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CO2 Monitoring Could Be ‘Space-Based’ in Future

CO2 Monitoring Could Be ‘Space-Based’ in Future

Using satellites to measure atmospheric concentrations of climate change-fueling carbon dioxide originating from coal-fired power plants could help verify other countries’ claims about their emissions of greenhouse gases, helping regulators in the U.S. and abroad to enforce current and future international greenhouse gas emissions regulations, a ne… Read More

Great Barriers: Reefs First Line of Coastal Defense

Great Barriers: Reefs First Line of Coastal Defense

A new study quantifies what many surfers already know: coral reefs help defuse incoming waves and create huge breaks. While that helps determine where to hang ten, it also hints at something much more important: reefs are a first line of defense for coastal communities when it comes to storm surge protection and that in many cases, they are much m… Read More

Climate Change in the U.S. in 8 Compelling Charts

Climate Change in the U.S. in 8 Compelling Charts

The newly released National Climate Assessment spans 30 chapters with thousands of references on how climate change is and will impact the U.S. The draft report received over 4,000 comments from the public, which the 300 scientists writing the report were required to address. The message of the report that climate change is already happening in th… Read More

U.S. Climate Change Report Warns of Regional Impacts

U.S. Climate Change Report Warns of Regional Impacts

On Tuesday, the federal government released its third report of climate change in the U.S. The report, called the National Climate Assessment, makes clear that climate change is a present-day issue and a growing threat. While climate change is often viewed as a global problem, the report highlights how impacts vary across all regions of the country… Read More

New Design Delivers Round-the-Clock Solar Power

New Design Delivers Round-the-Clock Solar Power

Solar power’s greatest drawback has always been that it is intermittent and, even in the sunniest climes, peak electricity demand is frequently in the evening when the Sun is going down. The engineering challenge has been to design a system in which enough of the Sun’s heat can be stored to produce full power continuously even on cloudy days – and… Read More

Building Bike Commuters, One Bike Lane at a Time

Building Bike Commuters, One Bike Lane at a Time

A bike, of course, offers a way to get exercise, reduce your carbon footprint or just have fun. But biking activity, in large part, is driven by the pedaling opportunities available in your community. And just about no matter where you are in the United States, the opportunities available aren't going to change much in the near future, according to… Read More

Tech Giant Apple Details Its Progress on Climate Targets

Tech Giant Apple Details Its Progress on Climate Targets

Climate change is real and a real problem for the world, Apple said on Monday, announcing its progress on environment targets ahead of Earth Day. The technology company, publishing a video narrated by CEO Tim Cook on its green initiatives and updated environment web pages, claimed that 94 percent of its corporate facilities and 100 percent of its … Read More

Fracking Company Considers Revealing Secret Chemicals

Fracking Company Considers Revealing Secret Chemicals

One of the biggest criticisms of the oil and gas industry’s practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is that energy companies refuse to disclose some of the chemicals they use if they’re considered trade secrets. That's about to change.… Read More