The Great Energy Shift Part 2
Why Google is Making a Big Deal Over a Little Solar Device

Why Google is Making a Big Deal Over a Little Solar Device

Gadgets called inverters are key to making usable solar energy, and Google wants them super small and cheap.

Offshore Wind Farms Could Supply Much of the U.S.'s Electricity (If They Ever Get Built)

Offshore Wind Farms Could Supply Much of the U.S.'s Electricity (If They Ever Get Built)

While Europe powers ahead, the U.S. government tries to jumpstart offshore wind technology. 

Why the French Are Building Solar-Power Plants in California

Why the French Are Building Solar-Power Plants in California

Time is running out to cash in on a lucrative subsidy for renewable energy.

Warren Buffett Shuts Down One of the Dirtiest Power Plants in the U.S.

Warren Buffett Shuts Down One of the Dirtiest Power Plants in the U.S.

Solar energy will replace coal as a notorious Nevada power plant is shuttered.

The Crazy Economics of the Wind Industry in Two Charts

The Crazy Economics of the Wind Industry in Two Charts

The wind business crashed in 2013, yet a record number of turbine farms are under construction in the U.S.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Dream Fuel Makes a Comeback

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Dream Fuel Makes a Comeback

Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's dream of building a hydrogen highway to fuel carbon-free cars is back in production.

A Skyscraper-Sized Solar-Wind Tower Could Become North America's Tallest Structure

A Skyscraper-Sized Solar-Wind Tower Could Become North America's Tallest Structure

Can a 2,250-foot-high wind tunnel generate electricity more cheaply than coal? 

How Japan's Status as a Rising Solar Superpower Helps China

How Japan's Status as a Rising Solar Superpower Helps China

The photovoltaic boom in Japan is helping China, too. 

Want More Renewable Energy? Send in the Drones

Want More Renewable Energy? Send in the Drones

Out in the desert it's hard to know when one solar panel among millions has failed. Unless you're a drone. 

How to Stop Solar-Power Plants From Incinerating Birds

How to Stop Solar-Power Plants From Incinerating Birds

A federal report calls California's Ivanpah solar power plant a "mega-trap" for wildlife. Even solar panels can prove a fatal avian attraction. 

Carmakers Are Cutting Carbon Emissions, Except When They Aren't

Carmakers Are Cutting Carbon Emissions, Except When They Aren't

The federal government says automakers are reducing their vehicles' emissions, but a close look at the numbers shows some red flags amid the good green news. 

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The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

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What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

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Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

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Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

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How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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