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Apple's recycling efforts are saving it a fortune

Apple's agenda to be more kind to the planet isn't just about getting Friends of the Earth off its back, it's also about saving bucketloads of cash. The company published its environmental responsibility report for last year that reveals that recovering precious metals from old iPhones is worth …

African nations are seeing the worst drought in decades — and no one is paying attention

For the past six months, Mr. Pholo has been waiting for clouds to blot this shimmering horizon and rains to soften his bone-dry fields. Instead, his neat rows of sunflowers have withered, and his corn stalks - normally as tall as he - are frozen waist-high.<p>"I have been farming my entire life and …

South Africa

China has another pollution crisis on its hands

In its "China Urban Water Blueprint" released on Monday, The Nature Conservancy examined the water quality of 135 watersheds in the cities, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Wuhan.<p>Overall, 73 per cent of the catchments had medium to high levels of pollution.<p>Land development in …

Pollution

Sea-level rise factors unravelled

<b>Global sea-level rise since the 1970s has been predominantly driven by greenhouse gas emissions and not natural climate variability, a study suggests.</b><p>Over the last 100 years, sea levels have been rising much faster than over previous millennia.<p>Now, scientists have modelled the cumulative forces …

Climate Change

Giant holes found in Siberia could be signs of a ticking climate 'time bomb'

When a helicopter pilot spotted the first crater in summer 2014, everyone was baffled.<p>The 100-foot-wide hole appeared on the Yamal Peninsula seemingly out of nowhere, during a tense season of Russian military action in Ukraine and international sanctions.<p>And then more appeared. Lacking a better …

Global Warming

How Colorado Is Turning Food Waste Into Electricity

Americans throw away about a third of our available food.<p>But what some see as trash, others are seeing as a business opportunity. A new facility known as the Heartland Biogas Project is taking wasted food from Colorado's most populous areas and turning it into electricity. Through a technology …

Sustainability

20th century sea level rose at fastest rate since founding of Rome

Sea levels rose faster last century than during any time since Rome was founded around 2,800 years ago. Reconstructing past rises and falls in global …

Scientists Grow Full-Sized, Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells

It’s the closest we've come to growing transplantable hearts in the lab<p>Of the 4,000 Americans waiting for heart transplants, only 2,500 will receive new hearts in the next year. Even for those lucky enough to get a transplant, the biggest risk is the their bodies will reject the new heart and …

Boston

I believe in full equality, but I’ve spent too long watching women play the victim

I’m interested in the ways that (some) women victimize men; that doesn’t mean I’m not a feminist<p>No one would argue that the position of women has not improved during the last few decades, at least in the West. It is similarly impossible to deny that there is still a long way to go to full equality: …

Feminism

A Blind Woman Has Regained Sight Following a Controversial Stem Cell Treatment

This is incredible.<p>Vanna Belton from Baltimore has been blind for more than five years, but after undergoing surgery where stem cells extracted from …

Top lobbying group in historic green energy U-turn

Energy UK, which represents big six providers, says it now supports phasing out coal-fired stations, after years of defending use of fossil fuels<p>The UK’s biggest energy lobbying group has shifted its position on green energy and will start campaigning for low-carbon alternatives for the first time, …

Green Energy

Sea levels rising at fastest rate in 2,800 years due to global warming, studies show

Higher temperatures as a result of industrialisation blamed for the acceleration, as scientists warn of potential for 131cm rise by year 2100<p>Sea levels are rising several times faster than they have in the past 2,800 years, with the process accelerating because of manmade global warming, according …

Global Warming

Scientists turn rotten apples into highly efficient batteries

A new technological breakthrough could put leftover apples to good use. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany found a way …