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What You Need to Know About U.S.-China Climate Pact

What You Need to Know About U.S.-China Climate Pact

It’s been a busy few months for international movement on climate change. Following a September climate march and meetings at the United Nations and an announcement by the European Union to cut greenhouse gas emissions, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping topped it all by announcing a new joint climate commitment late on Tuesday. “As … Read More

Listen To a Glacier, Forecast a Flood

Listen To a Glacier, Forecast a Flood

They’re not as catchy as Vanilla Ice’s self-aggrandizing single, nor as funky as the pioneering blues of Muddy Waters. But tuning in to the harmonies produced as water courses through icy cracks in a glacier could eventually come as life-saving music to the ears of their neighbors.… Read More

A Web Vacuum Could Suck CO2 from Your Inbox

A Web Vacuum Could Suck CO2 from Your Inbox

Ah, if only it were possible for each one of us to suction away the carbon emissions we contribute to the overburdened atmosphere, much as we vacuum dirt from the carpet. Appliance maker Electrolux is promising to help us do exactly that, at least for one oft-neglected portion of our personal greenhouse gas output. The Swedish company, known best … Read More

Cities Designed like Ecosystems Offer Untold Gains

Cities Designed like Ecosystems Offer Untold Gains

Of all the things people build, cities are the most important. Cities are the largest things we build, and most people now live in them. But that’s not why cities are our most important invention. Cities matter because they represent our greatest hope for long-term survival, not only for humans but for all species. They offer the best chance to d… Read More

Ozone Hole Recovery Continues, Albeit a Little Slower

Ozone Hole Recovery Continues, Albeit a Little Slower

The ozone hole is a gash in the stratosphere, like a festering wound high above the earth’s surface. Scientists first diagnosed the problem in the mid-1980s and recommended a course of action to treat the problem. And today, NASA announced that recovery has continued, though slightly slower this year compared to years past.… Read More

Two Years On: Sandy Inspires Storm of Climate Research

Two Years On: Sandy Inspires Storm of Climate Research

The two years that have passed since Hurricane Sandy crashed into the New Jersey shoreline have not been enough time for scientists and researchers to make much headway on the hows and whys of the Northeast’s epic storm. But that’s not because they aren’t trying. In fact, Sandy has spurred an unprecedented amount of research, attempting to tackle … Read More

From Grid Waste to Good Taste

From Grid Waste to Good Taste

The U.S. power grid is a vital part of the nation’s infrastructure. It’s also a wasteful one. Nearly two-thirds of every megawatt U.S. power plants produce never does a bit of useful work. Some of it is lost due to the natural resistance of power lines. Some is lost as heat during generation. And, perhaps surprisingly, some is lost by design when u… Read More

Europe Reaches Climate Deal, Sends Message

Europe Reaches Climate Deal, Sends Message

The first big piece of the upcoming United Nations climate deal has fallen into place. The European Union on Friday became the first major party to the negotiations to declare how far it will go in reducing its climate impacts under a global post-2020 treaty, which is scheduled to be finalized next winter in Paris. The European Commission’s vote to… Read More