Remember that really funny ad from the Super Bowl this year? Yeah, me neither. TV commercials just aren’t as funny as we’d like to remember them being. Fortunately, someone has discovered the secret ingredient that makes TV ads funny again: marijuana.
Wind is a boring industry. We build towers, the wind blows, we harvest the energy. Unlike the rock-em sock-em world of oil drilling, where billion-dollar rigs can go down in flames and ice-breakers are deployed to find new supplies, wind power comes with few surprises. In energy production, that's a good thing.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's career spans Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Talented Mr. Ripley, Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt, The Master, Moneyball, Savages and Death of a Salesman. His list of accomplishments goes on.
The U.S. State Department released its long-awaited report on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would connect the Alberta oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico. If you think it’s time to break out the shovels, this is not the Keystone decision that you think it is.
Windmill-hugging Europeans announced a plan last week to get 27 percent of their energy from renewables by 2030. If they don’t watch out, they may soon be upstaged by an unlikely eco warrior: the U.S. military.
Most of our homes are still operated by dumb technology with clumsy on/off switches. There are really only a few mainstream success stories of the so-called “Internet of things,” the idea that plugging our offline worlds into the Internet will make our lives better.
Ask a bunch of New Yorkers where they spend their money: apartments, cars, vacation lodgings, maybe designer handbags. In the new American “sharing economy,” these can all be enjoyed at a fraction of their normal cost. Just not if you’re a New Yorker.
Every once in a while, there’s a big idea that forever changes the way we live and the tools we use. Think electric light bulbs, washing machines and, maybe, Amazon’s dream of drone deliveries. Ford’s new concept car with rooftop solar panels looks like it could be next on the list. Don’t bet on it.
Al Gore seems to be having a sort of come-to-Wall-Street moment, and he’s not alone. If some analysts are right, fossil fuels are about to get sucker punched. Peak coal? Peak oil? Peak fossil fuels? It all depends on China.
When it comes to reaching international deals on climate change, the U.S. hasn’t had much success. No one has. That’s too bad, because when it comes to cutting greenhouse-gas emissions, America ranks among the best in the world.
Have you heard the one about how global warming stopped in 1998? It’s been called a “pause,” a “hiatus,” a “slowdown” and a “siesta.” Above all, it’s a red herring, and it isn’t difficult to find where some of the ‘missing’ heat has gone.
Where can you go to find in the same room a ping-pong tournament, a brick manufacturing company, T-shirts saying “kale is the new meat” and a wide ranging conversation about trends in institutional investing? One place only: SXSW Eco.