Christopher Mims

Christopher Mims's dystopian non-fiction is sought after by an ever-growing roster of publications.

Terrified by peak oil, FedEx turns to biofuels, efficiency

FedEx owns 700 planes and tens of thousands of trucks, which is why CEO Fred Smith is crazy for energy efficiency.

Flame retardants can turn a burning room into a gas chamber

You know brominated and chlorinated flame retardants are bad when when even Walmart bans them from its products. Unfortunately, some fire codes require them.

Half-bike, half-car Velomobile goes 80 miles on 6 cents of electricity

The only thing better than a Velomobile is an electric Velomobile, which is the exact same thing, but with the addition of a kit to electrify the bike.

Green Home

Geek legend hacks together an off-grid smart home

Loren Amelang is a pioneer in C++ programming, and his homebrewed live/work space is a monument to sustainable geekery.

Green Cars

How China will force Americans to drive electric cars

The sheer number of vehicles being added in Asia means a whole new level of competition for oil. It’s a competition that Asia will almost surely win, and will probably do more to drive the adoption of electric cars in the U.S. than any policy or tax credit.

Biking

All the insanity of modern car culture, in one image

See also: Solar-powered tanning salon.

If fossil fuel subsidies were distributed to every person, we’d each get $58/year

Every year fossil fuels get six times as much money in subsidies from the U.S. government -- i.e. you, the taxpayer -- than renewable energy.

Incredible NASA images of Saudi Arabia’s careless use of water

NASA released satellite images showing that the Saudis are irrigating the desert in order to grow food -- with fossil water that accumulated during the last Ice Age and will be gone completely in 50 years.

Climate & Energy

George Bush’s hometown is running out of water, thanks to climate change

The president whose State Department thanked Exxon executives for their "active involvement" in helping to determine climate change policy is watching the town in which he grew up squirm in the grip of Texas' epic, climate change-enhanced drought.

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