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Fuel/Cost Savings of Improving Fuel Economy from 12->15 mpg = 30->60 mpg

Fuel/Cost Savings of Improving Fuel Economy from 12->15 mpg = 30->60 mpg

Consumer tip-of-the-day: increasing efficiency of fuel economy on a miles-per-gallon scale is not linear, as more miles-per-gallon (mpg) are initially better for your wallet and the planet than you might expect, and eventually trail off with diminishing returns.

July 21, 2014 — Tali Trigg
The Most Important Energy Source for the Future is…

The Most Important Energy Source for the Future is…

For months I’ve been writing about how hydraulic fracturing is shifting our energy mix from oil to natural gas. From environmental impacts to geopolitics, new horizontal drilling technologies are transforming the 21st century energy landscape.

April 29, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

Does Uber Make Cities More Energy Efficient?

It seems you can't read an article about new mobility or the sharing economy without stumbling across Uber; the mobility service that sprung up in 2009 to only five years later become valued at more than Avis, Hertz, or Sony.

November 21, 2014 — Tali Trigg
Five questions that (should) keep chemists awake at night

Five questions that (should) keep chemists awake at night

It is often said that chemistry lacks “big questions” like physics and biology. But this is not entirely true. The origin of life is a quintessentially chemical problem, and it’s as big as fundamental questions can get.

November 5, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

ScienceDebate Revs Up for 2016 Presidential Election

This year, I've been very fortunate to be a part of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program, which brings together 60 leaders from around the country to work on projects designed to create significant social impact and change.

April 13, 2015 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
A Tale of Two City-States

A Tale of Two City-States

How Hong Kong and Singapore Went from Fishing Villages to Urban Lodestars I'm writing this on a flight from Hong Kong where news has just broken that the father of the Singaporean city-state Lee Kuan Yew has passed away.

March 31, 2015 — Tali Trigg

The Overly Dramatic Demise of the Light Bulb

Remember when the fight against phasing out inefficient incandescent light bulbs was a big deal? Well it seems the sky didn't fall. Just recently, Canada joined the United States, the European Union, and Australia among several countries (see map below) to phase out the production and import of inefficient incandescent light bulbs.

March 9, 2015 — Tali Trigg

Another oil train derails in Canada

Posting here primarily to document the stresses and constraints associated with North America’s newfound oil and gas wealth (via Wunderground): Canadian National spokesman Louis-Antoine Paquin said 13 cars — four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine loaded with liquified petroleum gas — came off the tracks around 1 a.m.

October 19, 2013 — David Wogan
No shenanigans here, U.S. carbon emissions are down

No shenanigans here, U.S. carbon emissions are down

U.S. energy-related carbon emissions are down in 2012 according to the Energy Information Administration: Now there are several ways to say that carbon emissions are down.

October 22, 2013 — David Wogan
What is the World’s Busiest Airport?

What is the World’s Busiest Airport?

Is it Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, or Dubai International? Both apparently. But it depends on the metric. If you go by number of flights, then O'Hare is the world's busiest airport (881,933 flights in 2014), dethroning Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (868,359) after 10 years at the top - by this way of measuring.

January 29, 2015 — Tali Trigg

Can Microbes Clean Up Our Oily Mess?

With an estimated 70 oil spills every day in the U.S. and tons of plastic littering our oceans, humans could use some help cleaning up. Scientific American editor David Biello explains how bacteria and other microbes are lending a hand.

December 11, 2013

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