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Nissan launches British-made home battery to rival Tesla's Powerwall

Batteries that have powered electric cars around the UK will get a second life providing energy storage for households, with the launch this week of a British-made home battery to rival the one made by Elon Musk’s Tesla.<p>The cells will be made by the Japanese car-maker Nissan in Sunderland, where …

Clean Energy

Live Science

Everglades National Park<p>A set of new posters by conceptual artist Hannah Rothstein paint a dire picture of the perils of ignoring climate change. The …

National Grid hails milestone as other sources like gas, nuclear, wind and solar allow UK to keep lights on with all coal-fired powerplants offline<p>Friday was Britain’s first ever working day without coal power since the Industrial Revolution, according to the National Grid.<p>The control room tweeted …

Fossil Fuels

Endangered eastern black rhino born in Iowa zoo – video

An endangered eastern black rhino has been born at Blank Park zoo in Des Moines, Iowa. The combined captive and wild population of black rhinos is less than 1,000, making the birth very significant. The calf was standing and walking within an hour of its birth and attempted to feed within two …

Des Moines

Horn removed from four-year-old Vince in ‘act of extreme violence’, says park director<p>Poachers have broken into a French zoo, killing a four-year-old white rhinoceros and sawing off its horn.<p>Keepers found the dead animal, named Vince, in the African enclosure of the zoo at Thoiry, west of Paris, on …

Extinction

Top Trump Advisers Are Split on Paris Agreement on Climate Change

WASHINGTON — The White House is fiercely divided over President Trump’s campaign promise to “cancel” the Paris agreement, the 2015 accord that binds nearly every country to curb global warming, with more moderate voices maintaining that he should stick with the agreement despite his campaign pledge.<p>…

Spanish island’s run of four hours on 100% renewables ‘very significant’, says IRE

While a project to run a Spanish island off renewable energy which gathered media attention this week might only have successfully met the region's …

Renewable Energy

Happy birthday, Ansel Adams

In honor of the famed photographer's birthday, here are 10 of his most awe-inspiring photos from the U.S. National Archives.<p>Ansel Adams, the late …

Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids

Almost 20 years ago, the U.S. Energy Information Administration had an idea: Make an educational website for children about energy sources and the …

Fossil Fuels

An otter family, a diving kingfisher and the Amazon coral reef are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Wildlife

David Rose penned an attack described by expert as “so wrong it’s hard to know where to start”<p>In this new political era, climate scientists and their science are under attack. The attack is from multiple fronts, from threats to pull funding of the important instruments they use to measure climate …

Climate Change

With ambitious emissions-reduction targets, support from government and the car industry, electromobility is on the verge of major expansion in Europe, reports Yale Environment 360<p>Oslo, Norway’s capital, like most of the Scandinavian country’s cities and towns, boasts bus-lane access for electric …

Electric Vehicles

Steve Howard: Let's go all-in on selling sustainability

Ending global legal markets is a great plan A, but that alone won’t stop elephant poaching or stem the illegal consumption of ivory<p>It appears inevitable now that almost all legal domestic ivory markets will be closed. This is the plan A of a large consortium of animal rights and welfare …

Extinction

U.S. Business Leaders Send Open Letter To Trump: 'Don't Abandon Climate Deal'

More than 300 U.S. companies, including 72 with annual revenues exceeding $100 million, have sent an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump, urging him not to abandon the Paris climate agreement.<p>The letter, which was also sent to President Barack Obama and members of Congress, stated directly, …

How human existence doesn’t have to cost the Earth

Tibet’s rivers feed its people, but also those of lowland Asia <i>(Image: Maria Stenzel/NGS)</i><p><i>From Tibet’s endangered ecosystems to the crazy cost of</i> …

Though recreation on public lands creates $646bn in economic stimulus and 6.1m jobs, Republicans are setting in motion a giveaway of Americans’ birthright<p>In the midst of highly publicized steps to dismantle insurance coverage for 32 million people and defund women’s healthcare facilities, …

Forests

3 Things You Need to Know About the Science Rebellion Against Trump

The new president’s first moves on science spur a Twitter war and prompt a march.<p>The Trump administration was merely minutes old when all references to climate change disappeared from the White House website. Later that day, the National Park Service Twitter account was briefly shutdown because the …

National Parks

Forbes Welcome

Makhado mine: flashpoint for tensions over South Africa's pro-coal policies

'The world needs energy, coal is energy, and coal is here. But I think we can win this fight' Philé van Zyl, farming director<p>On the horizon are the mountains, verdant rainforest on their well-watered, shaded southern slopes and arid scrub on the dry reverse slopes. Then there is the plain, studded …

South Africa

4 Key Impacts of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

The controversial projects may affect animals, climate, and people. Here’s how.<p>President Donald Trump signed executive orders early this week that restarted the effort to complete the Keystone XL pipeline across the Great Plains (see a map of the route) and the Dakota Access pipeline in the …

With the Rise of Trump, Is It Game Over for the Climate Fight?

Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency is a stunning blow to hopes for avoiding the worst impacts of global warming. But a broad-based, …

Air pollution in London passes levels in Beijing... and wood burners are making problem worse

Air pollution in London passed levels in Beijing this week, figures have shown, with popular wood burning stoves blamed for exacerbating the problem.<p>On Monday London mayor Sadiq Khan issued the highest air pollution alert in London for the first time, and said on Tuesday that the capital’s ‘filthy …

There Are Big Opportunities In The World’s Big Challenges

In every threat to the planet, there’s a potential opportunity either to avert that threat or mitigate its impact. Take climate change. Rising seas and deeper droughts are enormous long-term risks, but there’s also opportunities for new infrastructure and different types of agriculture, innovations …

China emerges as global climate leader in wake of Trump's triumph

In one of the more entertaining moments of COP22, the global climate conference held in Marrakech last week, the Chinese vice-foreign minister Liu Zhenmin, gave the absent US president-elect a short lesson in the history of climate diplomacy. Climate change, he explained, was not a Chinese hoax. In …

Climate

An Illustrated Guide to Trump's Plan for the Environment

“Hoax,” “hoax,” and “expensive hoax.” That’s how President Donald J. Trump has most frequently described man-made climate change. While we don’t yet know exactly what a Trump presidency will mean for our planet, the man has given us enough clues that we can begin to cobble together a vision for the …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump bans Environmental Protection Agency staff from talking to press after suspending all contracts

President Donald Trump has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency, barring officials from posting updates to social media …

Donald Trump