April 2012

Animals

Forest service to explode frozen cows

Last fall, cows that were grazing on federal land in Colorado took refuge in a cabin, then froze to death or were trapped by cows' general inability to figure out how to exit thngs. Now their carcasses are thousand-pound blocks of frozen meat, and rangers aren't sure how to dislodge them.

Renewable Energy

America could power a city on all the small-scale hydroelectric power we’re not harvesting

Every year, America misses out on 1.2 million megawatt-hours of electricity, enough to power a small city. Where's it all going? Literally, it's being flushed down the drain.

Politics

A chat with Chris Mooney about The Republican Brain

Science journalist Chris Mooney talks about the GOP's war on science and the psychological differences between liberals and conservatives.

Green Cars

Badass enclosed, untippable electric motorcycle is the ultimate green transport

It goes 200 miles on a third as much battery power as an electric car. It has airbags and an enclosed cockpit. It's gyroscopically stabilized, like a Segway. It could be the future of transportation.

Biking

Biker uses GPS to turn city into an Etch-a-Sketch

A Baltimore man uses his bike and his phone's GPS tracking to turn the city into art.

Cleantech

Cleantech spending drops 75 percent in five years

A new paper from Brookings, the World Resources Institute, and the Breakthrough Institute shows exactly how much trouble cleantech is in: Depressing, no? Some of that rapid decline comes from the end of stimulus spending. But the researchers found that even discounting those funds, federal support for cleantech dropped 47 percent between 2011 and 2012.

Cities

Earth Day revisited: An environmental patriarch on keeping the dream alive

Denis Hayes, the man who coordinated the first Earth Day back in 1970, talks about where the action will be this year, the state of the environmental movement, and why he’s become a green developer.

Infrastructure

Charming video explains where traffic comes from and how to fix it

Pollution

A tire fire so big it can be seen from space

Tire fires are a nasty business, and in Kuwait yesterday, a fire broke out at a dump that held more than 5 million tires. The fire was so big that the smoke plume was visible from space: A tire fire this big is an environmental disaster. It won’t just pollute the air with hazardous materials — it will create a small oil spill as well. Burning just one passenger car tire can produce two gallons of oil, according to the EPA, and 5 million tires could spill about 275,000 gallons of oil on the ground.

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