| Aug 6, 2011
| 1:37 PM
Almost four decades after the orange glow first took over Chicago’s night skies, the city’s Transportation Department is taking steps toward converting streetlights back to a more natural -- and less light-polluting -- hue.
New ceramic metal-...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 9:44 PM
As General Motors, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and other major automobile manufacturers prepare to bring hydrogen cars to market by 2015, the availability and sustainability of the hydrogen fuel to power them remains an issue.
Later this month, what is...
| Aug 25, 2011
| 3:55 PM
W.R. Grace & Co. will receive nearly $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of a nationwide effort to develop cost-effective ways of reducing the carbon pollutants released by coal-fired power plants, the department announced Thursday.
| Sep 19, 2011
| 6:45 AM
The Chevrolet Volt is many things: an attention grabber, a potential cure for an oil dependent nation — the list goes on.
It is not, however, designed for an apartment dweller.
Without a garage or driveway, I parked the hybrid electric vehicle...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 9:55 AM
Hampton University and Old Dominion University’s solar decathlon team, “Team Tidewater Virginia,” has been selected for the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon.
The team is among 20 selected to compete in the...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 10:53 AM
Burbank Water and Power unveiled its $40-million “eco campus” to the public this past weekend, showing off the culmination of a 13-year transformation of an aging utility site into a showcase of sustainability.
At the open house event on...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 6:49 PM
Ken and Kristen Sheely have experienced a parent's ultimate tragedy: the loss of a child. Now, through a fledgling nonprofit organization, they hope to educate young athletes about brain trauma injuries and possibly spare other families from the pain...
| Feb 18, 2012
| 9:26 AM
The car: Fisker Karma
The power: 403 total horsepower coming from two 201.5-horsepower (150 kW) AC motors, mounted just above the rear wheels.
Torque is in the neighborhood of monstrous, with 981 pound-feet available at 0 RPM. That figure sounds like...
| Feb 27, 2012
Home Depot wants to help you illuminate your beautiful landscape and save energy at the same time.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting consumes nearly 15 percent of a household’s energy use. Over the next few years, the country...
| Mar 11, 2012
It must be a little bit tough to be Tom Murphy.
By day, the co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research crunches numbers and looks at reports coming from the region's booming natural gas industry — all of which show...
| Mar 11, 2012
In 1943, visibility on the streets of Los Angeles dropped to about three blocks as a layer of filth descended from the sky, attacking the eyes, lungs and stomachs of the city's inhabitants.
The culprit: smog.
In 1952, California Institute of...