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How cities can stand up to climate change

As the White House aims to stifle climate science, cities cooperate globally and plan locally<p>In 2011, one of the worst blackouts in U.S. historyleft seven million people across the Southwest U.S. and into Mexico without power. The cities of San Diego and Tijuana were paralyzed for more than 12 …

Climate Change

Even the Deepest Depths of the Ocean Are Polluted

Remote areas like the Mariana Trench and Kermadec Trench cannot escape.<p>Scientists studying pollution levels have found that no part of the ocean is safe, even the deepest trenches. A team from the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute sent probes to the bottoms of the Mariana Trench …

Penguins quickly disappearing from Antarctica due to climate change

<i>In this installment of our “Climate Diaries” series, CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips continues his reporting from Antarctica, one of the most</i> …

Solar Installations Soared in the U.S. in 2016 - MIT Technology Review

Solar installations are soaring in the U.S., almost doubling in 2016—and new tax incentives mean that wind power may also see a surge by 2020.<p>Figures …

California demand for wind power energizes transmission firms | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will soon build the largest wind farm in the United States to serve utilities in California, where officials have set ambitious green power goals.<p>A finished wind turbine complex is …

For Food Manufacturers, 'Sell By' Labels May Have Reached Their Expiration Date

Two of the most influential groups in the food industry are asking companies to change those pesky "expiration" or "sell by" labels on packaged food.<p>The labels, you see, don't mean what they appear to mean. Foods don't "expire." Most foods are safe to eat even after that "sell by" date has passed. …

Agriculture

Modular Units Create a Raised Garden Screen in this Structure in Spain

This project, by Spanish architects Longo + Roldán, turned out to be a great solution for an unused space that was unexpectedly getting a lot of …

High-tech canopy helps generate solar power while providing shade

A prototype of the “Sun&Shade” was just unveiled in Dubai<p>Imaginative architect and designer Carlo Ratti has had some bonkers ideas over the past year, including an exercise-powered gym barge and a mile-high skyscraper park. But his latest project is on the sunnier side of feasibility. Literally.<p>The …

Green Design

'Make things last': Can the circular economy save the planet?

We are using up resources so fast the planet cannot keep up. A shift towards a circular economy, producing less or even no waste, could be the …

Sustainability

What Happens When That Enormous Antarctic Ice Shelf Finally Breaks?

For the past few months, scientists have watched with bated breath as a rift in the Antarctic Peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf grows longer by the day. …

Global Warming

Ode To The Street Cat: 'Kedi' Follows Istanbul's Famous Felines

After decades of dogs ruling popular culture — there are three canine stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame — there's been a revolution. Thanks to a tsunami of cute viral videos, our feline comrades are now in the catbird seat, from those ubiquitous Hello Kitty stores to surprise bestsellers like …

Catch wave power in floating nets

Zhong Lin Wang proposes a radically different way to harvest renewable energy from the ocean using nanogenerator networks.<p>Subject …

How the Army Corps of Engineers wound up in the middle of the fight over the Dakota Access pipeline

Why does the key decision on permitting the Dakota Access oil pipeline rest in the hands of the U.S. Army, an institution whose primary mission does not involve weighing energy policy, environmental consequences or tribal sensitivities?<p>The question is a crucial one as the Army has granted the …

Eerie wind turbine prototype flaps its wings like hummingbirds

Is this the creepiest turbine design ever?<p>It’s turbine time. Last month, New York gave the green light to what will become the country’s largest offshore wind farm. Then, Denmark’s ginormous turbine design broke energy-production records. Now, designer Anis Aouini at Tunisian company Saphon Energy …

Renewable Energy

A Striking New View of the Pacific “Blob”

To better understand the strange mass of warm water that appeared from 2013 to 2016, scientists are mapping it from space.<p>In late 2013, scientists began to notice something strange happening in the Gulf of Alaska: The temperature of the sea surface was much warmer than usual.<p>Then in early 2014, …

Panasonic's first indoor farm can grow over 80 tons of greens per year — take a look inside

Panasonic may be known for its consumer electronics, but the Japanese company is also venturing into indoor agriculture.<p>In 2014, Panasonic started growing leafy greens inside a warehouse in Singapore and selling them to local grocers and restaurants. At the time, the 2,670-square-foot farm produced …

Don't Call It Wheat: An Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root

Colin Curwen-McAdams opens the door to his greenhouse in Mt. Vernon, Wash., and a rush of warm air pours out.<p>"Basically, it's summer all year long here," he jokes.<p>Curwen-McAdams, a PhD student at Washington State University, and WSU professor Steven Jones have developed a new species: a cross …

Forestry

Arctic Ice Isn't Doomed Yet—Here's How to Save It

Crazy warm winters haven't pushed Arctic ice beyond a “tipping point.” Every ton of CO2 we don't emit saves 32 square feet of it.<p>During the long, sunless Arctic winter, temperatures normally plunge far below zero; sea ice thickens and spreads. But throughout most of 2016, conditions in the Arctic …

English city combats climate change with 3 million new trees

Manchester will plant one leafy specimen for every resident.<p>Throughout its long history, the word "green" hasn’t generally been used to describe the …

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

The world's most toxic countries laid bare on this alarming map

When the Paris Agreement came into effect in November, the global focus on climate change policies was decried as a vital step towards reducing the …

Pollution

The end of air-conditioning? T3 Architecture Asia turns to bioclimatic architecture - CNN Style

Written by Kate Springer, CNN<p>Spend five minutes in humid Ho Chi Minh City and you'll probably be running for cover into the nearest air-conditioned refuge.<p>In the Vietnamese city-- and many developing subtropical countries across Asia, such as Indonesia and the Philippines -- air conditioning (AC) …

This smog-fighting music academy will have an air purifier as effective as 33,000 trees

The Polish city of Krakow has some of the worst air pollution in the world. In hopes of improving the city’s air quality, FAAB Architektura proposed …

EPA illegally yanked mercury rule after Trump inauguration: lawsuit | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As U.S. President Donald Trump takes aim at what he considers an excess of federal regulations, a new lawsuit accuses the Environmental Protection Agency of illegally rescinding a rule to reduce the discharge of mercury from dental offices, mere hours after Trump took office.<p>In …

Shell says it will start installing electric vehicle chargers at its gas stations this year

In a future where the world’s car fleet is rapidly transitioning to electric vehicles, gas stations will be forcefully downgraded to simple convenience stores and consequently, they will lose a significant revenue stream brought in by people stopping for gas but buying something at the convenience …

Electric Vehicles

The $200 Billion Fossil Fuel Subsidy You've Never Heard Of

There’s an “alternative fact” that has been prevailing in society. That is that climate change is not happening, or at least not happening due to humans. This view has held strong even though billions of people around the world—including right here in the U.S.—are already experiencing the damaging, …

Gardening 101: Milkweed

Milkweed, <i>Asclepias</i>: <i></i>“Save the Monarchs”<p>I remember it vividly: I was riding along in the backseat of my family’s green Toyota one spring day when my …