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Santa Monica firm says it has found a way to salt away electricity, literally

In the energy world, the ability to store electricity at an affordable price is the treasure sought by utility engineers and financial wizards.<p>SolarReserve believes it has found a solution.<p>The Santa Monica company recently completed what it touts as a first-of-its-kind solar power plant that stores …

Should we wipe mosquitoes off the face of the Earth?

Even before the Zika virus, mosquitoes were the deadliest creatures on the planet. But gene modification means these blood suckers’ days might be numbered. Is it dangerous to talk about ‘editing nature’, or should we consider eradicating them for good?<p>When an Aedes aegypti mosquito bites you, she – …

Public Health

The Supreme Court puts the Clean Power Plan on hold

AMERICA’S most ambitious effort to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants is in danger. On February 9th the Supreme Court, divided 5-4 along …

Clean Technology

What is holding back the growth of solar power?

Sixty years ago, the price of solar panels was astronomical. At a cost of $1,910 (£1,350) per watt in today’s money, the only practical use for them was in space on the US Vanguard 1 satellite, which launched in 1958.<p>But slowly and then precipitously the price of building a solar cell came down. …

Renewable Energy

World will start COOLING DOWN in 2017, claims one of planet's top climate change experts

GETTYDr David Evans claims CO2 has only a tenth to a fifth of the impact on temperature rises than calcul<p>Dr David Evans, a former climate modeller …

Solar Impulse Poised for its Epic Pacific Crossing

NANJING -- Solar Impulse is ready to take off. As is pilot Andre Borschberg.<p>It's now just a matter of waiting for the right weather window for the most ambitious and challenging part of the sun-powered plane's ambitious round-the-world journey –- five days and five nights across the Pacific to …

Solar Impulse