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How Solar-Based Microgrids Could Bring Power to Millions

Millions of the world's poorest lack power. Microgrids could be a clean-energy solution.

Smart Wind and Solar Power

Big data and artificial intelligence are producing ultra-accurate forecasts that will make it feasible to integrate much more renewable energy into the grid.

The Cost of Limiting Climate Change Could Double without Carbon Capture Technology

The economics of combating climate change may depend on an underfunded technology.

Selling Teslas in China Won’t Do Much for the Environment

Because China relies so heavily on coal for power, electric vehicles aren’t necessarily an improvement over gasoline-powered cars.

Averting Disastrous Climate Change Could Depend on Unproven Technologies

A U.N. climate report says we’ll overshoot greenhouse gas targets, and will need new technologies to make up for it.

Does Musk’s Gigafactory Make Sense?

Tesla’s audacious plan to build a giant battery factory may mostly be a clever negotiating tactic.

A Less Resource-Intensive Way to Make Ethanol

Stanford researchers develop a copper catalyst that can efficiently convert carbon monoxide and water to ethanol.

Going Nuclear: The Global Power Picture

Three years after the Fukushima disaster, some countries are pulling back from nuclear power while others grow capacity.

Cheap Solar Power—at Night

New solar thermal technologies could address solar power’s intermittency problem.

U.N. Climate Report Warns of Increased Risk to Crops

Crop yields are expected to decline due to climate change faster than scientists thought.

Fatter Cows and Chickens from GM Crops

Biotech turns to DNA editing technology to engineer easier-to-digest plants for farm animals.