A Rivian R1T.
Electric Vehicles

Increase EV Range with 1 Weird Trick

Those 21-inch rims — and America’s opulent car culture — are doing more harm than good.


Summer of Renewables

It’s a clear sign that wind and solar power really matter.

A dishwasher and American iconography.

The Culture War Comes For Dishwashers

I can’t believe we’re really doing this ... again.


So, How Do You Actually Refill an Aquifer?

Inside California’s audacious plan to stash more than a trillion gallons of water underground

A sign for California's Central Valley.
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The world is slowly but surely running out of groundwater. A resource that for centuries has seemed unending is being lapped up faster than nature can replenish it.

“Globally speaking, there’s a groundwater crisis,” said Michael Kiparsky, director of the Wheeler Water Institute at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment. “We have treated groundwater as a free and limitless source of water in effect, even as we have learned that it’s not that.”

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A Hydrogen Factory Is Not Like a Heat Pump

I spoke to experts about why the nascent industry is nothing like other climate solutions.

Hydrogen and a power cord.
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Is hydrogen really that different from an electric vehicle or a heat pump?

This is the provocative question raised by a letter sent to the U.S. Treasury Department last week by a hydrogen industry group, the latest salvo in an ongoing debate over the rules for a new tax credit for clean hydrogen that was created by the Inflation Reduction Act.

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