As wind farms march out into coastal waters to meet energy demands, seals are learning to use them like local grocery stores, scientists say. A few have been spotted prowling the grids of turbines, checking for fish congregating around pillars, and stopping to feast when they find them.
When Garthen Leslie drove around Washington, D.C., during a heat wave last summer, he noticed that in the middle of the work day, air conditioners were running in apartment after apartment. He was inspired to create a connected window AC unit that can be controlled with a smartphone.
Scientists in Europe and Asia have found that, like many human-made structures sunk into seas’ depths, the underwater portions of giant windmills have served as the basis of artificial reefs that become home to mussels, crabs and other aquatic life.
For the last few years, researchers at the Catalytic Clothing project have been testing a pollution-fighting laundry detergent that coats clothing in nano-sized particles of titanium dioxide. The additive traps smog and converts it into a harmless byproduct.
Hate to burst your bubble, glass lab gear. But plastic bubble wrap also works pretty well at running science experiments. Scientists at Harvard University have figured out a way to use these petite pouches as an inexpensive alternate to glass test tubes and culture dishes.
St. Anthony used to dump 18 water towers’ worth of storm runoff and other water into the Mississippi River each year. Then it turned around and pumped 24 towers’ worth of groundwater to sprinkle the lawns of Central Park and City Hall.
There are no state mandates or incentives for solar. Despite that landscape, solar is breaking through in parts of Texas, providing models that renewable energy advocates hope will resonate in the rest of the state, starting with the price of solar power.
After rising steadily for more than 10 years, the proportion of U.S. kids defined as obese due to a large waist circumference held steady between 2003 and 2012, according to a new analysis of national data.
Cycling is very popular in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen. The city has hundreds of kilometers of bicycle lanes, and 20 percent of commuters go to work on their bikes. Now, a funeral director has made a bicycle hearse to ensure that some can make their final journey environmentally friendly.
Some 75 volunteers gathered to plant the river valley’s first food forest. The plan was to plant 3,000 native, food-producing trees and shrubs on the slope, including gooseberries, saskatoon berries, currants and choke cherries.
They aren’t what you might think of as typical sanitation workers, but Haley Rogers and Lisa Brunie-McDermott, two Sanitation Department employees, are women with a mission: to persuade New Yorkers to separate orange peels, eggshells and other organic waste from the rest of their trash.
It’s phase one of a new international restoration project whose goal is to document the first return of the sea-run alewife and its close relative the blueback herring to the upper St. Croix watershed in the wake of the 2013 removal of the Grand Falls barrier.
Interest in porous paving surfaces among governments and developers is on the rebound, though, in response to new state regulations aimed at curbing stormwater pollution from pavement smothering the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Bald eagles have expanded their range to San Clemente Island, where a nesting pair has been found for the first time in more than 50 years. The discovery means bald eagles are beginning to recover from the use of the insecticide DDT.
If all goes well, Surat will be first in the state of Gujarat to convert its plastic waste into crude oil and pellets, which could be further used as fuel substitute to power industrial units, vehicles, power plants, boilers and generators.
A California condor chick hatched this year in the cliffs of Zion National Park, and the baby bird has biologists buzzing. It is the first observable wild condor that’s hatched in Utah in the last hundred years, a sign that one of the the world’s largest birds is continuing its slow comeback.
A University of Alberta professor’s innovative fuel cell technology is climbing the ranks in a competition aimed at identifying the world’s best ways of transforming carbon dioxide into useful products.