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120 Companies Win 'Best for the World' Ranking

While many businesses get a bad reputation for putting profit above everything, including the survival of the planet, others are starting to think …

Why buildings matter in the fight against climate change

In the process of providing homes, offices, malls and a range of other industrial purposes for mankind, the world’s buildings consume about 40 per …

Green Living

17 shocking facts that could change the way you think about water forever

Water, water everywhere — but less than half of a percent of Earth's reserves are drinkable.<p>That's just one shocking fact <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> and five experts dropped at this year's Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History — all about the surprising origins, scarcity, …

Snorkeling

Can Regenerative Design Save the Planet?

A Vancouver building illustrates how architecture can make an active, positive contribution to the environment.<p>It’s probably too harsh to say that green building has jumped the shark, but triple-glazed glass, natural ventilation, and low off-gassing carpeting are no longer news. In a sense, green …

Our Cities Could Get a Whole Lot Smarter - Facts So Romantic

Remember having to stay at home and wait for phone calls? (If you’re below a certain age, you can consult old movies, books, or TV shows—or just …

Geography in the News: Swirling Ocean Garbage Dumps

Changing Planet<p><i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM</i><p><b>The Great Swirling Pacific Garbage Patch</b><p>Ocean pollution is growing at an astonishing rate.<p>On June 1, 2008, two scientists and a photographer/blogger sailed from Long Beach, California, and headed westward across the …

ENDLESS ELECTRICITY: Here's A Way Of Turning America's Roads Into Gigantic Solar Panels

There are about 31,251 square miles of roads, parking lots, driveways, playgrounds, bike paths, and sidewalks in the lower 48 states. If Julie and Scott Brusaw have their way, they will all someday be replaced with solar panels.<p>For the better part of a decade, the Idaho couple has been working on …

Roads

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Oil & Gas Industry

Can an Algae-Powered Lamp Quench Our Thirst For Energy?

There’s something very special about bioluminescent algae. They soak up sunlight, absorb carbon dioxide, and in return, breathe out oxygen while …

New Report On Yellowstone Finds Park Has A Fever And The Only Prescription Is Less Carbon Pollution

Yellowstone National Park was not only the U.S.’s first national park, it was the world’s first national park — inspiring countries to set aside …

Ocean acidification could trigger economic devastation

Coral reefs, shellfish, and even top predators such as tuna could be devastated as human carbon-dioxide emissions continue to acidify the world’s …

Fossil Fuels

Extreme Races: 10 Mind-Blowing Marathons (Photos)

Running 26.2 miles is crazy to begin with. So why not do it in one of the most extreme—and spectacular—places around? Sign up for a race across the …

Top US climate scientists support development of safe nuclear power

Some of the world's top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won't be enough to head off extreme global warming, and they're asking environmentalists to support the development of safer nuclear power as one way to cut fossil fuel pollution.<p>Four scientists who have played a key role in …

Arctic temperatures hotter now than in 44,000 years

Ancient plants exposed by newly melted ice on Baffin Island suggest that summers in the eastern Canadian Arctic are warmer now than they have been …

Amazonian Smokestack? The Rainforest’s Dry Season Is Three Weeks Longer Now Than It Was 30 Years Ago

The Amazon rain forest’s dry season lasts three weeks longer than it did three decades ago, a new study has found — changes that are probably due to …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Hiking

Sitting at computers all day is killing us. This video could help save your life.

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re heading toward an early grave. I know, that sounds extreme, but we’re only just starting to …

Zoo In China Swaps Dog For Lion, Hopes No One Notices

Visitors to a zoo in China got a rude surprise when the lion started barking.<p>Turns out it was no lion, but just a Tibetan mastiff, a large, hairy breed of dog — which, for what it's worth, more closely resembles the king of the jungle than does perhaps any other domestic canine.<p>Apparently, …

Electric road charges buses while they drive

South Korea has launched the world's first road-powered electric vehicle network to charge public buses while they're on the move.<p>The challenge with electric vehicles -- well, one of them -- is that to actually, you know, go anywhere, they have to be stationary for significant blocks of time so …

Magnetism

How Does a Baby Giraffe Sleep?

Duh! With its eyes closed, of course! Take a look at these cute photos of baby giraffes sleeping, using their own bodies as pillows for their heads, …