Greenhouse gases hit record high

Despite everything, there are now record quantities of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, according to UN agency the World Meteorological Organization.

Moto Undone e-bike concept a piece of art

What are the elements that make a motorcycle a motorcycle?

Mojave solar project ups its game

Pike Research recently noted that concentrating solar projects (CSP) "totaling 6.9 gigawatts (GW) in capacity had been awarded, but just 1.5 GW were under construction." 

Biofuel hopes rise with rice genome model

When it comes to feeding the world you’d be hard pressed to find a crop more valuable than rice - the staple food of half the world’s population.

Occupy rooftops gives cause a solar twist

The Occupy movement is spinning in all kinds of different directions, so you probably won’t be surprised to hear there’s a solar power element to it now.

Can wind power and wildlife coexist?

Some environmental groups are somewhat (understandably) queasy about wind power development.

Everyday weather getting more extreme, says team

Day-to-day weather conditions have become more erratic in the past generation, say Princeton University researchers, with significant fluctuations in sunshine and rainfall affecting more than a third of the planet.

Turning dirty, tainted land into clean energy

Slowly but surely, renewable energy is gaining ground – leading some researchers to warn of "energy sprawl." 

Fuel cell rethink - what's the true cost?

How can scientists and manufacturers make fuel cells and fuel cell technology a viable and affordable alternative to fossil fuels? 

Air pollution leads to more extreme weather

Scientists say they've found the first clear evidence of the way increases in air pollution are affecting climate and weather - and the results don't look good.

Green housing for those who served

In Carteret, N.J., veterans will be coming home to green, affordable housing, thanks to the new Commander George Lisicki Veterans Apartments, the city's first apartment building dedicated to vets. 

Greenhouse gases continue to rise, says NOAA

The NOAA's latest Annual Greenhouse Gas Index (AGGI) shows that the presence of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane has risen by 29 percent since 1990.

MIT solar design does double duty

MIT researchers say a hybrid solar-thermoelectric system they're working on could provide a big advantage over conventional solar cells or solar thermal systems, particularly for household use.

Antarctic expedition to drill vulnerable ice shelf

A NASA-funded team of scientists is to drill into a rapidly-thinning Antarctic glacier to try and establish the effect its melting will have on sea levels.

High-speed rail is booming

High-speed rail (HSR) isn’t without its problem – as train wrecks in China and financial wrecks in California have shown. 

Carbon monoxide calms city dwellers down

Carbon monoxide in cities could actually be drugging residents into placidity, according to Israeli scientists.

Mitsubishi's i-MiEV EV headed to the States

Mitsubishi has begun producing the North American version of its i-MiEV electric car at its Mizushima manufacturing plant in Japan.

Electric 'multicopter' takes off

The vision of the future, at least according to old Saturday morning cartoons, was jetpacks, as we were all supposed to be zipping around our futuristic cities wearing the packs by Y2K.

Biofuels 'as carbon intensive as gasoline'

A new study on greenhouse gas emissions from oil palm plantations has found there's more than 50 percent more CO2 emissions than previously thought – making them no better than gasoline.

US wind power surges

If you thought you were seeing a lot of stories about new wind power plants in Colorado, there's a reason for that.