Plug-ins will lead to lower overall emissions, even if the electricity that powers them comes from coal.
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I’m MIT Technology Review's chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
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At a remote outpost in northern Greenland, a team of scientists are attempting to resolve the central mystery of global warming: how quickly will sea levels rise?
With much of its land already below sea level, the Netherlands is charting a course around the ominous trends of climate change.
New photovoltaics get better performance throughout the day.
Superconducting cables could make power-grid infrastructure more secure.
As the global picture grows grimmer, states and cities are searching for the fine-scale predictions they need to prepare for emergencies--and to keep the faucets running.
MIT report suggests locations to sequester carbon dioxide.
On the surface of a new photovoltaic prototype, microscopic nanotube towers perform best when they catch light on their sides.
Arthur Nozik believes quantum-dot solar power could boost output in cheap photovoltaics.
No matter how well they're engineered, hydrogen cars offer no real answer to the imminent threats posed by global warming.