Simon Foster

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The worst way to measure energy efficiency

It is widely assumed that over the coming decades, increased energy efficiency will help the world meet its energy needs and reduce carbon emissions. …

Can we 3D print our way out of climate change?

Tech optimists’ crush of the decade is surely 3D printing. It has been heralded as disruptive, democratizing, and revolutionary for its …

What climate hawks can (and can’t) learn from public-health campaigns

Back in January, I introduced a post this way:<p>Shifting to sustainability will involve more than changing laws. Inevitably, it will involve changing</i> …

Wyoming and energy companies can keep fracking chemicals secret, court rules

Halliburton and other companies are pumping chemicals into the ground beneath Wyoming to lubricate cracks created during fracking, which allows sand …

Environmentalism

Frackers dodge responsibility for earthquakes, science be damned

We’ve known for a couple of years that fracking for oil and gas has been linked to some sizable earthquakes. The shaking doesn’t actually come from …

Distributed energy: Driving the ghosts out of the machine

The folks over at Platts have a feature on distributed energy called “the ghost in the machine.” That title is ironic, for reasons I’ll get into in a …

Artificial Intelligence

IMF says global subsidies to fossil fuels amount to $1.9 trillion a year … and that’s probably an underestimate

A new report [PDF] from the International Monetary Fund tries to tally up fossil fuel subsidies around the world and finds that they add up to an …

Bee deaths stir up renewed buzz

This past winter has been exceptionally rough for honeybees — and although it's too early to say exactly why, the usual suspects range from pesticides that appear to cause memory loss to pests that got an exceptionally early start last spring.<p>Friday marked the start of an annual survey that asks …

The science behind the new foot-and-mouth disease vaccine

A paper describing a new synthetic vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was all over the news this week and rightly so — it's an impressive …

Something Is Killing Up To Half Of America's Bees

Whatever's killing honeybees is getting worse, but we still don't know what it is.<p>There's some kind of environmental issue/plague/apocalypse killing America's honeybees, but years after it first started happening, scientists are still putting together what it might be. Meanwhile, 2012 was the worst …

Video: Too close to a tornado in Australia

Two men got too close to a large tornado that devastated parts of Victoria, Australia on March 21. Never attempt to race a tornado. Warning: video …