New Hydrogen-Powered Hyundai: a Gas to Drive, a Pain to Fuel

New Hydrogen-Powered Hyundai: a Gas to Drive, a Pain to Fuel

Like the few other hydrogen-powered, zero-emission cars on the market today, the Nexo is a joy to drive. The Nexo's 12.3-inch touchscreen works nicely and makes it easy to look up the nearest hydrogen fueling station.

For Nervous Californians, Fire-Proofing Is a New Obsession

For Nervous Californians, Fire-Proofing Is a New Obsession

Despite a flurry of stories in the media about people losing their insurance and leaving the area, Mark Sektnan, president of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, told me, “We’re not seeing a trend.” Insurance prices are increasing in some places, but California doesn’t allow insurers to jack up premiums based on recent disasters, and nearly everyone can find home insurance if they want it, he said.

Rotating Detonation Engines Could Propel Hypersonic Flight

Rotating Detonation Engines Could Propel Hypersonic Flight

Rotating Detonation Engines Could Propel Hypersonic Flight You know in movies, how the heroes are running away from an explosion, then get knocked forward by the shockwave?

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

As we gather contributions from public and private stakeholders around the world, here’s where the conversation on transport and climate stands so far: Waste-to-energy technologies offer a promising alternative to more traditional renewable energy.

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

A reduction in transport-related GHG emissions will only be made possible by reducing transport’s dependency on fossil fuels and increasing its reliance on alternative energy technologies. Focusing on alternative energy technologies for vehicles, it is no surprise that they make up only 1/9 of the total revenue generated by the transport market.

Try Landing InSight on Mars (Without Exploding)

Try Landing InSight on Mars (Without Exploding)

Finally, the lander detached from the parachute and traveled the last part of the journey using rockets to control its descent.Now for the real question, though: Could you be in charge of the InSight landing?

Burning wood - not as cosy as it seems

Burning wood - not as cosy as it seems

Smoke from home fires in winter can be smelt across our towns, causing irritation and annoyance to some, reducing visibility, and frequently causing air quality to exceed the National Environmental Standard. Although we don’t monitor smog directly, the levels of smoke are indicated by networks of air quality monitors operated by regional councils.

Europe must halve meat and dairy production by 2050 to save planet, expert says

Europe must halve meat and dairy production by 2050 to save planet, expert says

Europe’s agriculture industry is being urged to reduce meat and dairy production after research suggested it has surpassed safe limits for greenhouse emissions. A report from Rural Investment Support For Europe (RISE) supports Greenpeace’s campaign to drastically reduce global meat and dairy production by 2050 to keep the Paris climate agreement on track.

Fossil fuel divestment funds rise to $6tn

Fossil fuel divestment funds rise to $6tn

Insurance companies lead the sell-off of coal, oil and gas stocks over climate change and financial fears – oil majors now cite divestment as a risk to them

Fossil fuel divestment debates on campus spotlight the societal role of colleges and universities

Fossil fuel divestment debates on campus spotlight the societal role of colleges and universities

Schools are expanding interdisciplinary teaching and research in environmental studies, sustainability science and climate resilience, and investing in “greening” their campuses.

Local winds play a key role in some megafires – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Local winds play a key role in some megafires – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Although drought and overgrown forests are often blamed for major fires in the western United States, new research using unique NASA before-and-after data from a megafire site indicates that highly localized winds sometimes play a much larger role -- creating large, destructive fires even when regional winds are weak.

Carmakers’ gaming of emissions tests ‘costing drivers billions’

Carmakers’ gaming of emissions tests ‘costing drivers billions’

Drivers in Europe have paid €150bn more on fuel than they would have if their vehicles had performed as well on-the-road as in official laboratory-based tests, according to a new report. Transport & Environment said the gaming could mean carmakers have to deliver just half the emissions reductions intended.

Environmental Groups Slam Ford Over Clean Fuel Stance

Environmental Groups Slam Ford Over Clean Fuel Stance

Environmental groups on May 8 targeted Ford Motor Co. over its stance on the U.S. clean fuel standard, delivering a petition with 250,000 signatures urging the automaker to drop support for weaker emission rules.