China's Finally Fixing Its Pollution Problem -- So It Can Spy On People

There are lots of reasons not to love smog. It stinks. It makes it hard to breathe. It gives children cancer. And, for certain countries, that decreased visibility makes it really hard to spy on your citizens. We’re looking at you, China.

Monster Machines: This Solar Thermal Plant Makes Electricity Even In The Dark

The primary complaint against solar power — that it, you know, requires the sun — is perfectly valid. But Arizona’s new Solana Generating Station, the largest capacity solar thermal plant on the face of the Earth, has just provided a $US1.4 billion counterpoint. Thanks to its massive molten salt reserves, this plant keeps producing power even after lights out.

This Dynamic Robot Duo Is Making Solar Power Cheap As Hell

Solar power is fantastic, sure. But while the tech behind solar panels is zooming forward, there are other problems holding it back. Problems like installation and cleaning. Fortunately robots are here to help.

Miners Want To Ignite An Inferno Deep Beneath Wyoming

Out in Wyoming, an energy company is getting creative about extracting coal from deep below the surface. Rather than blast a hole in the side of the Earth and go digging for it, Linc Energy just wants to set the stuff on fire and gobble up the gas emitted by the blaze. What could go wrong?

IKEA's Going To Sell Solar Panels Now (No Assembly Required)

Get excited, Earthlings who like the Earth: IKEA just announced a new program to sell energy-saving solar panels in each of its 17 UK stores. This means that with a little bit more effort than it takes to purchase a set of Billy bookcases, Brits can be doing their part to bring the world a little closer to sustainable energy.

We Could Build Entire Cities Out Of Greenhouse Gas Some Day

A team from the University of Newcastle is perfecting a method of capturing carbon emissions and transforming them into carbonate rock bricks. They’re just part of a wave of efforts by scientists who hope to tame carbon in order to shape a greener future.

These Incredible New Buses Are Charged Wirelessly By The Road Itself

Imagine an electric vehicle that can travel endless distances without ever needing to stop at a recharging station. That sounds impossible, right? Because electric vehicles run on batteries, and at some point, you need stop and charge those batteries. Not this one.

The Systems That Power The Year's Most Sustainable Buildings

Only a decade ago, sustainable building techniques were fairly rare, a fringe culture on the periphery of mainstream architecture. But with Stephen Colbert interviewing radically green architects, like Mitchell Joachim and Passive House buildings popping up in New York City, that’s all changing very quickly.

One Of The World's Greenest Commercial Building Opens Today

You didn’t know it was Earth Day? You probably aren’t alone. The 43-year-old fauxliday has declined in popularity over the past few years, perhaps because it’s been so thoroughly co-opted by companies interested in associating with sustainability — it’s easy to be cynical about greenwashing.

Monster Machines: This Natural Gas Plant Is Turbocharged By The Sun

With the decreasing popularity of coal and increasing volatility of petroleum prices, natural gas is emerging as a major energy resource. And while we have plenty of reserves, an estimated 84 trillion cubic metres, it’s still a non-renewable resource that must be used sparingly whenever possible — like this new natural gas power plant prototype from the Department of Energy. It produces just as much electricity with 20 per cent less gas every time the sun shines.