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The EPA's changing mission, explained

<i>After decades of dramatic successes — as well as failures — the Environmental Protection Agency is changing its mission. Here's everything you need</i> …

Trump needs a reality check: Environmental protections save lives, create jobs, strengthen the economy

By nullifying Obama-era climate initiatives, Trump puts the nation at risk in several ways<p>The executive order President Donald Trump signed last week to nullify Obama administration climate change initiatives was just his most recent directive to eliminate what he insists are “job-killing” …

Electrek green energy brief: Florida utility writes anti-solar bill, major renewable energy powerlines, more

FPL wrote portions of bill that imposes requirements on solar – Florida voters chose to lower taxes on certain solar installations within the state. The State of Florida legislature then took up the task given to them by the voters – and they created a document they thought represented the will of …

Astronomers just turned on a planet-size telescope to take a picture of a black hole

Every image you’ve seen of a black hole is an illustration. A giant “virtual” telescope may change that.<p>The closest astronomers have come to directly “seeing” a black hole happened last year, when the LIGO observatory detected the spacetime-warping gravitational waves radiating from a pair of black …

SpaceX Is Getting Ready to Launch a Reused Rocket for the First Time

Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX is preparing to launch a reused rocket for the very first time.<p>Reusability is particularly important because it could …

Seeing the Treasures of Messier's List with Mobile Astronomy Apps

If you spend any time with astronomers, sooner or later, you'll hear them use the phrase "M" something or other — such as "M42" or "M31." They are …

Astronomy

Blue Origin New Glenn Rocket

Elon Musk isn't the only billionaire with dreams of exploring the sky. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has similar aspirations — and the Blue Origin New …

Carbon Dioxide Is Warming the Planet (Here's How)

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a main driver of climate change.<p>"I think that …

Climate Change

The climate change lawsuit the Trump administration is desperate to stop going to trial

A groundbreaking climate lawsuit, brought against the federal government by 21 children, has been hailed by environmentalists as a bold new strategy …

Chris Bowden launches clean energy venture to target SMEs

Energy industry veteran Chris Bowden is to launch a new electricity marketplace that aims to finally shake the dominance of Britain’s “big six” suppliers.<p>Mr Bowden, who has spent 27 years in the energy industry and founded Utilyx, the UK’s largest energy broker, which he sold to Mitie for £16.2m in …

Why I'd Rather Not March

<i>"The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer."</i><p>This motto of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers during World War II neatly sums up a particularly American way of looking at hard work.<p>No matter what the challenge, Americans have always had a penchant for just rolling up the …

Amazing

Florida Republican Proposes Bill to Abolish the EPA

There’s been much outrage over the Republican party’s disdain toward the Environmental Protection Agency. On Friday, Florida Republican congressman …

Here's How Much Money China Is Throwing at Renewable Energy

China will plow 2.5 trillion yuan ($361 billion) into renewable power generation by 2020, the country’s energy agency said Thursday, as the world’s …

Green Energy Advice For The Average Consumer

You can help protect the environment will any change you make, regardless of how large-scale the changes you make to your habits are. The following …

Home Improvement

Climate change escalating so fast it is 'beyond point of no return'

Global warming is beyond the “point of no return”, according to the lead scientist behind a ground-breaking climate change study.<p>The full impact of …

The Future Will Run on Algae

In the 20th century, oil was black gold. But as we march deeper into the 21st century, we could have a lucrative new fuel on our hands. One that’s …

Algae

INFOGRAPHIC: NASA's top houseplants for improving your wellbeing and removing air pollution

Next time you’re cruising Amazon for an air purifier, consider heading to your local nursery instead. Thirty years ago, NASA studied houseplants as a …

Pollution

General Motors announces plans to switch to 100% renewable energy

General Motors just announced an ambitious plan to power all of its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050. The …

Renewable Energy

Canada Will Impose Nationwide Carbon Price

Canada will impose a carbon price on provinces that do not adequately regulate emissions by themselves, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said …

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, …

The Myth of the Sustainable City

<i>Excerpted from</i> America’s Most Sustainable Cities and Regions: Surviving the 21st-Century Megatrends<i>, by John W. Day and Charles Hall (with</i> …

North Dakota

Tiny high-performance solar cells turn power generation sideways - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have created high-performance, micro-scale solar cells that outshine comparable devices in …

Scientists turn CO2 into fuel with solar power

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago believe that they've perfected the art of photosynthetic solar cells. It's a technology that mimics a plant's ability to inhale carbon dioxide and, with water, convert it into glucose and oxygen. This system is capable of drawing in carbon …

Climate models are accurately predicting ocean and global warming

A new study from my colleagues and I vindicates climate models, which are accurately predicting the rate of ocean heat accumulation<p>For those of us who are concerned about global warming, two of the most critical questions we ask are, “how fast is the Earth warming?” and “how much will it warm in …

World's largest carbon producers face landmark human rights case

Filipino government body gives 47 ‘carbon majors’ 45 days to respond to allegations of human rights violations resulting from climate change<p>The world’s largest oil, coal, cement and mining companies have been given 45 days to respond to a complaint that their greenhouse gas emissions have violated …

Solar: Efficiency is Irrelevant. Cost is King

You’ve seen many headlines touting “record new solar panel efficiency.”We get excited seeing those, too. But they don’t matter.Alright, that was …

Renewable Energy

Can Urban Highways Solve Problems Instead Of Causing Them?

A vision of transportation infrastructure that adds to a city instead of filling it with noise and pollution.<p>Los Angeles is known for its freeways, and that’s not a good thing. But while some cities are starting to tear sections of highway down–reconnecting neighborhoods and rebuilding pedestrian …

Plastic now pollutes every corner of Earth

From supermarket bags to CDs, man-made waste has contaminated the entire globe, and become a marker of a new geological epoch<p>Humans have made enough plastic since the second world war to coat the Earth entirely in clingfilm, an international study has revealed. This ability to plaster the planet in …