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Pollution

Thank El Niño and Climate Change for Huge Hurricane Patricia

By this time tomorrow, Mexico's resort-speckled southwest coast will almost certainly have been thrashed by the strongest hurricane ever recorded. …

The World Bank Warns that the 'Carbon Bubble' Could Tank the Global Economy

The next fossil fuel disaster may be economic rather than environmental.<p>If humans want to ensure our long-term survival on the planet, we need to kick our addiction to fossil fuels. That much has been clear for decades.<p>What's remarkable, however, is that governments around the world are actually …

Fossil Fuels

So You Want Sustainable Housing? Try Shipping Containers

Meet the startup converting used shipping containers into off-the-shelf, off-the-grid dwellings.<p>The idea of off-the-grid living has a romantic, back-to-nature feel to it—but the reality is significantly more complicated if you want anything more than the most basic amenities. Dutch startup …

4G LTE

Obama has done more for clean energy than you think

Raising fuel-efficiency standards isn’t the only way the president has tackled climate change head on<p>A blue-black field of 5.2 million solar panels tilted toward the Arizona sun might just be the Hoover Dam project of the Great Recession. The Agua Caliente Solar Power Project hosts nearly 300 …

Urban Carbon Efficiency Could Save Trillions

The global discussion about cutting carbon emissions often centers on how much it would cost in the short term. But in the long term, trillions of …

Carbon Emissions

MERS warning as pilgrims prepare to visit Mecca during outbreak

<i>The Hajj: haven for pilgrims, hotbed for disease (Image: Reuters/Muhammad Hamed)</i><p>This month 2 million Muslims are expected to converge on …

Genetic diversity can flag species in trouble - Futurity

Adding genetic diversity could improve our ability to identify and rank species at risk. "Conservation is complicated," says Andrew DeWoody.

Environmentalism

Solar to 'replace nuclear and coal': big visions from UBS

An energy revolution has crept up on us with very little fanfare.<p>Large-scale solar looks set to usurp wind power from its long-held position as the …

How solar energy is improving lives and livelihoods in India

Last month, I met an obstetrician in India and in the course of conversation, asked her how many babies she had delivered.<p>“After ten thousand babies, …

Retirement

Your Next United Flight Might Be Powered By Farm Waste

Travelers from Los Angeles to San Francisco will have a lower carbon footprint this fall. Many other flights could soon follow.<p>If you happen to get on a United flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco this fall, you might be traveling on leftovers from the farm. The airline will be the first in the …

Sustainability

Renewable energy is not enough: it needs to be sustainable

Due to growing world population and increasing wealth, demand for energy – specifically electricity – is rising, especially for the 1.3 billion …

Renewable Energy

Five alternative energy myths – debunked

Using new energy sources naturally raises questions about how they work and why they are better options than fossil fuels<p>Fossil fuels have powered our society for more than a century. But our energy mix is undergoing a transformation toward low-carbon alternatives such as wind and solar, in order …

Renewable Energy