The past and the future of the Earth’s oldest trees

Bristlecone pines have survived various catastrophes over the millennia, and they may survive humanity.
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Every sixpack of beer contributes to climate change. Brewers hope algae is the solution

In an Australian first, a 400-litre bag of algae has been installed at a Sydney brewery to reduce carbon emissions and produce food, pharmaceuticals and even bio-plastic.


While Congress does nothing, New York City passed its own climate legislation

With the Green New Deal stalled, cities are stepping up with their own.

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Peter Dykstra: Two enduring signs of hope

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Biologists measure, number and tag freshwater mussels from Deer Creek at Rocks State Park to reintroduce the species to the Patapsco River. (Credit: Maryland DNR)

Bringing back natural water filters in Maryland and beyond

ELLICOTT CITY, Md.—Under the waters of the Patapsco River in Maryland, new life is forming.

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In Britain, chefs stir up food waste revolution in the kitchen

Food waste is increasing viewed as unethical in a world of rising hunger and environmentally destructive, dumped in landfills where it rots, releasing greenhouse gases, while fuel, water, and energy needed to grow, store and carry it is wasted.


Colombo's wetlands float to top of flood prevention plan

The Sri Lankan capital's remaining wetland areas are being revived as parks that soak up floodwaters and offer leisure activities.


Costa Rica coffee farmers brew up a carbon neutral future

Carbon neutral produce has become the buzz term in the Central American nation of 5 million people as countries look to slash greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture while feeding growing populations.


Soon your phone may be powered by ship soot

Researchers found a way to turn carbon pollution into graphite, a component widely used in batteries.


California just became first state to mandate solar panels on new homes

The new building standards, starting in 2020, are meant to increase renewable energy and cut emissions as the state sees the effects of climate change worsen.

The blockchain revolution comes to climate action

Blockchain can trace everything from green supply chains to emissions cuts, enable green energy trading and convert plastic waste into cash. A host of initiatives and start-ups are getting in on the technology.

Colombia’s supreme court orders government to stop Amazon deforestation

The consequences of today's destruction of nature will mainly affect future generations. This is the premise behind the Colombian supreme court's recent historic environmental decision: to accept the ideas presented by a group of Colombian children and other young people who say that the deforestation of the Amazon puts their livelihood at risk.


The US just hit a major milestone for energy storage — which is also great news for solar

The United States has now added the capacity to store a billion watts of power for one hour, and it may double that total in 2018 alone.

Environmental-themed Rose Parade floats tell us how to ‘make a difference’

Why were there so many environmental-themed floats in this year’s Rose Parade? Is it an antidote to White House policies?

Washington achieves top sustainability certification for cities

Washington, D.C., has been recognized by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Cities as a model for sustainability.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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