Environment

SolarWindow unveils new energy-generating glass that bends

SolarWindow made headlines for their business-card thin solar coating for curved glass surfaces in late 2016, and now they’re going a step further …

Renewable Energy

The Crisis in the Arctic

It’s warming faster than anywhere else on Earth, but there are signs of hope.<p>Jose Kusugak, a leader of the Arctic Native Inuit community, wrote this in a book on Arctic climate entitled “The Earth is Faster Now”: “<i>Finding examples of the effects of climate change is easy and endless. I know Inuit,</i> …

Climate Change

Scientists are archiving government data to protect it from the Trump administration

When Andrew Bergman found out that Donald Trump might strip NASA’s earth science division of funding and appoint a climate change denier to run the EPA, he started to worry about data.<p>Bergman, a PhD student in applied physics at Harvard, knows firsthand how much research is conducted by government …

Climate Change

Trump's EPA pick spars with Bernie Sanders, doubts human's role in climate change

President-elect Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wrongly suggested on Wednesday that scientists still don't know exactly why climate change is happening.<p>Scott Pruitt, the Republican attorney general of Oklahoma, claimed during his Senate confirmation hearing that …

Climate Change

Parts of the Northeastern US Are Heating Up Faster Than the Planet as a Whole

This is happening.<p>Temperatures across the United States will increase much faster than the global average, scientists predict, and the northeast of …

Climate Change

The “scientists” who support Trump’s choice to run the EPA are creationists with opaque funding sources

In the middle of a tense confirmation hearing that cast doubt on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s grasp of environmental health—for example, his lack of understanding that there is no safe amount of lead that can be taken into a child’s body—and highlighted his unwillingness to acknowledge …

Climate Change

Obama administration gives $500m to UN climate change fund

<b>The US government has given half a billion dollars to the UN's Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes office.</b><p>Barack Obama's outgoing administration announced the contribution of $500m (£406m; €468m) on Tuesday, bringing the total funds to date to $1bn.<p>Mr Obama pledged in 2014 …

Climate Change

3 Midwestern States That Refuse to Abandon the Renewable Energy Revolution

By Susan Cosier<p>On the final day of the Illinois State Assembly's 2016 session, a bill was passed that environmentalists can celebrate—one that …

Renewable Energy

North Carolina Would Lose Big With Scott Pruitt Leading the EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt faces members of a Senate committee this morning for what could be a contentious two-day confirmation hearing. …

Climate Change

Trump’s “hoax” tweet has set an absurdly low bar for his nominees on climate change

Unless you've blocked out the 2016 election from your mind, you probably remember that Donald Trump once posted this bit of gibberish:<p>That tweet is pure lunacy, the sort of thing the rest of the world could safely laugh at and ignore ... if it weren’t for the fact that this guy is going to be …

Climate Change

Earth keeps breaking its own temperature record

This is the third year in a row<p>Earth set a new heat record in 2016, marking the third year of record-setting temperatures, according to reports from multiple organizations. The unsettling news reaffirms what we’ve witnessed for months.<p>The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration wrote today that …

Climate Change

Follow The Life Of Plastic In Photos, From The Factory To The Ocean

"Dream of Plastics" contrasts the incredible damage plastic is doing to the environment with shots of how prevalent it is in our daily lives.<p>Standing on a beach in Okinawa, Japan, photographer James Whitlow Delano noticed a pile of plastic bottles at the shore—one of which had drifted 1,860 miles …

Plastic

2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record

This marks the third consecutive year of record-high global temperatures.<p>Last year was the hottest on record, two federal agencies confirmed Wednesday morning, after months of warning that 2016 would be another chart-buster.<p>Findings from separate analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and …

World Politics

Trump's five most "anti-science" moves

Scientific American summarized five of Donald Trump's "major moves many see as hostile toward science." They are:<p>• <b>Trump’s pick for head of the U.S.</b> …

Climate Change

Sierra Nevada brewery installs 1 MWh Tesla Powerpack system

Sierra Nevada Brewing company just installed 500 kilowatts/1 megawatt-hour of Tesla Powerpack batteries at its Chico, California brewery. The …

Renewable Energy

The four horsemen of Trump's ecopocalypse?

As President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet and agency picks wend their way through confirmation hearings, environmentalists are gearing up for a fight. Examining the key players provides some idea of what to expect.<p>President-elect Donald Trump has put forth his new cabinet - and environmentalists …

Climate Change

Wyoming Considers De Facto Prohibition On Solar And Wind Energy

Wyoming’s legislature is considering a bill that would effectively outlaw renewable energy in the state.<p>The so-called “Electricity Production Standard” proposes to penalize utilities in Wyoming for generating electricity from solar and wind energy. The bill would allow electric power to be …

Renewable Energy

Here's how rising temperatures have already had an effect

From extreme wildfires in the Western United States to melting ice sheets in Antarctica, the effects of rising temperatures on Earth have not gone unnoticed.<p>On Wednesday, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced 2016 was the hottest year on record. Before that, the …

Climate Change

Trump’s Pick for Health Secretary Doesn’t Believe in Basic Science | Motherboard

Republican Senator Pat Roberts joked that it was an “anger management session.” But Wednesday’s senate hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for the secretary of Health and Human Services, Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.), was largely par for the course.<p>GOP senators lobbed praise-shaped …

Climate Change

Cottonmouths Attack When They're Stressed Out in Life

It’s not bumping into them that makes the snakes angry.<p>Stress can put anyone on edge, and venomous snakes are no exception.<p>New research suggests that habitat loss, climate change, and other human-driven environmental stressors prompt cottonmouths to attack people more often than they otherwise …

Climate Change

Most pressing infrastructure needs do not require federal money or approval

President-elect Trump has called for a trillion dollars in infrastructure investment, but he wants the private sector to play a critical role. Fortunately, one of our nation’s immediate infrastructure needs will not have to rely on the federal government at all.<p>Private sector investment in a …

Renewable Energy

Trump EPA pick says climate change is real in a reversal from his past comments

Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, said Wednesday at his confirmation hearing that …

Climate Change

Make America great again by embracing green tech, Trump urged

Fulfilling pledge to boost fossil fuels will mean US misses out on huge market for clean energy, experts say<p>Leading climate change experts have urged Donald Trump not to turn his back on the biggest global challenge facing mankind, arguing that he can make America great again – and the world safer …

Climate Change

How the 4th Industrial Revolution Becomes the Opportunity of a Lifetime

<i>At this year's World Economic Forum taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland, we have reason to be optimistic. As the world's CEOs and heads of state gather, we can be certain of one thing - change and speed are needed to unleash the power of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Globalization,</i> …

Renewable Energy

Feds Respond to Allegations in Historic Lawsuit Admitting Fossil Fuel Emissions Put Humans on 'Dangerous Path'

On Jan. 13, the federal government filed its answer to youth plaintiffs' complaint in <i>Juliana v. United States</i>. In their answer, the federal …

Climate Change

Trump pick for EPA admits global warming is not a hoax

Environmentalists have launched an aggressive campaign to block his nomination, pointing to his deep ties to energy companies. He has received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from these firms.<p>During a confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Democratic senators challenged …

Climate Change

EPA’s Top Priority Should Be to Eliminate Bogus Global Warming Models

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s confirmation hearing to head up the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided a glimpse into how the …

Climate Change

A second Goldman prize-winning activist, Isidro Baldenegro López, was murdered this Sunday in Mexico.

Cooling down on climate change<p>REUTERS/Joshua Roberts<p>Obama doesn’t sound like a guy planning to fight for his climate legacy.<p>At his final press …

Climate Change

Hemp hits new high as building material on Dutch bridge

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - While plenty of cannabis goes up in smoke in coffee shops around the Netherlands, Dutch researchers have found a new use for it - as an environmentally friendly building material to rival cement or steel.<p>They have used hemp - a variety of cannabis which has many …

Construction

Study finds global warming could steal postcard-perfect days

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.<p>On average, Earth will have 10 fewer days of mild and mostly dry weather by the end of the century, the researchers …

Climate Change