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The Country’s Mayors Commit Their Cities To 100% Renewable Power

If all the cities in U.S. Conference of Mayors hit this goal, it would cut more emissions than was outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement.<p>Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement continues to galvanize states and cities to take climate action for themselves. Earlier this month, …

Renewable Energy

This disturbing map reveals how climate change is already affecting your health, based on the state you live in

Climate change is already beginning to wreak havoc upon the planet. In the short term, we're facing more winter storms, miserably hot summers, and a longer allergy season. In the long term, entire coastlines will likely disappear, threatening communities and wildlife.<p>On a more local level, experts …

Climate Change

These Plastic-Eating Machines Will Filter Our Junk From the Ocean

The Ocean Cleanup revealed how their ocean-plastic-removal machine will actually work.<p>You probably remember hearing about The Ocean Cleanup when it was first announced: 19-year-old Boyan Slat developed a plan to rid the oceans of plastic much faster and much cheaper than anyone else.<p>This directly …

Oceans

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit | U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Tools<p>Topics<p>Climate Explorer<p>Image Credits:<p>Landing panel: Pigeon Butte, William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Image …

Climate Explorer

What does Mean Daily Maximum Temperature tell us?<p>A day’s highest (maximum) temperature usually occurs in the afternoon. Averaging the daily high …

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Help MIT Solve Global Problems with Open Innovation

Last month at the United Nations, MIT’s new Solve initiative brought innovators to pitch their most promising solutions to challenges we issued on …

The next agricultural revolution: a ‘bionic leaf’ that could help feed the world

The radishes on the right were grown with the help of a bionic leaf that produces fertilizer with bacteria, sunlight, water, and air. (credit: Nocera …

New map reveals the world's most toxic countries

Just about every country in the world grapples with pollution, no matter how rich or poor they are. But you may not be aware of just how toxic your …

Pollution

Drop in herring a mystery in Maine as bait price booms

Maine's booming lobster industry has a big problem involving a little fish.<p>The state's iconic lobster fishery is healthy, having set records for …

We don’t need to double world food production by 2050 – here’s why

Meeting both production and environmental goals will be a monumental task, especially in the face of new challenges<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>For decades, American agriculture has been a paragon of productivity, churning out record crops at a steady clip. We have …

Big kahuna of climate indicators: This January was the third warmest on record globally

The disappearance of Arctic sea ice is one indicator of how climate change is altering natural systems<p>While a powerful El Niño has faded, the globe’s heat continues to be an enduring phenomenon due largely to carbon pollution. This January was the third-warmest January on record, according to data …

Startling air pollution maps reveal the true extent of rising emissions in the UK

Open-source data is being used to monitor energy consumption, carbon emissions and the trading of energy between countries<p>Environmental campaigners …

This Country Could Get Rid of Coal Entirely by 2050

The world's fastest-growing emitter of carbon dioxide could wean itself off coal entirely by 2050, a new report suggests—if the right policies are …

Don't Call It Wheat: An Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root

Colin Curwen-McAdams opens the door to his greenhouse in Mt. Vernon, Wash., and a rush of warm air pours out.<p>"Basically, it's summer all year long here," he jokes.<p>Curwen-McAdams, a PhD student at Washington State University, and WSU professor Steven Jones have developed a new species: a cross …

Agriculture

How #BuiltByGirls Plans To Build A Network of 20,000 Women In Tech

The organization’s new Wave platform is designed to help girls connect with mentors and grow their personal network.<p>Last year the group #BuiltByGirls found its way into the spotlight when former First Lady Michelle Obama joined forces with the organization for the Let Girls Build Challenge, a …

Global Fisheries Are Collapsing -- What Happens When There Are No Fish Left?

(Photo: Paul Symes)<p>"Commercial overexploitation of the world's fish stocks is severe," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said back in 2012. "Many …

Maverick Collective

We change the future by creating it<p>PHOTO CREDIT: Vanessa Vick<p>Maverick Collective is redefining what it means to be a philanthropist.<p>We are part of …

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$1 million awarded to startups to improve U.S. cities

Last year design-based agencies across the U.S. clamored to apply for funding from the “Future Cities Accelerator.” Now, The Rockefeller Foundation, …

Future Cities

Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas Supports Multi-Stakeholder Approaches to Sustainable Development

NEW YORK, Dec. 16 /CSRwire/ - On November 21, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA) approved …

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Biodegradable electronics

<b>Biodegradable electronics</b> are electronic circuits and devices with a limited lifetime owing to their tendency to biodegrade. Such devices are …

Which Countries Are Making The Best Progress On The Sustainable Development Goals?

Would it surprise you one bit if we told you they were in Scandinavia?<p>Last summer, 193 countries came together in New York to agree on 17 Sustainable Development Goals, covering everything from ending poverty to achieving gender equality. The successors to the Millennium Goals, the SDGs aim to put …

Sustainability on Flipboard

Gimme a thermal break: It’s Schöcking that these are not required on all buildings.<p>The demonstration at the Schöck booth at the 21st International …

Tesla Drops "Motors" from Name, Musk Reveals Central Point of Secret Master Plan

Sun macrosystems<p>The true point of Elon Musk's "Secret Master Plan, Part Deux" is actually well beyond the vehicles we covered in our previous …

Autos

China wants to build a $50tn global wind and solar power grid

<b>Chinese Megaproject</b><p>It seems that China likes building big things. Take the Great Wall of China. The country has been constructing bigger (and …

What Africa will look like in 100 years

Photo: Alamy/ Galit Seligmann<p>As Africa's population looks set to quadruple over the twenty-first century, <i>The Telegraph</i> digs into the data to reveal the opportunities - and challenges - facing a fast-changing continent<p><i>By Ashley Kirk, Friday 11 March 2016</i><p>Africa’s population is booming. By 2100, it …

Geography

Humans are greening the planet, but the implications are complicated

New study shows humans are influence the growth patterns of plants, but it’s not as simple as ‘greener is better’<p>The Earth’s climate is changing – in fact, it always changes. But in the current context of human influence, scientists try to decipher how much of the change is natural compared to …

Climate Change