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David Talbot Editor

I’m MIT Technology Review’s chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.

  • Carbon Ready

    Sequestration science is far ahead of needed policy.

  • Market Forces vs. Traffic Jams

    New research shows that making drivers pay higher tolls at peak times and tracking their location with RFID or GPS technology can eliminate traffic jams.

    19 comments

  • Needed: A Price on Carbon

    Sequestration technology is increasingly ready for prime time, but the required policy lags behind, says MIT expert Howard Herzog.

    5 comments

  • The Un-Coal

    By investing in energy efficiency, we could vastly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save money.

    12 comments

  • The Dirty Secret

    Better technologies exist for extracting coal, a major source of carbon dioxide emissions. The challenge is getting people to adopt them.

    25 comments

  • Cheaper, Cleaner Combustion

    A simple new design for combustion chambers used in power plants could slash the amount of pollutants and the costs to consumers.

    17 comments

  • MIT's Energy Agenda

    The institute’s energy council co-chair Ernest J. Moniz describes a sweeping agenda to meet a “remarkable challenge.”

    21 comments

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