Energy and Climate Change

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Climate-proof Duluth? Why the city is attracting ‘climate migrants’

 In a survey of 2,000 U.S. residents last year, the online real estate company Redfin found that about half of Americans who planned to move factored extreme weather and natural disasters into their decisions to relocate.”

Environmentalists raise concerns when rural cities grow at alarming rates

Cities like Bozeman used to be a place that folks could retire and get away from the world. Now, it’s one of the many towns that is becoming overrun.

Rail Enthusiasts Dream of a Trans Europe Express Revival

The celebrated international train service of the 1960s and ’70s could get a contemporary reboot as an alternative to short-haul air travel. 

Advanced reactors could bring next nuclear era in Wyoming

As Wyoming continues to carve out a niche in the next-generation nuclear industry, researchers are following along.

Big Sky, Big Data: Mont. Area Pilots AI for Wildfire Defense

The Big Sky Fire Department, located in the community of Big Sky, Mont., is testing out Pano’s AI wildfire detection technology to help increase fire visibility and improve response efforts.

Science-based management, fire-resistant homes can offset wildfires – Concrete Log Homes

The Forest Service has continued to put out 98% of the wildfires that start, instead of letting a few burn to clear out debris.

“Our recent wildfires are telling us an awful lot about what works and what doesn’t,” said Fire Lab scientist Mark Finney. “They’re telling us the current practices, whatever we’re doing, are not protecting our wildlands, our watersheds, our timber, our habitat, our recreational values.”

This ingenious wall could harness enough wind power to cover your electric bill

It could be used near buildings, in cities, or on the side of a highway.

Radiant aims to replace diesel generators with small nuclear reactors

California company Radiant has secured funding to develop a compact, portable, “low-cost” one-megawatt nuclear micro-reactor that fits in a shipping container, powers about 1,000 homes and uses a helium coolant instead of water.

Growing Crops Under Solar Panels? Now There’s a Bright Idea

In the new scientific (and literal) field of agrivoltaics, researchers are showing how panels can increase yields and reduce water use on a warming planet.

Lyft plans to bring Motional’s robotaxis to U.S. cities in 2023

Lyft’s driverless experience will start and end with the app, as it does with traditional rides today, offering people a feeling of familiarity, said Lyft’s Ms. Kelman. “And what we found was that those touches of familiarity have been critical in helping people,” she said.