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About 50% of the world’s coral reefs have died. Without protection from reefs, coastal cities will see skyrocketing flood damage, a new study says.

On September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma slammed into the Florida Keys, whipping islands with 130-mph winds and bringing surging ocean waters 4 to 6 feet higher than normal.<p>The Category 4 storm reduced almost all ground-level homes to rubble in some parts of the Keys. Boats crashed onto roads and into …

Climate Change

Scientists find evidence of 27 new viruses in bees

Among the new viruses the team identified was one that is similar to a virus that infects plants.<p>"It is possible that bees may acquire viruses from …

Ecology

Seattle ban on plastic straws to go into effect July 1

Seattle residents will be sipping their drinks a bit differently this summer, with biodegradable straws instead of plastic ones.<p>The Emerald City will …

Green Living

How Big Will the Battery Boom Get? Try $548 Billion, BNEF Says

Batteries will attract $548 billion in investments by 2050 as costs fall and homes and businesses push to use more clean energy.<p>That’s one of the …

Clean Energy

Your efforts to save water are actually making a difference

Finally, a bit of good news.<p>Water is essential for life, but we’re not always the best at keeping our water supply safe. However, a new study from the United States Geological Survey shows water use across the country dropped between 2010 and 2015, even though the population rose by four percent in …

Water

This 32kW plane will fly twice as high as commercial jets on SunPower

SunPower isn’t just powering roofs and solar farms these days. The company, which touts its solar panels as the most durable and efficient on the market, is looking at other applications. I’d be hard pressed to find one as awesome as the upcoming Mission SolarStratos expedition which will be …

Solar Power

Frogs and toads vanishing in Britain as garden ponds fall out of fashion

Frogs and toads are vanishing in Britain because garden ponds have fallen out of fashion, a new report suggests.<p>The RSPB said information gathered from its annual Big Garden Birdwatch, which also asks people about what other wildlife they see in their gardens, showed a decline in sightings of the …

Zoology

UPDATE: Number of Illnesses in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pre-Cut Fruit Grows to 70

<b>UPDATE:</b> The latest release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds 10 new cases to the multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to …

Environmental Health

Solving the plastic problem

Materials scientist Mark Miodownik tells us about the growing problem of plastic waste, what we should be doing about it, and why plastic isn’t …

Science

China Just Handed the World a 111-Million-Ton Trash Problem

Few people consider used plastic to be a valuable global commodity. Yet China has imported 106 million tons of old bags, bottles, wrappers and …

Pollution

Vancouver Island’s ‘tectonic dance’ revealed by hundreds of tiny tremors

Hundreds of tiny tremors, felt only by sensitive monitors, have shivered under southern Vancouver Island in the last 48 hours, leading one scientist to predict they may signal what he calls a “tectonic dance.”<p>John Cassidy, an earthquake seismologist with Natural Resources Canada, says the shaking …

Geology

US Continues Trade War Against China With New 25% Solar Tariff

<b>Published on</b> June 20th, 2018 | <i>by Joshua S Hill</i><p>0<p>June 20th, 2018 by <b>Joshua S Hill</b><p>The United States imposed an additional 25% tariff on imported Chinese …

Solar Power

Parasites Can Mind-Control Animals Without Infecting Them

In 2018, everything is a metaphor.<p>A tapeworm is essentially a very long, parasitic towel with a grappling hook for a head. It attaches itself to the internal organs of its host with its fiendish head spines, and it absorbs nutrients through its tagliatelle-shaped body. Once fastened, it does very …

University of California

Study: Plastic will pile up in wake of China recycling ban

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — China's decision to stop accepting plastic waste from other countries is causing plastic to pile up around the globe, and wealthy countries must find a way to slow the accumulation of one of the most ubiquitous materials on the planet, a group of scientists said.<p>The …

Pollution

France cuts tariffs on controversial offshore wind projects

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government on Wednesday approved six long-delayed offshore wind projects but sharply cut their subsidies.<p>In 2012-14, France had awarded tenders for the six projects to French and foreign utilities with contracts to sell electricity at feed-in tariffs guaranteed by the …

Renewable Energy

Minnesota PUC opens hearings on Enbridge Line 3 replacement

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Passions ran high Monday as Minnesota regulators opened a key hearing on a final decision on Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its deteriorating Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.<p>A crowd about evenly divided between supporters and opponents lined up …

Mississippi River

Activists fight to hold energy companies accountable in age of repressive state laws

Anti-Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations inspired legislative crackdown, Greenpeace report says.<p>The Native American-led protests against …

Rights & Freedoms

3 decades after an ecological disaster hit a remote Michigan island, scientists have prescribed a cure of wolves

The National Park Service is set to reintroduce more than two dozen wolves to Michigan's remote Isle Royale, on the western edge of Lake Superior, in …

Wildlife

The Best Hikes in Montana's Glacier National Park

More than three million people visit Montana's Glacier National Park every year, and for good reasons: the dramatic landscape of ice-scoured granite …

Hiking

Lava continues to flow from active fissure in Hawaii

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues to spew lava from one of its most active fissures.<p>The lava fountains from fissure eight reach heights of up to 200 …

Geology

YES! Natalie Portman Discusses How We Can Reduce Our Environmental Impact With a Vegan Diet on Colbert

In 2009, acclaimed author Jonathan Safran Foer released a book called <i>Eating Animals</i>, which has prompted countless individuals to think more deeply …

Cute Animals

Some Animals Take Turns While Talking, Just Like Humans. Why?

A good conversation should proceed like a tennis match: players each take turns responding, knowing instinctively when to speak and when to listen. …

Biology

7 Tiny Home Companies to Consider on the West Coast

These design-forward home builders on the West Coast are crafting tiny dwellings that are big on style and sustainability.<p>Transportable, affordable, and quite adorable, it's no wonder the tiny-home movement is taking America by storm. Not only do these smaller structures let you to leave a smaller …

Southern California

This giant demon plant gives you burns if you touch it, and it's spreading

The name "giant hogweed" should give you a clue as to how horrible this plant is.<p>“Giant hogweed” already sounds like a thing you should avoid. You’ll definitely want to steer clear once you see the burns the plant can give you—yes, you read that right, <i>burns from a plant</i>. (We won’t paste them in for …

New York State

The fake arguments against 100% renewable energy

UNSW academics compare campaign against wind and solar and high renewable energy scenarios led by pro-nuclear lobbyists to efforts by the tobacco …

Donald Trump

Largest solar farm in Texas getting battery system

Image 1of/1<p>Caption<p>Close<p>Texas' largest solar farm will soon have a big battery to go with it.<p>FlexGen, an advance battery maker headquartered in Los …

Renewable Energy

Reforestation in China heralds the return of rare animals

If you plant it, they will come. China is pursuing an ambitious project, underway for decades, to increase the amount of land covered by forests to …

Forests

2 more violation notices issued to Mountain Valley Pipeline

West Virginia regulators have issued two additional violation notices to the Mountain Valley Pipeline project.<p>The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the …

Environment

First paper straw factory in decades to open as UK bans plastic

As the United Kingdom moves forward with its planned ban on single-use plastic products, the first paper straw factory in decades is opening in Wales …

Green Living

America’s Best Long(ish) Hikes

Hiking one of the big daddy through-hikes—the Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, or Appalachian Trail—sounds dreamy … if the boss gives you six months of paid vacation. And while weekend trips are great, it can be hard to relax, ditch the crowds, and get into trail mode if you only have one or two …

Hiking