For more on the military's use of alternate energies, see A Less Well-Oiled War Machine
A Blast of Plasma Makes Plants Grow Faster
Scientists in Japan zap seeds with cold plasma device to shorten harvest
U.S. Airlines Could Cut Emissions In Half By 2050 With Minimal Cost
A new study shows that improved aircraft designs and air traffic management could slash aviation emissions
The Global Energy Risk of Growing More Protein
More crickets needed
Shocking Trick To Desalinate Seawater
An electrically driven shockwave can push the salt out of brackish water; uses much less energy than other methods
Paris Climate Talks Facing Growing Carbon Emissions and Credibility Gaps
Pledged carbon emissions fall well short of what's needed to hold global warming to 2 degrees Celsius this century. Emissions denial could ultimately turn up the heat even more
Emissions Testing Tech Puts Pressure on Carmakers
Maturing tech shows that diesel exhaust in the real world is far higher than what carmakers advertise
Europe Mismanages 10 Times the Amount of E-Waste It Exports
Europe's official collecting and recycling systems account for just over one-third of its overall used and discarded electronics
Renewable Energy is Good for Your Health
Regions could save $5.7 million-$210 million per year by replacing coal-fired power with renewable energy or energy efficiency measures
New Mapping Tools Show Just How Bad China's Air Pollution Really Is
But will all this data have any impact on policy?
New Study Finds Feedback Loop Between Air Travel and Climate Change
Increased jet stream winds from warming climate could lengthen flights, causing more climate-warming emissions
Wind Turbines Power Liquid-Air Energy Storage
Can a novel design for wind energy with storage scale up?
Project Will Make Clothes Cool So You Don't Need the AC
Why cool an entire building when you can just cool the people in it?
The Forgotten History of How Bird Poop Cripples Power Lines
Excreting eagles nearly made a failure out of the most technologically advanced power line of its time. Animal incursions are still a problem, but there's a standard for that
Electricity Use Could Soar as Global Middle Class Embraces Air Conditioning
As incomes rise, so does the demand for cooling. Can developing world grids handle it?
The Promise of Precision Agriculture in Drought-Ridden California
What will it take to unlock high-tech farming?
Missed Deadline for Carbon Reduction Promises Could Have Consequences
Without enough commitments Paris climate conference could face trouble
Censors Take On China's Silent Spring Moment
Chinese journalist Chai Jing's viral doc—a damning indictment of toothless environmental enforcement -- was taken down by Chinese government censors
Hoovering Up CO2 with CCS-equipped Biomass Power Plants
Detailed modelling shows that biomass power plants equipped to capture their CO2 emissions can render Western North America's grid carbon-negative by 2050
U.S. Electricity Demand Flat Since 2007
It could creep back up as standards are relaxed in some states
World’s Biggest Dump Truck Goes Electric
With four 1200-kW engines, it's more efficient and can carry a larger payload than ever before