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This map shows the startling impact our 'human footprint' is having on the planet

A new map of the ecological footprint of humans shows that 97 per cent of the most species-rich places on Earth have been seriously altered in the …

Ecology

Giant gleaming Orb deploys solar and wave energy to make clean water for California

"The sustainable architectural culture that aspires the coexistence of human, nature and the architecture itself" is a core value of Heerim …

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The world's 'Third Pole' is melting because of climate-warming black carbon

Global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels is heating up the North Pole and South Pole, causing the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets to …

10 Things That Could Disappear in Your Lifetime, Thanks to Climate Change

Future generations are going to have to deal with major consequences of global warming.<p>Though some American politicians continue to debate whether climate change is real, scientists have long sounded the warning bells that human-caused global warming is rapidly getting worse. Some warn that we may …

Breakthrough solar cell captures CO2 and sunlight, produces hydrogen

<b>Bill Burton, UIC News Center</b> -- Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that …

Our energy grid is incredibly vulnerable to climate change.

When I dream about Hurricane Katrina (and I still do), it always starts with the refrigerators. Kenmore, GE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Amana. Hundreds …

Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet, in Hawaii

President Obama on Friday created the largest ecologically protected area on the planet when he expanded a national marine monument in his native Hawaii to encompass more than half a million square miles.<p>The president more than quadrupled the size of the Papahanaumokuakea (pronounced …

Conservation

Out of this world and on to the next - the week in science

This week’s biggest stories<p>Proxima b is the new planet on the block. Well, it’s been in orbit around Proxima Centauri for a while, I suppose, but it’s new to us, and is set to inform our space exploration work and the search for life outside our solar system for decades to come. But if the thought …

How Invasive Species (Slowly) Push Plants toward Extinction

Japanese knotweed. Purple loosestrife. Kudzu. Mesquite. Giant hogweed. Bitou bush. What do all of these plants have in common? Easy: they’re all …

Biodiversity

FBI Profilers Help Hunt for Phoenix Serial Shooter Who Killed Seven

The FBI has dispatched its famed profilers to Phoenix to dig for clues to an elusive serial killer's identity and motivation.<p>Agents from the Behavioral Analysis Unit — the inspiration for movies and TV shows like "Criminal Minds" — have visited the crime scenes where the suspect has ambushed men, …

North Atlantic 'weather bomb' tremor measured in Japan

<b>Seismologists in Japan have tracked, for the first time, a particular type of tiny vibration that wobbled through the Earth from the Atlantic seafloor.</b><p>It was started by a "weather bomb": the same low-pressure storm, off Greenland, which made UK headlines in late 2014.<p>Tiny tremors, of two types, …

Second-gen bionic leaf creates fuel from sunlight, makes Mother Nature seem inefficient

In Harvard University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, the goal isn’t just to isolate problems but to find solutions to our planet’s …