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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 Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change

The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government’s climate analysis into long-term planning.<p>The charter for the 15-person Advisory Committee …

Climate

Chinese Ship Found Carrying Endangered Species from Galapagos

Ecuadorean authorities have announced the seizure of a Chinese ship which was caught smuggling animals from the Galapagos Islands marine</b> …

California Prepares For An Eclipse Of Its Solar Power

Spectators around the country are gearing up, eclipse glasses at the ready, for the solar eclipse on Monday. But another group — perhaps more anxious than eager — is preparing as well: the people who run California's electric grid.<p>California is home to almost half of all the solar power in the …

Renewable Energy

Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money

Not getting sick and dying from pollution is worth quite a bit, it turns out.<p>Wind and solar power are subsidized by just about every major country in the world, either directly or indirectly through tax breaks, mandates, and regulations.<p>The main rationale for these subsidies is that wind and solar …

Renewable Energy

The EPA Is Beginning To Roll Back An Obama-Era Rule Limiting How Much Toxic Waste Power Plants Release In Water

The rule would have cut the amount of toxic metals, nutrients, and other pollutants that power plants release into US waters every year by 1.4 billion pounds, according to the EPA’s own analysis.<p>The Trump administration is reassessing strict Obama-era standards for how major coal-fired, natural …

Environment

NASA: July 2017 Didn't Even Need an El Niño to Tie For Hottest July in Recorded History

Photo: AP Good news, everyone! The Earth is still like a car with the windows rolled up, and it doesn’t seem like anyone is coming by with the keys …

Oil-rich but cash-starved Venezuela could be close to bankruptcy

Venezuela's long slide into destitution has prompted protests, pillaging and political tensions. But it could soon get a lot worse, according to …

New findings show how climate change is influencing India’s farmer suicides

FILE - In this Saturday, June 1, 2013, file photo, a young Indian covers his face to protect from the heat as he walks on a dried bed of the River …

Asia’s Harry Potter obsession poses threat to owls

From Indonesia to India, wild birds are being sold as pets to families who want their own Hedwig. Ecologists call for protection to help species survive<p>The Harry Potter phenomenon has broken publishing and cinema box-office records and spawned a series of lucrative theme parks. But wildlife experts …

Harry Potter

India Installs 4.8 Gigawatts Worth Of Solar In First Half Of 2017, Surpasses All Of 2016

India installed an impressive 4.8 GW worth of solar in the first half of 2017, according to new figures published by Mercom India Research, which is …

Renewable Energy

Trump’s attack on science isn’t going very well

<i>Robert B. Richardson is an ecological economist and an associate professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Community Sustainability. He served on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Board of Scientific Counselors from 2014 to 2017.</i><p>The first 200 days of the Trump administration have …

Climate

Thousands march for science across India

Thousands of scientists and their supporters have marched across India to promote their work and demand that the government invest more in the field. …

The hooded grebe is a critically endangered species — and a critically acclaimed dancer

A new video reveals the birds' rarely seen courtship …

Endangered Species

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report

WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.<p>The draft report by …

Climate Change

Someone Leaked a Major Federal Climate Change Report Before Trump and Pruitt Can Cook the Books

On Monday, the New York Times published a leaked copy of the special science section of the draft 2018 National Climate Assessment, which federal …

White House reviewing new report that finds strong link between climate change, human activity

A climate report based on work conducted by scientists in 13 federal agencies is under active review at the White House, and its conclusions about …

Diesel has to die – there is no reverse gear on this

Daimler says diesel is worth fighting for but there is no comeback for the toxic technology and the fight must now be to save lives<p>When the story of Volkswagen’s cheating on diesel emissions tests broke nearly two years ago, a number of reporters asked me if this spelled the end for diesel cars. My …

Electric Vehicles

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year

A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels<p>Fossil fuels have two major problems that paint a dim picture for their future energy dominance. These problems are inter-related but still should be discussed separately. First, they cause climate change. We know that, …

Climate

Octopus research shows that consciousness isn’t what makes humans special

Whether or not octopuses should be viewed as charming or terrifying very much depends on your personal perspective. But it’s hard to deny their intelligence.<p>Octopuses can squirt water at an annoyingly bright bulb until it short-circuits. They can tell humans apart (even those who are wearing the …

Consciousness

"Sleeping" dinosaur fossil so well preserved it still sports skin and scales

It takes plenty of imagination to interpret what dinosaurs looked like and how they behaved, since all we usually have are dusty old bones squashed …

Dinosaurs

Power to the People: Wyoming Residents Reject First New Coal Mine in Decades

By Joe McCarthy<p>Wyoming produces 40 percent of the U.S.'s coal, nearly quadruple the amount produced by West Virginia, the second highest producer.<p>So …

Renewable Energy

Schwarzenegger unveils initiative to tweak Trump on climate

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, flexing his muscles in an effort to counter President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, will unveil an ambitious new national effort Friday aimed at providing lawmakers with a comprehensive set of tools to pass substantive climate …

Climate

Gulf of Mexico sets a new record for the world's largest 'dead zone'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — There's an unwanted record in the Gulf of Mexico: This year's "dead zone ," a largely human-caused phenomenon where there's too little oxygen to support marine life, is the biggest ever measured.<p>The low-oxygen, or hypoxic , zone covers 8,776 square miles (22,720 square …

Oceans

The Church of England Takes on Climate Change—and Generates a 17 Percent Return

President Donald Trump may have quit the Paris climate accord, but shareholders aren’t going to let carbon-producing U.S. ­companies off the hook. …

Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people

Extreme heatwaves that kill even healthy people within hours will strike parts of the Indian subcontinent unless global carbon emissions are cut …

Tesla's new Solar Roof is actually cheaper than a normal roof

Good news for those who have been eyeing Tesla’s new Solar Roof – the company just announced pricing for its photovoltaic tiles, and they come in at …

Clean Energy

Only Six Nations Have Evaluated Readiness for Global Pandemic

Of the world’s countries, only six — three rich ones and three poor ones — have taken the steps they should have to evaluate their ability to withstand a global pandemic, according to a recent report sponsored by the World Bank.<p>Just three wealthy countries — Finland, Saudi Arabia and the United …

World Bank

Plants may be wising up faster than humans to the dangers of global warming

Vegetation is adapting to soak up more CO2 and use less water.<p>Plants may be doing their part to fight climate change.<p>According to a study published …

Climate Change

A solar eclipse is coming to America. Here’s what you’ll see where you live.

On Monday August 21, a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you <i>will</i> be able to see it. Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will …

Astronomy