May 23, 2017

Keystone Pipeline Veto: Politics or Real Policy?

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A roundtable of energy experts weigh in on the significance of Obama’s veto — the economics, the politics and the environment — as well as what’s next. Read More »

Europe Losing Influence in Climate Negotiations

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The Paris climate conference kicks off in 308 days, and should it fail, it could be the last of its kind. For France, this is simply not an option. Read More »

Large-Scale Hydropower Will Fail in Tibet

The frozen Yarlung Tsangpo river just before it enters India – freezing temperatures pose a risk to hydropower infrastructure (Image by Yang Yong via thethirdpole.net)

Hydropower dams on the Tibetan plateau will be inefficient or inoperable because of freezing temperatures and power lines will wreck the region’s natural beauty and exacerbate climate changes, warns one geologist. Read More »

Great Gamble on the Mekong

Mekong River provides protein and food security to 65 million people in the form of fish for food and trade, and water and nutrients for home gardens and commercial farms. (Photo by Simon Cast, Creative Commons License)

A proposed dam on the Mekong River would provide energy for the region, but at a significant environmental cost. Read More »

Video: Trading Ghana’s Water for Gold

Poisonous chemicals are used in the unregulated mining in Ghana, which is largely driven by poverty.

An investigative documentary exposes the truth behind the claims by Ghana's government that its has curtailed illegal alluvial gold mining, which is polluting many of the country’s water bodies. Read More »

6 Items You Can Begin Recycling Today

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Minimizing environmental degradation may be a tall order. But here is what you can contribute by starting from your own home. Read More »

How Commercial Aircraft Will Look Like in 2050

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The adoption of any new aircraft technology – from research, to design sketches, to testing and full integration – is typically a decade-long process. Given that the combustion engine will be phased out by mid-century, it would seem to make more economic and environmental sense to innovate in other areas: airframe design, materials research, electric propulsion design and air traffic control. Read More »

The Big Chill: Tensions in the Arctic

Commando Helicopter Force carry out Arctic flying training in Northern Norway.  (Photo Royal Navy Media Archive, Creative Commons License)

As the climate warms and the ice melts, the Arctic could become the next great theater of global cooperation—or a battlefield. Read More »

VW to Launch 20 Electric Vehicles in China

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The launch of green cars will help with China’s serious smog problem. Read More »

Nepal: After the Storm

DISASTROUS AUTUMN: The storm came in October, when locals and trekkers least expected it. Nepal Army helicopters arrived on the morning after to ferry out the survivors of the blizzards and avalanche in Manang. (Photo via Nepali Times)

In a rare occurrence, a cyclone that started in the Bay of Bengal caused an avalanche in the Himalayas, killing at least 40 in Nepal. The even was a wakeup call to install effective early warning weather systems in mountainous Nepal’s higher reaches. Read More »