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New Pavement Made From Tires Will Save Old Faithful's Groundwater

Labor Day Weekend is one of the busiest times at Yellowstone National Park, and its famous geyser, Old Faithful, reels in 90% of the park’s 3.6 million annual visitors. To keep that geyser reliably spewing steam and water 140 feet into the air every hour or two well into the future, the park is surrounding the thing… »9/04/15 10:19amYesterday 10:19am

This Material Could Turn Greenhouse Gas Into Fuel

In the energy world, carbon capture technology is often seen as the Holy Grail: Imagine if we could just suck all pesky climate-changing CO2 out of the atmosphere. Scientists at the DOE are hot on the problem. They’ve just identified a new material that not only captures CO2, it helps convert the greenhouse gas into… »8/09/15 9:24am8/09/15 9:24am

Why Airplane Flights Are Taking Slightly Longer Every Year

In the future, hopping on a plane from LA to Honolulu might take a minute longer than it does today. You probably won’t miss that lost moment, but the airline industry will: The tiny additional flight time could amount to thousands of extra hours and millions of dollars of additional jet fuel each year. »7/15/15 10:05am7/15/15 10:05am

How This Simple Landscaping Project Quiets an Airport's Roar

Two years ago in the Netherlands, artist Paul de Kort designed an 81-acre park near Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. His assignment? To use nothing but landscaping to dampen the noise of airplanes. Such a project had never been attempted—and a crucial element of the design was discovered almost by accident. »6/17/15 10:53am6/17/15 10:53am

Boeing's Carbon Fiber Is Helping Protect Football Players

When industries form a symbiotic collaboration, that's always a good thing. Especially when it's environmentally friendly and helps protect athletes from debilitating injuries. Russell Athletic is developing new football shoulder pads, made from recycled carbon fiber used in Boeing's 787 Dreamliners. »9/10/14 3:44pm9/10/14 3:44pm

Google Street View Cars Find Hundreds of Gas Leaks in Cities

If you live in an old city surrounded by history, chances are you also live with hundreds if not thousands of gas leaks all around you. It's bad for you (think explosions) and bad for the environment (think global warming), so we should probably do something about it. That's why Google Street View and the… »7/16/14 1:53pm7/16/14 1:53pm

British Airways Plans To Turn Garbage Into Jet Fuel

Do you remember at the end of Back to the Future, where Doc Brown tossed a banana peel, some egg shells, and a partially-consumed beer into "Mr. Fusion" to make the DeLorean time machine fly? Now, in the present, British Airways has announced its "GreenSky" project will convert solid waste into jet fuel. »4/17/14 4:25pm4/17/14 4:25pm

How Much Is The Dakar Rally Really Doing Right By The Environment?

The Dakar Rally route crossed the high-altitude salt flats of Uyuni, Bolivia for the first time this year, making some new enemies who are concerned about event's collateral damage to a fragile ecosystem. Yet Dakar organizers maintain that their initiatives do more than enough to offset the impact of the race. »1/23/14 12:33pm1/23/14 12:33pm

What would 25-feet of sea-level rise look like IRL?

People talk a lot these days about rising seas. They talk figures in feet and inches. They make maps, and forecast which stretches of America's coastline will be inundated in 25, 50, or 100 years. But we're visual creatures, and visual creatures want to know: what might this projected sea level rise actually look like? »4/11/13 10:21am4/11/13 10:21am

Electric Vehicles Can Be Twice As Bad For Global Warming So Stop Being So Smug, You

At a glance, the environmental benefits to electric vehicles seem obvious. No exhaust pipe means no harmful pollutants, right? Well, wrong, of course. It's well known that where the electricity comes from to power the car is a huge factor, and the manufacturing of electric cars is more environmentally taxing than… »10/05/12 2:30pm10/05/12 2:30pm