Environment

Israel's water worries return after four years of drought

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - It was a source of national pride - technology and discipline besting a crippling lack of water.<p>But four years of drought have overtaxed Israel's unmatched array of desalination and wastewater treatment plants, choking its most fertile regions and catching the government …

Water

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a giant trevally, Blue Planet’s next box-office monster

David Attenborough’s ocean wildlife series returns to our screen next week – and a gravity-defying, bird-munching superfish could be its biggest star<p><b>Name:</b> Giant trevally.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Like a bluefin trevally, but larger and without blue fins.<p><b>Thanks. I still have no idea.</b> OK. Think of a fish with a …

Nature

EPA Abruptly Blocks Three Agency Scientists From Giving Talks On Climate Change

It's the latest sign of the administration's assault on climate science.<p>The Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly barred three agency scientists from giving talks about climate change at a conference in Rhode Island days before they were scheduled to speak.<p>The researchers were booked to …

Climate

The Trump White House Ramps Up Its War on Science

Days before three scientists were scheduled to discuss the effects of climate change, the E.P.A. abruptly canceled the talks without explanation.<p>Under <b>Donald Trump,</b> the Environmental Protection Agency has found itself in the unusual position of being led by a man who has spent his career trying to …

Climate

'Steady decline' in honey crop raises concern for honeybees' future

British Beekeepers Association survey reveals worrying drop in honey yield, with 62% of beekeepers saying neonicotinoids are to blame<p>Beekeepers have raised concerns over the future of honeybees as an annual survey showed a “steady decline” in the honey crop.<p>The survey by the British Beekeepers …

Bees

Captive wildlife footage in Blue Planet 2 'totally true to nature', say producers

Most filming was done in the wild – including armoured octopuses and hypnotic cuttlefish – but some crucial behaviour had to be captured in lab conditions<p>Footage of captive wildlife inserted into the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 series remains “totally true to nature”, according to the makers of the …

Environmentalism

NOAA Predicts Its Third Warm Winter in a Row

This year, government scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are placing their bets on a warmer-than-average winter. In …

Climate Change

As London choked on smog, this project cut thousands of chimneys

London is in the midst of a pollution crisis. The £10 T-Charge on diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006 is the city’s latest attempt to …

Pollution

Country diary: Henry III’s charter helped this tree survive to a ripe old age

Epping Forest For centuries commoners were allowed to lop the beeches here for firewood. Now this ancient pollard is big enough to create its own microclimates<p>Centuries of sunlight have solidified into this beech’s massive presence, which creates its own woodland world. I stand beneath the grandeur …

Environmentalism

Delhi government asks Centre for aerial sprinkling of water to curb pollution, offers to pay for it

The Centre could consider such an exercise to settle particulate matter in Delhi’s air, the government said.<p>The Delhi government on Monday offered to …

Pollution

Dr. Michael Mann on Extreme Weather: 'We Predicted This Long Ago'

You can't go far in the climate movement without hearing the name of Dr. Michael E. Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn …

Climate Change

Ocean acidification is deadly threat to marine life, finds eight-year study

Plastic pollution, overfishing, global warming and increased acidification from burning fossil fuels means oceans are increasingly hostile to marine life<p>If the outlook for marine life was already looking bleak – torrents of plastic that can suffocate and starve fish, overfishing, diverse forms of …

Oceans

Is your 'dirty' jacket killing the environment?

As lovers and users of the world's greatest outdoor spaces, we would surely all be mortified if we thought our presence was harming the natural …

Sustainability

Why architects and designers have to choose woods responsibly

The John Deere feller buncher is an amazing machine; its giant saw blade can slice and dice a forest that took 4500 years to grow in just one hour. …

Sustainability

Sunrun Obtains $244 Million Financing for Rooftop Solar

Sunrun Inc., a San Francisco-based residential solar installer, arranged a financing package worth about $244 million to help install rooftop power …

Business

Twelve big cities to buy zero emissions buses, extend green areas

OSLO (Reuters) - Twelve major cities including London, Paris, Los Angeles and Cape Town promised on Monday to buy only zero-emissions buses from 2025 and to make major areas free of fossil fuel emissions by 2030 to protect the environment.<p>The 12, with a combined population of almost 80 million, …

Environmentalism

New London pollution tax comes into force

Drivers of the most polluting vehicles face an extra daily charge for driving into central London under a scheme introduced Monday that aims to …

Pollution

Solar costs to fall further, powering global demand - Irena

* 80-90 GW new solar capacity to be added in 5-6 years<p>* Solar panel costs to fall by 60 pct in next 10 yrs<p>SINGAPORE, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Solar power …

Renewable Energy

Black butterfly wings provide inspiration for superior solar cells

Researchers took cues from butterflies to design thin film solar cells that can better absorb light. The rose butterfly, common to India, has soft …

Clean Energy

EPA cancels scientists' climate change talk at the last minute

If there were any lingering doubts that the Environmental Protection Agency under Scott Pruitt would suppress any mention of climate change by its scientists, they've just been erased. The agency has cancelled an October 23rd climate change talk in Rhode Island mere hours before it was slated to …

Climate

Record heat in LA could affect Game 1

Expected 100 degrees would make for hottest Fall Classic<p>The first game of the World Series presented by YouTube TV in Los Angeles on Tuesday is …

Baseball

Swedish Startup Tilts Into Power With Wooden Windmills

A Swedish startup says its modular windmills can cut costs and help solve the logistical challenge of transporting giant masts to wind farms.<p>Modvion, …

Business

Puerto Rico is currently considering Tesla’s plan for a series of microgrids, says govt official

Tesla ramped up its effort to help Puerto Rico get power back after its grid was ravaged by hurricanes last month. They quickly started shipping Powerwalls, their home energy storage solution, and we reported that they started shipping Powerpacks, their bigger commercial and utility-scale battery …

Caribbean

Next challenge in Wine Country fires: colossal cleanup before winter rains

Image 1of/17<p>Caption<p>Close<p>While the worst of the wildfires is over for Wine Country, the region faces another daunting test: the cleanup of heaps of …

Napa County

Intensifying Wildfires: The New Normal?

This year has been a terrible year for wildfires across the globe. And there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight.<p>Over the last several weeks, more …

Climate Change

Corn Walls And Rice Bricks: Tomorrow’s Cities Will Be Built From Crops

Arup believes the construction industry is ripe for circular economies.<p>Today, pineapple, potatoes, mushrooms, corn, oranges, and bananas are staples of the produce aisle. Tomorrow, they might be the backbones of our cities, according to a new report from Arup. In <i>The Urban Bio Loop</i>, the engineering …

Construction

Fusion Energy: How Scientists Are Creating Plasma Hotter Than the Sun in Quest for Limitless Clean Energy

Fusion experts just found a way to heat plasma for fusion energy, moving mankind closer to this ultimate form of power.

Physics

How to Keep the Lights On After a Hurricane

More than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, nearly 80 percent of the island remains without power, and food and water can be tough to find. As we rally to help the survivors and look to rebuild, we owe it to the victims there and in hurricane-ravaged Texas, Florida and elsewhere …

Opinion

Study finds pollution is more deadly than war, natural disasters, and disease

Environmental pollution isn’t just inconvenient, it’s also deadly. Every year, more people are killed by pollutants — from toxic air to contaminated …

Pollution

China's top steelmaking city deepens output cut to fight smog: CSJ

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's top steelmaking city, Tangshan, will step up curbs on industrial output as it makes greater efforts to cut hazardous smog, the China Securities Journal reported on Monday.<p>The city, in northern China's Hebei province, has ordered more industrial plants, including rubber, …

China