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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.

How Invasive Species (Slowly) Push Plants Toward Extinction

Japanese knotweed. Purple loosestrife. Kudzu. Mesquite. Giant hogweed. Bitou bush. What do all of these plants have in common? Easy: they’re all …

Botany

Synthetic prawns: a bid to make ‘seafood’ that’s sustainable and slavery-free

How do you describe the taste and texture of a prawn? Sort of rubbery; elastic, even. Like chicken, only better. These unappetising phrases hardly capture what makes it so good—the precise reason why prawns (called shrimp in the United States) are one of the most consumed seafoods globally. But now …

Environmentalism

Britain’s most endangered butterfly thriving after decades of conservation efforts

The large blue butterfly which became extinct in Britain in the 1970s is finally thriving again following decades of conservation efforts.<p>Although overall butterfly numbers have slumped across the country this year because of the wet weather, the Large Blue has bucked the trend with the highest …

Insects

Agricultural Innovation in a Water-Scarce World

Katie Jackson is the Vice President of Sustainability and External Affairs for Jackson Family Wines. In her role, Jackson co-manages the Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs Department and leads the company’s innovative sustainability program. Jackson directs the development and management …

Innovation

Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet, off Hawaii

President Obama on Friday created the largest ecologically protected area on the planet when he expanded a national marine monument off the coast of his native Hawaii to encompass more than half a million square miles.<p>The president more than quadrupled the size of the Papahanaumokuakea (pronounced …

Hawaii

Hawaii Is Now Home to an Ocean Reserve Twice the Size of Texas

A 583,000-square-mile "no-take" zone: President Obama just quadrupled the size of a national marine monument off northwestern Hawaii.<p>View Images<p>Capping a week of 100th anniversary celebrations for the National Park Service, President Barack Obama turned to the ocean to create the largest protected …

Nature

Hawaii Is Now Home to an Ocean Reserve Twice the Size of Texas | Obama more than quadrupled Papahānaumokuākea’s size, to 582,578 square miles, an area larger than all the national parks combined.

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National Parks

Climate change is making oysters and other shellfish dangerous to eat

Oyster happy hours are going to be getting sadder in the coming years—and we probably have climate change to blame. The connection comes from a new study (paywall) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that links the rapid rise in sea temperatures in the North Atlantic with a surge …

Climate Change

50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets

From making you live longer to making cities more resilient: If you want a reason to make your city more walkable, it's in here.<p>As more cities try to improve walkability—from car-free "superblocks" in Barcelona to heat-protected walkways in Dubai—a new report outlines the reasons behind the shift, …

Walking

Solar as a Service: The Headache-Free Way to Have Solar Power

<b>Published on</b> August 24th, 2016 | <i>by Aisha Abdelhamid</i><p>0<p>August 24th, 2016 by <b>Aisha Abdelhamid</b><p>As New Zealand transitions its national energy profile to …

Energy

Melting Arctic permafrost releasing ancient carbon, study confirms

Researchers have confirmed the widespread release of ancient carbon from melting Arctic permafrost in what could be the lit fuse on a climate-change bomb.<p>A paper published this week in Nature Geoscience has released the first measurements of greenhouse gases from permafrost under Arctic lakes. But …

Climate

Rare aquatic cats that fish with their paws are on the brink of extinction

Extinction

Thanks to climate change, this 13-deck cruise ship is attempting to sail the Northwest Passage

It took three years of planning—and lots of melting ice—but the <i>Crystal Serenity</i> cruise ship has finally begun a pioneering journey that will take it through the Arctic region’s Northwest Passage. The trip is expected to conclude in New York on Sept. 12, having begun last weekend in Alaska, but the …

Climate Change

An effective and low-cost solution for storing solar energy

How can we store solar energy for period when the sun doesn't shine? One solution is to convert it into hydrogen through water electrolysis. The idea …

Energy

Seals help plug Antarctic water mystery

Elephant seals have helped scientists to demonstrate that fresh water from Antarctic's melting ice shelves slows the processes responsible for the …

Oceans

Elon Musk's brother is building vertical farms in shipping containers

Entrepreneur Kimbal Musk — yes, he's Elon Musk's younger brother — is trying to grow a variety of things inside the old Pfizer factory in Brooklyn. Among them: a new agricultural venture, hundreds of pounds of leafy greens, and the next generation of young farmers.<p>Starting fall 2016, he and fellow …

Farming

Stomachs of dead sperm whales found in Germany filled with plastics, car parts

Marine biologists were deeply saddened upon discovering 29 lifeless sperm whales around the shore of North Sea Island in Germany last week, and their …

Plastic

Protecting the environment in Senegal? There's an app for that

By Emmanuelle Landais DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hunched over her laptop, eyes locked on the screen, Marième Seye listens to the …

Senegal

Five Ways to Advance Conservation Entrepreneurship

Conserving the diversity of life and vitality of the world’s ecosystems is among humanity’s greatest challenges. Despite growing recognition of the …

Environment

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--<b>Research and Markets</b> has announced the addition of the "Clean Technology in Defense Industry - Emerging Trends and Outlook" …

Defense industry

Climate change will mean the end of national parks as we know them

After a century of shooing away hunters, tending to trails and helping visitors enjoy the wonder of the natural world, the guardians of America’s most treasured places have been handed an almost unimaginable new job – slowing the all-out assault climate change is waging against national parks …

Nature

This Future Highway Will Remove Lanes, But Add Public Transit And Space For Drones

Architects in Shenzhen, China, have designed a highway for the future of transportation that's unlike any highway you've ever seen.<p>When cities redesign traffic-clogged highways, they often make them wider—despite the fact that tends to make traffic even worse. In Shenzhen, China, a team of …

Design

Chile’s solar price hits record global low – at half the price of coal

For the first time, the price of solar power in Chile hit a record low of $29.10 per megawatt hour (MWh) in an energy auction last week. Spanish …

Energy

Orangutans 'will be extinct within 10 years'

Orangutans will be extinct from the planet within 10 years unless action is taken to preserve forests in Indonesia and Malaysia where they live, a …

Malaysia

Is my sparkling-water maker terrible for the environment?

Q. <b>Dear Umbra,</b><p><b>My family and I are enamored of our seltzer maker. We drink copious amounts of the stuff throughout the year. But I’ve been wondering</b> …

Environment

This Bottle Cap Could Save Billions of Gallons of Water

With California suffering its worst water shortage in perhaps 1,000 years, VCU Brandcenter students devised a novel plan to curtail waste from …

Advertising

Historical documents reveal Arctic sea ice is disappearing at record speed

Scientists have pieced together historical records to reconstruct Arctic sea ice extent over the past 125 years. The results are shown in the figure below. The red line, showing the extent at the end of the summer melt season, is the most critical:<p>Arctic sea ice extent in recent years is by far the …

World

Doubling battery power of consumer electronics

An MIT spinout is preparing to commercialize a novel rechargable lithium metal battery that offers double the energy capacity of the lithium ion …

Energy

Sion: an electric car with integrated solar panels on its body

With 7,5 m² of solar cells, it can provide 30 more free kilometers per day A new solar car named Sion was recently presented by Sono Motors GmbH....

Electric Vehicles