Colin Ward Ritchie

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From robotic bees to bacteria, the tech that is making for a greener tomorrow

We love when technology gives us new gadgets or entertaining features, but it’s even better when scientists get together and use technology for more …

U.S. Army

A start-up project that aims to resolve solid waste issues, provide alternate livelihood to wastepickers

Pune generates around 1,000-1,200 tonner of garbage, of which around 60 per cent is wet waste. Majority of the wet waste is being treated at the …

Kolkata Knight Riders

Nine Things to Know About Microplastics

Picking up a plastic bag from the beach makes a bigger difference than you might imagine.<p><b>1. What are microplastics?</b><p>Microplastics come in all sizes, …

Pollution

Small seeds on Cygnus cargo ship could lead to giant leap for farming in space

When Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket launches a robotic Cygnus cargo spaceship toward the International Space Station, as early as Monday, it’ll be …

Space Exploration

Node delivers modern, sustainable, modular prefab homes

These prefabs can stay small—or expand as needed<p>Prefab—or prefabricated—homes can be an affordable and eco-friendly alternative to buying a new home built onsite. And sometimes, these modern houses can be super gorgeous.<p>Case in point: these modern modules by Seattle-based Node combine to build …

Prefab Homes

Use excess wind and solar power to produce hydrogen – report

Green energy would be boosted if excess electricity from wind and solar farms was used to produce hydrogen for use in heating and other parts of the energy system, according to engineers.<p>Renewables were the UK’s second biggest source of electricity in the last three months of 2017, and now provide …

Electrical Grid

Climate talks are not enough

EDITORIAL<p>As officials meet in Bonn to swap stories on progress towards the Paris goals, only emissions cuts will guarantee a happy ending.<p>Share on …

Carbon capture could pay off for biofuel plants - Futurity

Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it underground may not only be possible with existing tech, it could even be profitable.

Oilsands research could be 'game changer' for renewable energy

Originally from South Africa, JT Steenkamp doesn't usually enjoy brisk Canadian winter weather, but this year is different for the engineer who is …

Elon Musk wants hyperloop pod to hit half the speed of sound

The man of many projects wants to speed his transport concept up to half-Mach then hit the brakes. The result should be one heck of a high-speed stress test.<p>Nearly half a decade after he open-sourced his Hyperloop white paper and handed off the high-speed transport concept to the crowd, Elon Musk …

Elon Musk

How to Remove Malware and Adware from Your Mac

The fact that Mac is safe from infections has been debunked for some time now. However, the fact is that Mac also gets infected with malware and …

Cybersecurity

This new router exploit is the motivation you need to switch to a mesh solution

Most everyone has a Wi-Fi router in their home and their workplace. Wi-Fi is everywhere and it's how most personal devices connect to the internet: a …

Wi-Fi

The Keystone Pipeline leak was nearly twice as big as we thought

New reports show that nearly twice as much crude oil leaked from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota last November than originally estimated. …

Inside UPS’s Electric Vehicle Strategy

Passenger electric cars get all the press, especially when someone launches one into space. But something important is going on in the world of commercial vehicles as well. Last year Tesla announced it would produce an electric long-haul big rig. PepsiCo, Walmart, and UPS promptly committed to …

About half of Americans don’t think climate change will affect them — here’s why

It’s a mixture of politics and psychology<p>More than half of Americans seem to think that climate change won’t affect them personally, a new poll shows. Only 45 percent think that global warming will pose a serious threat in their lifetime, and just 43 percent say they worry a great deal about …

Extreme Weather

Scientists to publish first-ever land health report

Scientists will publish the first-ever analysis Monday of the global state of land and its ability to sustain a fast-growing human population that …

Hydrogen-powered transport key to climate targets, says Shell

Oil firm says gas could account for 10% of global energy consumption by end of century<p>Planes and trucks powered by hydrogen will be a crucial part of efforts to cut carbon emissions to safe levels, according to oil giant Shell.<p>For the first time, the Anglo Dutch firm, which is facing calls by …

Fossil Fuels

Incredible Sahara Forest Project to generate fresh water, solar power and crops in African desert

Can you imagine being able to produce enough water in the Sahara to grow crops there? Can you imagine harnessing sufficient quantities of solar power …

Seawater

Tech Giant Microsoft Signs Largest Corporate Solar Agreement in the U.S.

By Katrine Tilgaard Petersen<p>Microsoft has announced the single largest corporate purchase of solar power ever seen in the U.S., signing an agreement …

'Great Pacific garbage patch' sprawling with far more debris than thought

An enormous area of rubbish floating in the Pacific Ocean is teeming with far more debris than previously thought, heightening alarm that the world’s oceans are being increasingly choked by trillions of pieces of plastic.<p>The sprawling patch of detritus – spanning 1.6m sq km, (617,763 sq miles) more …

Pollution

One-fifth of Americans are responsible for half the country's food-based emissions

And the emissions might not come from where you think.<p>There’s no such thing as a truly average American. With more than 300 million people, it’s impossible for one person to perfectly embody the average or median for a set of variables, especially something as personal as what we eat. But usually …

Agriculture

British billionaire to tackle Tesla for title of world's biggest battery

In November last year, Tesla completed construction of the world's biggest battery in South Australia. But now, just a few months later, another …

Tesla

Scientists say the dream of unlimited clean energy is about to come true

In just 15 years, the U.S. will be producing unlimited amounts of nearly free, completely green energy. Not only would such an energy holy grail mean the end of humanity’s dependence on expensive fossil fuels, it would also be a panacea for climate change.<p>Amazingly, this is not a science fiction. …

Dirty coal fired aluminum gets a boost with new Trump tariff

<b>It takes a lot of electricity to make aluminum; that why production went offshore.</b><p>The President of the United States recently announced an 25 percent …

How Color-Changing Animals Are Rebelling Against Climate Change

Published February 17, 2018<p>A new study finds "hot spots" where animals that turn white for the winter could thrive in a less snowy world.<p>It's a fashion fact that the colder your environment the more winter accessories you need.<p>Even some animals have two coats: one for summer to match the bare …

Research

5 things you probably didn’t know you can recycle

<b>We have heard lots about recycling so far this year, and I am sure there is more to come.</b><p>The government has launched a 25-year plan to reduce …

Obama tried to close a big pollution loophole. Trump wants to keep it.

The EPA is using a shady study to carve out a massive pollution exemption for dirty glider trucks.<p>The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to protect a loophole that allows vastly more pollution than is typically permitted from heavy-duty commercial vehicles — all in the name of helping out a …

A Powerful Mix of Solar and Batteries Is Beating Natural Gas

Natural gas is getting edged out of power markets across the U.S. by two energy sources that, together, are proving to be an unbeatable mix: solar …

Natural Gas

Tesla is connecting 50,000 homes in Australia to create a power grid

The state of South Australia is taking on a revolutionary project to harness solar energy and power 50,000 homes – but instead of using solar cells at a single location, it’s creating a decentralized network across the state, and Tesla is helping out.<p>The idea is to kit out homes with a 5kW solar …

Tesla