Plug Into the Latest Trends Through August in the U.S., automakers sold 36,380 battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars (PHEV), compared to 16,514 by the same time last year. Sales are booming, although it’s not reflected in fairly flat sales of green cars overall. The reason is that hybrid sales are being lost as consumers go fully electric.
Dangers with Phone and Tablet Screens Blue light—a range of the visible light spectrum emitted by most white LEDs and most tablet and phone screens—could be hazardous to our
Antarctic Greenhouse Yields First Crop Scientists at Germany’s Neumayer Station III, in Antarctica, have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without soil, daylight or
Tappan Zee Repurposed into Reef The old Tappan Zee Bridge, a three-mile span over New York’s Hudson River, is being turned into several artificial reefs off Long Island. Barge loads of decades-old concrete chunks
Electric Planes on Horizon European airline EasyJet aims to begin service with electric-powered airplanes within the next decade by collaborating with aviation startup Wright Electric. The company wants to build vehicles
Innovative Uses of Pulp, Paper and Mushrooms by Avery Mack Manufacturers need to protect their products from damage and theft, and also want them to stand out on retail shelves. A common result has been hard-to-open containers relying on excessive cardboard and plastic. Today, more manufacturers are responding to consumer requests for less packaging, making it easier on both people and the planet. Whether shopping online or in a local store, more eco-friendly options are available and they’re worth seeking out.
Home Systems to Purify H2O by Jim Motavalli Americans trust bottled more than tap water, but that confidence might work better if reversed. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) notes that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors tap water for more than 90 contaminants, and it must meet the strict standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Nationally distributed bottled water, under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, isn’t
Inexpensive Screening for Early Discovery Early-stage breast cancer can be accurately detected via a simple breath test and urine sample, report researchers at
Fresh Hope for a Troubled Planet by Linda Sechrist Recognizing that it might be too late by the time they are older, many young people are already acting collectively and across partisan aisles on everything from climate change and the environment to gun control, gender equality, social justice, education and politics.
Software Tracks Farm to Fork Supply Chain Serious concerns have surfaced about food transparency, and people are asking questions. Documentaries like Rotten urge consumers to think