Rundown of the benefits and drawbacks of compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs now that the U.S. government has banned the manufacture of new incandescent bulbs.
Monthly Archives: August 2014
Just a decade ago most of us wouldn’t have dreamed we’d live to see driverless cars whisking people around, but things are changing fast and analysts now think they will be common by 2020 and account for the majority of cars on the road by 2040. And with Google’s recent unveiling of its latest prototype—complete with no pedals or steering wheel—the future is indeed closer than we ever imagined.
Solar roadways used to be just a concept, but Scott and Julie Brusaw has built them to withstand the weight and wear of trucks and heavy traffic, while producing electricity. Now the question is whether they can raise enough money to set up mass production and then distribute them to cities and towns across the country and beyond.
Solar roadways used to be just a concept, but Scott and Julie Brusaw have built them to withstand the weight and wear of trucks and heavy traffic, while producing electricity. Now the question is whether they can raise enough money to set up mass production…
With electronic equipment and gadgets the fastest growing waste stream in many countries, how to deal with so-called “e-waste” may in fact be one of the most pressing environmental problems of the 21st century. While some countries and even some U.S. states have their own laws regulating the disposal of electronics and other technology items, environmentalists would like to see the federal government take a stand against e-waste.
Deutsche Bank reports that by 2016 residential rooftop solar panels will deliver electricity to homeowners at rates equal to or lower than fossil-fuel-derived grid power in 47 out of 50 U.S. states — but only if Congress extends the generous 30 percent solar investment tax credit currently available.
Dear EarthTalk: How is it that climate change is responsible for killing whitebark pine trees and thus impacting mountain ecosystems?