Latest synthesis report from U.N. panel says we’ve already emitted half the permissible greenhouse gases if we wish to avoid the worst.
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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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Lockheed Martin says it will have a small fusion reactor prototype in five years but offers no data.
With many areas around river mouths facing starker threats of severe flooding, researchers hope people around the world can benefit from sophisticated models and data.
A few carbon capture and sequestration projects are under way, but economics and politics are holding the technology back.
The waste heat in cement production can drive technologies that can grab at least 30 percent of a plant’s carbon dioxide emissions.
A coal plant in Saskatchewan will capture most of its carbon pollution—and use it to extract oil from the ground.
A new fuel rod design will be tested in a full-size reactor, but some worry it could bring fresh safety problems.
A new study says the population could hit 12 billion by 2100, though it doesn’t take into account the effects of climate change, food shortages, disease, or conflict.
A FutureGen project in Illinois aimed at capturing carbon dioxide from a rebuilt coal power plant is threatened by a lawsuit and a deadline.
Record levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide reflect a healthier economy, cheap fossil fuels, and the absence of effective carbon-reducing policies.