How to: Build the hurricane mitigation engine known as a Salter Sink

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Hurricane Forcing: Can Tropical Cyclones Be Stopped?
Scientific American

The oceanographers I interviewed for this piece were not kind to v1.0 of the Salter Sink as proposed in Salter’s first paper on the subject. They did want to see more research on it, however. I’m beginning to think that Intellectual Ventures’ policy of revealing its new inventions before papers on them have wound their way through peer review is a mistake.

How To: Build an “Albedo Yacht” to realize the Marine Cloud Brightening geoengineering scheme

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Albedo Yachts and Marine Clouds: A Cure for Climate Change?
Scientific American

There has been a lot written about Marine Cloud Brightening, which in geoengineering circles is sort of like the Pepsi to the Coca Cola that is the attempt to cool the earth with what’s essentially an artificial volcanic eruption.

Here’s the thing that always got me: would the seemingly fantastical ships required to realize Marine Cloud Brightening even work? It seemed like the most interesting angle to pursue when my editor at Scientific American, Dave Biello, got interested in commissioning a piece on the scheme. So even though the headline at SciAm doesn’t indicate it, this is really a deep dive into the engineering side of this particular geoengineering scheme.

Iceland’s Geothermal Bailout

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Last October, Iceland’s economy tanked. Its bailout? A two-mile geothermal well drilled into a volcano that could generate an endless supply of clean energy. Or, as Icelanders will calmly explain, it could all blow up in their faces
Popular Science

Came this close to getting myself shipped to Iceland to report this one… maybe next time.

Archive of past articles

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Blurbs on Lester Brown, RecycleBank and charity: water for Good magazine
Good

Crocodile-like Reptiles Lived in the Arctic 55 Million Years Ago. Could it Happen Again?
Popular Science

Mining “Ice That Burns”
Technology Review

The World’s 10 Largest Renewable Energy Projects
Scientific American

Wild Boars Menace Germany. Could it Happen Here?
Popular Science

‘Ecological Intelligence’ and The Google of Green Shopping
Green Living

Sending Cell Phones into the Cloud
Technology Review

Hackers Weigh In: 8 Big Things to Do with a Mini Server
Scientific American

Netbook Chips Create a Low-Power Cloud
Technology Review

Hybrid Trucks Are Here for the Long (Medium and Short) Haul
Scientific American

‘Gay Elephant’ Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Popular Science

Exoskeletons Give New Life to Legs
Scientific American

Plan Bee: As Honeybees Die Out, Will Other Species Take Their Place?
Scientific American

The $9000 Plug-in Hybrid That Will Beat the Volt to Market
Popular Science

Stingless Bees Mummify Enemies
Scientific American

“The Most Beautiful Moment in Science” – Captured on Film
Popular Science

Can Geothermal Power Compete with Coal on Price?
Scientific American

Are e-books an environmental choice?
Green Living

Electric Shocks to the Face, Then and Now (video)
Popular Science

Can Geothermal Power in Iceland Thaw a Frozen Economy?
Scientific American

5 Not-So-Green Gadgets
Green Living

What Is The Worst Possible Disaster That Could Befall Earth?
Popular Science

Why Artificial Intelligence Threatens Actual Intelligence (video)
Popular Science

Threat Watch, LHC? (video)
Popular Science

One Hot Island: Iceland’s Renewable Geothermal Power
Scientific American