Many Americans had trouble paying their energy bills before COVID-19, and the current recession is making the problem worse.
Climate change is making extreme weather events, both hot and cold, more frequent across the Great Lakes region. Weatherizing low-income residents' homes is an important way to prepare.
Air conditioning isn't the answer for everyone, especially for residents of the less affluent – and often hotter – suburbs of our big cities. But there are other ways to make hot days more bearable.
Air conditioning requires energy, and contributes to global warming – here are five ways of cooling which won't cost the planet.
Already heat-stressed countries will see the largest absolute increases in humid-heat and have the least ability to adapt.
From building blocks made of fungus to self-healing concrete, architecture is using biotechnology to make buildings come alive.
Hot weather kills more Americans yearly on average than floods, tornadoes or hurricanes. Three scholars explain how cities can prepare and help residents stay cool.
As the nation braces for a dangerous heat wave this weekend, a physician offers some tips for staying cool – and reminds us to watch out for older neighbors and friends.
South Africa's recently introduced carbon tax may lead to financial losses in the short term, but it's necessary and will be beneficial in the long term.
Our body is able to regulate its temperature very effectively, but heat waves can damage certain organs if we are not careful…
Australian houses are not designed and built for the realities of climate change
Policies to tackle climate change will make it more expensive not to act.
The year 2030 may not seem far away, but a decade is a long time in technological terms. Widespread automation, electrification, and connectivity are set to revolutionise the car of the future.
Not all of the solutions to the climate and ecological crisis have to be painful.
Unless it sparks joy, go ahead and scratch this task off your spring-cleaning checklist.
Workplaces the world over tune their thermostats to 22C, because this supposedly optimises mental performance. But the factors that underpin a productive office are much more complicated.
July is the hottest month in much of North America. Experts explain who is most affected by heat waves and ways to cope with them.
There are competing claims over what the optimal office temperature is. Here's what the research says.
Our study found that office workers performed just the same, whether the air conditioning was set at 22°C or 25°C. But making that tweak can cut energy use by 18%.
The urban heat island and summertime blackouts.
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Today, we're asking why some of the most disadvantaged parts of our cities cop the worst of a heatwave and how you -- yes, you! -- can do your bit to reduce the risk of a summer time blackout.