GM, Stellantis rank worst for fuel efficiency, even amid EV push

GMC vehicles sit on display at the Sterling McCall Buick GMC dealership on February 02, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Brandon Bell | Getty Images DETROIT – General Motors may be transitioning to an all-electric future, but its recent vehicle fleet ranked among the least efficient and most polluting in the U.S. automotive industry, according to … Read more

A home energy upgrade that’s becoming a climate and financial winner

Heat pumps are becoming more popular for residential housing with energy prices increasing and the need to reduce use of fossil fuel heating systems. Andrew Aitchison | In Pictures | Getty Images Thinking about a home heat pump? New and expanded government incentives, coupled with sharply rising utility costs, make it more compelling. Especially when … Read more

Pink Snow Is Not a Cute Phenomenon—Here’s Why

The scientists used the device to record the snow’s albedo, a measure of what fraction of the sunlight beaming down is reflected back up. Red snow means lower albedo, which means more absorbed sunlight and faster snowmelt. Other factors also influence albedo, including dirt, dust and ash from wildfires. Sand from the Gobi Desert can … Read more

This Robot Is on a Mission to Eliminate Short Car Trips

(Bloomberg) — When my six-year-old son first “woke up” the Gitamini robot, I was surprised he didn’t flinch — robots these days tend to be ominous. But as November leaves swirled around the sidewalk meet-cute, the squat personal droid gave a friendly “chirp” and popped up on its two large wheels, ready to follow a new friend.The three … Read more

Kansas oil spill the biggest in Keystone pipeline history, federal data shows

A ruptured pipe dumped enough oil this week into a northeastern Kansas creek to nearly fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, becoming the largest onshore crude pipeline spill in nine years and surpassing all the previous ones on the same pipeline system combined, according to federal data. The Keystone pipeline spill in a creek running through rural pastureland … Read more

US Vegetable Prices Soar Nearly 40% as Water Cuts Crush Supply

California, the top agriculture state in the US, has faced drought this year that led to $3 billion worth of losses. And in Florida, which is the top US supplier of fruits and vegetables in the fall and winter months, experienced a storm that cost the produce industry in the state nearly $2 billion.

Democratic lawmakers accuse big oil of ‘greenwashing’

Gas prices are displayed at an Exxon gas station on July 29, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Exxon and Chevron posted record high earnings during the second quarter of 2022 as energy stocks have faltered in recent months. Brandon Bell | Getty Images A pair of Democratic lawmakers on Friday accused the largest oil companies in … Read more

Dozens are dead from Ian, one of strongest, costliest U.S. storms

Hurricane Ian takes aim at Carolina coast on Sept; 30th, 2022. NOAA Rescuers searched for survivors among the ruins of Florida’s flooded homes from Hurricane Ian while authorities in South Carolina began assessing damage from its strike there as the remnants of one of the strongest and costliest hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. continued … Read more

The Drying Up of Europe’s Great Rivers Could Be the New Normal

Scientists say that the economic cost of the rivers’ decimation is only part of the problem. The less water in the water system as a whole, explains Gabriel Singer, an ecologist at University of Innsbruck, Austria, the less dilution for salts and the slower a river flows. This leads to higher saline content and higher … Read more