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This Is The Beginning Of The End Of The Fossil Fuel Industry

Oil and coal companies are either going to have to invest in renewables, or perish.<p>The fossil fuel industry is at a crossroads.<p>Oil and gas giants such as Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil and BP continue to reap stupendous profits from selling products that contribute to the high levels of carbon …

Climate

Smarter renewable power: six innovations

1. Printable solar panels<p>Unlike most solar panels, which use cells made of silicon, solar inks can be printed on to rolls of plastic up to A3 size. The ink can be applied through various methods, including spray coating and screen printing.<p>Lightweight, low-cost and flexible the solar ink can be …

Clean Energy

A 6-Year-Old Was Stopped From Reading A Book About Being Transgender

“We want people to remember that at the center of all of this is a child and her family."<p>The girl's transition started a year ago after her parents and teachers noticed she was displaying signs of anxiety and depression. The girl and her family have not been named publicly for privacy reasons.<p>"She …

This DIY Solar-Powered Steam Generator Can Reach 250 Celsius

<b>Editorial note:</b> This is one of the many cool projects to come out of the POC21 conference where 100 eco-hackers gathered in a French castle to brainstorm ways to improve the world.<p>Around 25% of the total energy used in industrialized countries is consumed as heat, much of it generated by burning …

Clean Energy

Donald Trump's horrifying words about Muslims

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's words on Thursday detailing the revolting measures he's open to imposing on Muslim-Americans literally sent a shudder down my spine.<p>A non-Muslim friend of mine tweeted: "This literally made me cry."<p>Another tweeted: "I Will Stand Up For Muslim Citizens Because I Want Help When …

Donald Trump

Olivia Pope's Abortion Got 1 Minute Of Airtime -- And That's All It Needed

Movin' on, nothing to see here.<p>The long, searing monologues on "Scandal" have become the show's trademark. We've watched characters like Rowan, Cyrus, Mellie and Olivia deliver speech after pointed speech with intensity and vigor. But what was perhaps the most powerful message of the first half of …

Feminism

Climate change could slash polar bear numbers 30% by 2050

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said a reassessment of the status of the polar bear in its famous Red List of threatened species confirmed the giant mammal's status as "vulnerable".<p>IUCN said there were currently between 22,000 and 31,000 polar bears globally, but …

NIH Ends All Research On Chimps, Sending Last 300 To Sanctuary

All remaining chimpanzees will be retired<p>The U.S. National Institutes of Health just announced this evening that it will be ending all its funding for research using chimpanzees, going further than its previously stated goal to keep 50 chimps for experiments (per a 2013 report).<p>According to a …

Four graphs from the US government which show the future is here for clean technologies

Costs for clean technologies are continuing to fall, greatly accelerating the deployment of clean energy in the US, a new report from the US …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

The World Could Run Entirely On Wind, Solar, And Hydro Power By 2050

We can fully get rid of fossil fuels quickly, if countries can just find the political will.<p>In a few decades, the world could be powered by nothing but wind, water, and sunlight. That’s the conclusion of a new study released just before world leaders head to Paris to strike a climate deal.<p>“These …

6 futuristic cars powered entirely by the sun

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>Innovators around the world are obsessed with harnessing the power of the sun. Solar energy has been used to power lamps that light up the night, to run desalinators that create clean drinking water, and to offset fossil fuels on utility grids. But what about solar cars? The world …

Over a Thousand Mormons Are Leaving the Church Because of Its New Homophobic Policies

"We don't want to support them because they don't support us."<p>The Mormon church's recently updated guidelines stating they don't allow same-sex people or their children in the church (unless their children turn 18 and admit that gay marriage is wrong) has caused at least 1,500 Mormons to resign …

The End of Thirst - The Atlantic

Imagine turning on your tap and seeing no water come out. Or looking down into your village’s only well and finding it dust-dry. Much of the developing world could soon face such a scenario. According to the United Nations, 1.2 billion people already suffer from severe water shortages, and that …

Water

Making Bathrooms More ‘Accommodating’

The clearest visual markers of sex difference many of us see in the course of the day are the signs on public bathroom entrances: MEN on one door, WOMEN on the other. Restrooms are public conveniences, freely available in most places and in principle open to all, but the terms for entering them …

LGBTQI

David Miliband: Don't Conflate Terrorists With Refugees

Friday’s horrific terrorist assault on Paris—a day after an equally depraved double suicide attack in Beirut—has shaken Europe. It comes as the …

Nuclear Waste Deep Storage Plans Approved

Photo illustration: Posiva OyFinland may be the first to build a long-term nuclear waste repository.Finland’s government issued a construction …

El Niño + Climate Change = Godzilla?

It's official: This El Niño is now the strongest in recorded history, as measured by the iconic sea surface temperature in the central eastern Pacific. The current weekly anomaly is 7% higher than the week prior, a reading that in turn had tied the high mark set by the '97 El Niño. That's a huge …

Boko Haram overtakes ISIS as world's deadliest terror group, report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> With its reign of terror in the Middle East, its claim to have brought down a Russian passenger jet and now, the atrocities in Paris, ISIS has commanded global headlines as the world's most dangerous terror group.<p>But another militant Islamist organization overtook ISIS to become the world's …

Peshmerga

October 2015 becomes first month to cross key global warming boundary

The planet has not been only record warm this year, it's been so unusually mild that the temperature records themselves have set records of their …

An ISIS defector just revealed how the group could start to fracture

The ISIS defector, who goes by the pseudonym Abu Khaled, spoke with Michael Weiss at length in Istanbul, Turkey, about ISIS and its internal operations.<p>According to Abu Khaled, although ISIS relies upon foreign fighters, its leaders still fear that those militants might not be entirely loyal and …

Apple will run all its operations in Singapore—including its first store there—on solar power

Apple will power all its operations in Singapore—including its first retail location in there–with renewable energy. The iPhone maker confirmed to Reuters on Sunday (Nov. 15) that Singapore-based solar developer Sunseap Group will provide it with 100% renewable electricity from solar energy systems …

Renewable Energy

How to defeat ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> <i>CNN Opinion asked a range of contributors for their take on last week's attacks in Paris and how the war on ISIS must change if the U.S. and its allies want to defeat it. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely those of the authors.</i><p>Fareed Zakaria: What does ISIS want?<p>The …

Islam

Texas Women Are Inducing Their Own Abortions

Researchers fear DIY pregnancy terminations will become more widespread if clinics continue shutting down.<p>“I didn’t have any money to go to San Antonio or Corpus [Christi]. I didn’t even have any money to get across town ... I was just dirt broke.”<p>That was the response given by a 24-year-old woman …

Consumer Prices Edged Higher in October, Giving Fed Food for Thought

The costs of food, gasoline, shelter and medical care rose last month, yet inflation continues to run at low levels ahead of a December Federal Reserve meeting to consider raising short-term interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade.<p>The consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in October …

Economics

Jerry Brown Pressured To Ban Fracking In California

The governor has said he doesn't support a statewide ban on the controversial practice.<p>Ahead of the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Paris, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is facing pressure from environmental activists to take a stand against hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, …

Oil & Gas Industry

This is the world's first energy grid that harnesses the power of undersea waves

Australian Renewable Energy Agency<p>Harnessing the power of the sea is gaining momentum in Australia.<p>Carnegie Wave Energy, an Australian wave power …

Renewable Energy