Canada Ushers in Clean Coal With a Carbon-Capturing Power Plant

Saskatchewan has been a coal-powered province for years, its Boundary Dam power plant burning the most polluting forms of lignite since 1959. But thanks to a modern retrofit, Boundary Dam now serves as the demarcation line between dirty and clean Canadian coal power. » 10/13/14 11:40am 10/13/14 11:40am

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

How Obama's Power Plant Regulations Will Transform Our Electric Grid

President Obama and the EPA have just taken their biggest and boldest step ever to fight climate change. The Clean Power Plan, unveiled by the EPA today, is far more important than the Keystone XL pipeline—if also far less sexy to slap on a poster. But these carbon-cutting regulations have the potential to transform… » 6/02/14 3:12pm 6/02/14 3:12pm

It's hard to top the holy shit news that Antarctica is, as we've long feared, irreversibly melting, but this week's Landscape Reads is chock full of other great stories. Could the difference between rice and wheat farming also explain cultural differences? (By the way, those are rice terraces above!) What's a… » 5/13/14 6:00pm 5/13/14 6:00pm

The Price of Electricity In The U.S. Is About to Skyrocket

Here's the sad, dark truth about our aging electrical grid: The way we generate power is not sustainable and needs to change. Here's the other sad, dark truth: As the U.S. becomes more reliant on renewable energy like solar and wind, our electricity bills are going to go up. Way up. » 4/27/14 5:30pm 4/27/14 5:30pm

The World's Oldest Underground Fire Has Been Burning For 6,000 Years

If you've heard of underground coal fires, then you've probably heard of the one raging under the abandoned town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, since 1962. Fifty-two years is a long time—and a lot of coal—but that's barely a blink compared to Burning Mountain in Australia, which has been ablaze for 6,000 years. » 3/10/14 10:20am 3/10/14 10:20am

Germany Is Relocating Entire Towns To Dig Up More Sweet, Sweet Coal

Most of us think of Germany as one of the most energy-progressive countries in the world. But in recent years, it's also increased its dependence on a form of energy that's anything but clean: coal. And it's demolishing or relocating entire towns to get at it. » 2/14/14 3:40pm 2/14/14 3:40pm

Editorial From 1925 Predicted Decline of Coal, Rise of Atomic Energy

Coal has been keeping our lights on and our houses warm for centuries. But coal's inherent messiness — both in mining it and burning it — has always been a problem. So it's no surprise that many people today advocate for cleaner alternatives. What may come as a surprise, however, is that some people were dreaming of a… » 11/20/13 3:11pm 11/20/13 3:11pm

Miners Want to Ignite an Inferno Deep Beneath Wyoming

Out in Wyoming, an energy company is getting creative about extracting coal from deep below the surface. Rather than blast a hole in the side of the Earth and go digging for it, Linc Energy just wants to set the stuff on fire and gobble up the gas emitted by the blaze. What could go wrong? » 10/02/13 5:40pm 10/02/13 5:40pm

Greenpeace Ambushes Apple Stores with Balloon Prank

Apple's iCloud is powered on the back of some seriously dirty electricity. That truly sucks. You know what else sucks? Cleaning dozens of balloons out of a cavernous Apple store after Greenpeace protesters attack. » 4/24/12 8:10pm 4/24/12 8:10pm

Apple Is One of the Heaviest Coal Users in the Industry

Apple's pretty products do a good job distracting from the bleak reality of how they're made. As we've learned from the Foxconn debacle, that means sub-standard working conditions. But it's not just people that are affected, but also the environment. » 4/17/12 2:20pm 4/17/12 2:20pm

First Photos of China's 298-Million-Year-Old Buried Forest

These are the first photos of some of the countless treasures found in the extraordinary 298-million-year-old forest discovered under coal mine in Wuda, Inner Mongolia, China. » 2/22/12 6:46pm 2/22/12 6:46pm

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Extraordinary 298-Million-Year-Old Forest Discovered Under Chinese Coal…

American and Chinese scientists are flabbergasted after discovering a giant 298-million-year-old forest buried intact under a coal mine near Wuda, in Inner Mongolia, China. » 2/20/12 11:58pm 2/20/12 11:58pm

Why Is This Carbon Sink Art Installation Pissing People Off?

British artist Chris Drury created this mesmerizing spiral art installation using trees, coal and dirt at the University of Wyoming. Looks cool! But apparently its pissing people off so much that they're sending veiled threats to cut University funding. » 7/25/11 11:00pm 7/25/11 11:00pm

Our Set-Top Boxes Suck Up $3 Billion In Energy Every Year

A new study released by the Natural Resources Defense Council showed that the 160 million set-top boxes installed in 80% of American homes consume more than $3 billion in annual power costs. Mostly from after we turn them off. » 6/15/11 11:40am 6/15/11 11:40am

Nuke Plant's Coal Smokestacks Demolished

What better way to celebrate this sacred American holiday than by watching the an old coal plant get the shit blown out of it? This complex helped create the nuclear bomb that leveled Nagasaki. Now, it's debris. Karma? » 2/21/11 10:20am 2/21/11 10:20am

Desaturated Santa Captured on Video!

The most elusive of all santas, the Desaturated Santa, has finally been captured on video! The holiday season's greatest walking illusion has been confirmed! She may seem jolly, but she only gives out coal. [Lifehacker - Thanks Netscott] » 12/08/10 7:20pm 12/08/10 7:20pm

Greenpeace Skewers Zuckerberg's "So Coal" Network In Adorably Insulting…

The edgy ecophiles at Greenpeace have placed Facebook in their crosshairs, bashing Mark Zuckerberg over what they allege is a reliance on coal to fuel his (substantial) data centers. A new video slams Zuck, and asks for a renewable alternative. » 9/16/10 4:40pm 9/16/10 4:40pm

Abandoned Coal Plant: Well, That's Depressing

Here's a tacit reminder from an abandoned coal plant in Hagerstown, MD, that today's priced tech is just tomorrow's decay...and in other news, raise your hand if you want a shiny new phone! [Photo from Zero1o1's Flickr via boingboing] » 2/17/10 1:40pm 2/17/10 1:40pm

The Fuel of the Future: Coal-Powered Cars

Back in 1979, the German Prime Minister announced that coal was the "fuel of the future," and the energy industry was all abuzz about the possibilities, including coal-powered cars. Ha! Gasoline doesn't look so bad now, eh? » 7/15/09 6:50am 7/15/09 6:50am