Mary Beth Houston

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California Freeways Will Soon Generate Electricity

According to a state energy commission report, "Piezoelectric crystals give an electrical discharge when mechanically stressed." So as vehicles roll …

San Francisco

Cleaning Plastic Waste in the Ocean Through Man-Made Sea Bins

Garbage is a perennial problem faced by our world. Thankfully, a new research project on garbage disposal is in its last phase. The project is an …

Chernobyl site could become a solar farm

Chernobyl — site of the 1986 nuclear disaster that sent 10 tons of radioactive material flying and left the surrounding area uninhabitable for the …

Renewable Energy

Sorry, But Solar Energy Is a HORRIBLE Investment

Ever since solar energy became popular, early in this decade, investors have been waiting for it to pay off, and so far it hasn’t.<p>And as time passes, …

Solar Power

My 'airtight' home cost £50,000 - how much energy will it save?

Britain’s houses may be among the least energy-efficient in Europe, but the latest technology enables newbuild houses to be more efficient than ever – some architects are even creating houses that are designed to cost nothing at all to heat.<p>Homes built to a standard called “Passivhaus” use extreme …

Silver Tsunami: The Aging Population of Baby Boomers May Be a Global Crisis

The world’s population is topsy-turvy, and its exponential and uneven growth could have disastrous consequences if we aren’t ready for it. Humanity …

Earth's Climate Is Warming -- And We Can Fix It!

The scientific community has long reached a consensus that human activities are altering the Earth's climate system. According to IPCC, the average Earth surface temperature has increased by 0.7 ± 0.2°C since the late 19th century, and is projected to rise another 1.5 to 6°C by 2100 without …

Climate Change

Algae in drinking water causes Santa Clara Valley water officials to scramble

MORGAN HILL — On most sunny summer weekends, Coyote Lake, a 4-mile long reservoir in the hills east of Morgan Hill, would be busy with people …

Obama Administration

A menace afloat: Scientists warn toxic algae blooms are here to stay

The stench of decaying algae began rising from coastal waterways in southeastern Florida early this month, shutting down businesses and beaches …

Breakthrough battery tech could make electric cars more efficient

Researchers have proposed a new lithium-oxygen battery technology that could make long-distance electric cars (and smartphones that don't need …

Clean Energy

Drought hits Northeastern US, could last months

At Lavoie's Farm in New Hampshire, beans and corn haven't broken through the ground yet and fields of strawberries are stunted.<p>The drought that has …

New Hampshire

New solar projects may benefit from falling component prices

<b>Mumbai:</b> A sharp fall in solar module prices will help renewable energy producers, who have won solar projects at aggressive tariffs but are yet to …

Solar Power

Walmart introduces line of “ugly” fruit to combat food waste

The largest grocer in America recognizes that beauty is only skin deep when it comes to “ugly” fruits and vegetables. Walmart is rolling out a line …

There isn't a market for water, and there probably won’t be one

<b>We disagree.</b> Most of water's value is not in the commodity itself but in the value that's added to it by a range of services and processes: extracting it, transporting it, disposing of it and making it drinkable. The value to volume economic ratio in water does not support a global marketplace, …

Natural Gas

Facing Down "Environmental Grief"

Despite a growing body of evidence that climate change is wreaking havoc on our environment and psyches, many people still resist making small …

Mental Health

Inside the world's first airport potato farm at JFK

You've heard of farm-to-table but how about farm-to-terminal? Made up of 5,000 stacked milk crates planted with flourishing vegetables, herbs and …

2016 Is Breaking All Kinds of Climate Records, and It’s Only Half Over

January to June has been the warmest half-year on record.<p>The year is only half over, and already two big indicators of climate change (global surface temperatures, and the diminishing extent of Arctic sea ice) are smashing record after record, NASA scientists said on Tuesday in a press …

Global Warming

Paleontology: Aftermath of a mass extinction - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

A new study of fossil fishes from Middle Triassic sediments on the shores of Lake Lugano provides new insights into the recovery of biodiversity …

Melbourne's "Tesla Town" Project Is a Glimpse into Our Residential Future

We keep talking about cars and vehicles and how they have changed over the past few years with more of the same scheduled for the upcoming period, …

Solar Panels

Changing Environmental Values and a Changing World

People value the planet's air, water, creatures, and natural wonders. While pundits do not always understand how the environment works as a political issue, this past Earth Day, Karlyn Bowman of <i>Forbes</i> analyzed the political dynamics of American environmentalism and accurately reported the latent …

Water

How The Girl Scouts Are Helping to Save the Environment

Today’s Girl Scouts are doing more than earning badges and selling cookies: They’re helping to save the environment. <i>Scientific American</i> reports that …

Girl Scouts

Awesome 21-Year-Old Started an Organization and Made a Documentary to End Marine Captivity - One Green Planet

As humans, we have quite a bit to worry about in our personal lives. We need to find jobs, make sure we have a roof over our heads, enough food and …

Oxford Street to be car-free by 2020 in bid to tackle air pollution

Oxford Street will be pedestrianised by 2020, the Mayor of London's office has announced.<p>The central London shopping hub is one of the busiest in the capital and is visited by more than four million people a week, according to The Times.<p>The plan will be rolled out in two stages to reduce disruption …

93 Percent Of Public Companies Face Climate Risk; Only 12 Percent Have Disclosed It

Almost all U.S. publicly traded companies face risk either from climate change itself or from the changes needed to fend it off, experts agreed Monday at the S&P Global offices in New York—but few companies have warned their investors.<p>Some executives seem to be in denial, while other executives may …

Climate

Scientists call for better plastics design to protect marine life

Improved materials would encourage recycling and prevent single-use containers from entering the oceans and breaking into small pieces<p>Plastics should be better designed to encourage recycling and prevent wasteful single-use containers finding their way into our oceans, where they break up into …

Pollution