Stefan Roots

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A Two-Day Battle to Charge My Car Convinced Me We're Not Ready for EVs

When I set up a weeklong test drive1 with an electric Nissan Leaf last month, I didn’t expect a 35-mile trip from San Francisco to Mountain View to …

CosmEthics helps you avoid toxic chemicals in beauty products

<i>Disclosure: The organizers of Slush 2014 paid my way to Helsinki. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>HELSINKI — It isn’t easy to avoid toxins in cosmetics simply by looking at the ingredient label on a package. CosmEthics wants to change that.<p>It does so with an app that figures out what’s in a product …

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Issues Proposed Rule on Petroleum Refinery Emissions

On May 15, 2014, the <b>EPA</b> issued a proposed <b>Clean Air Act</b> rule that would create important new <b>air emissions requirements for petroleum refineries.</b> EPA …

Performance Testing

Pharrell Williams Launches Denim Line Made From Recycled Ocean Debris

Changing Planet<p>Pharrell Williams (in trademark hat) introduces “RAW for the Oceans” at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC in February. (Photograph courtesy G-Star and Bionic Yarn)<p>Singer, songwriter, and producer Pharrell Williams has a hit new album out and collaborated on last summer’s …

Medicines in the Environment: A Growing Threat to Wildlife and Drinking Water

There is increasing evidence that human and veterinary medicines are damaging wildlife, a new report launched today by the environmental charity CHEM …

Estrogens

Why Elon Musk's batteries scare the hell out of the electric company

Here's why something as basic as a battery both thrills and terrifies the US utility industry. At a sagebrush-strewn industrial park outside of Reno, …

Fuel Cells A Long Way From Mainstream, Despite Toyota Launch

You would think that when an automotive giant like Toyota declared its fuel cell car ready for prime time, questions about hydrogen technology had been laid to rest.<p>You’d be wrong.<p>The loudest critics of fuel cells may have axes to grind. Electric car maker Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk says hydrogen …

Pulling Water out of Thin Air – Sustainable Condensers Create Drinkable Water

Fresh drinking water is a disappearing commodity for many people of the world. In fact, some 750 million people in the world lack access to safe …

E-Waste Recycling for Business

Improper disposal of e-waste, it’s bad for the environment and your bottom line.<p>How is your business handling electronic waste?<p>Are you compliant to …

The Messy Realities of E-Waste

How many computers, cell phones and other electronic devices have you used and replaced in the last 10 years? As is frequently the case, the number …

Black Friday Deals: TVs, Tablets and Laptops Fuelling E-Waste Phenomenon

Black Friday deals such as low cost TVs, laptops and tablet computers are spurring the problem of e-waste, causing environmental and health problems …

Walmart’s Reliance On Dirty Energy Responsible For 8 Million Metric Tons of Carbon Pollution Per Year

Recent revelations that the Walton Family, majority owners of Walmart, are funding attacks against the rooftop solar industry called into question …

We’re Kidding Ourselves on 2-Degree Global Warming Limit: Experts

A temperature rise that could cause irreversible and potentially catastrophic damage to human civilization is practically inevitable, according to rising chatter among experts in the lead up to a year of key negotiations on a new climate change global accord.<p>World leaders have voluntarily committed …

Climate Change

Making Gasoline from Water? Yep!

A German company says it has developed an engineering installation capable of synthesizing petroleum-based fuels from water and carbon dioxide. The …

Americans 'Feel A Deep Connection To Nature' But Aren't Too Worried About Climate Change

(RNS) Most Americans say they feel a deep connection to the wider world.<p>But all that spiritual stargazing makes no difference in views about the facts of climate change and global warming, a new survey finds.<p>Just 5 percent of Americans thought climate change was the most important issue in the U.S. …

The Weekend Wonk: With Coal on the Ropes, is This the Beginning of the End of Oil?

This is a sampler of the increasingly confused and borderline panicky reactions around the world to the plunging price of oil. Intensely interesting …

Can Biotech Save Natural Gas Producers Billions in Flaring Costs?

Last year the United States ignited nearly $1 billion worth of natural gas because it didn't have the infrastructure required to capture and store …

Take Your Pick of Lies About Ozone, Methane or Mercury

To put all this in perspective, in August CNS News’ Penny Starr reported on a study by the National Association of Manufacturers regarding the EPA’s …

Pollution

A Vacuum Cleaner for the Web's Dusty Corners: Your Emails Consume Energy

<i>Electrolux’s campaign to clean up e-mail inboxes may be a marketing stunt, but it highlights legit concerns about our online energy-sucking ways.</i><p>Ah, …

Manufactured Housing: A Strong Consensus for Energy Savings and Affordability

<i>Robin Roy, Director, Building Energy and Clean Energy Strategy, Washington, DC</i><p>Major energy efficiency gains and improved home affordability are …

Housing

Climate change could flood your streets with doo-doo and toxic waste

Rising seas and ferocious storms linked to global warming won’t just bring water to our doorsteps. In some cities, it will deliver a witches’ brew of …

Olympic Games 2016: Sailing venue with floating corpses, dead dogs and toxic waste 'won't be cleaned in time', warn Rio bosses

The Rio bay where the Brazil Olympics’ sailing competitions will be held won’t be clean for the games in 2016, the city’s mayor has said.<p>The city had …

Not Even Toxic Waste Can Stop Gentrification: NYC's Superfund Neighborhoods Are Booming

<i>Gowanus (Courtesy Adi Talwar)</i><p><i>This article is a team project by Gothamist and CityLimits.org, a nonprofit news agency that does in-depth reporting on</i> …

Seattle building destroyed by fire; black, toxic smoke spreads

SEATTLE — A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, sending a large plume of black smoke over the city and …

Toxic waste dumped into Niagara River a threat to Lake Ontario

There was a Superfund cleanup at the Love Canal. But late in 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took steps to delist the site from the …

High levels of toxic waste found near Bethpage well

High levels of a potential carcinogen have been found in groundwater in Bethpage near a former naval industrial site, and local water districts worry …

Long Island

Uncovered: Battery Facility Trucks Leaked Toxic Waste On Calif. Roads For 25 Years

<b>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —</b> One of California’s most powerful lawmakers is demanding action after documents were uncovered detailing trucks leaving …