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Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan is faced with a number of challenges when it comes to domestic energy production - the country is the world's largest importer of natural gas, and since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown it has

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Algae Growth Resulting from Glacial Melt Could Help Curb Climate Change

Algae Growth Resulting from Glacial Melt Could Help Curb Climate Change

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to tackling the enormous challenge of curbing climate change, we humans may need to look to some very small organisms for help. A study published in the

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New Study Shows Global Coral Bleaching Could Occur by 2056

New Study Shows Global Coral Bleaching Could Occur by 2056

JonMilnes / Shutterstock Coral bleaching occurs when sea temperatures rise and kill algae that are the source of color and food for most corals around the globe - and a new study shows that there could

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A 1.5C Temperature Rise Would Set Off Siberia’s Permafrost Carbon Bomb, Scientists Warn

A 1.5C Temperature Rise Would Set Off Siberia’s Permafrost Carbon Bomb, Scientists Warn

Yury Taranik / Shutterstock Researchers led by experts from Oxford University warn that a 1.5C temperature rise would melt Siberia's permafrost, which would in turn release hundreds of gigatonnes of

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New Photosensitive Carbon Sponge Could Soak Up Coal Emissions

New Photosensitive Carbon Sponge Could Soak Up Coal Emissions

Coal photo from Shutterstock Despite its high carbon footprint, expense, and negative effects on human health, coal still remains one of the world's most utilized sources of energy. Since coal is a

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100 Million Roses Grown for Valentine’s Day Produce 9,000 Metric Tons of CO2

100 Million Roses Grown for Valentine’s Day Produce 9,000 Metric Tons of CO2

Galyna Andrushko / Shutterstock Roses may be red, but they're definitely not green according to research from Scientific American. As millions of partners exchange bunches of red roses in the run up to

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Working Less and Playing More Could Slow Down Climate Change, New Study Shows

Working Less and Playing More Could Slow Down Climate Change, New Study Shows

Image of man in a suit on the beach, Shutterstock Bring on the four day work week. New research shows that working fewer hours and enjoying more downtime could forestall climate change. The Center for

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Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock When it comes to transforming the sun's energy into commuter miles, it looks like photovoltaics beat out our best biofuels. A recent study published in the journal

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Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Do you feel a twinge of guilt every time you fill your tank with dirty gasoline? What if you could power your car with a carbon neutral fossil fuel substitute? Introducing Audi's new e-fuel, an energy

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Spanish Researchers Develop Biological Concrete that Easily Builds Living Walls

Spanish Researchers Develop Biological Concrete that Easily Builds Living Walls

Vertical gardens and green walls are beautiful and environmentally friendly means of adding a little life to architecture - but until now, most required structural foundations to help attach the plants

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The Million Trees Project Lets You Design and Plant a Tree From the Comfort of Your Computer

The Million Trees Project Lets You Design and Plant a Tree From the Comfort of Your Computer

Instead of chopping down a stately conifer this holiday season, give the gift of a real live tree from the Million Trees Project! By designing your own tree online for the price of a cup of coffee, the

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New Technology Harvests Electricity From Railroad Train Track Vibrations

New Technology Harvests Electricity From Railroad Train Track Vibrations

Train photo from Shutterstock Anyone who has stood next to a train pulling into a station can attest to the immense power it produces as it rattles along the rails. Scientists at Stony Brook University

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World Meteorological Organization Reports Greenhouse Gas Emissions at a Record High

World Meteorological Organization Reports Greenhouse Gas Emissions at a Record High

Photo from Shutterstock First, it was a jarring report by the Renewable Energy Industry Institute. Then, a paper and call to action by the World Bank. Now, the World Meteorological Association (WMO)

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New World Bank Report Urges Aggressive Action on Climate Change

New World Bank Report Urges Aggressive Action on Climate Change

Photo via Shutterstock Last year, global CO2 emissions reached their highest levels in human history. With climate change affecting everything from weather patterns to satellite operation, governments

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New Research Finds Climate Change is Disrupting Satellites and Space Debris in the Atmosphere

New Research Finds Climate Change is Disrupting Satellites and Space Debris in the Atmosphere

Climate change is not just affecting what is happening on the surface of the Earth, but also what is taking place in the outer reaches of the atmosphere. An article published in the journal Nature

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Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

According to a report by the international Renewable Energy Industry Institute based in Germany, the total levels of global greenhouse gas emissions reached a record high last year at 34 billion tons.

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British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), a small firm in Stockton-on-Tees, UK, has succeedin in synthesizing gasoline from water and carbon dioxide (CO2) extracted from air. The Independent reported on Friday that the

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The Online CARMA Database Monitors CO2 Emissions for the World’s 60,000 Power Plants

The Online CARMA Database Monitors CO2 Emissions for the World’s 60,000 Power Plants

Climate change is a world-wide problem, spanning nations, time zones and environments. Challenges of such a massive scale demand a powerful and comprehensive means through which to observe, collect, and

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New Study: Feds Underestimate Social Cost of Carbon Pollution by as Much as 12 Times

New Study: Feds Underestimate Social Cost of Carbon Pollution by as Much as 12 Times

Industrial Emissions photo from Shutterstock A new study just published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences calculates that the U.S. government is using a faulty model for estimating

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Santa Cruz Team Proposes That Sea Otters Could Help Slow Global Warming

Santa Cruz Team Proposes That Sea Otters Could Help Slow Global Warming

Sea Otter Image via Shutterstock Two researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz have suggested that sea otters could play a significant role in the fight against global warming. The duo

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Lorenzo Duran Creates Spectacularly Intricate Nature-Inspired Leaf Art

Lorenzo Duran Creates Spectacularly Intricate Nature-Inspired Leaf Art

Utilizing elements of nature, Duran chooses the raw elements of nature to complete his amazingly fragile leaf cuttings. As a child, Duran had always painted an sculpted. In 2008, he became inspired by

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Wooden-Framed “iameco” Computer Reduces Environmental Impacts

Wooden-Framed “iameco” Computer Reduces Environmental Impacts

The wooden-framed iameco (pronounced “i-am-eco”) computer is easy on the eyes and on the environment. A result of a collaboration between German and Irish designers, the PC is the first of

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MIT Researchers Create Copper and Gold Hybrid Nano-Particles That Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

MIT Researchers Create Copper and Gold Hybrid Nano-Particles That Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers combined gold and copper to create hybrid nano-particles that could vastly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Copper is already one of the few metals

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New NRDC Report Ranks States’ Preparedness for Water Challenges Linked to Climate Change

New NRDC Report Ranks States’ Preparedness for Water Challenges Linked to Climate Change

Rising water levels. Stronger storms. Water shortages. Climate change will affect the United States in a variety of ways, but water is the resource that it's guaranteed to impact the most. In states

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Organograph: Giant Kinetic Flower Sculpture is Powered by the Sun

Organograph: Giant Kinetic Flower Sculpture is Powered by the Sun

Bill Washabaugh, Chico MacMurtie, and Geo Homsy developed the climate clock with these fundamental elements in mind: the Clock, the Observatory, the Carbon Cycle Simulation, the Incubator Dome, the Time

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EPA Introduces Carbon Limits on New Power Plants

EPA Introduces Carbon Limits on New Power Plants

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed setting federal limits on carbon emissions from new power plants, a move could spell the beginning of the end for conventional coal-fired power

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New Study Shows Natural Gas is a Bridge (Fuel) to Nowhere

New Study Shows Natural Gas is a Bridge (Fuel) to Nowhere

Natural gas has been widely billed as a “bridge fuel” – a low-carbon alternative to coal that will help us make the transition to cleaner energy – but a new study pokes some big

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Can Scientists Combat Climate Change by Bioengineering the Human Body?

Can Scientists Combat Climate Change by Bioengineering the Human Body?

Climate talks have stalled, and many countries view geoengineering -- like cloud whitening or constructing a space-based sun shade -- to be too risky. Could the genetic engineering of the human body to

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Herzog and de Meuron Unveil Plans for Brilliant Naturally Ventilated Mãe Luiza Gymnasium

Herzog and de Meuron Unveil Plans for Brilliant Naturally Ventilated Mãe Luiza Gymnasium

Before Herzog & de Meuron stepped in, Mãe Luiza's local recreation center was a fully exposed concrete platform framed with columns and trusses. Plans for the new gymnasium expand upon this

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Cocoon_FS: Pohl Architects Unveils Prefab Plankton-Inspired Pod Building in Germany

Cocoon_FS: Pohl Architects Unveils Prefab Plankton-Inspired Pod Building in Germany

The illustrious Cocoon_FS pavilion was constructed from leaf-like panels of fiber-reinforced polymer. Fifteen original base modules were designed and a total of 220 modules were

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