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These Aerial Photos Explain Why Europe Has Such A Lower Carbon Footprint Than The U.S.

In a new series of aerial photos commissioned by <i>Yale 360</i>, photographer Alex MacLean flew over Europe to document land use patterns, along with the …

One type of energy is killing fossil fuels

Clean energy is killing fossil fuels.<p>Investment in renewable energy technology — solar and wind power — is now seeing twice as much global funding as fossil fuels, according to Bloomberg.<p>The reason: the economics of renewable energy are drastically improving.<p>Solar power is a technology, not a fuel, …

We Finally Know Why the North Pole Is Moving East

Something strange is happening to our planet. Around the year 2000, the North rotational pole started migrating eastward at a vigorous clip. Now, …

North Pole

High Levels of Heavy Metals Found in Popular Chocolate Brands

As You Sow, a California-based health watchdog group, has just warned that some of our favorite chocolate treats contain unsafe levels of heavy …

The chemicals mankind dumped in the sea are coming back to poison our children

Poisonous chemicals dumped in the sea are coming back to haunt us in the fish we eat, interfering with a “critical defence system” of the body, …

Pollution

Trees Are Even More Amazing Than We Realized

Trees, is there anything they can’t do? Doubtful. Let’s see: producing half the world’s oxygen, providing habitat for millions of species, creating …

Scientists Are Gearing Up for a Fight Over How Much to Limit Global Warming

“Exotic Dr Strangelove options” to slow climate change have become “Plan A,” one says.<p>Speaking in London on Monday, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres confirmed her commitment to limiting global temperature rise to below 1.5°C. To achieve this, she noted that total emissions would have to fall by …

March broke nearly every global warm temperature record there is

The Earth has been on a hot streak of epic proportions, and March may have been its zenith.<p>The month broke nearly every temperature record there is …

Global Warming

Scientists Are Devastated by How Much of the Great Barrier Reef Has Been Bleached

"We wept."<p>New findings from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies show that just 7 percent of the expansive Great Barrier Reef has escaped coral bleaching, a process that turns the colorful reefs completely white after they've been exposed to a change in temperature or light for an …

Great Barrier Reef

A Photographer Collected Four Years Worth Of Trash To Show Just How Wasteful Humans Can Be

"We're often told about the quantity of waste we produce, but I think the impact of pictures can be much powerful than words," Antoine Repessé explains.<p>In 2011, self-taught photographer Antoine Repessé stopped throwing things away. Along with 200 friends and colleagues, he accumulated around 70 …

30 years after Chernobyl disaster, wildlife is flourishing in radioactive wasteland

It was the worst nuclear disaster in history, spewing thousands of tons of radioactive waste into the atmosphere and prompting the evacuation of more than 100,000 people.<p>But thirty years after its reactor number four exploded in a pillar of radioactive smoke, the abandoned wasteland around the …

U.S. and 170 other nations sign historic climate agreement

By Darryl Fears<p>Darryl Fears<p>Reporter focusing on the Chesapeake Bay and issues affecting wildlife<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Secretary of State John F. Kerry joined the leaders of 170 nations Friday morning in signing an agreement to lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of a global effort to ward off …

Climate

Old-growth forests may provide buffer against rising temperatures

The soaring canopy and dense understory of an old-growth forest could provide a buffer for plants and animals in a warming world, according to a …

What we eat has bigger consequences for the planet than we ever thought | The Star

A new report has added to the growing body of research suggesting that what we eat has tremendous consequences for the planet — and the future of …

Overfishing puts $42bn tuna industry at risk of collapse

Experts make first estimate of the value of tuna fisheries and warn Pacific Islanders have most to lose from declining stocks<p>Overfishing is jeopardising a global tuna industry worth more than $42bn (£29bn), according to the first assessment of its kind. A report produced by the Pew Charitable …

Penguin Populations Are Changing Dramatically

Animal species around the world are beginning to feel the effects of warming temperatures, but few are seeing their habitats change as quickly as the …

Germany Had So Much Renewable Energy It Had to Pay Customers to Use It

Renewable energy generation hit a high in Germany Sunday, with commercial power consumers being paid to use electricity for a few hours.<p>Around midday …

Renewable Energy

Plants are our lifeline – but we’re letting them die | Michael McCarthy

Human existence is utterly dependent on wild plant species we’ve shamefully neglected. Now Kew has become a global voice for plants<p>There seem to have been no national ceremonies to mark the end of botany. A discipline that had flourished in our universities for centuries – the first Oxford …

Botany

The San Andreas Fault Is Ready to Rupture, Scientist Warns

Uh oh.<p>A leading earthquake scientist has warned that the southern parts of the San Andreas fault is "locked, loaded, and ready to roll". Here's …

California Drought May Be Permanent

Despite relief from El Nino, drought may be a regular occurrence for Golden State residents, according to government officials.<p>California loosened …

The Honeybee Problem Is Only Getting Worse

Beekeepers lose colonies of honeybees on a regular basis; a bee is a fragile creature with a short lifespan even in the best of times, and there are many, many issues that can cause the loss of a colony.<p><i>Alias 0591, Flickr</i><p>Beekeepers lose colonies of honeybees on a regular basis; a bee is a fragile …

Honey Bees

Cattle drugs could fuel climate change, study suggests

<b>Dosing farm animals with antibiotics increases greenhouse gas emissions from cow dung, research suggests.</b><p>Scientists say the drugs boost methane production in cowpats - apparently by favouring antibiotic-resistant, methane-producing organisms in the gut.<p>Antibiotics also change the microbes which …

Mars is emerging from an ice age that ended about 400,000 years ago

Climate change affects the Red Planet as well<p>Mars is emerging from an ice age, according to a new study. Studying the Martian climate and how it changes over time can help scientists better plan future missions to Mars and even understand climate change here on Earth, the study authors say.<p>Models …

Africa Faces Hotter Future

Already home to some of the most environmentally vulnerable populations on the planet, Africa looks to increasingly feel the sting of climate change …

Grizzlies and polar bears are mating for an alarming reason

The two bears typically don't occupy the same habitats — polar bears, or Ursus maritimus, like to hang out near or in the sea, while grizzlies, a subspecies of brown bear, or Ursus arctos, prefer forests. But as warmer temperatures hit the Arctic Circle, there have been increasing sightings of …

How Nanotechnology Can Help Us Grow More Food Using Less Energy And Water

Technology Photo credit: Treated with zinc nanoparticles, mung bean plants like these grew larger and produced more beans. Chad …

Mungbean

Harvard Scientist Engineers Bacterium That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy -- A 'Bionic Leaf'

The chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into alcohol fuel.<p>When Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera announced he was working with bacteria last year, other scientists cautioned it would be …

University of Chicago

El Niño Is Over, But Has Left Its Mark Across The World

Environment Photo credit: Eventually reduced rainfall hit much of Australia thanks to El Niño. Andrew Watkins, Author providedThe 2015-16 El Niño has …

El Niño

Honeybees pick up 'astonishing' number of pesticides via non-crop plants

A Purdue University study shows that honeybees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by …

How Global Warming Will Someday End Life On Earth

<i>Ethan is on vacation. Please enjoy a version of this article that was first published on July 19, 2015.</i><p>We like to think of our planet as perfect for life, having met all the conditions we know of for life to exist, flourish and thrive for billions of years. After all, here on Earth, with our …