Environment

Liquid Solar Technology Could Be Next Gen of Renewable Energy

Scott Hammond with the team at NREL

Look out solar panels, there’s a new “first of its kind” solar technology in town! Its makers said it’s engineered to outperform rooftop panels by...




  • A photo from Japan showing severely deformed daisies has been making the social media rounds. (AOL Screenshot)

    Photo of Deformed Daisies Found Near Fukushima Goes Viral (Video)

    It’s been four years since the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, and to this day, some areas near the site remain uninhabitable. The... Read more

  • According to geochemist Matthew Jackson, plate tectonics is a manifestation of the Earth trying to cool itself. Cold plates sink into the Earth and absorb heat, while volcanoes release heat where plates are spreading apart and forming. (peterhartree/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Plate Tectonics May Depend on 3 Key Elements

    Planet Earth is situated in what astronomers call the Goldilocks Zone—a sweet spot in a solar system where a planet’s surface temperature is neither too... Read more

  • The Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius.  (Courtesy of Nissan USA & Toyota Motor Europe)

    Prius or Leaf? Carbon Footprint Hinges on Location

    Which has the smaller carbon footprint: hybrids or electric vehicles? A new study shows that the answer varies depending on where you live. Researchers studied... Read more

  • "This is an insecticide that is based on a specific gene," says Jeff Scott. "Thus, you might be able to kill only that specific insect, and that would be a phenomenal breakthrough in pest control."  (andriuXphoto/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    RNA Insecticide Could Leave ‘Good’ Bugs Alone

    An insecticide currently in development targets a specific gene so it kills only those bugs that threaten crops and avoids collateral damage to beneficial insects... Read more

  • Paradise Harbor in Antarctica.  (Photodynamic/iStock)

    Plankton in Southern Ocean Brightens Clouds Above

    To discover what gives clouds above the Southern Ocean their brightness, scientists took a close look at tiny drifting organisms in the sea below. Nobody knows... Read more

  • A shark is seen in an aquarium during the International Animal Fair in Istanbul, 02 April 2005. (AFP PHOTO/Mustafa Ozer)

    Endangered Sharks Protected by iSharkFin

    A new technology that will help quickly identify shark species and help save them is here. The software called iSharkFin was developed by the Food... Read more

  • Indri Lemur. Photo by David Cook.

    Rare Conservation Victory in Madagascar

    Good news on the environmental front in Madagascar has been rare and fleeting in recent years, but today the Indian Ocean island’s Prime Minister gave... Read more

  • Rime ice coats the buildings and antennas on top of Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    No, We Aren’t Heading Into a ‘Mini Ice Age’

    Wouldn’t it be great if scientists could make their minds up? One minute they’re telling us our planet is warming up due to human activity... Read more

  • A Red belted bumblebee (B. rufocinctus) feeds on White clover in the Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont. Still common, this species is being ‘compressed’ downslope as climate change compels trees to expand upslope into formerly open areas where bumblebees nested, foraged, and over wintered. Photo credit: Karen Johnston.

    Limit Climate Change or Lose Bumblebees and Crops

    According to a comprehensive new study published in the journal Science, bumblebees are particularly vulnerable to climate change disruptions. Historical bumblebee ranges have shrunk on... Read more

  • Colorado Farm Suffers As Immigrant Workforce Diminishes

    Big Organic Farms May Actually Add Emissions

    Large-scale organic farming operations aren’t reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a review of almost a decade of data from 49 states. The increasing numbers... Read more

  • Enhanced carbon-60 molecules, known as buckyballs, have shown real potential to capture emissions of carbon dioxide from such sources as industrial flue gases and natural-gas wells.  (Beakydave/iStock)

    How to Make Buckyballs Soak up More CO2

    Last year chemists at Rice University discovered that enhanced buckyballs capture carbon dioxide. Now they’re heating them up to see if that capability is tunable... Read more

  • Tiger! 7 km away from their school, caught in a camera trap set by school children in Maharashtra. Image courtesy of eMammal Project

    Local Indian Children Catch Tigers on Camera Traps

    Living in Pawani village in Maharashtra one would not usually consider the village to be a tiger territory. Rightly so, as the village does not... Read more

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    New Species of Camphor Tree Discovered in India

    A new tree species has been discovered in the Western Ghats, the leaves and stem of which, when crushed, gives out a strong smell of... Read more

  • Tarongo Zoo's New Baby Francois Langur Makes Debut

    These Photos of Baby Endangered Animals Will Wake Up Your Inner Activist

    There are now 6,264 endangered animal species on Earth, 2,524 of which are critically endangered, according to the Red List of Threatened Species managed by International... Read more

  • Fire burning in Tesso Nilo. Photos by Rhett A. Butler.

    Fires Rage in Indonesian Park Illegally Trashed for Palm Oil

    Dozens of fires are raging across Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park National Park, a protected area that has lost more than 40 percent of its... Read more

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    Hundreds of Pangolins Seized by Indonesia Officials

    Indonesian customs officials foiled an attempt to smuggle 455 dead pangolins to Singapore from an airport in the country’s second city of Surabaya, a hotbed... Read more


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