 4/18/08 7:00am