The Best Visualization of Climate Change isn't a Graph—It's a Death Spiral
It’s been unseasonably warm this past week in Atlas Obscura’s headquarters New York City, with temperatures about ten degrees higher than average. But that's not really as noteworthy, as say, India recording its hottest day ever.
There are microbes that eat and poo nothing but electricity
Some microbes have developed the ultimate stripped-down diet. They do not bother with food or oxygen. All they need to survive is pure electrical energy.
Climate scientists have warned us of coral bleaching for years. It's here
Coral bleaching is becoming an increasingly frequent and severe problem in a hotter world.
From floods to forest fires: a warming planet – in pictures
Droughts, floods, forest fires and melting poles – climate change is impacting Earth like never before.
The future of energy in 4 charts
It's not just climate change that's spurring countries around the world to reassess their energy infrastructure.
Big Oil Could Have Cut CO2 Emissions In 1970s — But Did Nothing
In 1963, Esso (now Exxon Mobil) patented a design for a “novel and highly efficient electrode“ for use in fuel cells — a possible means of decreasing carbon emissions and producing cleaner-burning vehicles. Research into this innovative technology, the company said at the time, “has been greatly accelerated.”
100 Percent Renewable Energy? We Have the Power.
We must shift to 100 percent renewable energy to limit the impacts of global warming. Serious impacts of climate change are already underway.
The case for optimism on climate change
Why is Al Gore optimistic about climate change? In this spirited talk, Gore asks three powerful questions about the man-made forces threatening to destroy our planet — and the solutions we're designing to combat them. (Featuring Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson)
Breathtaking Aerial Panoramas Show the World Like You've Never Seen Before
Ready to see the world like you've never seen it before? AirPano, a not-for-profit company that focuses on high-resolution panoramic shots, has traveled to over 230 breathtaking locations on our planet, giving us the most incredible aerial views of this earth.
13 fascinating charts that show the state of American energy
Modeled after the Defense Department's regular reviews of American military might, the Obama administration called for the QER in his 2013 climate action plan to assess the state of U.S. energy infrastructure and suggest improvements.
Duke Energy Agrees to Pay $102 Million for Breaches
Duke Energy, the nation’s largest utility corporation, pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act for the discharge of coal ash, a potentially toxic waste product, and for a failure to properly maintain equipment at a number of power plants in its home state of North Carolina
SCIENTISTS HAVE BUILT A MACHINE THAT TAKES CARBON DIOXIDE OUT OF THE AIR AND TURNS IT INTO CLEAN ENERGY
A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN THE EARTH’S ONGOING climate change is the human emissions of carbon dioxide. Not only do humans themselves emit carbon dioxide when they breathe out, but our vehicles and many of our energy sources emit carbon dioxide as well.
Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever
When someone asks me what I do, and I tell them that I’m a futurist, the first thing they ask “what is a futurist?” The short answer that I give is “I use current scientific research in emerging technologies to imagine how we will live in the future.”
Climate change is happening. Here's how we adapt
Imagine the hottest day you've ever experienced. Now imagine it's six, 10 or 12 degrees hotter. According to climate researcher Alice Bows-Larkin, that's the type of future in store for us if we don't significantly cut our greenhouse gas emissions now.
Climate apocalypse is here, now: Science fiction has become our new reality
Climatologists dismissed the science behind "The Day After Tomorrow." Eleven years later, it's not so improbable
How Big Oil investors were robbed of a great opportunity
Get out now, before Big Oil stocks really crash, big-time. Exxon Mobil’s CEO Rex Tillerson gets a $40 million salary.
Hillary Clinton's campaign is not yet carbon neutral, despite pledge
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign pledged that they would be carbon neutral back in July. But, to date, they have failed to live up to that promise.
Climate Central bridges the scientific community and the public, providing clear information to help people make sound decisions about the climate.
No Crap: Missing 'Mega Poop' Starves Earth
The extinction of megafauna both at land and at sea has led to a shortage of mega manure, new research finds. As a result, the planet's composting and nutrient-recycling system is broken.
ExxonMobil's climate change coverup scandal keeps growing
ExxonMobil is dismissing the premise of an investigation by New York into whether it lied to the public and its investors about the risks the company faces because of climate change.
North Carolina judge rules against 13-year-old in climate change challenge
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Hallie Turner learned Wednesday that Wake County Superior Court Judge Mike Morgan rejected her effort to overturn a decision by the state Environmental Management Commission.
Why Bill Gates' new, ambitious plan to stop climate change just might work.
Bill Gates is behind a brand new, game-changing effort taking aim at carbon emissions. And it's a big move, even by Bill Gates' standards.
'I don't give a f--- if we agree': Arnold Schwarzenegger just gave a climate-change speech that will give you chills
Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has long been a passionate advocate for alternative energy.
Biomimicry: Designing to Model Nature
The Biomimicry Institute defines biomimicry as the science and art of emulating Nature's best biological ideas to solve human problems. For billions of years nature—animals, plants, and even microbes—has been solving many of the problems
Revolutionary system promises to recover plastic rubbish from world's oceans
With concerns growing over the amount of plastic pollution at sea, a pilot project scheduled to start in Japan could hold the solution
High-rises harbor a little-noticed water waster: old cooling towers
On the roof of the 1950s office building on Wilshire Boulevard, a large fiberglass capsule sits silhouetted against the sky, looking more like an abandoned lunar landing module than what it really is — a giant swamp cooler.
World's oceans warming at increasingly faster rate, new study finds
Ocean water has absorbed more than 90% of the excess heat and nearly 30% of the carbon dioxide generated by human consumption of fossil fuels
Climate Change and Conservative Brain Death
During Thursday night’s Republican debate, a moderator — finally! — asked about climate change, and Marco Rubio supplied an answer.
Saving Half the Planet for Nature Isn't As Crazy As It Seems
“It’s a practical possibility,” says biologist E.O. Wilson, and it could save 80 to 90 percent of all species on Earth.
How to build a billion-dollar industry to fight climate change
There soon will be businesses around the globe that make money by cleaning up excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Melting ice sheets changing the way the Earth wobbles on its axis, says Nasa
‘Dramatic’ shift in polar motion attributed to effects of global warming and the impact humans are having on the planet
10 years after An Inconvenient Truth
More than 25 years before the star-studded Los Angeles premiere of An Inconvenient Truth, glaciologist Lonnie Thompson was about as far away from the red carpet as possible.
What are animals thinking and feeling?
What's going on inside the brains of animals? Can we know what, or if, they're thinking and feeling?
Clean energy can upset global water supplies
Although the move from fossil fuels to renewables is accelerating, recent research out of Austria.
Kids Granted Permission By Judge To Sue US Government For Lack Of Action On Climate Change
A lawsuit filed by a group of young people in Oregon claiming the American government is negligent in its actions, and lack of action.
The link between climate change and meat consumption is harrowingly real
Adjusting our diets will greatly reduce the costs associated with global warming. The public just needs to buy in.
CO2's Role in Global Warming Has Been on the Oil Industry's Radar Since the 1960s
Historical records reveal early industry concern with air pollutants, including smog and CO2, and unwanted regulation.
We Can Phase Out Fossil Fuels Within a Decade, Study Says
As we stare down the barrel of a world totally transformed (read: destroyed) by climate change in the not-so-distant future.
Earth Day: We're not as doomed as you think
Sure, there are plenty of reasons to be terrified about the future of the planet
Scientists are figuring out the keys to convincing people about global warming
Understanding the greenhouse effect, the expert consensus, and that humans are causing global warming
This Letter From a Whale in 1850 Will Inspire You to Fight for this Majestic Species
The year is 1850. There aren’t any iPhones, factory farming hasn’t released its wrath unto the Earth.
See Earth’s temperature spiral toward 2C rise - graphic
A new graphic shows Earth’s temperatures spiralling toward the 2C global warming limit
In 1963, Esso (now Exxon Mobil) patented a design for a “novel and highly efficient electrode“ for use in fuel cells.
Saudi Arabia is planning for the post-oil era, why not the United States?
The world's largest exporter of crude oil, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, recently announced a plan for its post-oil future.
Wind turbines on Galapagos replace millions of liters of diesel since 2007, meet 30 percent of energy needs
GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE ELECTRICITY PARTNERSHIP
If you think you're hot right now, just wait.
NASA satellite finds 39 unreported sources of air pollution
39 unreported "major" sources of toxic air pollution.
Study: More Than Half of U.S. Population Lives with Potentially Dangerous Air Pollution
There are 166 million Americans that reside in "unhealthy hot spots."
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