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By Steven Natiello | A magazine dedicated to the world that we all call home, no matter our background. With articles ranging from sustainability and clean technology to conservation and wildlife preservation, this magazine features must-read articles for anyone with a vested interest in Planet Earth.

Trump to order reversal of Obama water regulation rule: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign a measure on Wednesday aimed at rescinding a major Obama administration water regulation and direct an end to the government's defense of the rule, a Trump official briefed on the plan said on Friday.<p>Trump is expected to direct …

21st Century

Europeans are cutting down U.S. forests for so-called 'sustainable' energy

European nations, including the UK, are making a grave accounting error that will result in the emissions of more planet-warming greenhouse gases, according to a new report from an independent London think tank.<p>By counting the burning of wood pellets from felled forests in the U.S., Canada and …

Forests

OMG measurements of Greenland give us a glimpse of future sea rise

The Oceans Melting Greenland project is taking important measurements to determine how fast sea levels will rise<p>If you meet a group of climate scientists, and ask them how much sea levels will rise by say the year 2100, you will get a wide range of answers. But, those with most expertise in sea …

Global Warming

Trump’s draconian budget proposals will destroy US clean energy innovation

The opening weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency have been a storm of activity. He has released controversial executive orders on everything from immigration to drug trafficking, and faced near-unrelenting scrutiny on the bureaucratic infighting and security concerns that have dogged his young …

Renewable Energy

That giant crack in Antarctica just keeps getting bigger

It's a matter of weeks before a Delaware-sized iceberg hits the high seas<p>A crack along an Antarctic glacier has grown roughly 30 miles in a matter of months, leaving NASA researchers to believe that the resulting iceberg—known as Larsen C—may make it to the open ocean in as little as a weeks or …

Global Warming

Invisible plastic particles from tyres and clothing are polluting our oceans

Tiny plastic particles from car tyres and even clothing fabrics could be responsible for up to 30 percent of the plastic polluting our oceans, according to a new IUCN report. Is there anything we can do?<p>Car tyres, cosmetics and even our clothing – plastic is in almost everything we use on a daily …

Plastic

Life-Forms In Deep Ocean Facing Extinction By 2100

Deep-sea sea cucumbers (such as this Scotoplanes sp., also known as a sea pig) are a vital part of the deep ocean. As temperature changes, one …

Climate Change

New research finds a strong link between air pollution and babies born prematurely

In a far-ranging study analyzing data from 183 countries, researchers have pointed to a strong link between air pollution and preterm babies, estimating that one in five babies (pdf, p.4) are born prematurely because of their mothers’ exposure during pregnancy to high levels of PM2.5, fine …

Environment

India's wind power tariffs hit new low in push for renewables

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian wind power tariffs fell to a record low in a government-run auction on Friday, weeks after solar power rates too hit an all-time low, in one of the world's biggest clean energy programmes aimed at cutting chronic electricity shortages.<p>India, the world's third-biggest …

Renewable Energy

The 12 Best Nature and Climate Change Docs on Netflix

The world is changing and humans are responsible. It’s not just about climate change — across the planet forests are razed, oceans are trawled, and …

Climate Change

Harvard Is One Step Closer to Developing Cheap, Long-Lasting Battery Storage

By Kieran Cooke<p>It is the holy grail of the renewable energy sector—a cheap and efficient battery system that can store energy generated by renewables …

Renewable Energy

Clean energy’s dirty secret: Wind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems

Clean energy’s dirty secretWind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems<p>But that’s no reason for governments to stop supporting …

Renewable Energy

3,000 Scientists Have Asked for Help Running for Office to Oppose Trump - Motherboard

More than 3,000 scientists and STEM professionals have expressed interest in running for office as a reaction to the Donald Trump presidency, according to a nonprofit group hoping to get more scientific-minded people into politics.<p>In January, 314 Action (named after the first three digits of the …

Climate Change

Googly-Eyed Trash Eaters May Clean a Harbor Near You

Baltimore’s success with Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel may spread to other cities.<p>Join us in The People v. Climate Change and share an environmental portrait of someone taking positive steps to protect the Earth on YourShot or social media. Use #MyClimateAction to share a first-person …

Recycling

Germany’s renewable energy boom is making life miserable for fossil-fuel producers

Last year at this time, RWE, one of Germany’s largest power producers, announced a surprise annual loss for 2015 and scrapped its dividend for the first time in decades.<p>That was nothing.<p>Today, the company warned of an even bigger loss in 2016—a whopping €5.7 billion ($6 billion)—and, again, decided …

Renewable Energy

Trump's 'beautiful wall' threatens 111 endangered species

The 3,100km concrete wall Donald Trump plans to build along the US-Mexico border would be a disaster for the border zone's ecosystems, writes Shonil …

Endangered Species

Trump administration had a secret plan to lift Russian sanctions

President Trump’s personal lawyer and a former business associate met privately in New York City last month with a member of the Ukrainian parliament …

Trump's aides don't want to admit the President is golfing

<b>West Palm Beach (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump has made visiting his Florida golf courses a near every-weekend habit in the first month of his administration, and his aides are trying to obscure whether Trump is actually golfing during the visits.<p>One possible reason: Trump was a frequent and vocal …

Golf

'The wild west of wind': Republicans push Texas as unlikely green energy leader

The most oil-rich and fracking-friendly of states has found itself with the improbable status of being a national leader in a wind energy boom<p>Living in New York and Washington, Greg Wortham heard all the grand talk about green energy from liberal politicians. Then he returned to the place where he …

Renewable Energy

Expect to see more emergencies like Oroville Dam in a hotter world

Scientists predicted decades ago that climate change would add stress to water management systems like Oroville Dam<p>The evacuation of nearly 200,000 people near Oroville Dam is the kind of event that makes climate change personal. A co-worker of mine was forced out of his home for several days by …

Climate Change

An Italian Coffee Giant On The Future Of Sustainability

The chairman of the coffee roaster Illy talks about the future of business and why corporations need to care about sustainability.<p>Illy is perhaps one of the most recognized coffee businesses in the world. The Italian roaster has become synonymous with European espresso. It's been family-run since …

Sustainability

Scientists, environment activists stage Boston protest over Trump's threat to research

Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters are rallying in Boston to protest what they see as increasing threats to science …

Climate Change

Gates, others betting on future of clean technology innovations

<i>Dear EarthTalk: Is alternative energy still the next big thing for American venture capitalists? — Jeffrey Moss, Fairfield, Conn.</i><p>A decade ago, in the …

Renewable Energy

Are fossil fuel companies telling investors enough about the risks of climate change? Probably not, but it’s complicated

Trump could reverse a recent push to require oil companies to disclose more information about climate change risks<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>Prior to President Donald Trump taking office, there was a push to require oil and gas companies to inform their investors …

Climate Change

Scaling Rapidly, This Social Entrepreneur Provides Clean Water To Many In 3 Countries

CEO Galen Welsch launched Jibu with his father to provide affordable access to clean water to people in three countries where culinary water–where …

The Murky Future of Nuclear Power in the United States

This was supposed to be America’s nuclear century.<p>The Three Mile Island meltdown was two generations ago. Since then, engineers had developed innovative designs to avoid the kinds of failures that devastated Fukushima in Japan. The United States government was earmarking billions of dollars for a …

Scientists claim existence of drowned Pacific Ocean continent

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A continent two-thirds the size of Australia has been found beneath the south-west Pacific Ocean, scientists reported in the journal of the Geological Society of America.<p>The land mass of 4.5 million square kilometers (1.74 million square miles) is 94 percent underwater and only …

Science

New supercomputer aids climate research in top coal state

<b>By Mead Gruver,</b> <i>The Associated Press</i><p>CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A new supercomputer in the top coal-mining state has begun critical climate-change research with …

Climate Change

In Mexican cave system, scientists discover life trapped in crystals

In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old.<p>The bizarre and ancient microbes were found dormant in caves in Naica, Mexico, and were able to exist by living on minerals …

Science