Solar panels don’t put themselves up. Houses don’t retrofit themselves. Farmers markets don’t run themselves. Green projects could give the economy a major boost, Van Jones argues in his new book.
What do the latest hydrogen fuel production technology and your tramp stamp have in common? They both take inspiration from butterfly wings.
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.
Data visualization wizards Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg have devised a real-time map of wind speeds in the U.S., and it beats the pants off spiky cold fronts, happy suns, and whatever else they’re putting on weather maps these days. It’s simple, elegant, and crazy hypnotic — watch it together with the lava lamp ocean currents, and you might just go into a turbulence-inspired trance and start making noises like Osborne Reynolds. (Look it up, jerks.)
This is going around Facebook today — it’s actually from 2010, made in response to a specific piece of legislation, but the message here is (pardon the pun) evergreen.
The Denver Zoo has to deal with a lot of waste. A good deal of that waste comes from visitors, but the zoo also produces hundreds of thousands of pounds of animal poo each year. Now, zoo engineers have found a positive use for it: They rigged up a poo-powered tuk-tuk. (A tuk-tuk is a motorized rickshaw.) “We want to show people that we’re not crazy for wanting to take elephant poop and turn it into energy,” one engineer told the Denver Post.
Critics are after Germany for shutting down its nuclear plants, but they are missing the point: Germans think so-called "baseload power" is incompatible with a fully renewable power system. Eliminating baseload is a feature, not a bug.
Short answer: no. But algae’s moment in the sun may be just over the horizon.
American solar-panel manufacturers have complained that the Chinese are crushing them with underpriced, over-subsidized panels -- and now the U.S. Commerce Department officially agrees.
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