The 15 Dirtiest Power Plants In the US

On June 2, President Obama proposed new EPA regulations to reduce the carbon dioxide pollution that's causing global warming. The new rules would reduce the carbon emissions of US power plants 30 percent by 2030. But not all plants are created equal—in fact, some are much dirtier than others. » 6/09/14 9:00am 6/09/14 9:00am

Climb Higher Than Mt. Everest, Without Leaving Manhattan

Who knew such extraordinary altitudes could be found, hidden inside the towers of Manhattan's Flatiron District? But, behind the nondescript door of a 5th-floor office on 21st Street, heights as great as the Himalayas are waiting to be scaled. Gizmodo took a deep breath and visited the atmospheric wizardry of Hypoxico » 2/13/14 5:00pm 2/13/14 5:00pm

Watch NASA's Predictions About Climate Change for the Next 87 Years

News alert! The world is going to get hotter. NASA combined dozens of climate models from around the world to estimate temperature and precipitation patterns for the next 87 years. That'll get us right to the year 2100. » 9/30/13 11:24pm 9/30/13 11:24pm

Massive Greenhouse Gases Killed the Earth Before and It Could Happen…

Raging wildfires, acidified oceans and soaring temperatures likely caused a mass distinction 250 million years ago killing 95 percent of the Earth's marine life and 70 percent of terrestrial species. » 11/17/11 5:00pm 11/17/11 5:00pm

Breathing Heavy And Sweating After An Earthquake May Save Your Life

Earthquake rescues are difficult. Rescuers try to listen for victims, spot them with cameras and use dogs to sniff them out. Someday, they may use metabolite sensors to pick up their stench. » 9/20/11 11:01pm 9/20/11 11:01pm

Donate $1 to Offset the CO2 of Your iPhone 4

Philanthroper has a really good donation up today: you pay a dollar and you can offset the lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions from an iPhone 4. Which means, you'll help "suck and trap the greenhouse gas that's driving climate change". [Philanthroper] » 6/15/11 10:31am 6/15/11 10:31am

Mosquitoes Bite Because of Your Smelly Feet

According to the research of one Remco Suer, mosquitoes might somehow be attracted to the bacteria in your sweat-soaked feet. That means finding a way to isolate these odors could reduce their nuisance and even slow the spread of disease. » 5/28/11 4:00pm 5/28/11 4:00pm

Talk a Load of Exhaled Hot Air Into This LASER

As YouTube user/laser-magician Magx1 says, "it doesn't get much more DIY than this!" After creating all sorts of gas lasers previously, he exhaled his own breath and created a carbon dioxide laser. What did you do with your breath today? » 7/27/10 3:07am 7/27/10 3:07am

Remainders - Things We Didn't Post

Baby Gets Hit By Train, Strolls Away...There's a Hole In My Heart That Can Only Be Filled By—Stem Cells?...Beware Bobbies Bearing BlackBerries...Science Figures Out Why We Break Out Bubbly » 10/16/09 11:00pm 10/16/09 11:00pm

Apparently We Can Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Eco-Friendly Biofuels Now

Singaporean researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have devised a way to convert carbon dioxide into clean-burning biofuel methanol, using a safe, non-toxic process. Has mankind defeated the final boss of Global Warming? » 4/20/09 8:20pm 4/20/09 8:20pm

Hubble May Find Signs of Possible Extraterrestrial Life

Looks like Hubble may turn to be a key in finding extraterrestrial life. A new technique developed by NASA has found CO2, one of the byproducts of life, in a Jupiter-sized planet called HD189733b: » 12/10/08 3:00pm 12/10/08 3:00pm

CO2 Scrubber Sucks Up Emissions From Cars, Home Heating

University of Calgary scientists are working on a machine that would pull carbon dioxide from the air in an attempt to scrub out emissions from diffuse sources, such as car exhaust and home heating. These “diffuse emissions” account for roughly half of the CO2 that goes up into the sky every day, contributing to… » 10/02/08 12:30am 10/02/08 12:30am

"Clean Coal" No Longer Oxymoron at New Power Plant

Maybe you've heard the plans for "clean coal" (aka carbon capture and storage), a technology that collects carbon-dioxide exhaust from formerly high-polluting power plants, condensing and freezing it for storage in depleted natural-gas fields. This month, energy provider Vattenfall fired up the CO2 collection process… » 9/21/08 4:30pm 9/21/08 4:30pm

Scientists Propose Adding Lime to Oceans to Reduce CO2

The oceans already absorb megatons of atmospheric carbon, but scientists say that there's a way to boost this so that CO2 levels could drop to pre-industrial age levels. The answer sounds like a cocktail recipe: add lime. Limed seawater has boosted alkalinity, which lets it absorb more CO2 and stops it from releasing… » 7/21/08 12:20pm 7/21/08 12:20pm