By Rachel Scheier In 1913 on the outskirts of Cairo, an inventor from Philadelphia named Frank Shuman built the world’s first solar thermal power station, using the abundant Egyptian sunshine to pump 6,000 gallons of water a minute from the… Read More ›
Was a Trump Server Communicating With Russia?
This spring, a group of computer scientists set out to determine whether hackers were interfering with the Trump campaign. They found something they weren’t expecting. By Franklin Foer Read Franklin Foer’s follow-up story for new statements from the Trump campaign… Read More ›
Ahwaz’s environmental woes at the epicenter of crisis in Iran
By Daniel Brett Over recent days, Iran has been rocked by massive protests in its southwestern Arab-majority Khuzestan province as power stations have failed and water supplies have been cut off. Dust storms and poor weather in this region, where… Read More ›
Solar just hit its lowest price ever
Oil-rich Abu Dhabi is planning a massive solar project. By Samantha Page Transitioning to clean energy is the single most important thing we can do to avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change. Luckily for us, clean energy keeps getting… Read More ›
The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades
By Liz Stinson A Spanish company called Vortex Bladeless is proposing a radical new way to generate wind energy that will once again upend what you see outside your car window. Their idea is the Vortex, a bladeless wind turbine… Read More ›
The 4th Largest Economy In The World Just Generated 90 Percent Of The Power It Needs From Renewables
By Jeremy Deaton On Sunday, for a brief, shining moment, renewable power output in Germany reached 90 percent of the country’s total electricity demand. That’s a big deal. On May 8th, at 11 a.m. local time, the total output of… Read More ›
Citing Urgency, World Leaders Converge on France for Climate Talks
By Coral Davenport and Gardiner Harris LE BOURGET, France — One of the largest gatherings of world leaders in history began a multinational effort Monday toward forging what many called the planet’s last, best hope to stave off the worst… Read More ›
Could This Zero-Emissions, Triple-Decker Solar Plane Revolutionize the Aviation Industry?
By Lorraine Chow As the Solar Impulse 2 makes its historic round-the-world trip powered only by the energy of the sun, it’s not so crazy to think that sometime in the future, commercial flying will abandon dirty fossil fuels. Well,… Read More ›
Will Hawaii Be the First State to Go 100% Renewable?
Islands are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, especially rising sea levels. So maybe it’s no surprise that Hawaii is considering legislation that would make it the first state in the U.S. to be entirely powered by renewable… Read More ›
Even at $10/barrel, oil can’t match solar on cost
One of the biggest banks in the Middle East and the oil-rich Gulf countries says that fossil fuels can no longer compete with solar technologies on price, and says the vast bulk of the $US48 trillion needed to meet global… Read More ›
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