Regulations and Solutions
This App Can Help Optimize Your Home Energy Costs—for a Cool $10K
Schneider Electric’s app-controlled electricity management hardware gives you more control over your power consumption. Are the utilities savings worth it?
Airlines and Cattle Farmers Have Beef With Google’s Climate Math
The company offers estimates of the emissions impacts of flights and recipes. Businesses with sales at stake are pushing back.
The Earth Is Begging You to Accept Smaller EV Batteries
Electric vehicles are selling fast. But unless individuals change how they obtain around, the need for battery materials threatens its own environmental disaster.
The World’s Farms Are Hooked on Phosphorus. It’s a Problem
Half of the globe’s crop productivity comes from a key fertilizer ingredient that’s nonrenewable—and literally washing away.
Oceans and Waterways
How Sensor-Dangling Helicopters Can Help Beat the Water Crisis
A simultaneous solution to California’s extreme drought and flooding is to bank more water underground. Send in the choppers (and a few ATVs).
The Tonga Eruption Is Still Revealing New Volcanic Dangers
One year later, researchers are marveling at the power of the Hunga Tonga explosion—and wondering how to monitor hundreds of other undersea volcanoes.
The Key to California’s Survival Is Hidden Underground
The state is ping-ponging between severe drought and catastrophic flooding. The solution to both? Making the landscape spongier.
New Mexico’s Beloved Pinyon Jay Is Losing Its Pine Habitat
A Western landscape’s namesake bird is threatened by climate change, and perhaps by wildfire prevention tactics that thin out the trees they rely on.
Google Expands Flood and Wildfire Tracking to More Countries
Plus: Sony announces a release date and toll for its next PlayStation VR headset, Google kills a couple more apps, and everything’s gone explosive at Twitter.
Wildfire Smoke May Carry Deadly Fungi Long Distances
Pathogens in soil are a danger to firefighters, but smoke may transport spores that cause valley fever and other infections into cities too.