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India just pushed its booming solar industry into chaos

India just pushed its booming solar industry into chaos

After months of rapid growth, India’s solar energy sector is staring at a round of policy and legal uncertainty, and tariff hikes. On Monday (July…
A 19th-century solution to heat homes is helping the world cut emissions

A 19th-century solution to heat homes is helping the world cut emissions

The world spends about 15% of its energy on heat. Most of that comes from burning fossil fuels in homes and businesses. Cutting emissions from…
Why the world is so excited about electric cars

Why the world is so excited about electric cars

There is a lot of buzz about electric cars. All the big carmakers have either begun to sell electric cars, or are planning to. Some…

The threat to oil is not just electric cars, but self-driving electric cars

The phrase “peak oil” was coined to explain when the world’s supply of oil would start running out. Over the past decade, however, the meaning…
Trump brands Germany a “captive of Russia,” days before he meets Putin

Trump brands Germany a “captive of Russia,” days before he meets Putin

President Donald Trump branded Germany a “captive of Russia” for its support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal this morning (July 11). The verbal…
The seemingly illogical reason Europe is running low on carbon dioxide… and beer

The seemingly illogical reason Europe is running low on carbon dioxide… and beer

English fans wanting to celebrate their round-of-16 win against Colombia in the 2018 soccer World Cup are complaining about not having enough beer. How could…
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s climate plan is the only one that matches scientific consensus on the environment

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s climate plan is the only one that matches scientific consensus on the environment

In a major upset on Tuesday night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina democratic socialist from the Bronx, beat out the longtime US representative Joe Crowley…
This could be the first emissions-reductions project (inadvertently) supported by Trump

This could be the first emissions-reductions project (inadvertently) supported by Trump

Jackson Hole, Wyoming Donald Trump is not interested in cutting carbon emissions. Apart from pulling the US out of the Paris climate agreement, president Trump…

To hit climate goals, Bill Gates and his billionaire friends are betting on energy storage

The world needs radical new energy technologies to fight climate change. In 2016, Quartz reported that a group of billionaires—including Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jack…
Porsche’s electric rival to the Tesla Model S now has a name: Taycan

Porsche’s electric rival to the Tesla Model S now has a name: Taycan

Porsche has christened its first electric sports car. The German automaker announced today (June 8) that its first all-electric supercar, which was called the Mission…
The newest green-tech idea: drown data centers at sea

The newest green-tech idea: drown data centers at sea

In a bid to save the planet while making some money, Microsoft just drowned one of its data centers at sea. Project Natick is now…
Why the solar revolution is in grave danger—and how it can be saved

Why the solar revolution is in grave danger—and how it can be saved

Imagine two futures. The year is 2050. The world is more polluted, unequal, and dangerous than ever. Megacities like New Delhi, Mexico City, and Lagos…
Waymo may get $465 million in US tax breaks, and that’s okay

Waymo may get $465 million in US tax breaks, and that’s okay

Government subsidies for businesses, you can love them or you hate them. But quibbling over who takes advantage of them misses the point. Jalopnik reports…
A new startup is showing how to make batteries cheaper—and safer

A new startup is showing how to make batteries cheaper—and safer

Christina Lampe-Önnerud has been called the “Queen of Batteries.” She’s a Swedish chemist and entrepreneur who built one battery company (called Boston Power), sold it,…

Why energy storage is key to a global climate breakthrough

When Vaclav Smil writes about energy, the world pays attention. “I wait for new Smil books the way some people wait for the next Star…

The world set a new record for renewable power in 2017, but emissions are still rising

In 2017, the world deployed an ever-expanding amount of solar and wind power, setting a new record for renewable-power capacity added to the grid. In…
A radical US startup has successfully fired up its zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant

A radical US startup has successfully fired up its zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant

The US energy startup, Net Power, has announced that it has successfully fired up its natural-gas plant in La Porte, Texas. In the age of…

One Chinese company now controls most of the metal needed to make the world’s advanced batteries

Tianqi Lithium, a Chinese company, recently paid more than $4 billion to become the second-largest shareholder in Sociedad Química y Minera (SQM), a Chilean mining…
The wind farm Donald Trump tried to block is now complete

The wind farm Donald Trump tried to block is now complete

US president Donald Trump doesn’t give up a fight easily, especially if it involves one of his many properties. One such fight happened in Scotland,…
Investors with $10 trillion in assets want the oil industry to take responsibility for “all its emissions”

Investors with $10 trillion in assets want the oil industry to take responsibility for “all its emissions”

Over the next few weeks, many oil companies will hold their annual shareholder meetings. It should be a time of celebration: crude oil is at…