Energy & Environment

It Pays to Price Congestion

It saves commuters time and money, so why is it so unpopular?

Browner Pastures

Brownfield makeovers aren't glamorous for everyone.

Heat and Anxiety: What’s Next for International Climate Change Negotiations?

Elliot Diringer, a former top environmental adviser to President Bill Clinton, discusses the cloudy future of climate change policy.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Making Use of Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Making Use of Carbon Capture and Sequestration

MIT’s Howard J. Herzog explores the central issues involved in transforming carbon capture and storage (CCS) from a boutique technology to a broadly commercial one.

A Sunny Perspective on the Future of Solar Energy

A Sunny Perspective on the Future of Solar Energy

Solyndra’s recent bankruptcy has sparked much debate about the market viability of solar energy. And while solar may not be as cost-effective as fossil fuels are now, a recent analysis finds that “solar power technologies in the US and Spain are likely to approach competitiveness with fossil-fired generation by around 2020.”

Fuel of Uncertainty

Fuel of Uncertainty

Biofuels are either essential to our energy independence and efforts to combat climate change or a boondoggle that threatens global food security. The World Bank’s Govinda R. Timilsina and Ashish Shrestha analyze this disconnect in “How Much Hope Should We Have for Biofuels?”, which weighs findings from dozens of studies and sources and represents a far-reaching summary of the technology’s potential and tradeoffs.

Greening the Rust Belt

Greening the Rust Belt

As the economy struggles to rebound and the foreclosure crisis takes its toll on American cities, vacant land and abandoned buildings continue to abound. For America’s once-great manufacturing cities, the impact has been even greater as metropolitan areas throughout the Midwest struggle to find an identity in a post-industrial world. In the article "Can cities become self-reliant in food?" Sharanbir Grewal and Parwinder Grewal suggest that urban agriculture may provide a solution to both of these woes.

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