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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.

Norway issues $1bn threat to Brazil over rising Amazon destruction

Deforestation in the Amazon is increasing amid cuts to protection, putting Norway’s financial aid in jeopardy, says minister<p>Leia este artigo em português<p>Norway has issued a blunt threat to Brazil that if rising deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is not reversed, its billion-dollar financial …

Environment

EPA Set to Eliminate Over 1,200 Employees By September

Photo: Getty “JOBS, JOBS, JOBS,” the Trump campaign liked to say. But upon assuming office, one of the first things that Trump did was initiate a …

Democratic lawmakers raise pressure on EPA over Icahn's biofuels role

(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic lawmakers asked Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt on Wednesday to disclose procedures to prevent billionaire Carl Icahn from influencing U.S. biofuels policy for personal gain.<p>The letter is the latest in a string of missives from Democrats concerned about …

Carl Icahn

Oil firms could waste trillions if climate targets reached: report

Energy giants including Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell risk wasting more than a third of their budgets on projects that will not be needed if climate targets are to be met, a think tank report shows.<p>More than $2-trillion of planned investment in oil and gas projects by 2025 could be redundant if …

Oil

This disturbing map reveals how climate change is already affecting your health, based on the state you live in

Climate change is already beginning to wreak havoc upon the planet. In the short term, we're facing more winter storms, miserably hot summers, and a longer allergy season. In the long term, entire coastlines will likely disappear, threatening communities and wildlife.<p>On a more local level, experts …

Climate Change

World’s largest coal company to retire 37 mines in India

<b>The largest coal mining company in the world, Coal India, has announced plans to decommission a total of 37 mines which are no longer economically</b> …

Energy

It’s so hot in Phoenix, planes are physically unable to fly

The extreme heat in Phoenix led to the cancellation of nearly 50 flights on Monday and Tuesday, according to the Arizona Republic. With temperatures …

Ethiopia's Coffee Farmers Are 'On The Front Lines Of Climate Change'

Ethiopia gave the world Coffea arabica, the species that produces most of the coffee we drink these days. Today, the country is the largest African …

Scalable solar-powered desal system could supply water to homes and towns

The majority of the planet's surface may be water, but unfortunately a heaping pile of salt makes most of that undrinkable. Desalination makes …

Climate change will expose half the world to killer heat waves, scientists say

Climate change will sharply boost the frequency of lethal heat waves even if humanity caps global warming at two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the core goal of the Paris Agreement, scientists said Monday.<p>Fulfilling that 196-nation pledge would, by 2100, still leave nearly half the …

Climate Change

A huge part of Antarctica is melting and scientists say that's bad news

<b>(CNN) —</b> Antarctica is experiencing weird weather, and the changes have some scientists worried about the future.<p>There's an area on the west side of the icy continent called the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and last January, scientists found a 300,000-square-mile portion of its perimeter was melting. …

Climate Change

Researchers can now desalinate seawater with the power of the Sun

One of the oldest means of extracting potable liquid from seawater involves distillation, basically boiling the water into steam and then cooling the purified vapor in condensation tubes. Problem is, this method is incredibly power intensive with nearly half of the input energy going towards just …

Clean Energy

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt met fossil fuel representatives but no environmentalists in first weeks in office

Scott Pruitt, the climate science-denying head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, met with a string of fossil fuel industry representatives …

Climate

Making idling buses and delivery trucks more environmentally friendly

In recent years, automakers have introduced engine stop systems in cars to tackle the problem of idling engines wasting fuel. But such systems aren't …

Environmentally Friendly

How a math formula could decide fate of endangered U.S. species

(Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering a proposal that could effectively let some plants and animals become extinct so cash-strapped agencies can use more of their funds to save others.<p>At a closed-door meeting last month, Arizona State University ecologist Leah Gerber presented a plan …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Thin ice: Vanishing ice only exacerbates a bad, climate change-fueled situation

How's the Earth’s ice system changing? Look to the active cryosphere.<p>Most people view our planet’s vanishing ice as a symptom of climate change. And …

Global Warming

‘Solar paint’ breakthrough can provide endless energy source

It harnesses sun and the moisture in the air to harvest hydrogen<p>There’s big business in disguising energy-generating tech like solar panels as innocuous building elements like roof tiles, window blinds, and even stained glass. But researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne may have created the …

Clean Energy

Think Wind Turbines and Solar Panels Are Fads? Think Again

Wind power and solar power generated 10% of U.S. electricity in March, and both sources continue to grow at a rapid clip, displacing more-expensive …

Renewable Energy

The latest threat to Antarctica: an insect and plant invasion

Rise in tourism and warmer climate bring house flies – and the growth of mosses in which they can live<p>Antarctica’s pristine ice-white environment is going green and facing an unexpected threat – from the common house fly. Scientists say that as temperatures soar in the polar region, invading plants …

Climate Change

France is offering US scientists 4-year grants to move to the country and do research

If you are an American scientist, student, teacher, or business person working on climate change solutions, France would love for you to stay …

Climate

The European Union Just Voted To Make The Paris Agreement Legally Binding

One of the major complaints – fair or unfair – of the Paris agreement is that there is no punishment of any form for countries that fail to meet …

Judge orders redo of Dakota Access pipeline environmental review

A federal judge ruled Wednesday night that the environmental review for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline must be redone to assess the risk …

Jeff Bezos touts Amazon’s solar power campaign for fulfillment centers

Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn’t the only tech billionaire who’s high on solar power: Today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted about the latest step in his …

The Sustainable City: Is off-grid living the way forward for Dubai?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will not run out of oil any time soon. According to the most recent data set available, the Emirates has proven reserves equivalent to 98 billion barrels -- enough for the nation to rank seventh globally.<p>According to World Bank figures, the UAE consumes 18.4 …

Sustainability

EPA: air pollution rule should be delayed – despite its effect on children

Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges postponing Obama administration measure might have ‘disproportionate’ effect on young people<p>The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed delaying a federal air pollution rule for two years, despite acknowledging that children will be …

Climate

Scientists stunned by Antarctic rainfall and a melt area bigger than Texas

Scientists have documented a recent, massive melt event on the surface of highly vulnerable West Antarctica that, they fear, could be a harbinger of future events as the planet continues to warm.<p>In the Antarctic summer of 2016, the surface of the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest floating ice platform on …

Climate Change

How clean energy is transforming the world, in 5 charts

Take it straight from a major fossil fuel supplier: The world's energy mix is changing, and it's shifting toward lower-carbon fuels.<p>BP, the British oil and gas giant, said global efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions and boost efficiency are having a tangible effect on global energy markets, …

Renewable Energy

IKEA is releasing a version of its iconic shopping bag made from potato chip wrappers

Two Egyptian women have redesigned a Swedish classic in the name of sustainability.<p>Attendees of last week’s IKEA Democratic Design open house in Älmhult, Sweden cooed over sparkly, silver versions of the company’s Frakta shopping bag. This latest incarnation of the iconic IKEA workhorse bag is the …

Furniture

For a Republican Mayor in Texas, Clean Energy Is a ‘No Brainer’

“We got something in common,” Dale Ross told Al Gore last summer. “You invented the internet. And I invented green energy.”<p>Ross, the mayor of Georgetown, Texas — pop. 65,000 — was having a bit of fun with the former vice president and longtime environmental activist. But, in the coming months, his …

Renewable Energy