The Port of LA's Big Tech Upgrade Worked So Well It's Hitting Its 2023 Emissions Goals

If you live in the US, most of the imported goods in your possession have traveled through the Port of Los Angeles, one of the largest ports in the world, and now, one of the biggest environmental success stories on the planet. A new study shows that due to major upgrades started a decade ago, the port is almost 10… »10/05/15 7:00pmYesterday 7:00pm

The World's Largest Artificial Wave Generator Will Help Us Build Storm-Proof Cities

Next week, an unassuming canal in Delft will start shooting waves 15 feet into the air. And I’m sorry to say the surfers will have to sit this one out, because the Delta Flume wave machine was built for a higher purpose. Namely, destroying dikes and seawalls to figure out how the heck our coastal cities are going to… »10/02/15 3:20pmFriday 3:20pm

Philly's Preparations for Pope Francis are Like a Dry Run for the Apocalypse

This weekend, Pope Francis’s historic trip to Philadelphia is expected to draw 1.5 million visitors into the city — literally doubling our population overnight. While most Philadelphians (myself included) are excited to be part of the hullabaloo, one can’t help but notice how His Holiness’s imminent arrival is turning… »9/25/15 2:15pm9/25/15 2:15pm

A Simple Map Shows Just How Shitty the NYC Subway System Is For People Using Wheelchairs 

It’s hard enough for most of us to get to work on time using the subway—but imagine if you only had access to 25 percent of stations. That’s the reality for wheelchair users in New York, for whom getting around the city is sometimes a near-impossible task. [CORRECTION] »9/24/15 7:30pm9/24/15 7:30pm

5 European Countries Have Built Border Fences to Keep Out Refugees

Over the last few weeks, hastily erected razor-wire fences have made headlines as they’ve appeared along Hungary’s border to keep out refugees fleeing war-torn countries. But this is actually not a new phenomenon: At least four more European countries have built fences in the last few years in a heightened effort to… »9/16/15 8:15pm9/16/15 8:15pm

Even Spaceflight Will Be Impacted By Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise isn’t just a problem for coastal cities, it’s a problem for NASA. Two thirds of the space agency’s infrastructure, including the Kennedy Space Center, the Ames Research Center, and the Johnson Space Center stand between 5 and 40 feet (2 to 12 meters) above mean sea level. By the end of the century,… »9/08/15 1:55pm9/08/15 1:55pm

Replacing Subway Lines With High-Speed Moving Sidewalks Sounds Terrifying

London has the oldest subway system in the world: great for tourism, but sometimes not-so-great for commuters. There’s all sorts of sensible plans to upgrade the city’s public transport, but here’s one particularly outside-the-box solution: a 15mph moving sidewalk, looping 17 miles under London. What could go wrong! »9/07/15 1:00pm9/07/15 1:00pm

100 Miles From Dubai: Driving The $80 Million Road To Nowhere

Jebel Jais was supposed to lead to the boom of the new, growing, oil-rich and tourist-friendly United Arab Emirates. Instead the road became a perfectly paved 22-mile symbol of the global recession, a dream for fast drivers, and a safe haven from a brutal surveillance state — all to the tune of just $80 million. »8/25/15 7:45pm8/25/15 7:45pm

Where Your Luggage Goes After You Check It (And Why the Airline Keeps Losing It)

I just cannot stop watching this hypnotizing video created by Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and edited by Thrillist. They strapped a 360-degree camera on a checked bag and documented a dizzying POV as the luggage made its way through an insane maze of elevators, conveyor belts and endless shelves. »8/17/15 10:20am8/17/15 10:20am