Are We Doomed?

This environmental catastrophe bearing down on us I keep hearing that we’re killing the earth How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood But wait, I’ve been a consumer reporter for years, I’ve covered so many scares. Plague, famine, and perpetual war will kill us. We’re going to run out of oil. […]

Are Electric Cars Really Green?

Do electric cars really help the environment? President Obama thinks so. So does Leonardo DiCaprio. And many others. The argument goes like this: Regular cars run on gasoline, a fossil fuel that pumps CO2 straight out of the tailpipe and into the atmosphere. Electric cars run on electricity. They don’t burn any gasoline at all. […]

Could Injecting Carbon Into the Earth Save Our Planet?

Iceland: the land of majestic waterfalls, black sands, sparkling glaciers, and… maybe one of the world’s wildest solutions for solving climate change? Nestled beside the majestic hills of southwestern Iceland, are a series of huge pods capable of taking CO2 that’s been snatched from the air and injecting it into underground stones, where the gas […]

Making Clothes Less Terrible for the Planet | Hot Mess 

Clothing is more than just the material we put on our backs – it keeps us warm, makes a statement about our personality and can be a status symbol. Clothing is something we have to think about every day, but we don’t always think about how our clothes impact the planet. From growing or making […]

Why It’s So Hard to Capture CO2 From the Air

The Earth’s climate is shifting, and it’s our fault. Not Seeker, specifically, I mean humans in general. We’re digging up and burning sources of carbon that otherwise would have been locked away within the Earth, adding it to our atmosphere and driving average global temperatures up. So why don’t we take the carbon from the […]

Renewable energy doesn’t always mean what you think

When you think of renewable energy, what comes to mind? Wind, solar. Wind power Wind energy, solar energy Solar panels, wind farms How about hydroelectric? Hydroelectric? Yeah. I would say yes. Burning wood? No? I think technically it’s a renewable energy. Burning trash? No? I feel like it’s a trick Hmm Depending on the state, […]

Making Methane From Microbes

[sound]. Stanford University. The basic objective of this program is to develop a new technology that enables to convert electrical energy into chemical energy. But we’re using the capacity of biology, specifically of micro-organisms, to produce interesting chemicals. So what these organisms typically do, they use CO2 from the atmosphere and use hydrogen and basically […]

Transforming Air Into Pure Drinking Water Is Finally Possible, Here’s How

Deserts are not particularly welcoming environments, and yet at least hundred million people live in desert regions around the world, according to the UN. They have to make due with less than 25 cm of rainfall each year, and for many, even that miniscule water supply is under threat as climate change is making dry […]

Space Mirrors and Other Weird Ways to Fight Climate Change

Today on Reactions: craziest ideas to combat climate change. Let’s do this. First up: massive gigantic enormous space mirrors. The Sun is constantly emitting all kinds of light — including visible, ultraviolet, and infrared— which heat up the Earth. A space mirror is designed to cast a small shade on the Earth and reduce the […]