BURN: Blog

Rome BURNS: Was that a fracking quake?

There have been some serious speculations about what caused 2 deadly earthquakes that hit northern Italy a year ago: tectonic shifts, or hydraulic fracturing?

June 10, 2013 more »

When it rains, it floods: Hoboken underwater

Photo credit to Morgan McNeish

As we put together our upcoming special on the national grid, host Alex Chadwick wades into rain soaked Hoboken, NJ, to report on the connection between climate change, storms, and reliable electricity.

May 30, 2013 more »

Japan goes big time with citizen radiation tracking

By Catherine Winter

A post-Fukushima effort to crowdsource radiation data in Japan has become the largest source for that information in the country. And the project is about to expand to other parts of the world.

May 24, 2013 more »

Party like it’s 399 (ppm)

Jonathan Kingston/National Geographic/Getty Images

What would happen if, for the 1st time since before there were humans, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 hit 400ppm? Well, we’ve just hit the milestone.

May 15, 2013 more »

Carbon Cycle 101

the British Geological Survey (BGS)

Carbon dioxide comes out of your tailpipe. Check. Then what? Here are some basics on our CO2 reserves, and the real consequences of burning too much.

May 7, 2013 more »

There’s power, and then there’s power

From the Soviet Union to Hurricane Sandy – politics and electricity definitely mix. A good government needs a good grid. So what’s going on with Syria’s latest power play?

May 6, 2013 more »

Japanese banker bets on clean energy, compassion

Asahi Shimbun file photo

After Fukushima, Tsuyoshi Yoshiwara began decrying nuclear power while helping customers save with green energy. Because, the influential banker says, it’s not all about money.

April 26, 2013 more »

Rome BURNS: Lord of the Wind

Italy is so rich in renewable resources, even the Sicilian Mafia is getting in on the green energy game.

April 25, 2013 more »

More on last week’s invite-only rising seas meeting

Photograph by Sebastian Meckelmann

Worried over the impending danger of rising seas, the Union of Concerned Scientists held a conference, closed to press. BURN balked. Out loud. The UCS was not pleased.

April 24, 2013 more »

Bill McKibben’s lights-out plan for big oil & gas

One resourceful, popular activist aims to fight global warming by getting young people to press for divestment from fossil fuels.

April 17, 2013 more »