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Future-ready cities: Choosing where to live on a planet in crisis

Why the capacity and willingness to change trump everything.<p><i>Alex Steffen is a planetary futurist and creator of the books</i> Worldchanging <i>and</i> Carbon …

The energy transition could be profound – and there's a lot to lose for those who can't keep up

The energy internet, the ‘smart’ grid, solar energy and battery storage are converging and the economic benefits are clear<p>Change is coming to the energy landscape. A transition to a new energy economy is happening. In a country like Australia – awash with energy both under and above the ground – …

Bad Earth: the human cost of pollution in China – in pictures

This series of images shows the extent of China’s pollution problems and the human toll of exponential growth on local communities in China’s vast and severely damaged northern region.

The Science Is In: Veganism Makes No Sense

Vegans have no idea how much animal cruelty they’re responsible for.<p>The Senate is debating GMOs, and everyone is talking about health food; it’s a …

Scientists just found another key threat to global food security

By Chelsea Harvey<p>Chelsea Harvey<p>Email Bio Follow<p>With the world’s population expected to exceed 9 billion people by the year 2050, producing enough food for everyone is a top concern for global policymakers. And now, scientists have pointed out another threat to global food security. In a new study …

TRUMP: I was joking when I said the Chinese 'created' the concept of climate change

During the debate, Sanders said he couldn't imagine electing a president who believed that climate change is "a hoax invented by the Chinese." Sanders specifically cited Trump to make his point.<p>That was an apparent reference to a 2012 tweet by Trump, in which the real-estate mogul wrote, "The …

Climate Change

How To Create A Complete Self-Sustaining Homestead On 1-Acre of Land

If You Have the Passion, Here’s the Blueprint!<p>Homesteaders love life. Yes, the days are often long but they don’t have to wake up each morning to …

5 Ways Practicing Permaculture Has Changed My Life

<i>I’m unlearning impatience</i> that I developed through spending glued to my computer in the past. Instant gratification, immediate answers and intuitive …

Earth Has Lost a Third of Arable Land in Past 40 Years

<i>By Oliver Milman, The Guardian</i>The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution in the past 40 years, with potentially …

The biological wonders of this miniature marvel could jump-start an agricultural revolution that saves the world from drought-ridden starvation

These microscopic invertebrates are capable of surviving the most extreme conditions you could dream up, including prolonged desiccation and near-100 percent water loss, freezing and boiling temperatures, intense ionising radiation, and the vacuum of outer space.<p>Scientists have discovered that to …

Biology

Obama vetoes anti-climate change measures passed by Congress

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama has vetoed two measures that would have blocked steps that his administration is taking to address climate …

This gas is worse for the climate than carbon dioxide — and it's leaking all over the place

Think of it as undoing in a matter of years what was 150 years in the making — a world economy based upon the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas to light our homes, propel our transportation, and produce the goods we consume.<p>A key element to weaning nations off of the dirtiest fossil fuel — coal …

The Bizarre Reason Earth's Rotation Will Slow Down This Century

If you’ve had your fill of depressing predictions for the future, here’s one that is both fascinating and as innocuous as they come: as ice caps …

Breakthroughs

Art Basel: Holoscenes art installation calls for public to 'feel climate change in their guts' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A confronting art installation inspired by rising sea levels is making a splash at this year's Art Basel fair in Miami.<p>Art Basel is an international …

World's richest 10% produce half of global carbon emissions, says Oxfam

COP 21: UN climate change conference | Paris,Environment,Global climate talks,Greenhouse gas emissions,Climate change,Oxfam,World news,Global development<p>But poorest half of world’s people contribute to just 10% of emissions, says British charity as negotiators work on UN climate change deal in Paris<p>…

Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years, scientists say

Experts point to damage caused by erosion and pollution, raising major concerns about degraded soil amid surging global demand for food<p>The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution in the past 40 years, with potentially disastrous consequences as global demand for food …

Paris climate talks: The poorest countries are putting the richest to shame | Kumi Naidoo

COP 21: UN climate change conference | Paris,Environment,Renewable energy,Greenhouse gas emissions,Climate change,Energy,Global climate talks,Fossil fuels<p>Countries like the Philippines, Kiribati and Morocco are showing true leadership and leaving major polluters behind<p>There were never more global …