March 30, 2017

Pakistan’s Coal Energy: At What Cost?

Kot Addu power plant in Muzaffargarh, Punjab, Pakistan.

The thoughtless rush for coal-fired energy by a politically motivated Pakistani ruling elite is both alarming and questionable. Read More »

The Little-Known Fund at the Heart of the Paris Climate Agreement

The Green Climate Fund’s activities include funding adaptation plans such as the one to protect coastlines in Tuvalu, a country that climate change threatens with extinction. (Photo by Joe Hitchcock, Creative Commons License)

The Green Climate Fund is supposed to finance the world's shift away from fossil fuels. But fossil fuel-funding banks are eager to get on board. Read More »

Your Devices Can Spy on Your Every Move

(Photo via ViewsWeek)

Bad guys or law enforcement could hack into our networked gadgets to spy on everything we do – and it's not clear how a laptop's video camera or an Amazon Echo fits within wiretapping laws. Read More »

Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate

Chicago skyline from a green rooftop. (Photo by  Josh Koonce, Creative Commons License)

Faced with growing risks of flooding, heat-related deaths, and poor air and water quality; skyrocketing energy bills; and costly damage to homes and infrastructure, some Midwestern city officials and community advocates are taking steps to improve their cities’ resilience to the effects of climate change. Read More »

Race on to Preserve Cultural Monuments with 3D Images

Entrance to the gate of Nimrod, destroyed by the IS group and digitally reconstructed as part of Project Mosul. (Model by ruimx from photos at projectmosul.org)

Researchers are making 3D scans, architectural plans and detailed photographic records of cultural heritage sites around the world, knowing they could be destroyed at any time. Read More »

Five Things You Need to Know About the Paris Climate Deal

Paris was a high-stakes game of geopolitical poker.. (Photo by Takver, Creative Commons License)

COP21 ended with an agreement that is at once both historic, important – and inadequate. Read More »

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Takes a Step Forward

(Photo by Sam Churchill, Creative Commons License)

The Hyperloop has created extreme controversy with skeptics citing everything from the cost of land in California to the substantial g-forces that would impact passengers being accelerated from 0 to 700+ miles per hour in a short span of time. Read More »

Forget Vegas, Nevada is Now About Reno and Lithium

The Chemetall Foote Lithium Operation in Clayton Valley, a dry lake bed in Esmeralda County, Nevada, just east of Silver Peak, a tiny town that has been host to various kinds of mining for about 150 years. (Photo by  Doc Searls, Creative Commons License)

As the state's southwest corner fills up with new lithium players, Tesla gears up for its battery gigafactory and the world's largest data center sets up shop, Nevada is poised for one of the greatest economic revival stories of the century. Read More »

Solar Lamps Make Big Money for Bangladesh

(Photo by Joydeep Gupta, via thethirdpole.net)

Bangladesh is the first country to get UN climate funds to install home solar energy systems in villages off the electricity grid. Read More »

Electric Aircraft – Aviation’s Future or Just Wishful Thinking?

E-Fan  can revolutionize the air travel. (Photo by Marc Schieferdecker, Creative Commons License)

With emissions targets to hit and oil running out, it's time to take electric planes seriously. Read More »