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Climate study predicts a watery future for New York, Boston and Miami

More than 1,700 American cities and towns – including Boston, New York, and Miami – are at greater risk from rising sea levels than previously feared, a new study has found.<p>By 2100, the future of at least part of these 1,700 locations will be "locked in" by greenhouse gas emissions built up in the …

Carbon Dioxide Turned Into Electricity

Humans generate billions of tons of carbon dioxide every year, and most of this CO2 ends up in the atmosphere — contributing to global warming, among …

How to harvest your own insects for food | ZDNet

Earlier this year, the United Nations basically said we would all be better off -- economically, environmentally, etc -- if we added more insects to …

Greenhouse gas emissions explained, in seven balloons

In 2010, human activity caused 50 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent in emissions.<p>The emissions were 76 percent carbon dioxide, 16 percent methane, 8 …

Climate change pushing marine life towards the poles, says study

Rising ocean temperatures are rearranging the biological make-up of our oceans, pushing species towards the poles by 7kms every year, as they chase the climates they can survive in, according to new research.<p>The study, conducted by a working group of scientists from 17 different institutions, …

Grub's up: can insects feed the world?

From the high windows of a warehouse in southern Spain a shaft of light falls on the white-gloved hand of insect farmer Laetitia Giroud. She is holding a large cricket, which sits perfectly still above the plastic box that is home to hundreds of its relatives. They're chirping to each other, giving …

Scientists declare: 'Human activities are changing Earth's climate'

With more confidence than ever before, a prominent scientific body put the blame for global climate change squarely at the feet of humanity's insatiable appetite for fossil fuels, which release heat-trapping gases when burned.<p>"There is only one thing that is going straight up … that is the …

Climate Change

What Makes a Building Green ?

At Freshome we’ve talked a great deal about about green homes and buildings. And while we know that you understand that “green” means environmentally …

Press Room

Utilities obstructed the passage of HB 2995, a measure backed by a coalition of labor, environmental, clean energy and conservation organizations …

Weaving power generation into the fabric of everyday life

Every year as summer in Rome grows brighter and warmer, colourful awnings spring up at every door to shield shops and homes from the sun. "Imagine if every piece of fabric in those streets … could capture sunlight to produce electricity," says Aldo Di Carlo, professor of electronic engineering at …

Stained Glass That Doubles As A Solar Power Source

Artist Sarah Hall’s collection of glass facades are beautiful and good for the environment!<p>A cathedral in Saskatoon, Saskatechewan recently installed stained glass windows embedded with solar panels that will connect to the local electrical grid. "Lux Gloria" is one of several large-scale glass …

Long Beach hopes mulch wall will make Hudson Park a healthier place

Long Beach has erected a new fortification in the battle against freeway noise and air pollution, and it's decidedly low-tech.<p>It's called "The Great Wall of Mulch."<p>City officials gathered Tuesday to top off a 12-foot-high barrier of shredded tree clippings held together by two chain-link fences — a …

2012 One of Warmest Years on Record

Unusual heat wave intensifies Siberian wildfires

A surge of fire activity in northern Siberia, caused in part by high temperatures.<p>The summer of 2012 was the most severe wildfire season Russia had …

The rise and rise of American carbon

You've probably heard that US carbon emissions have been falling. According to President Obama and energy commentators the world over, fracked shale gas has displaced dirty coal, in much the same way that fossil fuels undercut whale oil a century earlier. Out with environmentally unfriendly old …

Killer Bee Invasion in US Linked to Warmer Temperatures

<i>Image via Shutterstock</i><p>This past June, a colony of 100,000 killer bees occupying a vacant Texas home swarmed the neighbor’s dog, killing it with their …

Ecology

This 'Smart Home' Makes More Power Than It Consumes

In Utah’s dry, arid desert climate, a new house yesterday was turned “on.” The builders of this house claim it will be the first of its kind for this climate: a smart home that produces more energy than it consumes—and at a price comparable to traditional homes.<p>Named the “Zero Home,” it comes …

Swinging CO2 Levels Show The Earth Is 'Breathing' More Deeply

Plant life on our planet soaks up a fair amount of the carbon dioxide that pours out of our tailpipes and smokestacks. Plants take it up during the summer and return some of it to the air in the winter. And a new study shows that those "breaths" have gotten deeper over the past 50 years.<p>This isn't …

Climate hurtles toward scorching in 2099 - Futurity

STANFORD (US) — Climate change is on pace to occur 10 times faster than any …

What Pangaea Would Look Like With Today's Political Boundaries [Infographic]

Goodbye, East Coast.<p>About 300 million years ago, the supercontinent of Pangaea started to break apart into the continents we live on today. An Italian designer who goes by the name Massimo put Pangaea back together, then added on modern political boundaries, creating the map you see here. Brazil …

The Algae Is Coming, But Its Impact Is Felt Far From Water

Algae blooms are green or red or brown, slimy, smelly and you don't want it coming soon to a waterfront near you.<p>Most of us don't give a lot of thought to algae until the furry-like monstrosity is spreading over beaches, rivers, lakes and bays, but gigantic algae blooms have become an increasing …

Lock Your Doors: As Climate Change Increases, So Does Violence

From ancient China to today, major changes in the weather mean major changes in how people behave toward each other–for the worse. What does this mean for our future?<p>In 2008, researchers at the University of Minnesota discovered something funny about a stalagmite sourced from a cave in northwest …

NASA satellite data reveals Russian meteor dust traveled across the world

Remember that giant meteor that exploded over the Russian city Chelyabinsk back in February? You may have forgotten all about it, but NASA hasn't. The agency today released a new animated video of data collected by its Suomi-NPP weather observation satellite, which reveals that after the meteor …

Facing taxes, Spaniards tear down their solar panels

A new law charges people for generating their own renewable energy<p>The Spanish government is in debt to its power producers to the tune of 26 billion euros, the results of years spent regulating costs. To make up the difference, it's imposing a levy on rooftop solar panels -- effectively negating …

Dozens of dead and disoriented birds ‘fall like rain’ over Winnipeg

In what is being described as a scene straight out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie, hundreds of black birds, possibly grackles, began flocking in a …

Dying dolphins keep washing up on the Atlantic. Here’s what could be killing them

Since last month, scores of dolphins have washing up on Atlantic Ocean beaches, dying or already dead. Marine biologists are alarmed. Looking at the historical trend, you can see why:<p>The federal government has classified the situation as an “unusual mortality event” (UME), defined as a “a …

Severe Heat Waves Will Scorch Us Until At Least 2040, Say Climatologists