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Bottled water from major brands like Aquafina, Nestle, and Dasani has been found to contain tiny plastic particles that you're drinking

When you drink from a plastic bottle of fresh H20, you're sipping more than just water.<p>A new report from Orb Media reveals how major bottled water brands, including Aquafina, Dasani, Nestle and Evian all have tens, hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of microplastic particles floating in their …

Pollution

In Colorado, a glimpse of renewable energy’s insanely cheap future

Even with storage, new renewables beat existing coal.<p>This month, energy nerds are very excited about a utility bid solicitation.<p>Wait, hear me out. It really is exciting!<p>Usually, when we talk about how renewable energy will evolve in the next five years, we rely on analysts and projections. This is …

Renewable Energy

IKEA now offers home solar panel systems complete with a storage battery like Tesla's Powerwall

IKEA at the original location in Älmhult, Sweden.Business Insider Nordic<p>With over 700,000 solar panels installed worldwide to power its stores, IKEA is on its way to become energy neutral by 2020. But the company’s sustainability ambitions don’t end with itself.<p>IKEA has partnered with British solar …

Clean Energy

The Only 7 Step Process You Need to Follow to Go After What You Want in Life

Everything you want in life can be yours. You might not believe this. Most people believe that what they see in their lives today is their current …

Professor Smith Goes to Washington

In response to the new president’s stances on a range of issues, more scientists are preparing to run for political office.<p>For American science, the next four years look to be challenging. The newly inaugurated President Trump, and many of his Cabinet picks, have repeatedly cast doubt upon the …

Computer Science

Coal-loving Wyoming legislators are pushing a bill to outlaw wind and solar.

On the first day of the state’s legislative session, nine Republican lawmakers filed legislation that would bar utilities from using electricity …

Scientists think we could hit a critical climate threshold in the next 10 years

Last December, 195 nations agreed to try to hold world temperature rise to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius, with an aim of 1.5 degrees Celsius.<p>But the planet is already two-thirds of the way to that lower and safer goal, and could begin to pass it in about a decade, according to Richard Betts, head …

Climate Change
Electric Vehicles

10 Best Backpacking Trips in U.S. Parks

This year the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its 100th birthday. Over the past century, the agency has protected and managed a system that has grown to now include 59 parks in 27 states and ranges from famed summer-vacation destination icons like Yellowstone and Yosemite to the remote 8.4 …

Tracking Oil’s Crash

If we could see disasters coming, they wouldn’t become disasters. Oil’s price is down 71% since June of 2014, and while some factors that triggered …

Oil

'If the world ends in 2100, we’re probably OK'

There’s a myopia in the climate discourse today.<p>“Everyone is focused on what happens by 2100. But that’s only 2 generations from today. It’s like: If the world ends in 2100 we’re probably OK!” says Professor Richard Zeebe of the University of Hawai’i. “But It’s very clear that over a longer …

Climate Change

Today's Oceans Are Different Than They Were Twenty Years Ago

While we can’t say that climate change causes El Nino, the evidence is mounting that the warming of our planet could be intensifying the natural phenomenon, which in turn can lead to some extreme weather events. New research published today in the journal <i>Nature Climate Change</i> found that half of the …

Climate Change

Corporate leaders still in denial on climate change

Business can reinvent itself to address global warming but some CEOs refuse to wake up, says Katherine Garrett-Cox<p>Too many people in the corporate sector are still in denial about climate change, according to Katherine Garrett-Cox, the CEO of investment firm Alliance Trust.<p>Speaking at a Guardian …

Climate

The Crazy, Brilliant Plan For A Huge Hydropower Plant In South America’s Driest Desert

A solar farm will pump seawater up the Andes mountains, so renewable power can be available day and night.<p>Stuck between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth. But the area’s weird geography means that it will soon be home to a massive …

One Lab "Mistake" That Could Keep Plastics Out Of Landfills

In science, an unexpected result is not always a failure, but sometimes an opportunity.<p>I found that out as part of my position as a chemist who makes industrial polymers, or plastics.<p>A routine experiment in 2012 turned out to be anything but routine in my first week at IBM Research – Almaden after …

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Why Saudi Arabia Won't Cut Its Oil Production

Anyone who wonders why Saudi Arabia has refused to reduce its oil production to drive the price back up can find an answer in the global climate change accord agreed to by 195 nations in Paris last month.<p>The parties committed themselves to reducing the consumption of hydrocarbon fuels in the second …

Oil

NASA study fixes error in low contrarian climate sensitivity estimates

Some previous studies claiming that the climate is insensitive to carbon pollution missed a key factor<p>Climate sensitivity – the amount of global surface warming we’ll see as a result of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels – has become contrarians’ favorite basis to argue against cutting carbon …

Climate Change

Greenland's Melting Ice Problem May Be Far Worse Than We Realized

Greenland's massive ice sheet may be in more serious peril from climate change than scientists previously thought, a new study has found.<p>Studies agree that rising global temperatures are causing the ice sheet that covers most of the world's largest island to shrink. If the entire ice sheet were to …

Global Warming

The Real Climate Change Hoax

As a performing magician, I naturally take a keen interest in deception. So it was also with a professional, not merely personal, interest that I watched the spectacular fraud perpetrated on the world's public in Paris last month, as political leaders from nearly 200 nations signed the first …

Climate Change

What scientists just discovered in Greenland could be making sea-level rise even worse

Rising global temperatures may be affecting the Greenland ice sheet — and its contribution to sea-level rise — in more serious ways that scientists imagined, a new study finds. Recent changes to the island’s snow and ice cover appear to have affected its ability to store excess water, meaning more …

Global Warming

Sick of El Niño? You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, Warns NASA

The El Niño currently wreaking havoc around the world is forecast to only worsen in 2016 — and NASA experts fear it could get as bad as the most destructive El Niño ever.<p>A new satellite image of the weather system "bears a striking resemblance to one from December 1997" — the worst El Niño on …

Weather

A Still-Growing El Niño Set to Bear Down on U.S.

The current strong El Niño brewing in the Pacific Ocean shows no signs of waning, as seen in the latest satellite image from the U.S./European Ocean …

Global Warming

See Before-and-After Photos of the Changing Environment

Side-by-side comparisons reveal just how much glaciers, lakes, and snowpacks have been altered by nature and humans.<p>From the ice sheets of Greenland to the deserts of Arizona, many of the world’s landscapes have been dramatically transformed as their climate grows warmer and drier. At the same …

Global Warming

The planet might be telling us that there’s a big change coming

It’s been over two years since Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book came out and more than two weeks since Kim Kardashian’s latest child came out — which …

Climate change, El Nino bring balmy December in parts of Canada, scientists say

If climate change is weighing on your mind this holiday season, especially after the signing of the Paris agreement, you're not alone.<p>There's an …

Global Warming

This $200 DIY WiFi router will make it far easier for whistleblowers (and criminals) to hide online

Devices connecting to the internet have a unique IP address. It's what identifies them to others — but can also be used to track down the device. It's in part why elaborate obfuscation tools like proxies, the Tor network, and VPNs exist, to obscure the user's true IP and location. But down to both …

Wi-Fi

Upside-down weather pattern across US linked to El Nino

SEATTLE (AP) — Astrid Rau just baked 16 kinds of Christmas cookies, including a batch in the shape of snowflakes. But she's nevertheless having trouble getting in the holiday spirit, thanks to forecasts that have the temperature in her hometown of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, hitting 72 degrees on …

Weather

Wind Power Continues Steady Growth Across The U.S.

The U.S. wind power industry is celebrating after reaching a new milestone in November: 70 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity.<p>"That's enough to power about 19 million homes," says Michael Goggin, senior director of research at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).<p>There are more than …

Renewable Energy

Bad news: Scientists say we could be underestimating Arctic methane emissions

Arctic permafrost has become a recent star in the climate change conversation, capturing the attention of scientists, activists and policymakers alike because of its ability to emit large quantities of carbon dioxide as well as <b></b>methane — a particularly potent though relatively short-lived <b></b>greenhouse …

Global Warming