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Inside India’s race to cool 1.3 billion people in a warming world

How do you cool 7.5 billion people on a warming planet?<p>When Rutam Vora was growing up in Vadodara, a city of about 2 million people near the western coast of India, his parents kept cool each summer by drenching bedsheets in water and hanging them in the windows of their house. When the scorching …

U.S., in Reversal, Issues Permit for Keystone Oil Pipeline

HOUSTON — During his presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump repeatedly hailed the Keystone XL pipeline as a vital jobs program and one that sharply contrasted his vision for the economy with that of Hillary Clinton.<p>“Today we begin to make things right,” President Trump said Friday morning shortly …

Here are the latest market-tested words for selling climate action

Explaining climate change to people has been described as “the problem from hell.” It’s hellish because it’s a risk-perception problem, and that is …

Are New York State's Buildings Ready for Climate Change?

A new project from the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning with support from the New York State Energy Research and Development …

New York State

Why Whole Foods Wants A Slower-Growing Chicken

A century ago, your typical chicken was really kind of scrawny. It took about four months to grow to a weight of 3 pounds. One result: Americans really didn't eat much chicken.<p>Today, the typical broiler, or meat chicken, turns feed into meat at a mind-boggling pace. Compared with the bird of …

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry

Global warming is, in the end, not about the noisy political battles here on the planet’s surface. It actually happens in constant, silent …

School Kids In Flint Can Now Safely Clean Their Hands Thanks To This Boy

He may be little, but he’s got a big heart.<p>One boy in Gainesville, Virginia, has improved the lives of hundreds of school kids in Flint, Michigan.<p>Isiah Britt, 7, raised over $10,000 to buy hand sanitizer for elementary schools in Flint, where children were afraid to wash their hands with tap water, …

Why are energy firms U-turning on green agenda now?

The decision by Britain’s most powerful energy lobby group to take a positive stance on building a low-carbon economy is a significant moment.<p>It gives major impetus to the green agenda just as it is being undermined by influential sceptics inside the Conservative party, Treasury and Department of …

Green Energy

4 Pieces You Should Read About The Global Climate Deal

A day after representatives from 196 parties signed an agreement that aims to curb climate change, it's time to start assessing its import.<p>Yesterday, Camila broke down the basics. Today, we've rounded up four pieces that help you understand the deal — and the politics around it — more deeply:<p>— <b>U.S.</b> …

Nearly 200 Nations Adopt Climate Agreement At COP21 Talks In Paris

In what supporters are calling a historic achievement, 196 parties attending the COP21 climate meetings outside Paris voted to adopt an agreement Saturday that covers both developed and developing countries. Their respective governments, of 195 nations and the European Union, will now need to adopt …

Nuclear Power Must Make a Comeback for Climate's Sake

James Hansen, former NASA climate scientist, and three other prominent climate scientists are calling for an enlarged focus on nuclear energy in the …

The Messengers

What birds tell us about threats from climate change and solutions for nature and people<p><b>Birds are messengers that provide vital insights on how</b> …

In one paragraph, investment managers demonstrate the futility of GOP climate denial

BlackRock is the world's largest investment firm, with some $4.5 trillion in assets under management. Needless to say, those trillions make BlackRock highly motivated to accurately assess the forces and trends at work in global markets; it doesn't have the luxury of ideological blinders.<p>So I was …

Ten UK universities divest from fossil fuels

Ten UK universities with endowments worth £115m are in the process ofmoving their money out of fossil fuels ahead of crunch UN climate change talks in Paris later this month.<p>The University of Surrey, the University of Arts in London (UAL) and Oxford Brookes University are divesting their respective …

Fossil Fuels

Unprecedented Efforts Keep Greater Sage-grouse Off Endangered Species List

Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Greater Sage-grouse, an iconic bird of the American West, does not warrant listing under …

Conservation

This is the future: Elon Musk betting $5bn on super batteries

<i>In the same way that Amazon.com carved out leadership in Cloud Computing by being bold at a time the competition wavered, South African-born Elon</i> …

Sure, that food has the government’s organic label. But that doesn’t mean it was made without man-made chemicals.

You might think the USDA "organic" label is reserved for foods produced without any man-made chemicals. But under government rules, "organic" food may be grown or processed with the aid of scores of synthetic substances, as long as those chemicals have been deemed essential.<p>Exactly which chemicals …

Audi Has Invented "Blue Crude," An Alternative Fuel Made of Water, Air and Renewable Energy

Audi introduces “Blue Crude,” an alternative fuel made of water and carbon dioxide. Produced as a<p>Audi introduces “Blue Crude,” an alternative fuel made of water and carbon dioxide. Produced as a clean, sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to gas, the new “blue crude” fuel begins by …

Celery: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts

Crunchy, crispy celery is well known for being low in calories, but its health benefits go far beyond use as a diet food. Celery contains useful …