• The Electric Car: Who Will Lead the Market?

    The outlook for the electric car couldn’t have looked brighter when oil was priced at $140 a barrel, consumer confidence was high, and offers of credit were plentiful. Now that a variety of electric vehicles are nearly ready to hit the market in larger quantities, the world is a different place. The leading manufacturers of the electric car and its ability to compete with evolving hybrid technology have yet to be determined. >> Read the Full Article
  • Honey, We're filling that hole in the Ozone Layer!

    The European Space Agency has presented the results of an important analysis of upper stratospheric ozone, important in shielding Earth from ultraviolet rays. The ozone layer is not distributed evenly, with more changes occurring in the upper stratosphere. By collecting data while looking sideways (limb viewing) rather than vertically downwards, instruments are able to provide highly accurate measurements of the stratosphere. By merging more than a decade of atmospheric data from European satellites, scientists have compiled a homogeneous long-term ozone record that allows them to monitor total ozone trends on a global scale – and the findings look promising. >> Read the Full Article
  • Floodgates Might Not Save Venice

    The construction of mobile floodgates aims to safeguard the 1,300-year-old island city of Venice. It's an ambitious engineering project, but some scientists say it may not be sufficient to protect Venice from rising sea levels due to climate change. Venice rose from mudflats in the middle of a lagoon which forms the largest wetland in the Mediterranean. One of the world's most endangered cities, it has been subject to increasing flooding due to sinking land — but also to rising sea levels. >> Read the Full Article
  • River Deltas Sinking

    A new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder indicates most of the world's low-lying river deltas are sinking from human activity, making them increasingly vulnerable to flooding from rivers and ocean storms and putting tens of millions of people at risk. >> Read the Full Article
  • Antarctica's hidden plumbing revealed

    The first complete map of the lakes beneath Antarctica's ice sheets reveals the continent's secret water network is far more dynamic than we thought. This could be acting as a powerful lubricant beneath glaciers, contributing to sea level rise. Unlike previous lake maps, which are confined to small regions, Ian Joughin at the University of Washington in Seattle and colleagues mapped 124 subglacial lakes across Antarctica using lasers on NASA's ICESat satellite (see map). >> Read the Full Article
  • Electrifying New Jay Leno Show

    Jay Leno is to cars as Taylor Swift is to music videos. His legendary Los Angeles garage is a shrine to internal combustion, packed with cars and motorcycles of every description. With the rest of Hollywood switching from Porsches to Priuses, it might seem Leno is at the back of the eco pack. But he’s catching up — and he wants to bring America with him. The popular TV host and avowed gearheard is using his new prime-time program to bring electric vehicles into your living room. The Pied Piper of Petrol is asking A-list celebrities to race against the clock in a recurring feature called “The Green Car Challenge.” >> Read the Full Article
  • Arctic Geese Skip Migration

    In the Fall of 2007, tens of thousands of small arctic geese called Pacific brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) decided not to go south for the winter. For these long-haul migratory birds, it was a dramatic choice -- they usually spend the cold months munching their favorite eel grass in the waters off Mexico's Baja peninsula. >> Read the Full Article
  • Arctic Ice Third-smallest on Record

    The Arctic's sea ice pack thawed to its third-lowest summer level on record, up slightly from the seasonal melt of the past two years but continuing an overall decline symptomatic of climate change, U.S. scientists said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article
  • Climate mitigation needn't stifle development, says report

    Countries can develop while curtailing climate change if they are 'climate-smart', the World Bank has said in a major new report. >> Read the Full Article
  • White House Unveils Landmark Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards

    Today the Obama Administration released a 1,200 page document of proposed regulation changes that will drastically alter the fuel economy and emissions standards that auto manufacturers are required to meet in the US. Although it could be an incredibly contentious topic, it seems that so far the proposal has gained wide support from all sides of the spectrum including environmental organizations and industry lobby groups. >> Read the Full Article