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Littercoin: a blockchain reward for producing Open Geospatial Data on plastic pollution anywhere

The OpenLitterMap Foundation has created a blockchain reward system for anyone who wants to help map plastic pollution. Littercoin is a Citizen …

Pollution

Light pollution: Night being lost in many countries

<b>A study of pictures of Earth by night has revealed that artificial light is growing brighter and more extensive every year.</b><p>Between 2012 and 2016, the planet's artificially lit outdoor area grew by more than 2% per year.<p>Scientists say a "loss of night" in many countries is having negative …

Geoscience

The Astonishing (Vanishing) Stepwells of India

Thirty years ago, on my first visit to India, I glanced over an ordinary wall. The ground fell away and was replaced by an elaborate, man-made chasm …

The top 10 architecture quotes of 2015

Dezeen editor Anna Winston picks the quotes that sum up the year in architecture, covering the changing status of refugee camps, the relationship …

The Drowned World

[Image: From <i>Terra Forming: Engineering the Sublime</i> by Adam Lowe and Jerry Brotton].<br>Artists Adam Lowe and Jerry Brotton's project <i>Terra Forming:</i> …

Sea Level

An Alaskan tunnel yields clues to Earth's fragile permafrost

Time travel in science fiction novels is tricky if not completely unpredictable. But it is possible to at least peer into the past as some climate scientists in Alaska are doing.<p>Scientists are actively trying to understand what's happening to the Earth's permafrost, the frozen layer of organic …

Farmers Are Embracing Sustainability -- You Just Aren't Hearing About It

“Things are changing. It’s just how do you get them to change fast enough?”<p>When farmers make the news in relation to climate issues like droughts, floods or extreme heat, they are often described in opposition to both environmentalists and, sometimes, scientists alike.<p>But such a depiction doesn’t …

Agriculture

NASA satellites reveal something startling about the future of food on Earth

And what better perspective than from space?<p>Climate change due to human activity is causing visible shifts on our planet, and NASA is uniquely positioned to observe these effects.<p>"If we continue on our current course, it's going to be hard to feed this planet because it's so hot," Ellen Stofan, …

The Future of Global Development, Mapped

Urbanization, agriculture, and energy could gobble up 20 percent of the world’s remaining natural land by 2050.<p>By 2050, the world’s population is projected to approach nine billion. With more people will come more developed land—a lot more.<p>Urbanization, agriculture, energy, and mining put 20 …

Ecology

Hurricane Joaquin: Another Word for Climate Change

In case you hadn’t guessed, a new study shows “superstorms” will be much more frequent in the years ahead.<p>As Hurricane Joaquin devastates the Bahamas …

Climate Change

Liam Atkins devises cavernous workshop for fictional Wes Anderson remake of Ben-Hur

<b>Graduate shows 2015:</b> architecture graduate Liam Atkins has designed a workshop that is part building, part cave, to build props for a fictional …