Stories tagged with energy

No Fracking, No Fracking Pipelines

Something is happening in the Delaware River watershed, something important and inspiring. Yesterday over 100 people from dozens of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware groups joined together in one of the most empowering actions I’ve been part of in a long time. For two and a half hours, led by Maya Van Rossom and Tracy Carluccio of the Delaware Riverkeepers Network, we nonviolently and creatively took over the latest meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission. We took this action because of the DRBC’s complete failure, so far at least, to deal with the 13 natural gas pipelines …

Business & Technology

New technology could make your cell phone battery last twice as long

a company called Eta Devices, which spun out of MIT, has figured out how to make your phone's power amplifier much more efficient.

This light switch forces kids to save energy through emotional manipulation

This dimmer switch smiles when the lights are off and frowns when they're on.

Thoughts on economic growth and energy slaves

Increased access to energy seems responsible for much of the economic growth of the last two centuries. That raises an unsettling question about future growth.

Climate & Energy

U.S. exit signs use as much power as West Virginia

The country's 100 million lighted exit signs use 30 to 35 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity every year

Living

Your CD collection is greener than Spotify

A new report crunched the numbers on your Spotify habit and concluded that it's terrible for energy consumption.

Living

One more way your plane flights are killing everybody

Remember when cars used to give off disgusting clouds of lead-laden smoke? Planes still do that. Some of them do, at least — in particular, those nasty little planes that rich people fly because car traffic is for suckers. According to Scientific American, smaller planes now produce HALF of all the lead pollution in the air. As might be expected, this pollution wreaks havoc on the health of anyone exposed to it. SciAm writes: Some of the health effects of repeated exposure to lead include damage to the central nervous system, kidneys and red blood cells, and decreased function in …

Climate & Energy

The only way to evacuate all of humanity from Earth is to use nuclear propulsion

Yes, it is awesome the Curiosity rover can Instagram Mars pics back to Earth from 50 million miles away. But ultimately, one goal of all this space exploration is to have another place to go if we really royally screw up the planet, right? XKCD’s Randall Munroe answers a critical question about that overplayed movie plot secret government plan ahem THEORETICAL POSSIBILITY: If we actually needed to get billions of people off this planet … could we really do it? If you haven’t been reading Munroe’s new “what if?” feature, in which he answers “hypothetical questions with physics,” know that …

Climate & Energy

The world’s about to get its first entirely solar-powered country

By next week, the tiny island nation Tokelau will be the first solar-powered country in the world.

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