According to this 1971 article from Mother Earth News, British chicken farmer Harold Bate invented a car that runs on animal droppings 40 years ago. Why the hell are we still using oil? Bate invented a converter that reportedly recycles animal (or human) waste into methane gas — and he ginned it up from “odds and ends at hand.” To be fair, using the converter is a pretty involved process, requiring 300 pounds of manure that has been fermented for up to a week. But on the flip side, Bate estimated it only cost him 3 cents (17 cents in …
The State Department is going to announce this morning a program to reduce shorter-lived greenhouse gases, like methane. The House won’t vote on Republicans’ transportation bill of horrors quite yet. Worldwide, 92 percent of freshwater water goes to agriculture. Mining in Mongolia — good for China, maybe not the best idea for the desert environment or the people who live there, who are mostly herders.
This calls for double devil horns, y'all: Megadeth's frontman just came out in support of GOP candidate Rick Santorum for president. One thing's for sure: Mitt Romney's sweating bullets.
You gotta admit, Swamp Thing is basically the perfect anti-littering spokesman (especially now that Captain Planet has gone off the rails). I mean, he’s essentially made out of the environment. In this so-bad-it’s-awesome 1989 PSA, he lectures children about throwing plastic cups in the water.
Americans work on average two hours out of every day to pay for their cars. A bicycle costs only 3.84 minutes.
Sales of solar panels for Japanese homes are up 30.7 percent in 2011, despite -- or, let's be real, because of -- the economic hit the country took in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
Leaked documents illuminate the Heartland Institute's denialist agenda, and who's footing the bill. The list of funders is interesting -- Kochs, Philip Morris, Microsoft -- but perhaps most sobering is their plan to undermine climate science in the classroom.
Researchers from the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies took this picture of a shark eating another shark near the Great Barrier Reef. Nature is crazy!
This video uses vegetables -- so many, many awesome vegetables -- to illustrate Michael Pollan's Food Rules.