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Three Myths About Renewable Energy and the Grid, Debunked

Three Myths About Renewable Energy and the Grid, Debunked

As wind and solar power have become dramatically cheaper, and their share of electricity generation grows, skeptics of these technologies are propagating several myths about renewable energy and the electrical grid. The myths boil down to this: Relying on renewable sources of energy will make the electricity supply undependable. Last summer, some commentators argued that blackouts in California were due […]

Florida to Feed Starving Manatees, as Pollution Shrinks Food Supplies

Florida to Feed Starving Manatees, as Pollution Shrinks Food Supplies

Wildlife officials in Florida will feed starving manatees, whose food supplies have dwindled as a result of marine pollution, Reuters reported. Such interventions are extremely rare, as conservationists are wary of making animals dependent on humans for food. “The idea behind this experimental supplemental feeding … is that you can give them just enough more food that can get them […]

Embracing a Wetter Future, the Dutch Turn to Floating Homes

Embracing a Wetter Future, the Dutch Turn to Floating Homes

When a heavy storm hit in October, residents of the floating community of Schoonschip in Amsterdam had little doubt they could ride it out. They tied up their bikes and outdoor benches, checked in with neighbors to ensure everyone had enough food and water, and hunkered down as their neighborhood slid up and down its steel foundational pillars, rising along […]

China ‘Modified’ Weather for Communist Party Celebration

China ‘Modified’ Weather for Communist Party Celebration

China used cloud seeding to generate rain and clear pollution ahead of the Communist Party’s July 1 centenary celebration in Beijing, according to a new study. In the days leading up to the event, officials shut down factories and halted cargo trucks in and around Beijing to minimize pollution, but stagnant winds did little to clear skies, the South China […]

Landmark Ruling Blocks Mining in Ecuadorian Forest, Citing Rights of Nature

Landmark Ruling Blocks Mining in Ecuadorian Forest, Citing Rights of Nature

Ecuador’s constitutional court has blocked plans to mine copper and gold in Los Cedros, a protected cloud forest, ruling that the plans violate the rights of nature. “This is a historic victory in favor of nature,” Natalia Greene of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature said in a statement. “This sets a great juridical precedent to continue with […]

U.S. Is World’s Top Generator of Plastic Waste

U.S. Is World’s Top Generator of Plastic Waste

The U.S. generates more plastic waste than any other country, producing roughly 287 pounds of plastic per person per year, according to a new congressional report. That adds up to an enormous volume of plastic waste — about 42 million metric tons in 2016 — which is nearly twice the amount of plastic waste generated in China, with its 1.4 […]

Why the Luster on Once-Vaunted ‘Smart Cities’ Is Fading

Why the Luster on Once-Vaunted ‘Smart Cities’ Is Fading

Last February, the Toyota Motor Company broke ground on what it calls Woven City, a built-from-scratch futuristic urban center on 175 acres in the shadow of Mount Fuji. Woven City is a reference to the way the project plans to weave together cars, robots, data, and computers to create a city that the builders say, is highly efficient, pollution free, […]

Emissions Fall in China, Rise in Europe Amid Covid Recovery

Emissions Fall in China, Rise in Europe Amid Covid Recovery

A tale of two continents: Europe’s emissions rose by one fifth in the spring, as manufacturing and construction rebounded from the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, in China, emissions scarcely grew in the spring and fell in the summer amid a shortage of coal and a slowdown in construction. Carbon emissions from European Union countries were 18 percent greater in the second […]

Nissan to Spend $18 Billion Developing a Cheaper, More Powerful EV Battery

Nissan to Spend $18 Billion Developing a Cheaper, More Powerful EV Battery

Over the next five years, Nissan Motor Company will put 2 trillion yen ($17.6 billion) toward developing a cheaper, more powerful battery to serve its expanded lineup of electric vehicles, the company announced Monday. Nissan plans to unveil 15 new EV models by 2030, as well as an additional eight partially gas-powered models. Such vehicles will account for half of […]