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Pavement technology could cool cities from the ground up

Sunbathers understand the benefits of applying sunscreen, but in America's hottest big city the same concept is being tested at street level in the hope of bringing some lasting relief from the relentless Arizona sun.

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Philanthropies flow funds to climate technologies

Several new funds are taking on "tough tech" — unsexy but important efforts to mitigate global warming.

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Can the cannabis industry prepare for a future of climate change?

It is estimated that 2/3 of California's cannabis is grown outdoors. Fires have hindered this Croptober for the West Coast, the outdoor growing capitol of the U.S. Croptober is the time of year when cannabis yields its biggest harvest.

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Russia finds contaminants in rivers near site of far east sea pollution

Russia's environment watchdog, which is investigating unexplained toxic pollution off the country's far eastern coast, said it had found significantly higher levels of pollutants in nearby rivers than in the affected waters themselves.

Toxics

Apple says it never ‘recycles’ old devices if they can still be used. A lawsuit suggests otherwise.

In a little-noticed lawsuit, Apple shed new light on its recycling practices, raising questions about why devices that were sent in for destruction were reused by consumers against Apple's wishes.
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The promising ways hemp can be used in construction

Hempcrete," made from the woody core of hemp, is showing promise as an environmentally friendly building material.

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New technology is helping fire-struck communities predict air quality better

As fires continue to ravage states along the West Coast, new kinds of sensors and apps are helping people measure the immediate risks from smoky skies.
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Climate

Getting warmer: Trump concedes human role in climate change

President Donald Trump publicly acknowledged that humans bear some blame for climate change, but scientists say the president still isn't dealing with the reality of our primary role.

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Climate

Toyota reveals plan to turn trucks into emissions-free 'power plants'

Portable emissions-free "power plants" could soon hit the road under plans by Toyota to fit some of the company's light-duty trucks with hydrogen fuel cells that can generate electricity.

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Climate

Should we bank on innovation to hold back global heating? History says it’s a risky bet

From research scientists to political organizers, people around the planet are working to thwart a threat whose scale has become increasingly clear: Global heating is spurring a climate crisis of megafires, superstorms and record-setting heat waves that current policies are not enough to address.

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Toxics

A new COVID documentary explores who is to blame for the pandemic

“How to Stop the Next Pandemic,” a Times documentary, reveals how your choices make future pandemics more likely.
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Sonia Sodha: We’ve got to start thinking beyond our own lifespans if we’re going to avoid extinction

Coronavirus or not, we remain locked into a treadmill that measures progress by growing GDP rather than by wellbeing and environmental sustainability.

www.theatlantic.com
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Forest Fires Are Setting Chernobyl’s Radiation Free - The Atlantic

Trees now cover most of the exclusion zone, and climate change is making them more likely to burn.
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Climate

UK firm's solar power breakthrough could make world's most efficient panels by 2021

Oxford PV says tech based on perovskite crystal can generate almost a third more electricity
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6 former EPA bosses call for agency reset after election

Six former Environmental Protection Agency chiefs are calling for an agency reset after President Donald Trump's regulation-chopping, industry-minded first term, backing a detailed plan by former EPA staffers that ranges from renouncing political influence in regulation to boosting climate-friendly electric vehicles.

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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.

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.

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.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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