Amanda Kilian finds the idea of installing solar panels on the roof of her house intriguing. She likes the notion of saving money on her electricity bill. She appreciates using a renewable energy source like the sun. But, she wants to find out more.
Getting a breath of fresh air can be a rarity in a city, and construction usually doesn't help. However, there are some buildings — whether already built or only just proposed — that can change the way our environment and infrastructure interact, making the air cleaner in the process.
More than a decade after its prized chinook salmon crashed, Lake Huron is fertile fishing territory once more, with fast-growing populations of native species such as walleye and lake trout, biologists say. Now the challenge is convincing anglers to take the bait.
A handful of rapidly growing regional chains around the country — including Tender Greens, LYFE Kitchen, SweetGreen and Native Foods — offer enticements like grass-fed beef, organic produce, sustainable seafood and menus that change with the season. And despite the higher costs and prices, all are thriving and planning national expansions.
Once upon a time, gathering waters from an underground aquifer in the San Fernando Valley and from the surrounding mountains, the Los Angeles River nourished a lush coastal plain, creating rich soils that covered the region. Today, it's largely encased in concrete and barely recognizable as a river.
In a metropolis where “back to the land” does not usually apply as a descriptor, New Yorkers are raising hens for eggs, rabbits for meat and bees for honey. They have turned tiny slivers of open space into productive vegetable gardens that often also capture rainwater and compost waste.
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.
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