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It Ain’t Easy Selling Green

For decades, manufacturers sold better living through chemistry. Many consumers are now reluctant to buy into green branding. When Morgan Poor gave birth to her son, she and her husband shopped around for the perfect diaper, hoping to find one that was both effective and environmentally friendly. They tried a few so-called “niche” brands, like SeventhREAD MORE


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Fighting Sea Level Rise with Elegant Barricades (PHOTOS)

Engineers are fighting sea level rise with dikes, altered rivers and massive pumping stations, and guard against ever-worsening floods. The inhabitants of the Netherlands have been fighting floods for thousands of years. Eight-hundred years ago, they began to create local councils called “waterschappen” that were tasked with preventing floods. The rich provided the money and theREAD MORE


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The Climate Rebellion Inside Amazon

When Kathryn Dellinger moved to the Pacific Northwest five years ago to take a position at Amazon, she fretted over friends and relatives back home in Virginia as successive hurricanes tore apart coastal towns on the East Coast. But when wildfires ripped through Washington state last summer, filling the Seattle area with smoke, Dellinger had someoneREAD MORE


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Thirty Years After Exxon Valdez, Fossil Fuel Dangers Remain

Shortly after midnight on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez — an oil tanker carrying 53 million gallons of North Slope crude oil — hit a reef in the Gulf of Alaska, ripping half a dozen holes in the hull of the ship. More than 11 million gallons of crude oil leaked into the pristine waters and vibrant ecosystem ofREAD MORE


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Pioneering Black Scientist to Win Nobel Prize of Climate Change

Warren Washington can trace at least one of the origins of his extraordinary scientific career —more than half a century of groundbreaking advances in computer climate modeling — to a youthful curiosity about the color of egg yolks. “I had some wonderful teachers in high school, including a chemistry teacher who really got me started,” he said. “OneREAD MORE


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Native Sámi People Face Perils of Climate Change (PHOTOS)

Europe’s only recognized indigenous people are losing their culture to climate change. Frozen lake near Jokkmokk, Sweden. Source: Environmental Justice Foundation One of the key findings of the most recent UN report on the mounting perils of climate change is that rising temperatures pose a distinct risk to indigenous people, who are often small farmers, fishers orREAD MORE


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Car Companies Aren’t Even Trying to Sell Electric Cars (VIDEO)

Manufacturers and dealers are putting more time and effort into selling gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs. This article is part of a series about barriers to the widespread adoption of electric cars. Head to a Ford dealership and ask about an F-150. You will be shown its features, invited on a test drive, and treated to a carefullyREAD MORE


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Advocates Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Tell the Truth About Climate Change

It has been a tough few months for climate change. In October, an international body of climate scientists declared humans have a little more than a decade to make the drastic changes needed to keep rising temperatures reasonably in check. In November, federal scientists released an equally grim assessment detailing the unprecedented floods, droughts and wildfiresREAD MORE


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George H. W. Bush — the Last Green Republican

“I think it’s tragic that President Trump is working so hard to undo all the great work of President Bush.” Former President George H.W. Bush. Source: U.S. Navy It may have seemed odd that President Trump released a dire federal report on climate change last month and then immediately dismissed it, declaring, “I don’t believe it.” ButREAD MORE


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Want to Build a Stronger Climate Movement? Integrate.

The environmental movement is divided into two. Large, well-funded, green groups mostly led by white men, lead national campaigns and lobby Congress, while small, poorly funded environmental justice groups, largely staffed by people of color, work for change at the local level. Observers have written at length about this divide, arguing that is has hampered effortsREAD MORE


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Plastic Pollution Has Increased a Hundredfold in the South Atlantic

Thirty years ago, the ocean waters surrounding British islands in the South Atlantic were near-pristine. But plastic waste has increased a hundredfold since then, and is ten times greater than it was a decade ago. These islands — part of the British Overseas Territories, which includes established or proposed Marine Protection Areas — are among the most remote on theREAD MORE


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The Human Fingerprints on Extreme Weather

Hurricane Michael broke records Wednesday, when it became the most powerful cyclone ever recorded to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle. Abnormally warm waters fueled winds up to 155 miles per hour, which laid waste to homes and businesses caught in the storm’s path. As multiple outlets noted, climate change likely fueled the record-breaking wind speeds.READ MORE


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Poll: It’s Never Too Soon to Talk About Climate Change

In the lead-up to Hurricane Florence, conservative firebrand Rush Limbaugh griped about weather reporters for drawing a link between climate change and the storm. “Hurricanes and hurricane forecasting is like much else that the left has gotten its hands on, and they politicize these things,” he said. Limbaugh isn’t alone. Senior officials in the Trump administrationREAD MORE


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This Map Shows Which Communities Need the Most Help in a Disaster

Armed with howling winds and punishing rain, Hurricane Florence laid siege to Lumberton, North Carolina earlier this month. To a town where more than a third of residents live below the poverty line, the storm brought all manner of mayhem. It made quick work of a temporary dam, sending floodwaters rushing into the poorest neighborhoods, low-lyingREAD MORE


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Too Little Power Can Be a Dangerous Thing

Port Arthur, Texas offers a disturbing example of what happens when oil companies have more power than people. Port Arthur, Texas. Source: Pixabay In Port Arthur, Texas, where most residents are black or Hispanic and close to a third live below the poverty line, influence is a difficult thing to come by. It is not the families whoREAD MORE


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Climate Change Is Creating an Affordable Housing Crisis in Miami (VIDEO)

“People are being displaced from neighborhoods where they settled years or decades ago.” Miami, Florida. Source: Pixabay Miami ranks among the most valuable real estate markets in the country. Palatial homes astride warm, teal waters sell for millions. But it’s not Miami’s ocean-front neighborhoods where property values are rising fastest. Housing costs are climbing more rapidly in neighborhoodsREAD MORE


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Fish Are Losing Their Sense of Smell

At stake? Their survival and the livelihoods that depend on them. Barracudas. Source: Pexels There have been numerous wake-up calls about the effects of climate change on marine life. As ocean waters heat up, they are bleaching corals. Growing levels of carbon dioxide are acidifying seawater, which is degrading the shells and skeletons of sea organisms. The risingREAD MORE


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Televised Sports Capture Climate Change Along the Course

Scientists used archived footage of the Tour of Flanders to study how trees are responding to warmer weather. Source: Pexels Pieter De Frenne is a big cycling fan who likes to watch coverage of the Tour of Flanders, a one-day bicycle race held every spring in Belgium. He is also the consummate scientist. So it’s not surprisingREAD MORE


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Your Favorite Disney Princesses Reimagined as Scientists

These princesses don’t need saving. Source: Pixabay Baby boomers grew up on Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. These Disney movie favorites always face peril, but they get their man in the end — after being rescued by him, of course. Millennials grew up on Disney princesses who were made of stronger stuff. They are warriors and adventurers, and — whileREAD MORE


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Fighting Climate Change Means Fighting Inequality and Intolerance

Marginalized groups are acutely threatened by rising temperatures. Source: Pexels Intersectionality is a big word with a simple meaning: social, economic and political issues are all connected. Climate change is emblematic of this truth. Though it’s usually regarded as a technological or scientific issue, climate change’s disproportionate impact on minority communities makes it an issue ofREAD MORE


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Scientists Engineer Cleaner Pig Poop

Genetically modified pigs produce fewer dangerous pollutants. Source: Pixabay Scientists have been tinkering with the genes of plants and animals for years to cure diseases, make fruits and vegetables heartier and tastier, produce crops that are resistant to pests, drought and other scourges, or prompt fish to grow faster. In recent years, however, thanks in partREAD MORE


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Birds Are Changing Their Tune

Scientists are listening to the love songs of birds for clues about climate change. Source: Pixabay Mike McGrann has a good ear. He can identify a bird just by listening to it sing. He also can tell from its song if it’s bragging about its territory, about to migrate, or seeking a mate. McGrann shrugs off hisREAD MORE


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Blockchain: Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Climate Change

Blockchain makes cutting carbon cheaper, faster and more transparent. Source: Pexels Bitcoin, the much-hyped cryptocurrency, made headlines recently for driving a surge in power use. Around the globe, digital entrepreneurs are ‘mining’ Bitcoins by solving complex math problems, using supercomputers to get the job done. Those supercomputers use a ton of power, which largely comes formREAD MORE


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Carbon Fiber Made From Plants Instead of Petroleum

Cheaper, plant-based carbon fiber could be used to make lighter cars that consume less fuel. Carbon fiber. Source: Jeremiah Wong 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 passenger airplanesREAD MORE


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Why Are There No Good Movies About Climate Change?

“You have to invent a compelling story. It’s all about story.” A shot from Geostorm. Source: Warner Bros. It’s Oscar season, and Hollywood is abuzz with chatter about the year’s best flicks, which include films about poverty, racism and war. Not mentioned by prognosticators is 2017's one big movie about climate change, Geostorm, a sci-fi thriller so thinREAD MORE


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Is the Term “Bomb Cyclone” Anxious Clickbait or Actual Science?

Americans don’t take extreme weather seriously enough. A little dramatic flair could help. The “bomb cyclone” that hit the Northeast this week. Source: NOAA This week a powerful winter storm covered the East Coast in a thick layer of snow. It also delivered frigid temperatures, record tides fueling monster floods, and winds close to 80 mph, leading severalREAD MORE


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We’re Living Better but at What Cost?

The ecological paradox of modern life on planet Earth. Source: Pixabay People who live in developed nations are, by many measures, healthier than ever before. Yet the planet has borne an onslaught of environmental insults — climate change chief among them — unlike any in human history. This alone threatens everyone’s well-being, a conundrum that scientists call the “ecological paradox.” TheyREAD MORE


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Power for a Population Boom

An interview with sustainability expert Ted Trabue Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Source: Pixabay Since 2000, Washington, DC’s population has surged, but its power grid has not. Instead of generators, the city added renewables and upgraded aged structures — including many federal office buildings, the city’s largest energy consumers — keeping the lights on while keeping costs down for the city’s poorestREAD MORE


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Reading by Plant Light

Someday in the near future you could be reading by the light of your favorite plant — no cord or electrical outlet needed. This could be a real energy-saver, not to mention great during a power failure. And it’s not as far-fetched as it seems. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have successfully engineered plants to glow,READ MORE


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Healthcare Institutions Across U.S. Treating Climate Change as a Top Priority

The Cleveland Clinic started thinking “green” more than a decade ago, as sustainability and energy efficiency were just starting to gain traction in serious conversations about climate change. Since then, the Ohio medical center’s environmentally conscious practices have become part of its culture, with everyone getting involved. They are recycling, turning off lights and computers, plantingREAD MORE


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Nature Inspires Climate-Friendly Architecture

Scientists who invent things often look to nature for inspiration. Their goal is to mimic biological systems in order to create new consumer products, or improve existing ones. The 1941 introduction of Velcro, for example, grew out of a Swiss engineer’s curiosity about why Burdock seeds clung to his coat — and that of his dog — when they wereREAD MORE


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The Problem With the Climate Movement? Too Much Science

Next month, EPA chief and coal-industry darling Scott Pruitt will likely kick off a ‘Red Team, Blue Team’ “debate” on climate science. The purpose, according to Pruitt, is to establish an “objective, transparent, public review of questions and answers around the issues around carbon dioxide,” wherein a ‘red team’ of conservative pundits tries to poke holesREAD MORE


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Making the Perfect Ice Storm

Lindsey Rustad is an ice sculptor. But she doesn’t make the swans you see at weddings or corporate events. She makes ice storms in forests. Her designs, like those in nature, glisten and evoke wonder. But they also foretell danger. With increasing evidence that climate change is driving more frequent and severe weather events, likely includingREAD MORE


How FDR Fought Climate Change

How FDR Fought Climate Change

When Americans think about the causes of the Great Depression, they tend to gaze back to the stock market crash, imagining panic on Wall Street and apocryphal tales of traders leaping from office windows. But reckless investing was only one factor in the historic downturn. The Depression is also a story of environmental collapse and, inREAD MORE


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U.S. Hospitals Generate a Ton of Waste. They Don’t Have To.

We know climate change is bad for our health. Heat waves, drought and superstorms, all driven by rising temperatures, already are causing sickness and death. But we know much less about the carbon cost of the care needed to heal the sick and injured. In fact, the medical industry produces plenty of waste from treatments, tossingREAD MORE