Matthew Weinberg

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Plastics, Chemicals Used in Cosmetics Linked to Premature Births

Exposure to phthalates, a type of chemical used in certain plastics and cosmetics, has been linked in a recent study to an elevated risk that pregnant women will deliver their babies prematurely. More from Reuters:<p>Researchers found that women who delivered babies before 37 weeks gestation had …

Why the world’s bees are dying: They’re stressed out

Scientists have struggled for years to pinpoint the cause of the global crash in bee populations, an affliction known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Everything from pesticides to poor nutrition to automotive exhaust has been blamed for the apian apocalypse. But if British scientists are right, bees …

Ecology

Obama climate change plan gets first airing in front of House sceptics

The Obama administration asserted its authority to move forward on its climate change action plan on Wednesday – with or without new laws from Congress.<p>In the first airing of Obama's climate plan, a hearing of the House of Representatives was told the Environmental Protection Agency and other …

Nation-to-nation peer pressure may be best hope for global climate deal

This 2009 file photo shows a coal-fired power plants in Poland -- the largest in Europe -- emit soot pollutants as well as carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that is driving human-caused climate change.<p>Next week, a body of scientists is expected to present ironclad evidence that links humanity's …

Climate Change

Battle brewing over future of rooftop solar in Colorado

Solar arrays are rapidly covering Colorado rooftops, but a battle over their future is looming at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.<p>Xcel …

Confirmed: Fracking practices to blame for Ohio earthquakes

This map shows the intensity of shaking in the area of a magnitude-3.9 earthquake that struck near Youngstown, Ohio, on Dec. 31, 2011. Research has linked this earthquake to the underground injection of wastewater from fracking.<p>Wastewater from the controversial practice of fracking appears to be …

Oil & Gas Industry

Peru to Provide Free Solar Power to its 2 Million Poorest Citizens

The country of Peru is looking to provide free electricity to over 2 million of its poorest citizens by harvesting energy from the sun. Energy and …

Tom Coburn Labels Himself a “Global Warming Denier”

Tom Coburn doesn’t deny that he’s in denial. The Oklahoma Republican senator — who has previously called global warming science “crap” — described …

Clean Technology

August 2013

Herd of Fluorescent Green Bunnies Born

Environment: News & features

Environment

Are Democrats About to Fracture Over Fracking?

Led by Pres­id­ent Obama, most Demo­crats have tried to oc­cupy a care­ful middle ground on the nat­ur­al-gas in­dustry that’s trans­form­ing the …

Natural Gas

Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

From Buck Rogers to James Bond, we all have a pretty concrete mental image of a jet pack — a motorized backpack with little handles in front and smoke shooting out of the back.<p>The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co. doesn't just think it's turned the jet pack of your imagination into a reality. …

How fracking impacts drought in Texas

According to recent reports, the practice of hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking, which is used for oil extraction, is making the drought problem in Texas much worse. This is while people across this country are being asked at an increasing rate to weigh the benefits and …

The truth stings: Still no answers for collapsing bee colonies

The honeybee die-off crisis is jeopardizing America’s food supply, yet we’re still no closer to solving the problem<p>In 2006, long before I worked at this magazine, <i>OnEarth</i> contributing editor Sharon Levy visited a farm in California’s Sierra foothills and let honeybees swarm all over her body. …

Why US power companies don’t want you putting a solar panel on your roof

The short answer: It will destroy their business model forever.<p>In the US, electrical utilities are in a charged battle—complete with negative political ads—against solar panel distributors over rules that both sides say could put them out of business. Consumers are caught in the middle.<p>A relatively …

Solar Power

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week – Flavorwire

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other …