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Green innovation: This company is growing the future of automated agriculture

If your goal is to create a stable food supply on Earth, or elsewhere for that matter, one path to steady, environmentally friendly and …

3 Ways Farmers are Kicking the Plastic Habit

Agricultural products are one of the world’s biggest sources of plastic trash.<p>From the pipes and tubes that deliver irrigation water to the pots …

Sustainability

One-pan 9-minute pasta recipe from Martha Stewart Living: The backstory, and variations.

<i>This post originally appeared on Food52.</i><p>This genius pasta makes its own sauce, all in one pan, in nine minutes—you’ve probably already cooked it (or …

Italian Food

How Edison uses water to store excess power

BIG CREEK, Calif. — Nestled high in the Sierra mountains among the pine and fir trees, a little-known man-made wonder may help resolve a pressing energy concern: how to store wind and sun power that the grid increasingly can't handle.<p>For nearly three decades, water has flowed down from the …

Deceptively small home in Denmark hides spacious living quarters at the forest edge

A newly completed Villa by CF Møller maximizes living space and minimizes building footprint, allowing the inhabitants to enjoy it's enviable forest …

California is squaring off against automakers when it comes to electric cars

Rules set by Nichols' agency are among the strictest environmental laws in the nation. Visionary quotas have been set under her reign to increase the percentage of new cars sold that are ZEV's, that is, plug-in hybrids, battery-only, or fuel-cell vehicles.<p>Bloomberg News' John Lippert reports that …

Automotive Industry

Virtual used-car dealers gain traction

A move from transit-rich New York to car-crazy Los Angeles prompted Manuela White to spend more than $17,000 on a used Toyota Corolla sight unseen with just a click on her laptop.<p>White, 25, purchased her car from Beepi, which along with start-ups that include Carvana, Shift, Vroom and others is …

Selling

Obama, allies tout climate rule ahead of Monday launch

Hillary Clinton praises the rule while condemning ‘Republican doubters and defeatists.’<p>President Barack Obama set the stage on Sunday for the release of the nation’s most ambitious environmental regulation in decades — a crackdown on power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions that the administration …

Fossil Fuels

SolarCity: The company didn’t invent the solar panel, but it invented something even more important.

There’s a huge, ongoing, and justifiable obsession with Elon Musk and his ventures—chiefly Tesla, the electric car manufacturer, and SpaceX, his …

Solar Power

Scorching 'heat dome' over Middle East makes it feel like 162F in Iran

Iran is enduring a "heat index" of nearly 72C while Iraq has called a public holiday due to the sweltering temperatures<p>Iran is buckling under the pressure of a massive heatwave passing across the Middle East, with temperatures feeling like more than 70C.<p>Scorching heat levels of 50C have already …

California's drought is 'a harbinger of the coming global water crisis'

Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch think it's going to get a lot worse.<p><b>"We view the unprecedented drought in California as a harbinger of the coming global water crisis,"</b> BAML strategists wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday.<p>"By 2050E, 45% of projected GDP is at risk, with as many as 50 …

Water

Hell in a Handbasket: Amidst the Drought, Californians are Painting Their Dead Lawns Green

Maybe next they can invent makeup that makes it look like you're not thirsty<p>This is being presented as a "drought hack," demonstrating how far one …

Drought

California's powerful and influential air pollution watchdog

On the outskirts of Los Angeles, in a nondescript laboratory, a man in a yellow T-shirt and helmet sits on a stationary motorcycle, looking intently ahead. The bike's back wheel is spinning and a long orange tube connects to its exhaust pipe. A fan roars, mimicking wind.<p>Nearby, on a computer …

Can Desalination Counter the Drought?

The waves of the Pacific seem to taunt the thirsty landscape of California. The state has eight hundred and forty miles of coastline adjoining the world’s largest ocean—an oversupply of brine at a time when drought has left fallow more than half a million acres of farmland, claimed some twenty …

Water

Everything You Need To Know About Amazon's New Rival Jet.com

Upstart shopping site aims to be cheaper than Amazon, more practical than Costco.<p>If you haven’t heard of Jet.com yet, you will very soon. The …

eCommerce

The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future

<i>This story has been updated. The new paper by Hansen and colleagues can be read online here.</i><p>James Hansen has often been out ahead of his scientific colleagues.<p>With his 1988 congressional testimony, the then-NASA scientist is credited with putting the global warming issue on the map by saying that a …

Climate Change

25 things I've learned in 9 years of simplifying my life

For almost 9 years now, I've been learning to live a simple life.<p>A life uncluttered by most of the things people fill their lives with, and left with space for what really matters.<p>A life that isn't constant busy-ness and rushing, but contemplation and creation, connection with people I love and …

Minimalism

Could this solar technology bring water abundance to thirsty California?

The solar revolution won't be just about the electricity grid<p>We've been writing a lot about the historic drought that California has been going …

How to set up a paperless office using your Mac or iPhone

Sick of the mountains of paper stacking up in your inbox? You’ve probably heard about the joys of having a paperless office, maybe even thought about setting one up, but didn’t know how.<p>Well, here’s how. Not only is it easy to set to do, it can totally change your life.<p>Here’s how to use your Mac …

Love and long-distance travel in the time of climate change

This is the first time in my life that I’ve spent the holidays in a fairly unfamiliar place, surrounded by fairly unfamiliar people. For Jews, …

Teens

What the Disappearing Aral Sea Tells Us about the Value of Water

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Images of the shrinking Aral Sea in Central Asia acquired by NASA satellites on August 25, 2000 (l) and August 19, 2014. The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth largest lake, but has lost most of its water due to diversions of the rivers that sustained it. Images courtesy of …

Hyperlapse For iPhone Will Revolutionize Wildlife Films

As a biologist, my first thought after hearing about Hyperlapse – Instagram’s new app for making time-lapse movies – was this: nature videos.<p>Hyperlapse records a film and shows frames at intervals so it looks like time has elapsed quickly. The app is simple to use. Tap a button to start and stop …

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Soma: makers of beautiful, sustainable products to hydrate the world

At Soma, we're designing beautiful, sustainable products to hydrate the world. Every product purchase supports charitable water projects.

Sustainability

How to avoid every common mistake when booking a flight

<i>This originally appeared at LinkedIn. You can follow Peter here.</i><p>As the Travel Editor for CBS News, people expect that I spend weeks, even months, researching the process and logistics of travel. And I do.<p>But what about airfares? I only spend minutes. It’s not just that I understand what makes a …

Flying

Use These 15 Home Remedies Based On Ayurveda To Cure Menstrual Cramps, Hangovers, and Indigestion

From hangover cures to whiter teeth, an ancient alternative medicine system can be tapped with the goods found in your kitchen cabinet.<p>Ayurveda is an …