March 23, 2017

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 »

No Lessons Learnt in Flood-hit Pakistan

Pakistan floods

Once again, the havoc caused by the recent rains have exposed the lack of proper disaster management in Pakistan. It has not built any water reservoirs since the Tarbela and Mangla dams were built in the 1960s and 70s. Meanwhile, India has built hundreds of dams, reservoirs and barrages to provide water to its desert areas over the past four decades. As a result, India has the capacity to store enough water for 100-120 days, while Pakistan can only store 25-days worth of water. Read More »

Nepal’s Mystical Dolpa in the Mist

Dolpa’s jewel is Phoksundo, a lapis lazuli-coloured lake, Nepal’s deepest and second-biggest. (Photo by Hum Gurung via Nepali Times)

Dolpa is one of the last two among Nepal’s 75 districts that doesn’t yet have a road connection and seeks to protect its pristine remoteness. Along with its rugged tree-less terrain, Dolpa’s jewel is Phoksundo Lake, a lapis lazuli-colored body of water, it is Nepal’s deepest and second-largest lake. Read More »

What’s the Toxic Level of Mercury in Your Diet?

(Photo by Alexandru Stoian, Creative Commons License)

A new study raises more alarm about mercury contamination in the ocean. What does that mean for your fish consumption? Read More »

Landfill Gas Can be Transformed into Hydrogen Fuel

A landfill biogas facility in Canada. (Photo by Green Energy Futures/David Dodge, Creative Commons License)

A new technique can turn smelly methane gas that pollutes the air into clean energy. Read More »

Algae: Friend or Foe?

(Photo by Los Alamos National Laboratory via OnEarth)

Toxic algae like the kind that fouled Toledo’s water supply are on the rise due to Big Ag and climate change. But we can learn from them, too. Read More »

More Efficient, Durable Solar Cells Are Possible

(Photo by BlackRockSolar, Creative Commons License)

By eliminating excess infrared radiation, the solar cells stay cool and are more efficient at converting solar rays into energy. Researchers have found that by “turning away” the infrared radiation using silica glass, heat goes down without negatively effecting the amount of visible light the solar cell can absorb. Read More »