July 30, 2014

Elon Musk: A 500-Mile Electric Car Is Nearer than You Think

In a recent interview with AutoExpress, Elon Musk said that an electric battery with a 500-mile range could be on the market “quite soon.” The only drawback, he admitted, was that it would be even more expensive than current Tesla models, which regularly go for over $100,000 (and that’s even with government tax incentives). The Read More

July 29, 2014

Fire Consumes Over 2,000 Acres of Yosemite National Park

On Saturday, a fire began in El Portal that has now spread to the western edge of California’s Yosemite National Park. Over 500 firefighters are working to contain the blaze, which has forced the evacuation of the communities of El Portal and Foresta, as well as the campsites of Crane Flat, Yosemite Creek and Bridalveil Read More

July 29, 2014

White House: Economic Impact of Climate Change Will Worsen Over Time

On Tuesday, the White House issued a new report on the financial cost of delaying climate action. The move is intended to counteract business and political groups that argue environmental regulations are not economically feasible. Even before Obama announced his plan to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels, he was receiving significant Read More

July 29, 2014

Dr. Laurence Packer: On Keeping the Bees

Dr. Laurence Packer has been a lifelong entomologist. Bees are his specialty, but his interest in six-legged creatures began at a very early age. “When I was too young to remember anything my parents – my dad in particular – tried to make sure I wasn’t scared of insects,” he told Planet Experts. “And I Read More

July 28, 2014

Solar Farms Power Apple’s Data Centers

This month, Apple announced that it will be building a third solar farm to power its data center in North Carolina. This is the latest development in the company’s ongoing green revolution. “If you are using your iPhone, iPad, Siri or downloading a song,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice-president of environmental initiatives, “you don’t have Read More

July 28, 2014

Restoration of Delaware Bay Could Protect Against Sea Level Rise

Since the 1970s, wetlands have been recognized as essential to biodiversity and flood prevention. Delaware Bay, currently losing 1 acre of wetlands per day, is the site of a major wetlands restoration project.  For 400 years, wetlands in North America were either redeveloped or avoided altogether. As in Europe 2,000 years prior, the marshes were Read More

July 28, 2014

Texas Is Building the World’s Largest Carbon Capture Facility

A $470 million carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) facility is now under construction outside of Houston, Texas. The U.S. Department of Energy first announced the project – a joint venture between the DoE, JX Nippon and NRG Energy, Inc. – on July 15. The CCS facility will adjoin the W.A. Parish Generating Station, a coal-fired Read More

July 28, 2014

In Cambodia, Locals & Activists Rally to Stop Construction of Areng Dam

In Cambodia’s Areng Valley, activists have joined the indigenous Chong people to protest the construction of an enormous hydroelectric dam.  In March, the protesters set up camp in the valley to prevent Sinohydro Resources from entering. Sinohydro, a subsidiary of PowerChina, is the biggest dam-building company in China and the third construction company to attempt Read More

July 25, 2014

National Wildlife Property Repository Is a Mausoleum for Exotic Animals

This nondescript warehouse in Commerce City, Colorado houses over a million illegal wildlife products confiscated from around the U.S. As Wildlife Specialist Doni Sprague explains, from crocodile purses to traditional medicines to hunting trophies, “if you can imagine it, it’s probably here in some form or another.” Today, the trade in exotic animal products is Read More

July 25, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson: On Climate Denial and Government Inaction

Astrophysicist, director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium and host of Carl Sagan’s rebooted “Cosmos,” Neil deGrasse Tyson has become a familiar face on television and online.  Tyson has angered Creationists for not giving their beliefs equal airtime on his hit show “Cosmos.” It is a classic case of “shoot the messenger,” though the woman who Read More

July 25, 2014

U.S. Beef Production Costs 10 Times More than Other Livestock

New research calculates that beef cattle require 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation than operations specializing in pork, poultry, eggs or dairy. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, uses a decade’s worth of data (2000-2010) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine the amount of Read More

July 25, 2014

Solar Car, Sunswift eVe, Sets New World Land Speed Record

Students from the University of New South Wales built a solar-powered car that has absolutely smashed the previous solar-powered land speed record. The Sunswift eVe is a zero emission solar and battery storage electric vehicle, capable of covering 800 kilometers on a single charge and achieving a top speed of 140 km/hr (87 mph). The Read More

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