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Rising Carbon Dioxide Is Greening the Earth—but It’s Not All Good News

Green planet: tropical rainforests have produced more growth in response to rising carbon dioxide. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr, CC BY)
Green planet: tropical rainforests have produced more growth in response to rising carbon dioxide. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr, CC BY)

Dried lake beds, failed crops, flattened trees: when we think of global warming we often think of the impacts of droughts and extreme weather. While...




  • Emergency rescue workers clear debris in Basantapur Durbar Square while searching for survivors in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 25, 2015. More than 3000 people have died as tremors hit Nepal after an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale caused buildings to collapse and avalanches to be triggered in the Himalayas. (Omar Havana/Getty Images)

    Remembering Nepal: A Year on From the Devastating Earthquakes

    The recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador happened within hours of each other, killing several hundred people. While both quakes were equally devastating for the... Read more

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    Healing the Earth With Mushrooms

    Picture a mushroom and you probably imagine the familiar cap and stem shape that grows above ground. However, most of a mushroom’s life actually exists... Read more

  • Dusty. (Western Sahara/Flickr, CC BY-SA)

    What Dust From the Sahara Does to You and the Planet

    At this time of year in Europe, you may have noticed something in the air. Dust-laden winds blowing from the Sahara desert cause “seasonal haze... Read more

  • Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland. (Joshua Earle/Unsplash.com)

    Nature Calms the Brain and Heals the Body

    For the most part, our brains didn’t evolve in cities. But in a few decades, almost 70 percent of the world’s people will live in... Read more

  • Solar panels stand in front of rows of trees at the Baldock Solar Highway project site on on Dec. 5, 2011. (Oregon Department of Transportation/Flickr, CC BY)

    Solar: A Brilliant Way to Get Energy

    Except for nuclear and geothermal, all energy we use comes from the sun in one form or another. As sunlight reaches the Earth’s surface, it... Read more

  • (Lydur Skulason/Flickr, CC BY)

    Geothermal: Tapping Earth’s Abundant Energy

    In the midst of controversy over B.C.’s Peace River Site C dam project, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association released a study showing the province could get... Read more

  • A rare Amur Tiger cub, aged four months, plays with its mother Tschuna as it experiences its reserve for the first time at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster, northern England on July 29, 2015. Only around 450 Amur Tigers survive in the wild in their native Russia and  Yorkshire Wildlife Park's release of three cubs, named Hector, Harley and Hope, into their reserve coincides with International Tiger Day.  AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

    Wild Tiger Populations Increase 22%, Says WWF

    Global wild tiger population numbers are increasing for the first time in a century.  According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), there are now estimated to be 3,890 wild tigers; this... Read more

  • A tiger is fed a meal of dog food and chicken bones June 5, 2001 at the Wat Pa Luangta Bua monastery in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

    Tigers ‘Functionally Extinct’ in Cambodia

    Conservationists have declared tigers “functionally extinct” in Cambodia, where the local population has been devastated by poaching.  “Today, there are no longer any breeding populations... Read more

  • Thinking of going solar? Prices are approaching the cost of grid electricity, but only in some places—so far. (joncallas/flickr, CC BY-SA)

    When Will Rooftop Solar Be Cheaper Than the Grid? Here’s a Map

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory this week said that rooftop solar panels have the potential to generate nearly 40 percent of electricity in the U.S... Read more

  • Amur tiger at the Buffalo Zoo on Feb. 27, 2008. (Public Domain)

    World Could See Double the Tigers—If Conservation Continues, Study Says

    Several years ago, tigers were feared to be headed for extinction. Their numbers in the wild were dwindling by the year, dropping from an estimated 100,000... Read more

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    Europe’s Oldest Forest Is Threatened by a Beetle Infestation

    Białowieza Forest is the kind of place you imagine from the Grimm fairy tales. Huge firs, oaks, and ashes tower over you, woodpeckers and other... Read more

  • "Dredging is a destructive and costly waste of taxpayer money," the late oceanographer Dr. Robert Snyder said. (Teun van den Dries/iStock)

    Palm Beach Reef Suffers Rampant Damage

    Easter Sunday began with rain and a little mist. The day cleared by eleven a.m. Captain Jason Landau eased Little Deeper away from its dock... Read more

  • Tokyo International Youth Hostel. (Gavin Anderson/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

    A New Strategy for Drought-Stressed Cities: Graywater Recycling

    Many regions of the United States are struggling with water shortages. Large areas of the West are contending with moderate to severe drought, while California... Read more

  • An image of tropical storm Karl and Hurricanes Igor and Julia captured by the GOES-13 satellite in 2010. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

    New Satellite Will Get a Better View of Hurricanes

    The launch of the GOES-R geostationary satellite in October 2016 could offer a whole new way to predict hurricanes, providing information at time and space... Read more

  • Two Volcanoes Erupt on Same Day, Pilots Told to Take Precautions

    Two volcanoes in North America erupted on March 27. In Mexico, the Popocatepetl Volcano erupted in the morning. According to the Daily Mail, the volcano... Read more

  • A bulldozer operates atop a coal mound at the CCI Energy Slones Branch Terminal in Shelbiana, Ky., on June 3, 2014. (Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)

    The End of Coal: Good Riddance or Dangerous Gamble?

    Scotland has become the first part of the U.K. to stop burning coal to supply electricity following the closure of Longannet, its largest power station,... Read more


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