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UK, Germany, France on Pace for Their Hottest Year on Record

Following a summer marked by devastating heat waves, the UK, Germany, and France are on track for their hottest year on record, weather officials say. Barring an exceptionally cold December, the UK will see its warmest year since 1884, according to the Met Office. “All of the top 10 warmest years on record for the UK have occurred since 2002; […]

Amid the Sprawl, a Long Island Prairie Makes a Quiet Comeback

Amid the Sprawl, a Long Island Prairie Makes a Quiet Comeback

The Hempstead Plains Preserve is a place where you can imagine the presence of creatures past. Birdfoot violets, now gone, once colored the landscape with a wash of purple in spring. The heath hen, a large grouse that went extinct 90 years ago, performed its elaborate courtship dances on the Plains. On a late afternoon in October, the slanting autumn […]

How an Early Oil Industry Study Became Key in Climate Lawsuits

How an Early Oil Industry Study Became Key in Climate Lawsuits

Carroll Muffett began wondering in 2008 when the world’s biggest oil companies had first understood the science of climate change and their product’s role in causing it. A lawyer then working as a consultant to environmental groups, he started researching the question at night and on weekends, ordering decades-old reports, books, and magazines off Amazon and eBay, or from academic […]

Lakes Growing Globally as Ice Melts and Reservoirs Expand

Over the last four decades, the area covered by lakes globally has grown by close to 18,000 square miles, an expanse nearly twice the size of Lake Erie. Scientists used satellite imagery and artificial intelligence to map 3.4 million lakes around the world between 1984 and 2019, finding that lake area grew as reservoirs expanded and rising temperatures melted glaciers […]

Covid Lockdowns Helped Fuel a Methane Surge, Study Finds

When pandemic-related lockdowns grounded planes and brought car traffic to a near standstill in early 2020, transport emissions plummeted, leading to a drop in levels of a short-lived gas that scrubs methane from the atmosphere. The slump in traffic helped fuel a spike in methane, a new study finds. Nitrogen oxides, common pollutants from cars and planes, combine with water […]

Hawaii’s Coral Reefs Get $2 Million Insurance Policy

U.S.-based conservation group the Nature Conservancy has taken out a $2 million insurance policy for Hawaii’s coral reefs. It is the first policy to cover a natural structure in the U.S., according to the group. The Nature Conservancy is paying a $110,000 premium to cover most of the Hawaiian Islands, from the Big Island to Kauai, until the end of […]

The Ocean Cleanup works on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Ocean Cleanup works on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Ocean Cleanup, an environmental care organization has embarked on cleaning the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It is the biggest single waste collection in the oceans, making it look like a garbage island. The sheer size of this garbage collection makes efforts to clean it up quite draining. Continue reading below Our Featured Videos The Ocean Cleanup is using high-tech tools […]

Thrifting and gifting something extra nice Secondhand Sunday

Thrifting and gifting something extra nice Secondhand Sunday

Have you ever wanted to re-gift a present you received, but worried that was tacky? Then again, you don’t want to support fast fashion companies and the consumer excess that we know as Black Friday? What’s a conscientious, yet classy shopper to do? Turns out, 92% of people are open to receiving a secondhand gift, according to research done by […]

What can we do about how much power the world uses?

What can we do about how much power the world uses?

Throughout the day we turn lights on and off, use appliances around the house and nudge up the heat on a cold day, all without much thought. Maybe there’s a voice reminding you to turn the light off when you leave the room or chastising you when you hit the AC button, but for the most part, energy production, use […]

AI reveals how climate change will impact our cities

AI reveals how climate change will impact our cities

Green energy experts at USwitch have used artificial intelligence (AI) to visualize what the world could look like in 2100. The team used Midjourney, an AI software that creates images from text descriptions, to visually depict the best- and worst-case scenarios for how 20 famous places across the globe could look in the next 80 years. These places included Amsterdam, […]