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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.

Vancouver Aquarium will no longer keep whales, dolphins in captivity

CEO says public debate and conflict with park board 'is debilitating our work on our mission'<p>The Vancouver Aquarium is giving up its fight to keep …

Aquariums

The trend continues, 2017 one of the hottest years on record

<b>(CNN) —</b> 2017 was once again one of the hottest years on record, ranked as the second-warmest by NASA and third-warmest by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.<p>The findings "continue the planet's long-term warming trend," according to NASA. A trend that is driven predominately by …

Global Warming

Snow, ice and record cold grip the South; at least 8 dead

ATLANTA (AP) — A layer of snow and ice and a record-breaking blast of cold closed runways, highways, schools and government offices across the South and sent cars sliding off roads Wednesday in a swath of the country ill-equipped to deal with wintry weather. At least eight people died, including a …

Weather

Divers Found The World's Largest Underwater Cave, And It's Full of Maya Secrets

The photos are spectacular.<p>After 10 months of intensive exploration, scientists in Mexico have discovered the world's largest flooded cave system – …

Archaeology

Living in an Eco-Friendly Yurt

Powered by Nature<p>After a year and a half of living in a Brooklyn apartment, Casey Brown and Danfung Dennis started hatching an escape plan. So in …

Green Living

Scientists Just Recalibrated Our Future Climate Scenarios And We Need to Pay Attention

They've narrowed it down.<p>Climate scientists on Wednesday suggested that they may be able to rule out some of the most dire scenarios of what would …

Climate Change

Here's Why 200,000 Endangered Antelopes Dropped Dead in Kazakhstan

So devastating.<p>When over 200,000 saiga antelopes dropped dead in Kazakhstan over the course of a few weeks in May 2015, scientists were baffled.<p>In …

Biological Species

Most of the members of the National Park Service advisory board just quit en masse

Just three of the board’s 12 members are staying on.<p>Three-quarters of the members of the National Park System Advisory Board, a group that advises the National Park Service, quit on Monday evening. In a letter informing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of their decision, they said Zinke and his …

Ryan Zinke

EPA cuts could risk a public health emergency

<b>(CNN) —</b> With time running out for Congress to reach an agreement on the budget, lawmakers are advancing a quiet but crippling assault on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has already suffered years of hollowing out from budget cuts. At stake is the EPA's fundamental ability to carry …

Climate

Global Warming Predictions May Now Be a Lot Less Uncertain

If one is the loneliest number, two is the most terrifying. Humanity must not pass a rise of 2 degrees Celsius in global temperature from …

Climate Change

Days After Oil Tanker Sinks, Large Slicks Observed In East China Sea

Days after an Iranian tanker sank off the coast of China, succumbing to a deadly collision and several explosions, satellites are taking note of what the tanker left behind: several large oil slicks, stretching for miles in the East China Sea.<p>The tanker Sanchi's entire crew — 30 Iranians and two …

South China Sea

China wants to clean Earth’s orbit by blasting space junk with giant lasers

Mankind has done a remarkably efficient job of covering the Earth with garbage and clutter, so it should come as no surprise to learn that we’re …

In Colorado, a glimpse of renewable energy’s insanely cheap future

Shutterstock Even with storage, new renewables beat existing coal. This month, energy nerds are very excited about a utility bid solicitation. Wait, …

Majority Of National Park Service Board Resigns, Citing Administration Indifference

Updated at 4 p.m. ET Nearly all of the seats on the U.S. National Park Service advisory board are vacant following a mass resignation Monday night, …

9 Park Service advisory board members quit

Nine members of the National Park System Advisory Board quit Tuesday, citing concern over the Trump administration's priorities regarding the …

EPA eases path for new chemicals, raising fears of health hazards

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting course under the Trump administration on how it assesses new chemicals for health and environmental hazards, streamlining a safety review process that industry leaders say is too slow and cumbersome.<p>But some former EPA officials, as well …

Environment

What kind of emoji do you need to talk about climate change?

Climoji Emoji have become a language of their own, but until recently, the language made it hard to talk about climate change: There are no emoji …

Nigeria:Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Help Nigeria Repay U.S.$76 Million Polio Facility

(Photo: The Guardian)Nigeria has authorised Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to start the repayment of $76 million polio eradication facility to …

Nigeria

7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Peru's coast

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 off Peru's coast. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage.<p>The USGS says that the temblor struck 42 kilometers (26 miles) south-southwest of Acari at 0918 GMT (4:18 a.m. …

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

Scientists are making carbon fiber from plants instead of petroleum

Cheaper, plant-based carbon fiber could be used to make lighter cars that consume less fuel.<p>Carbon fiber is the Superman of materials. Five times stronger than steel and a fraction of the weight, it is used in everything from tennis rackets to golf clubs to bicycles to wind turbine blades to …

Energy

Multi-planet System Found Through Crowdsourcing

A system of at least five exoplanets has been discovered by citizen scientists through a project called Exoplanet Explorers.

Crowdsourcing

Search for survivors of devastating California mudslide enters third day

MONTECITO, Calif. (Reuters) - The search for survivors from a devastating Southern California mudslide that has killed at least 17 people moved into its third day on Friday, with some 700 rescue workers expecting to find more dead victims.<p>Triggered by heavy rains, the massive slide struck before …

Mudslides

Puerto Rico faces a surge in murders after Hurricane Maria

Thirty-two people have been slain in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico in the first 11 days of the new year.

Puerto Rico

Florida bill to ban orca shows, breeding

Nearly two years ago, SeaWorld announced it would stop breeding killer whales in its facilities.<p>Now a new bill introduced in the Florida House of …

Aquariums

These Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests on Fire

Even more proof Australian wildlife is nuts.<p>It's pretty hot in Australia right now. A brutal heatwave that's incinerated temperature records …

Birds

Southern California mudslides: 17 dead, others missing

<b>(CNN) —</b> The founder of a Catholic school is among the 17 people killed in deadly mudslides and flooding in Southern California. Hundreds of rescuers and dogs continued searching for people Wednesday, slogging through mud and debris.<p>Roy Rohter, 84, and his wife, Theresa, were swept from their …

California

Trump administration says no oil drilling off Florida coast

Tallahassee — The Trump administration said Tuesday it would not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, abruptly reversing course under pressure from Republican Gov. Rick Scott.<p>Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said after a brief meeting with Scott at the Tallahassee airport that drilling would …

Ryan Zinke
Climate