Cars, Cows and Coal

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When it comes to beef, there’s no such thing as a “carbon-free lunch”

Most climate-savvy people have heard by now that agriculture — especially the production of meat and dairy — is a big part of the climate change …

Agriculture

Good Vegan, Bad Vegan

I have no argument with people who adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet for health, religious, environmental or ethical reasons. But I object vehemently to proselytizers who distort science or the support for dietary advice offered to the more than 90 percent of us who choose to consume animal foods, …

Nutrition

Can Hollywood Movies About Climate Change Make a Difference?

How do you tell a story about the destruction of the world?<p>Movie- and TV-makers know how to do it with aliens, of course, or suggest it with invented political intrigue and rogue leaders. But capturing the real global threat of climate change is far harder than filming any spaceship landing. Just …

Climate

G.M. and Ford Lay Out Plans to Expand Electric Models

DETROIT — China has said it will eventually ban gasoline-powered cars. California may be moving in the same direction. That pressure has set off a scramble by the world’s car companies to embrace electric vehicles.<p>On Monday, General Motors, America’s largest automaker, staked its claim to …

Electric Vehicles

Cows, coal and cars: Ireland’s energy transition challenge

Ireland has set some important emissions reductions goals for 2050 – but greenhouse gases from agriculture remain a stumbling block. In addition, …

Renewable Energy

Is Climate-Themed Fiction All Too Real? We Asked the Experts

Some works of apocalyptic fiction are starting to feel too close for comfort. We chose seven of them and asked: How likely are they to come true?

Chose

What happens if you turn off the traffic lights?

When Amsterdam removed signals from a busy junction, it made journeys faster and interactions more pleasant. Now the approach is being copied across the city<p>On a foggy Monday morning in May 2016, 14 Amsterdam officials, engineers and civil servants gathered nervously at Alexanderplein – a busy …

Cycling

Germany and the diesel dilemma

Transport policy, the “diesel scandal” and the interests of the German automotive industry is a hot topic of debate that is dominating the German election campaign.<p>We are in Stuttgart, meeting Manfred Niess protesting together with neighbours against air pollution. The retired teacher lives close …

Automotive Industry

Our analysis of the electricity intensity of networks was published last month (Aug 2017)

Our previous work on trends in the efficiency of computing showed that computations per kWh at peak output doubled every 1.6 years from the mid 1940s …

World's largest bicycle parking garage opens in Utrecht

Ector Hoogstad Architecten has completed the first stage of the world's largest bicycle parking facility, in Utrecht's Central Station area in the …

Cycling

Can Anyone, Even Walmart, Stem The Heat-Trapping Flood Of Nitrogen On Farms?

The Environmental Defense Fund opened an office near Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., 10 years ago. It was part of a carefully plotted strategy to persuade the giant retailer that going green could be good for business. If it worked, it certainly could be good for the planet — Walmart's …

Agriculture

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals

Stop obsessing with how personally green you live – and start collectively taking on corporate power<p>Would you advise someone to flap towels in a burning house? To bring a flyswatter to a gunfight? Yet the counsel we hear on climate change could scarcely be more out of sync with the nature of the …

Climate

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions

Once a high-tech novelty, electric cars are becoming increasingly common. In fact, several models from mainstream brands have now been sold for …

Electric Vehicles

Indian fishermen try new nets for healthier oceans

SINDHUDURG, India (AP) — The fishermen were dubious when ocean experts suggested they could save their dwindling marine stocks just by switching to new nets.<p>It took years for the U.N. Development Program to convince the fishing communities along India's tropical western coast that the diamond-mesh …

Oceans

Nissan Leaf EV enters 10,000-mile Mongol Rally | Ars Technica

90-mile range, plus EV charging points are few and far between in Siberia.<p>With the public charging infrastructure for electric cars expanding apace …

Electric Vehicles

China's oversupply of shared bikes creating piles of broken, unused bicycles on city streets

A spiralling oversupply of shared bikes in China is leading to huge piles of broken and unused bicycles in cities across the country.<p>Over the past …

Cities

Google creates VR voyage to Italy

Google has recreated a mythical journey from 300 years ago, that takes armchair travelers through the jewels of Italia in a virtual reality version …

Chinese Chicken Is Headed To America, But It's Really All About The Beef

Cooked chicken from birds grown and raised in China soon will be headed to America — in a trade deal that's really about beef.<p>Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced Thursday night that the U.S. was greenlighting Chinese chicken imports and getting U.S. beef producers access to China's nearly 1.4 …

Agriculture

Chew On This For Earth Day: How Our Diets Impact The Planet

The foods we choose to put on our plates — or toss away – could have more of an ecological impact than many of us realize.<p>On Earth Day, here are some ways to consider how our diet impacts the planet.<p><b>Waste not, want not</b><p>You've heard the numbers on food waste. More than 30 percent of available food is …

Sustainability

A closer look at how rich countries “outsource” their CO2 emissions to poorer ones

For years now, carbon dioxide emissions in the United States and Europe have been steadily falling — an encouraging sign of progress in the fight against global warming. But on the flip side, emissions in developing countries like China and India have been growing at a very rapid clip.<p>So one …

Climate

How you can help your city fight climate change

Daily actions, political engagement, and community activity you can do right now<p>After President Donald Trump proposed sweeping changes to the way the country regulates energy production and emissions by signing an executive order last week, it may have seemed like efforts to battle climate change …

Climate

Americans Ate 19% Less Beef From ’05 to ’14, Report Says

The last decade or so has brought ample evidence that Americans are gradually changing their diets, driven by health concerns and other factors.<p>But a new study points to one change that is starker than many have thought: Americans cut their beef consumption by 19 percent — nearly one-fifth — in the …

Beef

Report: Future of North American Power Grid Hinges on Renewables

A report released on March 16 by the District of Columbia-based ISO/RTO Council (IRC) – an affiliation of independent electric grid operators – …

A big pawprint: The environmental impact of pet food

Pet food is an industry worth nearly US$25 billion in the United States. Owners make decisions about what to feed their pets based on marketing, …

What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

When it comes to climate change, we often think of the cars we drive and the energy we use in our homes and offices. They are, after all, some of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. But what about the toast you ate for breakfast this morning?<p>A new study published Monday in <i>Nature</i> …

Sustainability

Is the ‘Anthropocene’ Epoch a Condemnation of Human Interference — or a Call for More?

Perhaps you’ve noticed, amid the hot invective and dry mockery of daily events in your social-media feeds, reports of the glaciers melting at each pole. Arctic ice cover reached record lows this summer and fall, while in Antarctica, we saw the continuing enlargement of an already massive crack in …

Anthropocene