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This Toronto skyscraper is covered with 450 trees

A new tower will have greenery lining the balconies and roofs to clean up the air and provide a new environment for pollinators and humans alike.<p>Toronto has long been serious about its urban canopy. The Ontario city is already home to around 10 million trees, which cover around 26% of the city. The …

3M knew your non-stick pan was poisoning you in the ’70s

All this time, the company knew about its toxicity and kept selling it.<p>The Intercept has obtained evidence that chemical conglomerate 3M knew about the health dangers of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) since the 1970s. These components were in thousands of …

Selling

Most Americans will happily try eating lab-grown “clean meat”

Do you feel squeamish about eating a burger that didn’t come from a cow? Most Americans don’t when confronted with how bad meat is for the environment.<p>By the end of 2018, chicken grown in a bioreactor–from cells, rather than an actual chicken–may be on the menu in some restaurants. A burger is …

Climate Change Turns Coastal Property Into a Junk Bond

A friend of mine who is a bit of a climate-change skeptic once challenged me with this question: If climate change is such a pressing danger, why haven’t coastal real estate prices crashed?<p>It’s a fair question. If financial markets are even close to efficient, and if everyone knows climate change …

Climate change to cause dramatic drop in Persian Gulf biodiversity and fisheries potential

The Persian Gulf, also known as the Arabian Gulf, may lose up to 12 per cent of its marine biodiversity in some areas before the end of the century …

Apple Now Runs On 100% Green Energy, And Here’s How It Got There

The most important thing about the company’s big renewable push might be that it’s bringing everyone–from suppliers to local utilities–along for the ride.<p>You have to see Apple’s Reno, Nevada, data center from the inside to truly understand how huge it is. It’s made up of five long white buildings …

This Small, Off-Grid House Fits All You Need For A Very Comfortable Life

Efficient living expert Graham Hill of LifeEdited fits space for eight people to sleep and 20 to dine in a 1,000-square-foot, solar-powered property (for a price).<p>Graham Hill, founder of the minimalist design consultancy LifeEdited, has been on the living-small train for years. He founded the …

American conservatives are still clueless about the 97% expert climate consensus | Dana Nuccitelli

Now there’s a handbook for that<p>Gallup released its annual survey on American perceptions about global warming last week, and the results were a bit discouraging. While 85–90% of Democrats are worried about global warming, realize humans are causing it, and are aware that most scientists agree on …

Climate

Climate change threatens rare British orchid that tricks bees into mating

Researchers find that warmer temperatures are upsetting the seasonal relationship between the early spider orchid and pollinating bees<p>It is one of the most cunning and elaborate reproductive deceits: the early spider orchid (<i>Ophrys sphegodes)</i>wafts a floral bouquet into the air that mimics the …

Orchids

How The Humble Bicycle Can Save Our Cities

Copenhagenize offers a blueprint for how cities can welcome the bicycle–and all the positive outcomes that being a biking-centric city brings.<p>Mikael Colville-Andersen rides his bike everywhere in Copenhagen, but he would never introduce himself as a cyclist. “I’m just one of the 400,000 people …

Can This New Electric Rickshaw Stop Cars From Taking Over Asian Cities?

As more middle-class people purchase vehicles, cities like Dhaka, Kathmandu, and Manila are getting stuck in ever worsening gridlock. This rickshaw is designed to modernize the more sustainable transportation option.<p>In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a growing middle class is buying a growing number of cars. …

This Toilet Vaporizes Poop To Solve Sanitation Problems

Designed for places that don’t have indoor plumbing, the change:WATER toilet sucks the water out of waste so it’s more compact, more sanitary, and easier to dispose of.<p>As the classic tech lore goes, some of the industry’s best inventions started out in a garage. Diana Yousef’s currently sits in a …

Google uses wind and solar to offset all of its operational energy use

It has contracts to purchase three gigawatts of renewable energy.<p>In late 2016, Google announced that it expected to offset all of its office and data center electricity use with 100 percent renewable energy in 2017. Today, the company says it achieved that goal. Google has been working on reducing …

Renewable Energy

Chokepoints and vulnerabilities in global food trade

Why chokepoints matter<p>Supply chains are only as strong as their weakest links. In global food trade, the most vulnerable links consist of a handful …

Better Technology Isn’t The Solution To Ecological Collapse

We cannot innovate our way out of planetary disaster. We need to ditch our addiction to GDP growth<p>It’s hard to ignore the headlines these days, with all their warnings about ecological breakdown. Last year brought troubling news on everything from plastic pollution to soil depletion to the collapse …

Smartphones Are Killing The Planet Faster Than Anyone Expected

Researchers are sounding the alarm after an analysis showed that buying a new smartphone consumes as much energy as using an existing phone for an entire decade.<p>Before you upgrade your next iPhone, you may want to consider a $29 battery instead. Not only will the choice save you money, it could …

This is what a century of climate change has done to France’s biggest glacier

The 'Mur de Seracs' a part of the 'Mer de Glac. Image: Getty.<p>Like a one-man Google Earth, on 8 August 1909, Swiss aviation pioneer Eduard Spelterini …

Arctic wintertime sea ice extent is among lowest on record – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Sea ice in the Arctic grew to its annual maximum extent last week, and joined 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the four lowest maximum extents on record, …

How climate change is affecting the Maine maple syrup industry — Homestead — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Recyclable resin makes wind turbines more eco-friendly

When we talk about renewable energy, we most often focus on the amount of energy that any technology can produce, but it's also important to look at …

Wind Power

The Arctic’s carbon bomb might be even more potent than we thought

By Chris Mooney<p>Chris Mooney<p>Reporter covering climate change, energy and the environment.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>For some time, scientists fearing the mass release of greenhouse gases from the carbon-rich, frozen soils of the Arctic have had at least one morsel of good news in their forecasts: They …

Carbon Dioxide

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This report, which focuses on three regions—Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America that together represent 55 percent of the developing …

Climate change could force more than 140 million people from their homes by 2050, major new report finds

Millions of people in the developing world will be forced from their homes by climate change in the coming decades, according to a major new report …

Half of All Wildlife Could Disappear from the Amazon, Galapagos and Madagascar Due to Climate Change

As much as half of wildlife and 60% of plants in the world’s richest forests could be at risk of extinction in the next century if stronger efforts …

It's 50 years since climate change was first seen. Now time is running out | Richard Wiles

Making up for years of delay and denial will not be easy, nor will it be cheap. Climate polluters must be held accountable<p>Fifty years ago, the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) delivered a report titled Sources, Abundance, and Fate of Gaseous Atmospheric Polluters to the American Petroleum …

International Law

The Dark Lessons of Cape Town’s Drought

How quickly can a big, modern, technologically-advanced city be transformed into something like a giant refugee camp? We may soon find out. Cape …

A supercolony of 1.5 million penguins went unnoticed until now

The story of how scientists discovered a massive “supercolony” of Adélie penguins in Antarctica—which they detailed in a study published Friday (March 2)—begins in 2014, with NASA satellite imagery.<p>Heather Lynch, a professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University, in New York, and …

Garment Worker Diaries Reveal Working Conditions, Wages in Bangladesh, India, Cambodia

A first-of-its-kind research project led by <b>Microfinance Opportunities</b> (MFO) in partnership with <b>Fashion Revolution</b> and <b>C&A Foundation</b> gives the most …

Using data provided by Vigeo Eiris, Ceres’ third assessment of corporate progress against its roadmap for sustainability offers valuable insight for companies, investors, and advocates into how more than 600 of the largest publicly traded companies in the United States are positioned to address critical sustainability issues such as climate change, water pollution and scarcity and human rights abuses.

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Orbiting Tesla Roadster has 6 percent chance of hitting Earth in the next million years

What goes up must come down, somewhere or other.<p>SpaceX’s February 6 launch of a Tesla Roadster into a Mars-crossing orbit briefly mesmerized the …

Tesla Roadster