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Reminder: Things Have Gotten Much Worse Since An Inconvenient Truth

In 2006, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth spread the idea of human-caused climate change far and wide in what is now considered a watershed moment for the science. But today, on the ten-year anniversary of the film’s release, we’ve made little progress toward addressing the grave planetary concerns Gore raised. In fact, by practically every metric, things have gotten much worse.


Solar Impulse Has Made It To Tulsa

Solar Impulse has chalked up another 1600km in its bid to circumnavigate the globe. The all-electric solar-powered aeroplane successfully flew from Phoenix to Tulsa, landing in the dead of night.


The World's Largest Coal Supplier Is Building A Giant Solar Plant

I suspect the Germans have an overwrought seven-syllable word for extreme irony, but even they’d have a hard time describing this. The Shenhua Group, the largest coal producer in China, which is the nation producing the most coal, is building a giant solar plant.


Frenetic Video Shows The Addictive Energy Of Tokyo

Video: It’s hard to really capture the unique energy of a place like Tokyo because so much of what makes it special requires you to actually be there and feel it. It’s in the people, it’s in the overloading of the senses, it’s in the chaos that surrounds you. This video by Christoph Gelep, however, does a pretty good job in showing how alive the city is. And it does a fantastic job in making me want to go there to experience it first hand.


Another Tank May Be Leaking At Washington's Radioactive Storage Facility

Last week, a leak in a storage tank at the America’s largest radioactive dumpsite expanded substantially, sparking concerns that other tanks are on the verge of failing, too. This fear may have already been realised. Rumours are flying that a second of Hanford’s 28 double-shelled radioactive waste tanks is exhibiting early signs of failure.


Solar Impulse 2 Successfully Landed In California After 62 Hours In The Air

After taking off from Hawaii at 6:30am, pilot Bertrand Piccard reported that he felt great after a day of travel, and after a total 62 hours of flight time, he successfully landed at Moffett Airfield, California.


We Should Be Very Worried About That Leaky Nuclear Waste Facility In Washington

Earlier this week, we heard alarming reports of a “significant” nuclear waste leak at Hanford, the largest radioactive waste dumpsite in the US. Should we be worried? Absolutely. But mainly because this is a symptom of a much bigger problem that’s been festering for decades.


Solar Impulse Pilot Feels Awesome After A Full Day Of Nonstop Flying

Most human beings would be in a black mood after spending 24 hours awake, strapped to a chair and concentrating hard so as not to die. Not Bertrand Piccard. Gizmodo caught up the man currently flying the Solar Impulse 2 plane from Hawaii to San Francisco, and he sounded downright chipper.


Solar-Powered Aeroplane Solar Impulse 2 To Continue Round-The-World Flight

Over a year ago, the solar-powered aeroplane Solar Impulse 2 started its audacious round-the-world trip — but it became so damaged that it had to pull up short in Hawaii. Now, it’s ready to fly again.


A New Solar Cell Generates Electricity From Rain As Well As Light

Rain means clouds and clouds mean less sunlight. That’s bad news for most solar cells, but a new design can actually make use of rain drops that fall on its surface, allowing it to generate electricity even when the weather’s bad.


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