The World’s Largest Solar-Powered Refugee Camp Just Booted Up [Updated]

On Monday, nearly 80,000 Syrian refugees gained access to a critical source of power, allowing them to turn on fans and lights, recharge phones, watch TV, and even run a fridge. According to the United Nations, the 12.9-megawatt solar plant at Zaatari refugee camp on the border of Jordan and Syria is now the world’s…

Lyme Disease Is Slowly Spreading Across the US East Coast

Lyme disease is the most common vectorborne disease in the United States, but it’s also mostly confined to a small swath of the country running down the eastern seaboard to the Mid Atlantic and along the Great Lakes. But while it was once thought that Lyme disease rarely occurred outside of the Northeast, a new report…

New EPA Air Pollution Administrator Doesn't Mind More Mercury Emissions

There’s a new kid on the block or, well, Capitol Hill. The Senate confirmed William Wehrum to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation last week, on November 9. By most standards, this is the EPA’s second most important role. And, like the administrator role, it will be filled with…

Marine biology nerd chess is the only decent justification for 280-character tweets

Twitter bumped all of its users up to 280 characters this week, reducing the density of the average tweet, if not that of the intellects behind them. There have, at least, been a number of decent gags to come out of the change, even as we all adjust to the newfound eyestrain of massive walls of text on a service that…

‚ÄėHarmless‚Äô Radioactive Cloud Drifts Over Europe Following Mysterious Nuclear Accident

The cloud of radiation that swept through Europe in recent weeks originated at a nuclear facility in either Russia or Kazakhstan, according to a report put out France‚Äôs nuclear safety institute. The levels of radiation were never dangerous‚ÄĒat least for Europeans living outside of the immediate area affected‚ÄĒbut the‚Ķ

There's a New Push to Bring Solar to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands continue to suffer through the worst blackout in U.S. history after Hurricane Maria rocked the region more than seven weeks ago. But some of the brightest spots in the otherwise slow, scandal-plagued recovery have have come from solar. And there’s a new push to turn the sun into…