Florida utility representatives say parts of the state will require a "wholesale rebuild of our electrical grid" after Hurricane Irma left millions without power. How can Florida and other states build electrical grids that are resilient to natural and other disasters?
When the Nuclear Regulatory Commission found Entergy Corporation’s Pilgrim Generating Station to be one of the three most dangerous nuclear power plants in the US, it was no surprise to some local residents. It has been the focus of protests for much of its 43-year history. Now Entergy plans to close the facility within a few years — but that hasn’t ended the controversy.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Exxon was at the cutting edge of climate change research. Its scientists and its senior management understood that burning fossil fuels would warm the planet in destructive ways. But in the 1990s, Exxon began funding climate-denying organizations and speaking out publicly against climate science.
It's a rough time for coal company CEOs: Coal in the US it’s now in a precipitous decline, undercut by cheaper natural gas from fracking and concerns about its dangers to climate and health. But it's an even rougher time for Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, who could spend years in prison for his role in the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster.
Many initiatives intend to make India’s urban poor benefit from the solar power boom.
Louisiana's swamps are shelters for the cities during floods, and home to incredible biodiversity. But they're also targets for the energy industry, farmers and ranchers and all manner of businesses that would put them to new uses.
Researchers are looking into new and innovative ways to design naturally temperature-regulated buildings, and to develop systems for cooling the body, rather than the air, to reduce energy usage.
In many places around the world, renewable energy technologies are already cheaper than fossil fuels. In his new book, "The Great Transition," Lester Brown, renowned environmental thinker and writer, says the great energy transition may be complete much sooner than you think.
President Obama vetoed a bill that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but that still doesn't mean the project is officially dead. But with collapsed oil prices and a world moving away from fossil fuels, would Keystone's builders eventually regret it if they do win approval?
A new technology is on the horizon that could make the burning of gas, oil and wood to heat homes obsolete: A new company called Project Exergy is developing a way to capture the waste heat from computing to keep our houses warm.