Each day, our Sun pours its energy down onto the Earth’s surface, turning vast expanses of open water into vapor. New research shows the surprising degree to which this clean and renewable process could be used to produce electricity—enough, perhaps, to meet 70 percent of US energy needs. But before this energy…
For the second time this month and the third time over the past year, President Obama has penned a policy commentary in a leading scientific journal. This time, he’s not defending his signature health care law, but rather, making the case that a clean energy future is inevitable—no matter what Trump does.
Welcome to the future. A future that me, and many Americans who put their faith in science, have been staring at in bewilderment, denial, and abject terror for the better part of a year.
There is no doubt that Hurricane Matthew is a nightmarish storm. Unfortunately, it’s exactly the sort of nightmare that’s expected to become more familiar in a warmer world.
With deadly Hurricane Matthew bearing down on the southeast, Governor Nathan Deal has just ordered a mandatory evacuation of the entire Georgia coast—six counties that are collectively home to more than half a million people.
As rescue workers begin to grapple with the destruction in Haiti following the nation’s worst hurricane in fifty years, Matthew is now steering a course directly for the southeastern United States, prompting widespread evacuations.
It isn’t yet clear how close of a brush the United States is going to have with powerful, dangerous Hurricane Matthew. What is clear, in the minds of meteorologists tracking the storm, is that the entire East Coast needs to be on alert.
In October 2012, just a few days before Hurricane Sandy slammed into New Jersey, it was churning north past the narrow strip of white sand beach separating NASA’s most celebrated spaceport from the sea.
As Hermine continues to menace Florida’s northwest coast, it officially crossed over into hurricane territory this afternoon. That makes this week rather special: Florida is about to get smacked with its first hurricane in more than a decade.
Good news, prospective Martian colonists: that frigid hellscape where you hope to spend out your days alone and in darkness is currently in a “warm phase.” Scientists are now reporting the first observational evidence that Mars recently emerged from an ice age, which can only mean one thing. It’s time to bring out the…
One of the worst environmental disasters of the decade is currently underway in a quiet community 25 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Putrid, methane-rich natural gas has been spewing into the air at an estimated rate of nearly 1,300 metric tons per day for over two months. Experts are calling it the climate version of…
It’s come to light that China has been burning up to 17 percent more coal than its Government has previously claimed — pumping up to 1 billion more tons of carbon than expected into the atmosphere every year.
Next week, an unassuming canal in Delft will start shooting waves 15 feet into the air. And I’m sorry to say the surfers will have to sit this one out, because the Delta Flume wave machine was built for a higher purpose. Namely, destroying dikes and seawalls to figure out how the heck our coastal cities are going to…
This is a bit complicated to explain in just a few sentences, but there's a race against time going on in South Georgia, and helicopters are playing a key role.
In 1901, Thomas Edison developed the recharcheable nickel-iron battery, a technology he hoped to see implemented in electric cars. But a slow rate of energy output and slower charging time saw it superseded by lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries in standard and electric cars alike.