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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.

The real lesson from South Australia's electricity 'crisis': we need better climate policy

South Australia is leading the way on wind energy - but that's posing problems for the electricity sector. Wind image from …

Energy

This chart shows why transportation has become America’s biggest climate headache

Transportation is likely to surpass the electricity sector in 2016 as the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, according …

Carbon

Marriage made in sunlight: Invention merges solar with liquid battery

<i>Credit: David Tenenbaum/UW-Madison</i><p>As solar cells produce a greater proportion of total electric power, a fundamental limitation remains: the dark of …

Batteries

Could ants be the solution to antibiotic crisis?

Scientists have pinpointed a promising new source of antibiotics: ants. They have found that some species – including leaf-cutter ants from the Amazon – use bacteria to defend their nests against invading fungi and microbes.<p>Chemicals excreted by the bacteria as part of this fight have been shown to …

Biology

This Cheap, Portable Solar Panel Will Be the iPad of Renewables

This Cheap, Portable Solar Panel Will Be the iPad of Renewables<p>A California-based startup unveiled a product this week that aims to disrupt solar …

Solar Power

Love the National Parks? Here's How to Become a Park Ranger

For anyone who wants to call the outdoors their “office.”<p>If you really want to get close to nature, the federal government has a number of job listings for park rangers and guides, providing the opportunity to help maintain and run America’s national parks and lands throughout the year.<p>Listings …

National Parks

U.S. says ‘aloha’ to country’s first wave-generated electricity

An innovative buoy creates electricity from the movement of waves off Hawaii's coast<p>Hawaii has always had something of an energy problem. Nearly …

Electricity

How climate science deniers can accept so many 'impossible things' all at once

Sometimes, climate science deniers will tell you that we can’t predict global temperatures in the future. Sometimes, they’ll say we’re heading for an ice age.<p>Occasionally, contrarians will say that no single weather event can prove human-caused global warming. But then they’ll point to somewhere …

Climate

Devil Frog Vomits Up a New Ant Species

Sometimes scientists make discoveries in the strangest of places. Like the belly of a poison frog.<p>Finding new species may call to mind images of scientists tracking mysterious footprints in the mud or cutting paths through the dense jungle.<p>But sometimes, a discovery is as easy as getting a frog to …

Animals

Innovative Water-Gen machine harvests up to 825 gallons of clean water from thin air in a day

You might remember from grade school science class that water vapor is all around us, taking part in a continuous cycle that fills the clouds, lakes, …

Water

‘It’s a depressing sight’: climate change unleashes ghostly death on Great Barrier Reef

John Rumney says that just a year ago, this particular spot was once the most stunning coral garden on the entire Great Barrier Reef. If a film crew said it wanted to get a cliche shot of the reef with its mind-boggling richness of coral and fish species, this was where he took them.<p>Now he’s taking …

Climate Change

Can killer robots save ocean ecosystems?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Few predators can match the devastating impact of the lionfish.<p>Since arriving in US waters in the 1980s, these fearsome creatures have left a trail of destruction along the Atlantic Coast, from Rhode Island to Venezuela.<p>Lionfish can reduce a flourishing coral reef to barren wasteland in a …

Animals

World's Largest Solar Plant Goes Onlin

The Indian state of Tamil Nadu is now home to the world's largest solar power plant, according to local reports.<p>The world's largest single location …

Energy

Changing U.S. energy mix reflects growing use of natural gas, petroleum, and renewables - Today in Energy

<b>Source:</b> U.S. Energy Information Administration, <i>Monthly Energy Review</i>, April 2016<p>Primary energy consumption fell slightly in 2015 as a decline in coal …

The key to tackling climate change: electrify everything

Tackling climate change is a complicated undertaking, to say the least. But here’s a good rule of thumb for how to get started:<p>Electrify everything.<p>Replace technologies that still run on combustion, like gasoline vehicles and natural gas heating and cooling, with alternatives that run on …

Energy

This Solar Car Charges Itself While It's Parked On The Street

The $13,000 Sion gets enough energy from the sun that it can drive 18 miles a day—more than the average driver needs.<p>If the battery runs out on a new electric car when you aren’t near a power outlet—in the middle of the wilderness on a camping trip, for example—all you have to do is wait: The car …

Renewable Energy

Acidity in atmosphere minimised to preindustrial levels

<i>The ice is drilled in Greenland and Antarctica and is transported back home to the laboratory where it is prepared and made ready the measurements.</i> …

Scientific Research

France just became the first country to ban all plastic plates, cups, and utensils

Go France!<p>France just passed a law that says all plastic plates, cups, and utensils will be banned by 2020, and replacements will need to be made …

Plastic

The Observer view on global warming

The sea ice covering the most northerly part of our planet shrank last week to its second lowest level on record. Once stable at around 7.5m sq km in summer, the Arctic ice cap has been dwindling for several decades and dropped to an area of 4.1m sq km a few days ago, a victim of the rising …

World

France bans the use of plastic crockery and cutlery to aid battle against climate change

Plastic crockery and cutlery is to be banned in France unless it is made from biologically sourced materials.<p>The new law comes into force in 2020. It is part of a French environmental initiative called the Energy Transition for Green Growth, part of a package aimed at tackling climate change.<p>But, …

France

As solar installations multiply, U.S. utility companies fight back

Below the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, they glimmer in the relentless Nevada sun like scales on a monstrous grey dragon. More than 26,000 solar …

Energy

France becomes first country to ban all plastic cups and plates to save environment

France has passed a new law to ensure all plastic cups, cutlery and plates can be composted and are made of biologically-sourced materials.<p>The law, …

Environment

There's an open sea at the North Pole, and it's got experts very worried

The new normal.<p>Writing about climate change presents an interesting challenge. It’s a slow, constant process. Global temperatures rise a little every …

North Pole

What should you do with your dog’s poo?

Q. <b>Dear Umbra,</b><p><b>My city prohibits us from putting dog poop in with other compostable stuff. I can pick it up with a plastic bag and toss that in the</b> …

Environment

The Artificial Leaf That Converts Carbon Dioxide To Fuel

• Share on Facebook<p><i>Image Source: tweaktown.com</i><p>Sun is the ultimate source of all forms of energy. Solar energy is converted from one form to another and …

Energy

Wind, solar and electric cars are booming. Too bad that’s not enough to stop climate change

The tough thing about halting climate change is that it means altering pretty much everything about how we get and use energy. We have to change how we generate electricity — how we power our homes, our buildings and operate the grid. We have to change transportation, how we get around, travel, …

Energy

The Paris Treaty

DROPPIN’ CLIMATE SCIENCE<p>After hundreds of delegates headed back to their homelands, exausted from two frantic weeks of negotiations<b>,</b> The UN issued …

Sanders joins protesters against ND pipeline project

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders joins protesters against ND pipeline project Dem lawmakers: Clinton should have disclosed illness sooner …

Bernie Sanders