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Solar-Powered Airplane Solar Impulse 2 to Continue Round-the-World Flight

Over a year ago, the solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 started its audacious round-the-world trip —but it became so damaged that it had to pull up short in Hawaii . Now, it’s ready to fly again.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 15th

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Is LA’s Blackout Scare Just a Conspiracy to Keep the City Running on Fossil Fuels?

Last week a report from a coalition of energy providers scared the hell out of Los Angeles, claiming the region would face blackouts due to its catastrophic four-month-long natural gas leak. But a loud and growing group of Southern California energy experts are calling bullshit, saying this is just a way to keep LA dependent on natural gas and other fossil fuels. Here’s the theory.

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Alissa Walker

April 14th

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A New Solar Cell Creates Electricity From Water as Well as Light

Rain means clouds and clouds mean less sunlight. That’s bad news for most solar cells, but a new design can actually make use of rain drops that fall on its surface, allowing it to generate electricity even when the weather’s bad.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 11th

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LA Will Face Blackouts This Summer Due to Its Gigantic Natural Gas Leak

Though the catastrophic natural gas leak outside of Los Angeles has been contained, the repercussions are still far from over, according to a new report. For weeks leaders of the region’s utility companies have been warning customers about potential disruptions to their energy service. Today, they’re telling Los Angeles to brace for blackouts this summer.

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Alissa Walker

April 5th

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Why the Hell is China Sending Crude Oil Into Space?

On April 6th, China’s SJ-10 satellite will launch into orbit from the remote Jiuquan spaceport in the Gobi desert. The event would be unremarkable if not for the satellite’s rather unusual payload: six titanium cylinders of crude oil, compressed to 500 times standard atmospheric pressure.

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Maddie Stone

April 5th

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Coal Plants Use As Much Water As One Billion People Every Year

Add this to the very long list of why burning coal for energy is a horrible idea. The world’s coal plants are using enough water to easily fulfill the needs of a billion people for a year. What’s more, they’re often located in places where water is already scarce.

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Alissa Walker

March 23rd

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Peabody, the Biggest US Coal Miner, Faces Bankruptcy

The future looks dark for coal miner Peabody. America’s biggest provider of the fossil fuel has admitted that it may have to seek bankruptcy protection.

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Jamie Condliffe

March 16th

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China’s Wind and Solar Energy Capacity Is Soaring

Smog-filled days may be a part of life in Beijing for now, but China is cutting coal and growing its wind and solar energy capacity fast, according to figures released yesterday by the country’s National Bureau of Statistics.

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Maddie Stone

March 1st

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These WPA-Style Posters from the US Department of Energy Make Me Hopeful About Our Future

Evoking the famous imagery created for the Works Progress Administration, a lovely series of posters created by the US government depict the country’s ongoing renewable energy revolution. And it’s definitely a place I want to live.

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Alissa Walker

February 23rd

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The LA Gas Leak Has Been Temporarily Plugged

The gas leak hemorrhaging methane all over the LA suburbs has been temporarily plugged, Southern California Gas Company announced today. It’s an important milestone, but residents aren’t celebrating just yet. If all continues to go well, the leak could be permanently sealed within a few more days.

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Maddie Stone

February 11th

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