SUVs Are Worse for the Climate Than You Ever Imagined

SUVs Are Worse for the Climate Than You Ever Imagined

Some people feel safer in a vehicle where they sit high above the road, but the raised center of gravity makes SUVs more prone to rollovers than cars, said Consumer Reports.

The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change

The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change

“I think especially for young people, we are actually discouraged often not to dive into that, because it's overwhelming and scary,” said Kelsey Juliana, the lead plaintiff, in a conversation with WIRED senior editor Sandra Upson.

Fly Me to the Moon … With Elephants!

Fly Me to the Moon … With Elephants!

I recently ran across an animation showing a Saturn V rocket during liftoff, but with a small modification.Video: Rhett AllainBefore it was launched, the metal ball was at rest and thus had a momentum of zero.

Andrew Yang Wants a Thorium Reactor by 2027. Good Luck, Buddy

Andrew Yang Wants a Thorium Reactor by 2027. Good Luck, Buddy

Plenty of countries, most notably China , are investing heavily in molten-salt reactor research in general and thorium reactors in particular.

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

In 1990, the state tightened its standards again, and added a new component: Its Low-Emission Vehicle program required that automakers sell some zero-emission vehicles, as in battery and fuel-cell electric cars.

An Area 51 Warning, Trump Takes on California, and More News

An Area 51 Warning, Trump Takes on California, and More News

An Area 51 aficionado gives a warning, Trump is fighting with California over vehicle emissions, and the FDA is struggling to regulate vaping.That's the estimated number of people who use vapes, or e-cigarettes, up from 7 million in 2011.

White House Plans Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

White House Plans Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

Top administration officials have developed plans to give a 5% boost to U.S. renewable fuel-blending quotas in 2020, as President Donald Trump seeks to temper farm-state criticism he has undermined U.S. mandates compelling the use of corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel.

Shipping’s Great Fuel Switch Is Starting to Drive Up Freight Costs

Shipping’s Great Fuel Switch Is Starting to Drive Up Freight Costs

The cost of shipping commodities by sea surged to the highest in almost nine years as vessel owners start taking carriers off hire to prepare them for sweeping new fuel rules.

A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News

A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News

But that is exactly what happened this week , when a father of this era of automated vehicle technology, the former Uber and Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski, was indicted on federal charges of trade secret theft.

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

That deal represents the most clear-cut example of auto industry unease with the Trump administration’s August 2018 proposal to dramatically ease fuel economy and vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards drafted by the Obama administration, which sought to boost average fuel efficiency to roughly 50 miles per gallon by 2025.

A Strange Radioactive Cloud Likely Came From Russia

A Strange Radioactive Cloud Likely Came From Russia

After the ruthenium plume was detected in late 2017, IRSN issued a report in which it theorized that the accident occurred when Mayak attempted to create a highly compact, highly radioactive material that could emit a large number of neutrinos (difficult-to-detect fundamental particles) for a physics experiment in Italy called SOX.

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

President Donald Trump’s plan to freeze U.S. vehicle efficiency standards would result in higher costs for motorists without doing anything to boost highway safety, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports that undermines the administration’s chief talking points in favor of the move.

Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who

Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who

Any serious policy response to global warming needs to transfer some of the costs from voters to the fossil fuel interests, where they belong. To fight global warming, we need to organize a broad public counterweight against the sectoral interests that are trying to block action.

Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle

Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle

Instead, spent fuel rods are sitting at 95 nuclear plants around the country in either “fuel pools,” where the waste cools down for a few years after the rods finish producing energy, or in special steel-and-concrete casks that sit above ground like nuclear garbage cans.

Environmental Solutions to A Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh

Environmental Solutions to A Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh

Led by The Bridge Collaborative, BRAC, and the Center for Global Development (CGD), a rapid-strike team of experts from the environmental sector are identifying solutions that will improve daily life for the Rohingya and protect the surrounding environment from further harm.

An Aviation Pioneer Goes All In on Electric Planes

An Aviation Pioneer Goes All In on Electric Planes

It has been three years since Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard completed an around-the-world journey in Solar Impulse 2 , the sun-powered plane that could stay aloft for days at a time.

A New Fuel for Satellites Is So Safe It Won’t Blow Up Humans

A New Fuel for Satellites Is So Safe It Won’t Blow Up Humans

“We literally sat in a room next to a plastic jug of it when we were fueling the satellite,” says Chris McLean, an engineer at Ball Aerospace and the project lead on NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission.

The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon

The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon

At one point there was talk of a rocket called Nova that would have had eight of the beasts on its first stage and might have launched a spacecraft heavy enough to land on the moon and then come back.

Flying Car Startup Alaka'i Bets Hydrogen Can Outdo Batteries

Flying Car Startup Alaka'i Bets Hydrogen Can Outdo Batteries

New aviation startup Alaka’i says its Skai aircraft will be able to fly for up to four hours and cover 400 miles on a single load of fuel, which can be replenished in 10 minutes at a hydrogen fueling station.

What if Air Conditioners Could Help Save the Planet Instead of Destroying It?

What if Air Conditioners Could Help Save the Planet Instead of Destroying It?

“Carbon-neutral hydrocarbon fuels from electricity can help solve two of our biggest energy challenges: managing intermittent renewables and decarbonizing the hard-to-electrify parts of transportation and industry,” says David Keith, acting chief scientist of Carbon Engineering, which is developing much larger stand-alone devices for sucking CO2 out of the air and storing it, known as carbon capture and storage, or CCS.

The Hunt for Rocket Boosters in Russia's Far North

The Hunt for Rocket Boosters in Russia's Far North

But the hunter photographer Makar Tereshin followed there in January—his fifth trip to the region while shooting his stunning series Fields of Fall — was after bigger, more exotic prey: a 65-foot-long Soyuz rocket booster.

Memes Are in Danger, but This Chat App Is Saving Lives

Memes Are in Danger, but This Chat App Is Saving Lives

Memes Are in Danger, but This Chat App Is Saving Lives. Mike Pence wants to send astronauts to turn ice into rocket fuel. On one hand, tech companies are stepping in to help with problems like prevent premature births .

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.