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France was the first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away unused food — and the world is taking notice

France is a culinary leader — both at the table and, more recently, in the trash can.<p>In February 2016, France became the first country in the world to prohibit supermarkets from throwing away unused food through unanimously passed legislation.<p>Now, supermarkets of a certain size must donate unused …

Agriculture

Scott Pruitt Visits A Polluted City That Could Be Crushed By EPA Budget Cuts

He'll have to do better than a whirlwind trip to fix the lead crisis in East Chicago, Indiana.<p>To call Wednesday’s visit by Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, in East Chicago, Indiana, highly anticipated would be putting it mildly.<p>Local residents are struggling with …

Las Vegas' City Government Is Now Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy

Las Vegas is now the largest city in the country to run entirely on renewable energy.<p>Just last week, Las Vegas announced it has reached its goal of powering the city governement entirely with renewable energy, meeting a goal the city has been working toward for nearly a decade. The goal was reached …

Renewable Energy

The real-world uses for virtual reality

<b>Think of virtual reality and you will probably conjure up images of fantastical landscapes in a game or film set.</b><p>But VR can also be embedded in reality to give people more understanding of the world around them.<p>Increasingly it is being used as a tool by journalists, teachers, healthcare workers and …

Virtual Reality

Inspired by nature: the thrilling new science that could transform medicine

Jeffrey Karp is at the forefront of a new generation of scientists using nature’s blueprints to create breakthrough medical technologies. Can bioinspiration help to solve some of humanity’s most urgent problems?<p>In the summer of 2005, Jeffrey Karp, a bioengineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) …

The Foods You Should Be Freezing To Give Them A Longer Lifespan

No freezer is complete without a stash of cookie dough in it.<p>When it comes to cooking (and saving money), the freezer is your best friend. There are a lot of articles circulating the web that discuss surprising foods you can freeze and foods you should never freeze. These articles are important, …

Chef Benjamin Darnaud: From 'Top Chef' to Sustainable Meat and Honey

<i>Welcome to Out of the Kitchen, our ongoing exploration of the relationships that build and sustain the food industry. This year, we’re traveling the country to look at how sustainability has become a rapidly growing movement within the food world. Chefs at the forefront of this trend are</i> …

Agriculture

California is about to find out what a truly radical climate policy looks like

California has long prided itself on being a world leader on climate change — and with good reason.<p>Within the United States, California is No. 1 (by far) in solar power and No. 3 in wind power. It boasts the third-lowest carbon dioxide emissions per capita behind New York and Vermont. Since 2000, …

Dyson vs. iRobot Roomba: The Home Robot Revolution Starts on Your Floor

Dyson’s robotic 360 Eye, with its $1,000 price tag, out-suctions but doesn’t outsmart iRobot’s $900 Roomba 980<p>Robot vacuums used to be terrible. But now they suck.<p>That’s a good thing. Suction is what stands between you and a house beset by dust bunnies, dog hair and stray Froot Loops. For a dozen …

Robotics

How Jupiter saves Earth from destruction

<b>(CNN) —</b> NASA scored a bull's-eye with its latest space spectacular. From a distance of a half a billion miles, NASA guided its Juno space probe so that it went into a flawless orbit around Jupiter, only the second time in history this has been done. Some have compared this feat to trying to thread …

Astronomy

Eight Animals That Climate Change Is Pushing to the Brink

When Australian scientists announced in June that the Bramble Cay melomys had gone extinct, they also confirmed that the small, ratlike rodent is the …

A biologist has a radical plan to save the Earth

<i>The following is an excerpt from "Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight For Life," by Edward O. Wilson.</i><p>The global conservation movement has temporarily …

Endangered Species

The City Of The Future Is In Ohio

Self-driving shuttles, super-smart buses, an independent payment network, and more: Welcome to the Great Columbus Experiment.<p>In some ways, Columbus is the every-city. It’s at the very center of a state known as the “heart” of America. It is not home to the country’s technological nexus, like San …

That sinking feeling: Beijing dropping by up to 4 inches a year, study shows

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> Beijing residents have put up with choking smog, trash-filled rivers and toxic running tracks. Now they have another concern -- sinking.<p>An international study led by Beijing-based researchers has discovered that the city is dropping by as much as 11 centimeters (4 inches) in some …

China

Say goodbye to El Niño, and a wary hello to La Niña

There's no easy way to say this, so I'm just going to come right out with it. I hope you're sitting down:<p>El Niño is dead, having slipped into a coma …

5 Tactics to Win a Negotiation, According to an FBI Agent

It was 1998 and I was standing in a narrow hallway outside an apartment on the 27th floor of a high-rise in Harlem. I was the head of the New York …

Dogs

Water is the biggest risk to the global economy

China's slowdown, ever increasing emerging-market debt, political instability in the Middle East, and the breakup of the European Union all pose serious risks.<p>But none of those worries compare to the real danger, according to Joe Quinlan, strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch's US Trust.<p>He …

Markets

Microsoft is using Minecraft to train AI and soon, you can too

When Microsoft acquired Mojang in 2014 for $2.5 billion, the idea was for the tech giant to break into mobile gaming with the developer’s massively popular title, Minecraft.<p>Now, researchers at Microsoft are using a new platform called AIX to train an artificial intelligence agent to learn how to …

Artificial Intelligence

Texas Town Swamped as 2 Million Across South Face Flooding

Mandatory evacuations were underway Monday in a Texas town that has been practically cut off from the rest of the world by floodwaters rising to record levels.<p>The inundation of Deweyville, Texas (population 1,700), came as more than 2 million people across the soggy South braced for more …

Weather

The U.S.'s New Earthquake Capital: Oklahoma

An attendee holds a protest sign at a public forum event hosted at the Univ. of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK<br>John Francis Peters for Time<p>1 of …

A Stanford grad who raised $40 million thinks he's figured out how to get rid of Wi-Fi dead spots in your house — and it actually works

Early last year, Eero used this dream to launch a crowdfunding campaign that sold over $1 million in preorders.<p>The pitch was that Eero would use multiple devices to blanket your entire home with a smooth Wi-Fi signal that anyone could set up.<p>And after pushing back the launch from last summer, Eero …

Smart Homes

Mossberg: Eero makes Wi-Fi simpler and stronger

Pricey system aims to eliminate headaches, boost coverage<p>Welcome to Mossberg<i>, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Re/code by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an Executive Editor at The Verge and Editor at Large of Re/code.</i><p>When a colleague heard I was reviewing the new …

Wi-Fi

Behind the Story: TIME’s Flint Water Crisis Cover Piece

<b>Story:</b> “The Toxic Tap“<p><b>Outlet:</b> TIME<p><b>Reporter:</b> Josh Sanburn<p><i>TIME reporter Josh Sanburn experienced the anger felt by Flint water residents following the water crisis as he reported from the Michigan city for TIME’s cover story. Sanburn said residents are angry at politicians and bureaucrats who failed</i> …

Bad Decisions, Broken Promises: A Timeline of the Flint Water Crisis

The Flint water crisis became an issue in the presidential campaign over the weekend, but it's been a slowly unfolding nightmare for the residents of the impoverished Michigan city for nearly two years.<p>Here is a timeline of key events — a road map of poor decisions, missed opportunities and broken …

Rick Snyder

The Week in Review: New Species Found

More than 200 new species were discovered in the Himalayas in recent years, according to a report published this week by the conservation group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The Leptobrachium bompu, a frog with greyish-blue eyes and a vertically-oriented black pupil; the Channa andrao, a blue …

Opinion: National parks, take note: the world is watching

Canada’s system of national parks have been the envy of the world. Beauty, wildness and the diversity of each park set our system of parks apart …

National Parks

Colorado health official: No river health risk

<b>(CNN) —</b> From his backyard in Durango, Colorado, Tom Bartles can see the Animas River, which was stained an unnatural orange.<p>The Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released millions of gallons of pollutants into the water last week, turning the typically blue water to the color of …

Pollution

One-Third Of The World's Largest Groundwater Sources Are In Serious Trouble: Study

The earth's biggest groundwater basins are being depleted far more quickly than previously believed, according to two new studies by the University of California, Irvine (UCI).<p>The studies used data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites gathered between 2003 and 2013 …