Energy and resources Articles

Buy Nothing New for a Year

thisbigcity: There’s too much trash in our cities. In our new post we explore a radical idea that could massively reduce this: buying absolutely nothing new or second hand for an entire year. Could you do this?

How to make solar cheaper than fossil fuels

emergentfutures: Scientists solve solar energy’s burning question: how to make it cheaper than fossil fuels In a fight between solar and fossil fuels, the latter has always had a killer question up its sleeve: “What about supercritical steam?” That’s the method by which the most advanced power stations

“Paradigm Shift” Reported In Making Biofuel From Plants

txchnologist: by Michael Keller The possibility of using nonfood plants to cheaply and sustainably fuel our vehicles may have just veered into the fast lane. Scientists report they have successfully genetically engineered bacteria to convert complex carbohydrates in tough grasses directly into ethanol, a type

Bicycle Infrastructure

thisbigcity: That’s compared to 7.8 for road-only construction. Cities that want to boost employment need to invest in cycling.

Aquanauts Begin Month-Long Underwater Mission

discoverynews: ‘Aquanauts’ Begin Month-Long Underwater Mission Fabien Cousteau and a team of “aquanauts” will spend a record 31 days living and working underwater as part of the expedition, dubbed Mission 31. Read more

Self-driving cars being tested on public roads in Sweden

Volvo’s first self-driving cars now being tested live on public roads in Swedish city kurzweilai.net (Credit: Volvo)Volvo Car Group’s “Drive Me” project — featuring 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads in everyday driving conditions — is moving forward rapidly, with the first test cars now

Driving on a Glow-in-the-Dark Highway

smartercities: This Is What It’s Like to Drive on a Glow-in-the-Dark Highway | The Atlantic In the Dutch city of Oss, 60 miles southeast of Amsterdam, there’s a highway named N329. During the day, N329 is a stretch of road like so many others around

The UN’s Focus: Surviving Climate Change

theatlantic: The UN’s New Focus: Surviving, Not Stopping, Climate Change The United Nations’ latest report on climate change contains plenty of dire warnings about the adverse impact “human interference with the climate system” is having on everything from sea levels to crop yields to violent