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Humans are the not-so-innocent bystanders in the Zika mosquito's proliferation

<i>Aedes aegypti</i> mosquitoes, which carry the<p>Zika virus, are kind of like dogs. OK, the analogy isn’t perfect. Dogs don’t fly, and they don’t suck blood, and they don’t lay eggs. But like our canine pals, <i>Aedes aegypti</i> started out wild and got domesticated.<p>With dogs, it took thousands of years. With …

Arctic Communities Turn Challenges Brought On By Climate Changes Into Advantages

<i>The impact of climate change on Arctic communities is so great that it limits their ability to adapt, or at least that’s what has long been assumed. But according to a recent study in Nature Climate Change, it’s non-climatic factors that obstruct adaptation.</i><p>FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – When the Wellness …

Global Warming

What is holding back the growth of solar power?

Solar sector needs better power storage, grid infrastructure and government support to meet bullish growth predictions<p>Sixty years ago, the price of solar panels was astronomical. At a cost of $1,910 (£1,350) per watt in today’s money, the only practical use for them was in space on the US Vanguard …

Renewable Energy

15 Awesome Things You Can Do With Oatmeal

What if we told you that you could lose weight, lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes for as little as 13 <i>cents</i> per day? You …

Breakfast

Artistic scientist illustrates effects of climate change — Living — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Maine

Everyday ethical changes every person can make for a better world in 2016

Next year is your year: You’re going to be more efficient at work, exercise three times a week, and make progress on the side projects you put off in 2015.<p>That’s great for you. But after a big year for high-profile philanthropy, you might also be wondering how you can make a contribution to the …

Sustainability

A terrible environmental disaster is unfolding in Los Angeles — and it's practically invisible

What's worse, workers are not even close to stopping the flow.<p>The leak sprung from a Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) natural gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon, and it has been gushing methane — a highly flammable and potent greenhouse gas — into the sky since October 23.<p>No one knows …

Oil & Gas Industry

5 Energy Trends to Watch in 2016

This year was a big one for energy news. Ultra-low oil prices, coal plant closures, a landmark climate change deal in Paris, and records set for …

Fossil Fuels
Urbanism
Urbanism

4 Myths About How to Deal With Climate Change Effectively

HONG KONG -- The world recently agreed to a new climate framework, and opinions flooded in immediately. Views crossed the spectrum from Jeffrey Sachs, who called Paris "an act of true global cooperation of historic significance," to James Hansen, who decried the lack of a carbon tax and deemed the …

Climate

‘Winter vomiting disease’ on the rise in state

California health officials warned people Wednesday to take care when handling food after a marked increase in cases of norovirus, which they also subtly referred to as “winter vomiting disease.”<p>The California Department of Public Health has confirmed 32 separate outbreaks of the virus since the …

Environmental Health

19 VIPs Who Get Climate Change Better Than Congress

As the United Nations' 21st Conference of the Parties is underway in Paris until Dec. 11, we've heard a number of world leaders -- from President Barack Obama to Pope Francis -- speak out about curbing climate change.<p>To help highlight the climate talks, photographers Mathias Braschler and Monika …

Climate

Tinder gets a lo-fi makeover in 'Millennial Swipe Simulator 2015'

If you've been using Tinder for long enough chances are that you've opened the app in the morning with some rather <i>surprising</i> matches. Brainlessly swiping right on whoever fits the bill for you in the hopes that they'll do the same and you'll potentially have a love connection is part of the …

Scientists Find a Black Hole 12 Billion Times More Massive Than the Sun

A team of international astronomers has discovered a black hole of almost unimaginable proportions.<p>At 12 billion times more massive than the sun, it …

Universe

NASA Sees 'Bright Spots' On Dwarf Planet In Our Solar System

Scientists are puzzled by a new image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which found two bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres. The spots are noticeably brighter than other parts of the surface, which looks to be rocky and pockmarked.<p>Ceres lies in an asteroid belt between the paths of Mars and …

Astronomy

France's Hollande promises Philippine storm survivors a climate deal | Reuters

GUIUAN, Philippines (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Friday met victims of the biggest-ever typhoon to make landfall and promised them he would secure an international agreement to limit climate change.<p>Hollande toured the Philippine fishing town of Guiuan in the east of the …

North Africa

Switzerland 1st country to submit pledge for UN climate pact

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Switzerland has become the first country to submit a pledge to the United Nations for a new global climate deal, vowing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.<p>The Swiss government said Friday that at least 30 percent of the reduction would be …

Clean Technology

February Coldest Month in History for Some in U.S.

Brian Snyder—Reuters<p>Jessica Rinaldi—Boston Globe/Getty Images<p>Jessica Rinaldi—Boston Globe/Getty Images<p>Dominick Reuter—EPA<p>Brian Snyder—Reuters<p>Kayana …

Snowstorms

East coast foggy explorations with @dezjeff and @sim_charles

FAA Proposes Rules To Open The Sky To Some Commercial Drones, But Delivery Drones Remain Grounded

After a number of delays, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today officially announced its proposed rules for small commercial drones. Most of the proposed rules already leaked earlier this weekend. Overall, the proposed rules are pretty straightforward and more lenient than expected, …

Unmanned Aircraft

Bright Pink Sea Slugs Invading New Habitats Due to Global Warming?

The colorful invertebrates are moving north along the California coast as ocean waters warm, scientists say.<p>Brightly colored sea slugs have invaded the central and northern California coast—and scientists aren't exactly tickled pink.<p>That's because the arrival of the soft-bellied marine creatures, …

6 Sky Events This Week: Primetime Jupiter, Asteroid Juno, and Zodiacal Light

Jupiter gives its best show of the year, and the elusive pyramids of light put in a rare appearance.<p>Watch the sky this week to soak in Jupiter's best appearance of 2015. You might also catch sight of a large asteroid and a ghostly light making tracks across the night sky.<p><b>Moon and Jupiter.</b> Look for …

Can Sun and Wind Make More Salt Water Drinkable?

Here are four arid regions looking to renewables for the energy-intensive work of squeezing drinkable water from the ocean.<p>The oceans have long taunted those who thirst.<p>Records dating to A.D. 200 show that sailors boiled seawater and used sponges to absorb fresh water from the steam. Today, …

Earth's Dashboard Is Flashing Red—Are Enough People Listening?

As scientists and much of the public differ on the causes of climate change, the planet keeps getting warmer … and the effects are adding up.<p>Scientists are having trouble convincing the public that people are changing the climate.<p>A Pew Research Center survey, released last week as part of a broader …

Buenos Aires Mayor Macri, Host of the C40 Latin American Mayors Forum, highlights the Leadership of Cities on the Road to Paris 2015

Changing Planet<p>The C40 Latin American Mayors Forum in Buenos Aires on 27 March 2015, will be a critical opportunity for city leaders to address one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century: how rapidly growing urban areas can be sustainable and liveable for their citizens, …

The Mangroves of Mexico – By Numbers.

Changing Planet<p><i>This article is brought to you by the</i> <i>International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP)</i><i>. Read our</i> <i>other articles</i> <i>on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world.</i><p>The science and communications initiative Natural …