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The year is 2037. This is what happens when the hurricane hits Miami

The climate is warming and the water is rising. In his new book, Jeff Goodell argues that sea-level rise will reshape our world in ways we can only begin to imagine<p>After the hurricane hit Miami in 2037, a foot of sand covered the famous bow-tie floor in the lobby of the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami …

Climate Change

Nearly 40% of Cancer Deaths Are Preventable With Lifestyle Changes, Says Study

We can all reduce the risk.<p>We know that certain lifestyle choices can increase the risk of cancer, but a new study puts into perspective just how …

Cancer

Coastal cities are in serious jeopardy, new sea-level rise study shows.

As I wrote in a cover story last month, massive sheets of ice in Antarctica essentially hold humanity hostage, placing hundreds of millions of people …

Climate Change

It's Official: The World Bank Will Stop Fossil Fuel Financing After 2019

This is HUGE.<p>In a move sure to be celebrated by opponents of fossil fuel-based energy, the World Bank has just made a huge announcement at the One …

Climate

These solar panels that can pull clean drinking water out of the air just got a big boost

• <b>Zero Mass Water makes solar panel arrays that pull clean drinking water from the air.</b>• <b><br>The $4,500 arrays just launched in the United States.</b>• <b><br>Zero Mass arrays could come in handy in areas where water sources are far away or scarce. Some homeowners have purchased arrays as an alternative to plastic</b> …

Clean Energy

Want to save the bees? Here's what you should know.

Plus some bee-utiful photography.<p>Most bees are solitary. This may come as a surprise, especially if your bee knowledge comes from reading about colony collapse disorder and that one time you saw <i>The Bee Movie</i> once on a plane. To most people, bees are fat, buzzing, social insects that live in hives …

Bees

A professor of medicine explains why eating fat won't make you fat — but sugar will

• <b>Dozens of scientific studies suggest that eating fat isn't linked to weight gain.</b>• <b><br>Aaron Carroll, a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics, says it's perfectly ok to eat butter, cream, nuts, and avocados.</b>• <b><br>Instead of eating low-fat products, Carroll encourages people to eat less sugar, which studies</b> …

Nutrition

Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say<p>The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked …

Bees

A Neuroscientist Reveals The Most Important Choice You Can Make in Life

Choose wisely.<p>According to Moran Cerf, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University who has been studying decision-making for over a decade, the …

Behavior

Mysterious object from deep space has entered the solar system

It was first seen just a month ago. A tiny blip of light was seen to be moving through the sky by the PanSTARRS1 telescope in Hawaii.<p>The number-crunching which followed was automatic. The results were unusual.<p>This object is in an odd position. It’s moving very fast. And it’s in what appears to be a …

Astronomy

'60 Minutes' just laid out the ugliest truth about the opioid crisis

Together, The Washington Post and "60 Minutes" have told the long, sordid story of Joseph Rannazzisi, the former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's division in charge of regulating the drug industry.<p>Rannazzisi says he was pushed out of the agency in 2015 for aggressively going after the …

Tropical forests caused the biggest atmospheric CO2 increase in 2,000 years

By now, it’s clear that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions have created and continue to exacerbate a seismic shift in the global climate. Historically, the carbon dioxide balance on Earth has been regulated in part by the planet’s tropical forests, which absorb the gas in large …

Climate Change

Vacuum Cleaner Company Dyson is Building an Electric Car

It already makes motors and batteries<p>As a brand, Dyson is known primarily for its vacuum cleaners, as well as its heaters and fans. If founder James Dyson gets his way, though, the company will soon be known for building electric cars, too.<p>Today, Dyson announced that it’s developing an electric car …

Electric Vehicles

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Has a Stern Warning For All of Humanity

He's not kidding around.<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks we might not be able to stop the effects of climate change. The astrophysicist shared this bleak …

Climate

Honeybees are in trouble. Here's how you can help

The die-off of America's honeybee colonies, which are disappearing in droves because of parasites, pesticides, poor nutrition and disease, leave beekeepers scrambling to salvage the vital insects.<p>The task of solving the honeybee problem, experts say, isn't isolated to beekeepers. A few changes to …

Bees

Tesla's own Hyperloop pod sets record with 220 mph test run

Make no mistake, Elon Musk is now taking the commercialization of his Hyperloop idea very seriously. His Tesla-branded Hyperloop pod hit 220 mph (355 km/h), according to Musk, breaking the 201 mph speed record set by the students of team WARR at the Hyperloop Pod Competition earlier this week. Both …

Elon Musk

Scientists are solving the mystery of Earth’s thermostat

Our planet can control its climate—very slowly.<p>Life on Earth has survived vast changes in climate, from a warm period 450 million years ago, when most of the present-day United States was underwater, to the last ice age 20,000 years ago, when New England was buried beneath a mile-thick glacier. …

Airline CEO predicts a future where 'we will pay you to fly'

Since taking to the air in 2014, WOW Air has become an increasingly disruptive force in ultra-low-cost long-haul international air travel.<p>The Icelandic carrier and its bright fuchsia planes have made waves with stunningly low prices.<p>In January, WOW launched a sale for $69 one way tickets from the …

Airlines

Disrupting the Cow: This Plant-Based Burger Smells, Tastes, and Bleeds Like the Real Thing

Pat Brown wants every piece of meat consumed in the world to be made entirely from plants. He’s going after the carnivores — and the meat industry that serves them red, bloody, marbled meat.<p>The scientist and chief executive behind the plant-based burger from Impossible Foods, Brown doesn’t …

Burgers

Yoga and Meditation Can Change Your Genes, Study Says

TIME Health<p>For more, visit TIME Health.<p>Yoga and meditation may do more than just help you feel relaxed in the moment. A new scientific review …

Wellness

Dangerously Addictive Painkiller Prescribed for Patients Who Shouldn’t Have Received It, Says Whistleblower

It's called Subsys and it's a painkiller 100 times more powerful than morphine that was approved by the FDA for cancer patients whose agony can't be relieved by other narcotics alone.<p>But despite the fact that what's known as "breakthrough cancer pain" is uncommon, Insys Therapeutics — the …

Corruption

Superbug C. auris identified in 122 people across 7 states, CDC says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The number of cases of an emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus in the United States has grown from seven to 122 over the past nine months, according to a field report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and …

Public Health

The great climate silence: we are on the edge of the abyss but we ignore it

We continue to plan for the future as if climate scientists don’t exist. The greatest shame is the absence of a sense of tragedy<p>After 200,000 years of modern humans on a 4.5 billion-year-old Earth, we have arrived at new point in history: the Anthropocene. The change has come upon us with …

Kazuo Ishiguro

Mohamed El-Erian: ‘We get signals that the system is under enormous stress’

Leading economist and investor believes world leaders, and global capitalism, have reached fork in road between equality and chaos<p>The bad news is that another economic crisis could strike within two years. The good – or better – news is that such a shock is not nailed on. It’s a 50% chance. But the …

Economics

Massive cyberattack targeting 99 countries causes sweeping havoc

Hospitals, major companies and government offices have been hit by a massive wave of cyberattacks across the globe that seize control of computers until the victims pay a ransom.<p>Cybersecurity firm Avast said it had identified more than 75,000 ransomware attacks in 99 countries, making it one of the …

Cybersecurity

WikiLeaks publishes more secret CIA tools after the US threatens criminal charges

WikiLeaks released another trove of information on the Central Intelligence Agency's secrets Friday afternoon, after the Justice Department said it was considering criminal charges against the organization and its founder, Julian Assange.<p>The latest release is a 31-page user guide for a CIA device …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Tesla's sleek solar panels are easier to install on your roof

Tesla's home energy efforts might be centered around its solar roofs, but it knows that not everyone can (or wants to) rip up their roof just to bring renewable energy to their home. To that end, the company is offering a first glimpse at Panasonic-made solar panels that would go on top of your …

Clean Energy

Trump denies climate change, but could one day be its victim

<b>(CNN) —</b> Not far from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, one expert after another warned Monday about the dangers that rising sea levels pose to Florida's coast.<p>Not that surprising, except this was a Senate committee field hearing challenging the position shared by President Donald Trump and many …

Donald Trump

Neuroscientists Have Accidentally Discovered a Whole New Role For The Cerebellum

We've only just scratched the surface.<p>One of the best-known regions of the brain, the cerebellum accounts for just 10 percent of the organ's total …