Amy Sinatra Ayres

Amy Sinatra Ayres is a writer, editor and producer based in Northern Virginia. She has worked for sites including AOL News and ABCNews.com.

From the outside, the upscale look of this suburban Maryland home is typical for the Washington, D.C., area. But the inside reveals something very different. The virtual “family” inside the house is made up of state-of-the-art sensors, and the house aims to achieve net zero annual energy consumption. Built by the U.S. government, the $2.5…

When the reigning Super Bowl champions kick off the first game of the season Wednesday against the Dallas Cowboys, they’ll do it under a new solar ring around the top of MetLife Stadium, lit up in New York Giants blue. The NFL’s biggest stadium, which is also home to the New York Jets, is debuting…

In five to six years, highly diluted radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan could arrive on the Pacific shoreline in the United States, a new study concluded. The model developed by German oceanographers and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environment Laboratory traced the probable pathway of…

The Navy’s Great Green Fleet staged an impressive show of force as it gears up for more battles — of a political nature — ahead. This week, F/A-18 Hornets powered by a mix of petroleum biofuels roared off the deck of the USS Nimitz for the first time in a demonstration north of Hawaii. Some…

The U.S. has opened more offshore areas to oil drilling — including parts of the controversial Alaska Arctic frontier — in the Obama administration’s push to further reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. The plan, released by the Department of Interior, allows the leasing of 12 areas in the Gulf of Mexico, which suffered…

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A proposed new route for the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska has sparked renewed debate over whether it is environmentally safe — and it could be early next year before a final decision is made on the project. Republican lawmakers tried to expedite the TransCanada pipeline extension’s approval this week, attempting to link the project…

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The U.S. government announced Wednesday that it had finalized plans for $60 million in Gulf Coast restoration projects following the Deepwater Horizon disaster. But it has a broader to-do list ahead in order to boost its grades on the mediocre “report card” issued on its efforts two years after the worst oil spill in U.S.…

Wind energy in the United States faces strong cross-currents—some blowing in from overseas, and others being stirred up right at home. The nation that comfortably led the world in wind power (in both installed capacity and growth) as recently as three years ago saw a 17 percent increase in wind capacity to nearly 47,000 megawatts…

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Ireland has always been known for its lush green landscape. But turning its energy a matching shade has been a longer road. The country long relied heavily on peat, its only domestically produced source of “fossil” fuel. Peat is a partially decayed plant matter that grows in bogs on that familiar countryside, and it takes…

One year after the Fukushima disaster in Japan, the nuclear industry is still grappling with how to handle the risks that come with extreme natural disasters. What if something similar happened in the United States? According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, there were five nuclear shutdowns in the U.S. last year, all due to…