July 22, 2017

How Commercial Aircraft Will Look Like in 2050

(Photo via Boeing)

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

VW Volkswagen's E-Up! . harry_nl

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 »

Don’t Drink the Farm

A view of algae at Lake Erie. (Photo via Quest Science video)

Agriculture runoff is choking Lake Erie. Are lawmakers finally ready to tell farmers to knock it off? Read More »

India Gives Green Light to Build Country’s Largest Dam

Upper Dibang Valley District of Arunachal Pradesh, India, where the dam will be built. (Photo by goldentakin, Creative Commons License)

Largest dam in Indian history will be built on a tributary of the Brahmaputra river but, with no public consultation or study of downstream impacts. Read More »

The Hitchbot’s Guide to Traveling Across a Continent

Robot thumbs work to hitch a lift. (Photo by Hitchbot, via  The Conversation)

How a robot travelled 6,000 kilometers across Canada relying on the kindness of strangers. Read More »

US Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared

(Photo by U.S. Pacific Fleet, Creative Commons License)

A new report connects U.S. military engagement and the threat of climate change, which now is being considered a threat to national security. Read More »

Build It and Bikes Will Come

Madison B-cycle bike share program, Madison, WI. (Photo by Adam Fagen, Creative Commons License)

Madison, Wisconsin gently guides its residents away from cars and onto bike lanes and buses. Read More »

Ecuador: Amazon’s Green Turns Dark Back

A view of Ecuadorian Amazon. (Photo by Dallas Krentzel, Creative Commons License)

One of the most interesting features of Ecuador is that it was the first country in the world to codify the Rights of Nature. Ecuador recognized the inalienable rights of ecosystems to exist and flourish in 2008, but the road that led the country to this recognition was not without obstacles. Read More »