Yael Vainberg

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Sudden changes at the EPA, USDA, and CDC under Trump, explained

Government scientists are being ordered not to talk about their research — and it’s only week one.<p>This is a tense moment for science in America, now that a president who is skeptical of proven ideas like climate change and vaccine safety is in office. Donald Trump once called the National …

How 11 cities are leading the climate change fight

From transit to radical green energy projects, new, sustainable solutions for our urban centers<p>The last year has seen big discussions on the ability of climate treaties and energy policy to shape and save our environment. But, in many ways, the changes that are helping to bring about greener …

Climate change 'significant and direct' threat to U.S. military: reports | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The effects of climate change endanger U.S. military operations and could increase the danger of international conflict, according to three new documents endorsed by retired top U.S. military officers and former national security officials.<p>Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier …

National Security

Can a whole country run on renewable energy?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Can a country run on renewables alone?<p>Portugal has shown that in terms of electricity at least, the answer is yes. For 107 hours in May 2016 the sun, wind and rain powered a nation.<p>It's not just big energy companies who are boosting the green energy infrastructure. Portugal's first …

Renewable Energy

California Hopes To Save some Solar Energy With This New Strategy

The current grid system is not able to handle the amount of solar energy that being produced and as a result some of the energy is being wasted. This …

The waterless toilet that turns your poo into power

UK researchers have created a self-sustaining nano-membrane toilet that could provide a safe alternative to open defecation and public lavatories<p>Human excrement is rife with pathogens, “odorant volatiles” (the chemicals that make it smell) and parasites, but it has something going for it: it’s …

Toilets

Engineers Devise a Way to Harvest Wind Energy from Trees

It's not much power, but it may be enough to matter.<p>Harvesting electrical power from vibrations or other mechanical stress is pretty easy. Turns out all it really takes is a bit of crystal or ceramic material and a couple of wires and, there you go, piezoelectricity. As stress is applied to the …

Beyond Brussels: 8 Other Cities Attacked by Terrorists in March

It’s important to remember that other places in Africa, Asia, and Europe have also been touched by violent extremism this month.<p>Brussels saw a big win four days ago when the key suspect behind the 2015 Paris terror attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was caught after a four-month-long manhunt. But that …

Extremism

Global food production threatens to overwhelm efforts to combat climate change

Each year our terrestrial biosphere absorbs about a quarter of all the carbon dioxide emissions that humans produce. This a very good thing; it helps …

Why the U.S. Civil Rights Commission Is Investigating the EPA

The agency has not enforced policies in Chicago that protect minorities and and low-income families from deadly pollution.<p>The Flint water crisis is an environmental justice issue, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Gina McCarthy told community activists on a March 10 conference call, …

U.S. Federal Courts

Robots are expected to replace five million jobs by 2020

It's the latest in a series of figures economists have released projecting the impact that AI systems and machines will have on the human workforce, and this one, from the World Economic Forum, predicts a "Fourth Industrial Revolution," characterized by unprecedented "developments in genetics, …

How climate change became a civil rights issue

One advantage of having presidential candidates come to campaign every four years is hearing from the advocacy groups that trail them in hopes of …

Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy

In less than 10 years the country has slashed its carbon footprint and lowered electricity costs, without government subsidies. Delegates at the Paris summit can learn much from its success<p>Read this article in Spanish<p>As the world gathers in Paris for the daunting task of switching from fossil fuels …

Hydroelectric Power

3 science ideas you’ll be hearing more about in 2016

Who said scientists can’t be world-famous celebrities? On Sunday, nearly $22 million in Breakthrough Prizes were handed out to the world’s top researchers in physics, the life sciences, and mathematics. The $3 million Breakthrough Prizes, at twice the dollar amount of the Nobel Prize, are the …

Genetics

Here's how much of the world would need to be covered in solar panels to power Earth

More power from the sun hits the Earth in a single hour than humanity uses in an entire year, yet solar only provided 0.0039% of the energy used in the US last year.<p>Visionaries like Elon Musk think that solar will become the biggest energy source by 2031, according to an interview with Tim Urban on …

Energy

Surprising study finds that solar energy can also cause climate change (a little)

Large solar arrays could have some surprising side effects, according to a new study, including causing changes in the local climate.<p>On a global scale, these changes will be minor compared to what would happen if humans continue to burn fossil fuel for energy instead, but are still worth watching, …

Climate Change

Guess which issue GOP candidates don’t want to discuss after the latest mass shooting

The Republican reaction ranges from impotent to downright dismaying<p>"Somebody somewhere will comment and say, Obama politicized this issue," the President said during an impassioned and frustrated speech addressing the latest mass shooting at a small community college in Oregon yesterday.<p>"Well this …

14 horrible things that could happen if we colonize Mars

From the extreme cold to the deadly radiation, there are many traits about Mars that make it inhospitable.<p>Here are some of the main obstacles to surviving — and colonizing — the fourth rock from the sun.

Republican presidential debate: 8 takeaways

<b>(CNN) —</b> The top 10 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination only had a few minutes each on Thursday to capture the attention of voters tuning in to the first big-league Republican presidential debate.<p>Donald Trump may have grabbed the most headlines from the night, but the prime-time …

Government

Does the Constitution Guarantee Citizenship to Anyone Born in U.S.?

"End birthright citizenship," wrote Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump in his new policy paper on immigration.<p>"No sane country would give automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants," the paper states, noting that Democratic Senator Harry Reid of Nevada took a similar …

Immigration

Donald Trump Immigration plan: The GOP candidate’s plan to “Make America Great Again” will cause tremendous suffering to millions of Americans.

Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign with an ugly tirade against Mexican immigrants—“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. …

GOP’s Turmoil Raises Questions for Candidates Born to Immigrants

With three words on Sunday, Donald Trump not only reignited a fiery debate within the Republican Party but prompted an awkward question within the historically diverse 2016 GOP field.<p>If a candidate believes the United States should “end birthright citizenship,” as Trump wrote in his immigration …

Immigration

Donald Trump is the harbinger of GOP doom: The devastating history lesson that Republicans are completely ignoring

More and more are candidates getting sucked into Trump’s immigration vortex — bad news if you’re a Republican<p>There was a time back in the day when I used to joke with Republican friends that I would happily support a constitutional amendment that would ban all presidential candidates from …

MEET THE TRUMPS: A guide to the GOP front-runner's powerful, far-reaching family

After a long, mostly successful career as a real-estate mogul and television personality, Donald Trump made good on years of flirtation and entered the presidential race earlier this summer.<p>So far, the results have been stunning: He's the front-runner in every Republican primary poll of the 2016 …

Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever

When someone asks me what I do, and I tell them that I’m a futurist, the first thing they ask “what is a futurist?” The short answer that I give is …

Singularity