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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.

Scott Pruitt's EPA Says Maybe More Radiation Exposure Wouldn't Be So Harmful

Donald Trump’s appointment of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency this year drew eyebrows, …

Climate

This Blockchain-Based Energy Platform Is Building A Peer-To-Peer Grid

WePower is creating a new cryptocurrency to help facilitate a more democratic system of funding and buying renewable energy.<p>Residential solar customers are already used to selling power back to the grid. When their rooftop panels produce more electricity than is needed at any time, they can send …

Renewable Energy

National parks as theme park rides

Maps don’t just show us the world, they also reveal how we choose to see it. A daydream at Expedia Viewfinder led one creator to put together a map …

Scientists Document 'Opportunistic' Alligators Eating Sharks

An American Alligator chomping down on a nurse shark. (Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge) It’s a …

EPA to restrict settlements with environmentalists

The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pledging to crack down on settling lawsuits with environmental groups.<p>EPA head …

Climate

Tesla starts shipping Powerpacks to Puerto Rico

Elon Musk said last week that Tesla would accelerate its effort to help bring power back to Puerto Rico after sending a few hundred Powerwall battery …

Coal power plant closures ramp up in spite of White House plans

The Trump administration may hope that it can reverse coal power's decline by ending the Clean Power Plan and other eco-friendly efforts, but the …

The Number That Explains Snap’s New Strategy

Eighty percent. It’s a high metric for just about any type of user behavior. It’s also the percentage of Snap’s 166 million daily users who have …

Penguin disaster as just two chicks survive from colony of 40,000

‘Catastrophic breeding event’ leads to demands for a marine protected area to be set up in East Antarctica<p>A colony of about 40,000 Adélie penguins in Antarctica has suffered a “catastrophic breeding event” – all but two chicks have died of starvation this year. It is the second time in just four …

Climate Change

Iceland switches on first true “negative emissions” plant that sucks in CO2 and turns it into stone

In a world first, a plant has managed to truly reduce our CO2 emissions by sucking it out of the air and injecting it into the ground<p>Some of us don’t …

Energy

Republican mayor transforms California city into ‘the solar capital of the universe’

<i>By Jeremy Deaton</i>Some cities were hit hard by the Great Recession. Lancaster, California was positively clobbered. In the summer of 2009, the …

Renewable Energy

‘Just ash and bone’: Death toll in California wildfires reaches historically grim heights

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The horrific scale of death and destruction is coming into focus, even as wildfires continue to rage throughout Northern California.<p>Thirty-three confirmed dead, many of them elderly. One victim was 14 years old.<p>Hundreds still missing on Friday.<p>Thousands of homes and businesses …

Santa Rosa

At least 31 dead in horrific California wildfires, hundreds missing

Massive wildfires sweeping through California have killed at least 31 people and damaged thousands of homes, businesses and other buildings, …

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Only 16 percent of Puerto Rico has power 3 weeks after Hurricane Maria

Three weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall, only 16 percent of Puerto Rico's residents have electricity, the Department of Defense said …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Puerto Rico: US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage

US government providing 200,000 meals a day to meet needs of 2m people ‘There is no urgency in the government response to this humanitarian crisis’<p>Federal officials privately admit there is a massive shortage of meals in Puerto Rico three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.<p>Officials …

Caribbean

Radioactive wild boars in Sweden are eating nuclear mushrooms

Radioactive wild boars currently roaming central and northern Sweden are proof positive that nuclear disasters have long-term environmental impacts, both near and far from where they occur.<p>In 1986, a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine exploded, irradiating the surrounding region, including …

Environment

Worrying New Research Finds That The Ocean Is Cutting Through a Key Antarctic Ice Shelf

Here's why that matters.<p>A new study published Tuesday has found that warm ocean water is carving an enormous channel into the underside of one of the …

Global Warming

The war on coal is over. The war on breathing has begun.

If the “war on coal is over,” as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt declared this week, then the war on breathing has …

Climate

EPA formally moves to repeal major Obama power plant rule

The Trump administration formally proposed to scrap the Obama administration’s signature climate change rule for power plants.Environmental …

Climate

Why Aren't Renewables Decreasing Germany's Carbon Emissions?

Germany’s carbon emissions are not declining much, despite renewables increasing to almost 30% of the country’s power mix this year (see figure below), and over 50% of its installed capacity. Unfortunately, coal has also increased to about 30% and, along with power purchases from France and other …

Energy

Climate Change News: India’s Methane Emissions Not Growing Much

They only have one carbon atom in common, but both carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) are greenhouse gases whose accumulation in the atmosphere …

Climate Change

Trump Plays Down Health Hazard in Making Climate Rule Repeal

When President Barack Obama unveiled his plan to pare emissions from U.S. power plants two years ago, he stressed the long-term health benefits: …

Climate

Morning News Brief: Wine Country Fires, Clean Power Plan

At least 10 people have died in wildfires, forcing residents in wine country north of San Francisco to flee as homes went up in flames. And, the EPA plans to withdraw from the Clean Power Plan.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Picture this - more than a dozen wildfires clustered together all whipped up …

Climate

Snorkelling in icy waters and hiking remote terrain: Adventure tourism arrives in the vulnerable Arctic

Thrill of visiting remote sites comes with responsibility of protecting fragile environment<p>If only the weather had been better, cruise ship …

Canada

Feds give Hawaii companies $1.5M to develop seaweed as energy source

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $1.5 million to two Hawaii businesses to develop offshore seaweed as a potential clean energy source.<p>U.S. Sen. …

Renewable Energy

As Cancer Tears Through Africa, Drug Makers Draw Up a Battle Plan

NAIROBI, Kenya — In a remarkable initiative modeled on the campaign against AIDS in Africa, two major pharmaceutical companies, working with the American Cancer Society, will steeply discount the prices of cancer medicines in Africa.<p>Under the new agreement, the companies — Pfizer, based in New …

Cancer

It "Came In Seconds And Took Everything With It": Nate Triggers Deadly Flash Flooding In Costa Rica

The devastation along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast marked some of the first casualties of the powerful storm barreling toward the US Gulf Coast.<p>PARRITA, Costa Rica — A fellow churchgoer called Martza Sanchez Cometreras on Wednesday night with a warning: Leave your home immediately because the river …

Costa Rica

EPA moves to rescind Obama plan to slow global warming

The Trump administration is moving to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s efforts to slow global warming, seeking to ease …

Global Warming

EPA to ease emission restrictions on coal-fired power plants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, seeking to ease restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.<p>In a plan expected to be made public in coming days, the Environmental …

Climate