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Carbon Dioxide Could Reach 410 PPM This Month

A never-ending stream of carbon pollution ensures that each year the world continues to break records for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This year …

Climate Change

Yes, I am a climate alarmist. Global warming is a crime against humanity

There can be no greater crime against humanity than the destruction of conditions that make human life possible<p>Most of us have wondered about the human context of past crimes against humanity: why didn’t more people intervene? How could so many pretend not to know? To be sure, crimes against …

I wrote THE BEST presidential briefing on global warming for Donald Trump

Given that no one seems to know what President Trump thinks about the reality of human-caused climate change, perhaps we can agree that it's about …

The 100 best solutions to reverse climate change, ranked

Environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken has edited a book called Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming …

Climate Change

This is what climate change looks like

Rising sea levels, floods, erosion, melting glaciers, droughts, water shortages, extreme weather: the effects of climate change are tangible in many parts of the world. Flick trough the gallery to see how.

Climate Change

Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think

Solar power, once so costly it only made economic sense in spaceships, is becoming cheap enough that it will push coal and even natural-gas plants …

Renewable Energy

Banks should disclose lending to companies with carbon-related risks, says report

International climate task force says companies should disclose all of their direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions<p>Banks should disclose lending to companies with carbon-related risks, according to recommendations in a new report by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.<p>The …

Researchers say we have three years to act on climate change before it's too late

If we want a smooth transition into a sustainable future, we need to act fast.<p>If you want to lose 10 pounds by a certain date there are, broadly speaking, two ways of going about it. You could take it slow and steady, cutting down slightly on your daily caloric intake to achieve a modest weekly …

In Chile, Many Regard Climate Change As The Greatest External Threat

Fernando Rojas is holding up a photograph of a pocket of countryside, between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains, that has been his home, his livelihood, and his passion for all of his 74 years.<p>His picture shows a lake, brimming with water, in front of a range of hills that are silhouetted …

South America

Climate change is now impacting every corner of the U.S., study finds

Report says it's 'extremely likely' that human influence is the main cause of warming worldwide since the mid-20th century.<p>A draft of a government …

Climate Change

Energy from evaporating water could power 70 percent of the U.S.

With very good reason, there is a big drive to promote sustainable energy sources around the world, but could one of the most efficient possible …

Sustainability

MIT Researchers Propose an Ancient Technology to Store Clean Energy

What's old may become new again.<p>By on<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>A new proposal from MIT researchers …

Why some Florida residents couldn't use their solar panels after Hurricane Irma

Millions of Florida residents lost power after Hurricane Irma raged through the state. But some homeowners with solar energy installations couldn’t …

Rainfall

'Plastic-Eating' Fungus Found In Pakistan Garbage Dump

Several tons of waste plastics are generated every day, and according to a study published in ScienceMag, there has been a mind-numbing 6.3 billion …

Low-tech air conditioner uses terracotta tubes & water to naturally cool down air

Terracotta has been around for a long time. Though we use the Italian word (literally meaning "baked earth") for it, its use dates back to ancient …

New Delhi

Water 3.0 solves problem of microplastics and pharmaceuticals in wastewater

Last week, Lund University reported that microplastics cross the blood-brain barrier to accumulate in the brains of fish, and this build-up may be …

How Evaporation from Lakes and Reservoirs Could Sustainably Power a Nation

When we think of renewable energy sources that could help replace the burning of climate-altering carbon-based fuels, solar panels and wind turbines …

Renewable Energy

Elon Musk says Tesla could rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid with batteries and solar

After Puerto Rico was hit by two hurricanes back to back in just a few weeks, along with other islands in the Caribbean, most of their power grid was completely destroyed. Tesla quickly started quietly shipping Powerwalls there to try to get power back on to some houses with solar arrays.<p>Now CEO …

Tokyo Is Preparing for Floods ‘Beyond Anything We’ve Seen’

KASUKABE, Japan — The cavernous underground cisterns here north of Tokyo could hold the Statue of Liberty, a scale that underscores the site’s immense task: protecting the world’s most populous metropolis from flooding.<p>Linked by tunnels that divert water away from the region’s most vulnerable …

Goodbye smart gadgets. Hello dumb tech

Feature-filled phones, Apple Watches and expensive coffee machines are all very well, but sometimes they just make life more complicated. It’s time to learn the joy of low tech<p>• Six gadgets that will simplify your life<p>This is going to be the year of the smartwatch. Thanks to several incredible …

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies triumphs at US box office

Final Hobbit movie takes $90.6m, contributing to $355.6m global haul so far, while Exodus suffers and Night at the Museum 3 disappoints<p>Peter Jackson’s final visit to JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, scored a huge $90.6m five-day opening to top the US box office …

10 Genius New Uses for Dish Soap

It helps with so much more than just cleaning greasy pots and pans.<p>Dish detergent might be a sink-side staple, but its cleaning power is incredibly helpful all over the house. Because the liquid is mild, it's often a great choice over harsher chemicals (plus, we bet you've got an ever-ready …

Artificial intelligence could spell end of human race – Stephen Hawking

Technology will eventually become self-aware and supersede humanity, says astrophysicist<p>The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race, Professor Stephen Hawking has said.<p>The famous astrophysicist said he believed technology would eventually become self-aware and …

Electronic Etiquette in the Digital Age

<b>A New Normal</b><p>Americans have not as of yet decided how to deal with the incursion of portable digital technologies into our everyday public life. We are only now just beginning to address the intrusion these devices can and do create in our public places and spaces, and we are only now starting to …