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Sintra, Portugal: The Perfect Day Trip from Lisbon

Just 40 minutes from Lisbon is a fairytale land of castles and palaces.<p>Eighteen miles and a world away from Lisbon, it’s easy to see why Sintra—with its cool, lush hills and proximity to the Atlantic coast—is where Portuguese royals used to spend their summers. Today, the concentration of these …

European Travel

Wind power is now the top clean energy source in the U.S.

Wind power now claims the top spot on America's clean energy ladder.<p>Turbines have overtaken hydropower dams as the largest single source of U.S. …

3 Tax Breaks Homeowners Shouldn't Forget

There are plenty of good reasons to own a home. Maybe you're tired of paying rent every month and having no equity to show for it. Or maybe you just want to live in a certain neighborhood where there's no rental market to speak of. If that's not enough, then consider that buying a home could …

Denmark’s behemoth wind turbine is breaking power-production records

It recently generated a mind-blowing 216,000 kWh of power in a single 24-hour span<p>Denmark recently unveiled the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine, a massive structure rising 721 feet tall and capable of producing 9 megawatts (MW). The facility, located off the coast of Østerild, Denmark, …

States face off over future of Obama global warming plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two weeks after officials in two dozen states asked Republican President-elect Donald Trump to kill one of Democratic President Barack Obama's signature plans to curb global warming, another group of state officials is urging Trump to save it.<p>Democratic attorneys general in 15 …

Clean Technology

In Vermont, solar, batteries key energy revolution

Rhonda "Honey" Phillips keeps her own cows and garden at her small, hillside homestead, and now is pushing self-sufficiency in a more high-tech direction. This year, she installed new solar panels just downhill from her modest house and hung a Tesla Powerwall backup battery on her basement wall, to …

I've used a meditation app loved by Wall Streeters and Olympic athletes daily for the past 8 months and now I can't imagine my life without it

Headspace was founded by Rich Pierson (left) and Andy Puddicombe in 2012. Puddicombe was formally trained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk during a 10-year …

Meditation

Trump team sparks fears of 'witch hunt' as it seeks names of Energy Department climate experts

Donald Trump’s transition team has circulated a 74-part questionnaire at the Department for Energy that requests the names of employees who have …

Avalon: Contemporary Modular Home with Green Roof and Sustainable Style

Sustainable design is not always about high-tech gadgets and cutting-edge technology, and it is often intuitive and eco-friendly architecture that …

Green Roofs

Best Hikes In Europe - Adventurous And Amazing

Every year millions of tourists flock to Europe to experience the best out of the continent. But what they are missing out while traveling in the …

Hydroponic Gardening: How to Easily Grow Plants In Water

We've finally found a solution for people who love houseplants, but don't love when their feline roommates treat the fiddle leaf fig like their own …

Plants

Six places where renewable energy is cheaper than fossil fuels

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>In the race to reduce the world's reliance on fossil fuels, cost is a huge factor. It's taken years, but advances in technology and increases in both efficiency and output have helped bring down the expense of renewable energy, which has in turn increased demand. Globally, fossil …

What You Can Do Right Now To Stop Donald Trump's Dangerous Climate Agenda

We don’t know much about what climate policy might look like under President-elect Donald Trump, but what we do know isn’t very encouraging. Trump has called global warming a hoax and vowed to reinvigorate the fossil fuel industry, “cancel” the Paris Climate Agreement and ditch the Clean Power Plan.<p>…

Climate

Growing underground: the Lowline urban garden buried in New York's catacombs

What do you do once you've built a 450-square-metre underground park? If you're Daniel Barasch and James Ramsey, you make it 100 times bigger. In …

Charming off-grid Scandinavian-inspired tiny home is passive and energy efficient

Vivid colors and a light-filled interior beckon tiny house aficionados to NestHouse, designed by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland. Avery’s goal …

Off-grid

Half the world's species failing to cope with global warming as Earth races towards its sixth mass extinction

Nearly half the species on the planet are failing to cope with global warming the world has already experienced, according to an alarming new study …

Trump’s plan to defund NASA’s climate research is ... yikes

Climate change doesn’t care about politics<p>Today, <i>The Guardian</i> reported that President-Elect Donald Trump plans to defund NASA’s Earth Science Division to cut down on what a campaign advisor referred to as “politically correct environmental monitoring”.<p>NASA may instead focus on a Cold War-era …

Climate Change

Hands off bee-harming pesticides: N.C. board to consider restrictions

<i>A healthy honeybee hive at American Tobacco Campus, Durham Photo by Lisa Sorg</i><p>When a honeybee gets dosed with a neonic, a common pesticide used on …

The Climate Apocalypse Has Already Arrived for People Living in the Arctic

The 60,000 Inuit people living in 53 communities throughout the Arctic are already seeing immediate concerns.<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>It's pretty easy to get apocalyptic when describing US President-elect Donald Trump's stance on climate change.<p>He has said global warming is a …

Global Warming

Is This the Climate Change Stat That Will Wake People Up?

The news this week is bleak.<p>One of the more overlooked consequences of a Donald Trump presidency is that he may play a starring role in the literal destruction of our planet. This is not to say it would be all his fault—we bear responsibility as a species for upending the conditions that support …

Global Warming

Trump seeking quickest way to quit Paris climate agreement, says report

The president-elect wants to bypass the theoretical four-year procedure to exit the accord, according to a Reuters source<p>Donald Trump is looking at quick ways of withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement in defiance of widening international backing for the plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, …

Climate

What lies beneath: As earth warms, diseases within permafrost become a bigger worry

Scientists are witnessing the theoretical turning into reality: infectious microbes emerging from a deep freeze<p><i>This article was originally published by Scientific American.</i><p>This past summer anthrax killed a 12-year-old boy in a remote part of Siberia. At least 20 other people, also from the Yamal …

Global Warming

What Your Favorite Cities Will Look Like if We Do Nothing About Climate Change

Fancy a swim?<p>As the international climate conference in Paris rolls on, maybe it's time to take stock of things. Like, say, what will happen if we don't do anything to reduce our carbon emissions and global temperatures continue to increase. As every major political party in the developed world …

Climate Change

Why Algae Could Be the Greatest—and Trickiest—Fuel Source of All

From powering airplanes to replacing nuclear energy, algae has been touted as a green energy miracle. So if our waterways are already filled with the …

The Strangest Places on Earth (Are Also the Most Sublime)

How the buildings we live in add to the threat from global warming

When we think of the culprits of climate change, we tend to picture coal-burning power plants, airplanes and traffic-clogged highways. But there are other offenders — the places we live, work, study and shop.<p>From urban high-rises to squat suburban malls, buildings are responsible for about 40% of …

We Finally Have the Full Story on Ceres' Mysterious Bright Spots

Water ice from a subterranean ocean? Giant salt deposits from an alien mining operation? Since March, dwarf planet Ceres’ bright spots have mystified …