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Climate scientist James Hansen: 'I don't think I'm an alarmist'

James Hansen has crossed the classic divide between research and activism. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he responds to critics and explains why he believes the reality of climate change requires him to speak out<p>Climate scientist James Hansen has been a prominent figure in the global …

The cost of solar power is now cheaper than coal in this country

In recent times, the nation has unveiled a string of ambitious solar projects, including the world's first 100 percent solar-powered airport and what is slated to become the world's largest solar power station.<p>One of the consequences of all this ongoing investment in infrastructure is that the cost …

Renewable Energy

India's changing climate – in pictures

Guardian sustainable business,Climate change,India,Drought,Urbanisation,Pollution,Renewable energy,Flooding,Farming,Cities and development,Solar power,Cities,Energy,Environment,Global development,Natural disasters and extreme weather,Water,World news,Narendra Modi<p>From deadly protests to billion …

Climate Change

‘And then we wept’: Scientists say 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef now bleached

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>The conclusions are in from a series of scientific surveys of the Great Barrier Reef bleaching event — an environmental assault on the largest coral ecosystem on Earth — and scientists aren’t holding back about how devastating they find them.<p>Australia’s National Coral …

The Long Collusion of Photography and Crime

The picture looks uncannily like a family portrait, one of those late-nineteenth-century tintypes of stiff, sombre-faced ancestors framed in gilt and velvet for the scrutiny of future generations. Four men arranged in a row stare at the camera, their hair dark against pallid skin. Behind the two …

France

Apple 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Review: Tablet vs. Laptop Showdown

The latest iPad can handle many common PC tasks, though not without trade-offs in usability and comfort<p>Quick homework assignment: Jot down the answer to the question, “What do I need my PC to do?”<p>Take your time. Depending on how you answer, you’ll be buying either a full-fledged laptop or a skinny …

IPad Pro

Keynote: The Great Challenge: Farming, Food and Climate Change

The lesser-known way to Machu Picchu

With Peru’s more famous Inca Trail becoming increasingly overrun, the lesser-known Salkantay Trek is quickly gaining a reputation as both a less-crowded and more strenuous alternative.

​Companies Want to Replicate Your Dead Loved Ones With Robot Clones

Complete with a digital copy of the person's brain.<p>In 2003, the wife of a 55-year-old Vietnamese carpenter named Le Van died. Heartbroken, he dug up her grave, cast her body in clay and slept next to "her" for five years.<p>The story is unsettling, but there's also something universal about his …

An Anonymous Artist's Erotic Utopia | Monday Insta Illustrator

Anonymous artist Alphachanneling has drawn more naked bodies than you can count.<p><i>This article contains adult content.</i><p>Simple, evocative, passionate drawings are the name of the game on anonymous artist Alphachanneling's massively popular Instagram account. Austere characters, either smiling sweetly …

Turning Windows into Solar Panels

National Labs are taking a fresh approach to solar power by harnessing the power of quantum dots.

Solar Panels

From Van Gogh To Jeff Koons, Here’s a History of Flowers in Art

Spring is finally springing, so here’s a history of floral still lifes— from the Renaissance to bouquets in the stratosphere.<p>Even if you aren’t a visual artist, there’s no way you can evade the emotive inspiration that comes from flowers. For centuries, humans have exchanged flowers as an …

The Precarious State Of Logo Design

Branding launches have morphed into a design industry telenovela. Here’s how firms are adapting.<p>Three weeks ago the Metropolitan Museum of Art—known colloquially and now formally as “the Met”—unveiled a new logo and identity system designed by the international firm Wolff Olins. The response from …

What's the Answer to Climate Change?

It’s not enough to let the market handle it or depend on geo-engineering.<p><i>A&Q is a special series that inverts the classic Q&A, taking some of the most frequently posed solutions to pressing matters of policy and exploring their complexity.</i><p>There is one convenient thing about climate change: The …

Climate

Real Person Beneath the Burqa - Shamsia Hassani

February 28, 2016<p>Runs, does yoga.<p>People who live in the outskirts of the world know very well what it means to be excluded from all of the …

World's biggest floating solar farm powers up outside London

Five years in planning and due to be finished in early March, more than 23,000 solar panels will be floated on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir near Heathrow and used to generate power for local water treatment plants<p>On a vast manmade lake on the outskirts of London, work is nearing completion on …

Queen Elizabeth II

This Wall Can Heat And Cool A Building Without Electricity

Indoor heating and cooling accounts for half of Egypt’s energy consumption. And they’re not alone. In 2011, the provision of hot water, space heating and cooling were estimated to account for roughly half of global energy consumption in buildings, and they produce a large fraction of greenhouse gas …

Green Living

The case for optimism on climate change

Why is Al Gore optimistic about climate change? In this spirited talk, Gore asks three powerful questions about the man-made forces threatening to …

Traveling artist paints breathtaking scenes in her Moleskine journals

American artist Missy Dunaway has found an unconventional canvas on which to creatively document her two years of travel.<p>For nine years, Dunaway has …

Why climate change is a threat to human rights

Climate change is unfair. While rich countries can fight against rising oceans and dying farm fields, poor people around the world are already having …

Will the Paris Climate Deal Save the World?

It will probably be 10 years before anyone can say whether the Paris climate deal, which was agreed to with much hoopla on December 12th, was a …

What does it mean to be human in the age of technology?

Meaningful collaboration between people and machines must not subvert human creativity, feeling and questioning over speed, profit and efficiency<p>When I think about the future of human-machine interactions, two entwined anxieties come to mind.<p>First, there is the tension between individual and …

Relationships

Biting off more than it can chew: human ancestor struggled to eat hard foods

Study shows that had <i>Australopithecus sediba</i> bitten down forcefully, it would have dislocated its jaw, limiting its ability to consume nuts and hard foods<p><i>Australopithecus sediba</i>, the small hominid found in a cave in South Africa in 2008, and hailed as a possible ancestor for <i>Homo sapiens</i>, may not …

Rapid switch to renewable energy can put Paris climate goals within reach

Renewable energy,Energy,Environment,Solar power,Wind power,World news,Climate change,Greenhouse gas emissions,Energy efficiency,Ethical and green living,COP 21: UN climate change conference | Paris,Global climate talks<p>Increasing renewables to 36% of the global energy mix by 2030 would provide about …

Renewable Energy

The Strange And Beautiful Fashion Drawings Of Salvador Dali

In 1965, the surrealist master made a series of unconventional fashion sketches.<p>"At the age of six I wanted to be a cook," Spanish painter Salvador Dali recalled in his autobiography. "At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since."<p>Dali wound up being a …

Sea level rise from ocean warming underestimated, scientists say

Thermal expansion of the oceans as they warm is likely to be twice as large as previously thought, according to German researchers<p>The amount of sea level rise that comes from the oceans warming and expanding has been underestimated, and could be about twice as much as previously calculated, German …

Global Warming

10 of the best adventure holidays in Europe

Walk, cycle, kayak or horse ride around some of the continent’s most stunning and remote corners<p>The Persians named Cappadocia “the land of beautiful horses” after its wild mountain ponies – and the striking landscape of deep canyons and strangely shaped rocks is perfect for an unusual horseback …

Cancer and Climate Change

I’M a climate scientist who has just been told I have Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.<p>This diagnosis puts me in an interesting position. I’ve spent much of my professional life thinking about the science of climate change, which is best viewed through a multidecadal lens. At some level I was sure that, …