Melisa 

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The WWI Memorial That Refuses to Glorify War

There are countless monuments to the Great War in France, but Paul Landowski’s “Les Fantômes” is unlike any other.<p>It is the eeriest war memorial you …

Battlefield artworks offer harsh, intimate window onto the devastation of WWI

Rough, thick oil pigments layered upon the surface of Harvey Dunn’s 1918 painting “The Sentry” amplify the jagged fatigue in the eyes of a solitary …

Art

The Handmaid's Tale is timely. But that's not why it's so terrifying | Jessica Valenti

Hulu’s new series based on the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood has been keeping me up at night because of its portrayal of everyday sexism<p>When Hulu released a trailer for their adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale, some conservatives didn’t realize the series was …

World's Largest Geoengineering Study Triggers Major Controversy

In an effort to cool the atmosphere, Harvard University will inject aerosols 12 miles into the atmosphere, leading the charge on the largest …

Geologist for Shell says company hid Nigeria spill dangers

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell's Nigeria subsidiary "fiercely opposed" environmental testing and is concealing data showing thousands of …

Will geoengineering save the world — or destroy it?

Earlier this month, Jordan, the second most water-poor country in the world, ordered more rainfall through cloud-seeding to help alleviate water …

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future

From Mary Shelley to Margaret Atwood, feminist science fiction writers have imagined other ways of living that prompt us to ask, could we do things differently?<p>Margaret Atwood’s evergreen dystopian novel <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> is about to become a television drama. Published in 1985, it couldn’t feel …

Science Fiction

Clean energy forces messy changes for utilities and regulators

California's push for clean energy is forcing the players — consumers, regulators, utilities and fuel producers — into an uncomfortable dance that has each stepping on others' toes.<p>But all must learn to perform together or risk the reliability of crucial energy services, representatives of the …

Southern California

Malta's 'Azure Window' rock formation collapses into the sea

VALLETTA (Reuters) - A rock structure in the form of an arch which had featured in countless Malta tourism brochures collapsed into the sea on Wednesday in what Prime Minister Joseph Muscat described as a “heartbreaking event”.<p>People watch the sunset as waves break on the shore close to where the …

Joseph Muscat

Climate change impact on Australia may be irreversible, five-yearly report says

<b>Exclusive:</b> State of the Environment report says heritage and economic activity are being affected and the disadvantaged will be worst hit<p>An independent review of the state of Australia’s environment has found the impacts of climate change are increasing and some of the changes could be irreversible.<p>…

Climate Change

Why unexploded bombs keep turning up on building sites

A second world war bomb was unearthed in north-west London last week. But why are they being discovered now – and how many more might we find?<p>It would have been tasteless to have called it a Blitz spirit but there was an air of stoicism over north-west London last week after a remnant of war …

Hackers drawn to energy sector's lack of sensors, controls

HOUSTON (AP) — Oil and gas companies, including some of the most celebrated industry names in the Houston area, are facing increasingly sophisticated …

Pipeline owner reaches milestone in Iowa: 28 spills since 2000

DES MOINES — The company whose pipeline dumped more than 46,000 gallons of diesel on northern Iowa farmland in January has had more spills than any other pipeline operator in the state over the past 16 years, according to a Des Moines Register analysis.<p>Magellan Midstream Partners pipelines leaked …

In Istanbul, Homes Along the Bosphorus Strait Are Top Notch

The 19-mile stretch is lined with multi-million lira estates and mansions<p>The scenic Bosphorus strait flows through the heart of Istanbul, connecting …

This Student-Built Website Is Keeping Government Climate Data Safe

By Terri Hansen<p>It wasn't long after President Trump took office that chaos took hold at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Throughout …

U.S. Set To Rival Russia In Oil And Natural Gas Exports

President Trump has promised to roll back federal regulations to help U.S. oil and natural gas and to open up new areas for development. The administration’s energy priority is to <b>“unleash America’s $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves.”</b><p>Note: given our low prices, drilling …

There's a 'Doorway to The Underworld' in Siberia So Big It's Uncovered Ancient Forests

A doorway to 200,000 years ago.<p>It's no secret that Siberia's permafrost is on thin ice. Conditions are varying so much that huge holes are appearing …

Tom Hardy’s Taboo goes to the heart of our new imperialist darkness | Srecko Horvat

The 19th-century alliance of crown and colonialist corporation exposed by Hardy’s Delaney foreshadows the sinister designs of today’s international capitalists<p>The first direct train service from China to the UK arrived in London last month. As part of China’s new silk road, The East Wind crossed 10 …

Fracking fluid is leaking more often than we thought

And that's not great<p>Hydraulic fracture oil and gas wells spill pretty often, according to a recent study in the journal <i>Environmental Science & Technology</i>.<p>That study, along with a companion paper which appeared in the journal <i>Science of the Total Environment</i>, analyzed spill data and behavior across …

Oil & Gas Industry

3 Times Pipeline Ruptures Damaged the Environment and How You Can Keep This From Happening Again

Fossil fuels are known to have a negative impact on our environment, yet the demand for them continues to increase. So much in fact, that there are …

We explain Keystone XL, the pipeline that just won’t die

When Obama rejected the permit for Keystone XL in 2015, environmentalists thought it was as good as dead. But within a week of taking office, …

Red, rural America acts on climate change – without calling it climate change

<b>(Reuters/Salon)</b><p>Small town strategies can provide insights into how to make progress on climate policy with Trump in office<p>Rebecca J. Romsdahl<p>February 23, 2017 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>President Donald Trump has the environmental community understandably …

Climate

Blooming in the desert: Morocco's dream of energy independence

The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate sits on a dusty, red-earth plateau where the Atlas Mountains begin to descend into the Sahara Desert. Its dramatic landscape has made it a popular setting for movies and TV shows, from Middle Eastern epics like "Lawrence of Arabia" and “The Mummy” to HBO’s “Game of …

Renewable Energy

The damage done when corals die is even worse than scientists previously thought

When the water in the sea gets warmer, corals can get stressed, causing them to release their photosynthesizing algae in a process called bleaching — so-called because the coral turns white. This is bad because the coral is then more susceptible to dying, but new research has just shown the impacts …

Before air conditioning, people kept cool with vernacular architecture

Local building is like local food: Adapted to the climate, the local environment, a product of the local culture developed over time. Thanks to the …

EU needs to shut all coal plants by 2030 to meet climate goals

All coal-fired power plants in the EU need to be shut down by 2030 in order to achieve the goals set at the Paris Agreement. For the first time, …

How electric utilities could revive their sagging fortunes and decarbonize the country

It’s all about electrification.<p>These are gloomy times for electric utilities. After more than a century of fairly steady and predictable growth, they have entered stagnant waters. Demand for electricity is sluggish. Distributed energy resources (solar panels, batteries, etc.) are chipping away at …

Germany’s renewable energy boom is making life miserable for fossil-fuel producers

Last year at this time, RWE, one of Germany’s largest power producers, announced a surprise annual loss for 2015 and scrapped its dividend for the first time in decades.<p>That was nothing.<p>Today, the company warned of an even bigger loss in 2016—a whopping €5.7 billion ($6 billion)—and, again, decided …

Air Pollution Causes 4.2 Million Premature Deaths Around The World

China and India account for about half of all global premature deaths from pollution. (“Premature death” means dying before normal life expectancy …

Pollution