By: Janet Pelley March 28, 2013
By 2100, the world population will...
Most efforts to address carbon emissions focus on preventing them from entering the atmosphere in the first place. But how to get rid of CO2 already there? Start-ups are developing prototype air-capture systems.
Of all the uncertainties climate change presents, its impact on the production and distribution of food is one of the greatest. We are already feeling the effects: 2012 was a bad year for farmers, with droughts and erratic weather decimating crops and pushing up...
By Brad Plumer
February 22, 2013
What’s the best way to curtail gasoline consumption? Economists tend to agree on the answer here: Higher gas taxes at the pump are more effective than stricter fuel-economy standards for cars and trucks.
Much more effective, in fact. A...
THE average price of gasoline in the United States, $3.78 on Thursday, has been steadily climbing for more than a month and is approaching the three previous post-recession peaks, in May 2011 and in April and September of last year.
But if our goal is to get Americans to drive less and...
Nature: Natural hazards: New York vs the sea
By: Jeff Tollefson
February 13, 2013
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, scientists and officials are trying to protect the largest US city from future floods.
Joe Leader's heart sank as he descended into the...
By Brad Plumer
February 6, 2013
Like it or hate it, policymakers in Washington are still obsessed with the deficit. That’s why think tanks keep churning out clever plans to cut spending and raise taxes.
And here’s a new...