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Why Some Coral Reefs Might Survive Climate Change

But it's not going to be easy for many species<p>The world is clobbering coral reefs, home to 25 percent of all marine species. Agricultural runoff pollutes the water around them; coastal developments tear them up; overfishing kills their inhabitants; and carbon dioxide emissions make the oceans too …

Stained Glass That Doubles As A Solar Power Source

Artist Sarah Hall’s collection of glass facades are beautiful and good for the environment!<p>A cathedral in Saskatoon, Saskatechewan recently installed stained glass windows embedded with solar panels that will connect to the local electrical grid. "Lux Gloria" is one of several large-scale glass …

Engineering in Service of a Dark Art

Third way: 'partnership scientists' can tackle environmental challenges

As part of our series on science and the green movement, WWF's Dave Tickner considers the environmental challenges facing Ruaha in Tanzania<p>You may not have heard of Ruaha. Situated in southern Tanzania, it's one of Africa's best kept secrets. It's a region, a river, a national park and, …

Tiny Poisonous Trees Could Fight Climate Change In The Desert

Like something straight out of Dune, but the boring, terraforming parts.<p>Five German scientists have proposed a new strategy for mitigating the effects of climate change: turn coastal deserts into forests. Why? Forests, full of trees that consume carbon dioxide, are a great bulwark against the gas …

Faster Forward, Together

How To Turn Your Members Into Raving Fans <i>bookmark_border</i> SubHub<p>The easiest and most efficient way to do this is to include it as part of your …

How Math Could Help Defuse Riots

Rioting behavior isn't so different from shopping behavior--an insight researchers want to use to keep riots at bay.<p>After riots tore across London in 2011, a team of researchers from University College London began using math to model what happened--and how to predict similar riots in the future. …

Has One Laptop Per Child Totally Lost Its Way?

From a UN-distributed high-minded do-gooder machine to a middle-class western kid's alternate Christmas present: a cheap Android tablet.<p>In 2005, Nicholas Negroponte, who previous founded MIT's Media Lab, founded One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), which works with the United Nations Development Program …

Eczema primes children for food allergies

Eczema can leave children prone to developing food allergies in later life by allowing their immune systems to be primed incorrectly.<p>A new study has shown that eczema causes the barrier formed by the skin to breakdown, exposing the young immune system to allergens from foods like peanuts and cow’s …

See Steve Jobs Rendered In Bubble Wrap

Artist Bradley Hart found a piece of bubble wrap lying on the floor after his first-ever gallery show and wondered about the origins of the stuff. It turns out that bubble wrap was invented in 1957 as a modern form of wall coverings. (So much for that…)<p>Hart took the material–today meant to protect …

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Do you lose most heat from your head?

To wear, or not to wear, a hat when it is cold? Claudia Hammond trawls through studies plunging people into freezing water and seeing what Patagonian locals do. To wear, or not to wear, a hat when cold<p>We were told we must not capsize at all costs. If we did, we would have only seconds to get out of …

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Chinese coal pollution has cut life expectancy by at least five years, study finds

New research puts the costs of economic development in stark relief<p>Heavy pollution in northern China has cut average life expectancy there by at least five years, according to a study published Monday. The report, authored by American, Israeli, and Chinese researchers, found that people in southern …

As Biotech Seed Falters, Insecticide Use Surges In Corn Belt

Across the Midwestern corn belt, a familiar battle has resumed, hidden in the soil. On one side are tiny, white larvae of the corn rootworm. On the other side are farmers and the insect-killing arsenal of modern agriculture.<p>We've reported on earlier phases of this battle: The discovery of rootworms …

The precautionary principle is a blunt instrument

The precautionary principle is a blunt instrument, a 90s throwback out of place in an era of "smart solutions" and big data.<p>A world of over seven …

America's Road To Energy Independence, Part 4

The final episode of our series on the clean technologies that will set us free<p><i>Our series follows Editor-in-Chief Jacob Ward on a trip across the country and around the world to see firsthand the ideas that could usher in a new era of true energy independence for the United States. In this episode:</i> …

Renewables projected to overtake natural gas as world's second-largest power source

International Energy Agency says growth in clean electricity is a positive sign, but urges industrialized nations to do more<p>Electricity generated from renewable energy is expected to grow by 40 percent over the next five years, and may surpass natural gas to become the world's second-largest power …

President Obama's plan to fix climate change is fatally flawed, experts say

Why the White House's proposals for curbing pollution may be mostly smoke and mirrors<p>President Barack Obama gave a high-profile speech this afternoon at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, to announce a massive new government plan designed to address climate change. But the plan, details of …

President Obama Announces A Climate Change Action Plan

At a speech at Georgetown University, he laid out the basics for how the country will combat climate change--whether or not Congress helps.<p>"We don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society," President Obama declared in a speech at Georgetown University today, firing a shot at climate …

Obama's Climate Strategy Doesn't Require Congressional Approval

President Obama unveiled a sweeping plan Tuesday designed to deal with climate change. For the first time, carbon emissions from power plants would be regulated. The policy, which can be implemented by the administration without congressional approval, calls for a broad range of actions, including …

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Obama Lays Out Broad Plan To Address Climate Change

<b>Update at 2:38 p.m. ET. Obama Lays Out Plan:</b><p>In an address at Georgetown University in Washington, President Obama laid out a sweeping new plan to address climate change.<p>As expected, Obama said his plan seeks to cap the carbon emissions of power plants.<p>Obama also said the Keystone XL pipeline, which …

Gulf ‘dead zone’ could be as a big as Jersey - Futurity

U. MICHIGAN (US) — This year’s “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico could be …

Gulf of Mexico

Cleaner air linked to more hurricanes

Efforts to improve the quality of our air could be causing more hurricanes as a sideeffect, according to a new study.<p>Researchers from the Met Office established a direct link between levels of industrial pollution and the frequency of hurricanes in the North Atlantic.<p>For much of the 20th century, …