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The Problem of Finding Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Just Got Sunnier

The solar-powered EV ARC charger has a key advantage: portability.

The Forever Battery

A Silicon Valley start-up has invented an energy storage device that could take an entire neighborhood off the grid.

New York City's Energy Infrastructure Transformed Last Month and Nobody Noticed

A new pipeline massively expanded the amount of natural gas flowing into Manhattan.

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Who Needs Central Heat When You Live Above a Subway Shaft?

A smart plan to warm homes with heat recycled from the London Underground.

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Why Isn't There a More Robust 'Local Energy' Movement?

We claim to care about where our apples are grown, but few of us question the costs associated with relying on external energy to drive economic growth.

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Why America's Carbon Emissions Are Dropping

Amazingly, half the cuts came from reductions in household energy use.

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A Fascinating Tour of the Nuclear Plants That Dot the English Countryside

The architectural giants are as beautiful as they are ominous.

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Why Energy Boomtowns Are a Nightmare for Law Enforcement

Officers explain in their own words what happens when city services can't keep up with a population explosion. 

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The Closest Look Yet at the Relative Energy Efficiency of Big Buildings

How do you reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of skyscrapers? For starters, make a chart. 

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People Save More Energy When They Know They're Being Watched

People who received postcards saying their energy use was being tracked reduced their consumption by 2.7 percent.

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The New Geography of Jobs: Smart Policies Are Good, but Oil Is Better

How Texas and North Dakota won the recovery.

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Suburbs Might Be Just as Green as Cities

According to a new study, the carbon emissions of urbanites and suburbanites are more or less even.

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How Houston Became the Most Powerful Job Engine in the Country

The secret sauce of the city's success might come down to history, and an ability to learn from past mistakes.

Invention of the Day: Shoes That Generate Power From Your Steps

Soon there will be a windmill for your exhale, too.

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America's Fuel Source of the Future Could Be 'Pond Scum'

Rejoice, America: Researchers say the nation is equipped to produce "serious amounts" of algae biofuel.

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The States That Use the Most Green Energy

Texas leads the nation in wind power; in Washington, hydroelectric dams provide 60 percent of the state’s energy.

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We Could Be Doing Something Useful With the Energy Under Our Feet

Some surprisingly not-so-unrealistic plans to capture unused energy all around us.

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How the Focus on 'Energy Intensity' Is Hurting the Fight Against Climate Change

It's a misleading metric that actually tells us very little about efficiency.

A Map of All the U.S. Nuclear Plants That Almost Melted Down in 2012

Two years after Fukushima, some American nuclear power plants are still having scares.