Don’t trust anyone over 30 (or under 70) when it comes to carbon emissions. According to data from the Max Planck Institute, your individual emissions rise steeply from birth through the early 20s, then keep rising a little less sharply for the next 40 years. Your carbon footprint doesn’t peak until after age 60, at which point you may be responsible for 16,500 tons of CO2 per year. Conclusion: Baby Boomers ruin everything.
Here's the upside to a massive solar storm: Absolutely astonishing aurora borealis.
Do you have a surplus of humanely raised meat from your DIY slaughter? Alternately, have you been trying to go vegetarian but can’t quite shake the cravings? Either way, these instructions on making your own beef jerky briefs have you covered. Barely covered.
Floods in Australia are rising to record levels. We told you Australia is screwed. Guys. GUYS! Mitt Romney also gave out renewable energy loans as governor of Massachusetts OMG WTF SOLYNDRA BRAIN EXPLODES. San Francisco is working to integrate electric bicycles into its car share service. Russian scientists have drilled a hole through two miles of ice to reach Antarctica’s largest subglacial lake. Why are so many dolphins being found stranded on Cape Cod?
Whatever, BP; Taylor Energy Company was spilling oil in the Gulf of Mexico way before it went mainstream. A broken Taylor wellhead has been leaking as much as 4,000 gallons a day into the Gulf for the last seven years, according to a lawsuit filed by water conservation groups Apalachicola Riverkeeper and Waterkeepers Alliance.
Here’s your nature porn for the day: a long exposure of the night sky over the aptly named Very Large Telescope array in Chile.
An MIT scientist has developed a quick and dirty way to harness solar power using “anything green, even grass clippings.” So basically, solar panels made out of yard waste. This technology is way, way, way, way below the efficiency of commercial solar panels: It converts 0.1 percent of solar energy into power. Commercial solar panels clock in around 10 to 15 percent; the most advanced lab models are pushing even higher. But the simplicity of the design makes up for that shortcoming.
In Canada, caribou herds are declining, in part, environmental groups say, because of tar-sands development. The Canadian government's response? Kill the wolves.
Puerto Rico needs to get rid of 4 MILLION invasive iguanas, some of which can grow to be six feet long. Short of passing a law requiring every man, woman, and child on the island to eat one iguana, what do you do about that volume of unwanted critters? Well, Puerto Rico is taking what’s probably the most lucrative option: Rounding them up, slaughtering them, and exporting the meat to the U.S.