While the U.S. may aim for a 15% Renewable Energy Standard by 2021, and Northern Ireland has just confirmed a much stronger target of 40% renewable energy by 2020, Scotland is aiming a bit higher. It announced today that it plans to get “at least” 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. Wow.
Scotland is planning to export a lot of its clean energy to its neighbor to the south, England, which has lagged behind the rest of Europe on clean energy.
In a new study to evaluate the Brazilian Soy Moratorium, researchers across the U.S. and Brazil show that the moratorium helped to drastically reduce the amount of deforestation linked to soy production in the region and was much better at curbing it than governmental policy alone.
Une journée de pillage ordinaire s’achève à Antanandavehely, paisible village accroché au flanc oriental de la péninsule de Masoala, la plus grande aire naturelle protégée de Madagascar, dans le nord-est de la grande île de l’océan Indien. La nuit tombe en contrebas sur le fleuve encore écrasé de soleil et les derniers radeaux chargés de bois de rose se pressent sur les berges assoupies.
The new year has just begun and we’re already inundated with horrible news: two new reports have collected further evidence that human economic activity puts life on Earth at risk, and another shocked us with the fact that the 85 richest people on the planet are as wealthy as the poorest 50% – and that the gap between them is still widening. Not to mention the brutal attack on the Charlie Hebdo office, the ongoing wars and conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine and the devastating situation of refugees.
At the same time, a lot of effort is being spent to reassure us that economic growth and a capitalist economy are essential for solving what some call the “crisis of civilization”.
USDA.gov (press release) (blog) USDA Unites with Partners to Improve Water Quality in Lake Champlain USDA.gov (press release) (blog) Lake Champlain provides habitat for more than 300 bird species and 80 fish species, holds 6.8 trillion gallons of...
Last year, we learned what is probably the worst global warming news yet — that we may have irrevocably destabilized the massive ice sheet of West Antarctica, which contains the equivalent of nearly 11 feet of sea level rise. The rate of West Antarctic ice loss has been ominously increasing, and there are fears that if too much goes, the slow and long-term process of ice sheet disintegration could accelerate.
Beth Moon’s father made an impression on her when he told stories about his childhood learning the names of birds, trees, and flowers. Around 14 years ago, while living in England, she began to photograph trees, traveling around the country in search of some of the oldest yews. She then...
Ten years after remediation was complete at the E.I. DuPont Superfund site in Newport, Del., the area had few options for reuse.
An 18-inch layer of soil capped a landfill where the toxic byproducts of pigment manufacturing had been dumped for decades. A barrier planted between the landfill and a nearby stream prevented the chemicals from migrating. The contamination no longer posed a threat to the environment or workers at nearby factories. But the land wasn't being used.
-▶ WHY SARDINES MATTER - CRITICAL MARINE SPECIES FOOD SOURCE IN STEEP DECLINE
The Pacific coast of North America supports one of the most vibrant and diverse marine ecosystems on Earth, largely because of the presence of thick schools of small prey fish such as Pacific sardines.
Stephen Starr: Two French oceanography researchers expected to find pollution on their 8,345km, 14-month kayak journey from Gibraltar to Istanbul – but what shocked them was the endless spread of cities along the coast...
Two hazardous chemicals never before known as oil and gas industry pollutants—ammonium and iodide—are being released and spilled into Pennsylvania and West Virginia waterways from the booming energy operations of the Marcellus shale, a new study shows.
The toxic substances, which can have a devastating impact on fish, ecosystems, and potentially, human health, are extracted from geological formations along with natural gas and oil during both hydraulic fracturing and conventional drilling operations, said Duke University scientists in a study published today in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
For thousands of years, city planners have engineered water into submission — think aqueducts.
"That's really the core of modern water infrastructure," says David Sedlak, the author of Water 4.0. "It's the ancient idea that the Romans gave us. Collecting water somewhere on the outskirts of the city, sending it with gravity into the city, and then when we're done with it, we put it back underground in a sewer and send on its way."
A cacao grower with roots in Southeast Asia’s palm oil industry has set up shop in the Peruvian Amazon. The CEO of United Cacao has told the international press that he wants to change the industry for the better, but a cadre of scientists and conservation groups charge that United Cacao has quietly cut down more than 2,000 hectares of rainforest.
There's something going on in Kwigillingok, Alaska--a town with just 350 residents--that could change your life. Kwigillingok is off the power grid because it is too remote to be on one and generates its own power, which now includes electricity from wind turbines. This is the epitome of a microgrid, or a small closed power system that can operate independently, or in conjunction with, the larger power grid. Such small systems could be the future of power.