Climate scientists unlock secrets of ‘blue carbon’

Posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Tidal wetlands such as this marsh in Oregon can store large amounts of carbon.Credit: WestWindGraphics/Getty Tidal wetlands come in many forms, but they could be more alike below the surface than anyone realized. Whether it’s a mangrove forest in Florida, a freshwater swamp in Virginia or a saltwater marsh in Oregon, the amount of […]

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Meet the man who flies with the birds in order to save them

Posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

A former meteorologist, Christian Moullec flies an ultralight to guide vulnerable birds on safe migration routes. So many times I’ve said to myself, “If I could start again, I’d …” fill in the blank du jour: rescue orangutans, work at the sloth sanctuary, count turtle eggs for science, et cetera. Since I’m firmly rooted […]

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How urban design warms up cold-weather cities

Posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Instead of fleeing from it, Edmonton is bundling up and embracing its frigid winters through smart urban design and civic engagement. (Photo: Heidi G/flickr) Much attention has been paid to how urban design can help overcrowded and perilously hot cities cool down as the planet warms and the global population shifts away from rural […]

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U.K. to kickstart ‘Northern Forest’ with 50M trees

Posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The U.K.’s new tree-planting initiative targets an area spanning more than 120 miles. (Photo: Pete Birkinshaw/Flickr) Described as a “vast ribbon of woodland cover” by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, the United Kingdom has announced plans to plant more than 50 million trees across major swaths of northern England. Called the “Northern Forest,” the 120-mile-long […]

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Why airports are embracing renewable energy

Posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

A huge array of solar panels lines a runway at an airport in Weeze, Germany. Major airports throughout the world are considering moving to alternative energy sources. (Photo: Aerovista Luchtfotografie/Shutterstock) The largest airports in the world have the land areas and populations of small cities. They operate around the clock and move tens […]

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Mexico’s new take on green energy : cactus power!

Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

The desert plant packs more than just a prick – turns out communities in Mexico are harvesting their energy and producing renewable power. When it comes to energy, Mexico City is thinking green – in a whole new way.The city is host to roughly 300 public produce markets that supply the city with delicious food […]

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Do Cities Need More Green Roofs?

Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

“We took a field trip to the largest green roof in New York City. Then we imagined what the city could be like if all of its roof space was green” NPR

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6 easy ways you can help save the bees

Posted on Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Busy as a bee is an accurate statement. According to the Xerces Society, a nonprofit organization working to protect bees, 75% of the world’s food crop depends on at least one pollinator, such as the honeybee. (California’s pollinator-dependent crop value is about $12 billion a year.) That’s a lot riding on the journey of the humble […]

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Dutch plan vast windfarm island in North Sea

Posted on Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Britain’s homes could be lit and powered by windfarms surrounding an artificial island deep out in the North Sea, under advanced plans by a Dutch energy network. The radical proposal envisages an island being built to act as a hub for vast offshore windfarms that would eclipse today’s facilities in scale. Dogger Bank, […]

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This Indonesian man single – handedly saves his village from starvation

Posted on Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Sadiman, a 67-year-old man from the Wonogiri regency of Central Java, Indonesia, has managed to turn his drought-prone village into a groundwater-rich region by leading a campaign to replant trees on a nearby hill for the past 21 years. Since 1996, Sadiman, a farmer in Dali hamlet, in the Wonogiri regency of Central Java, […]

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