Reforestation Efforts That Really Work

Posted on Thursday, May 18th, 2017

As Indonesia’s forests vanish from logging and fires, the future of our planet continues to hang in the balance. Reforestation can go a long way to solve this problem. Reforestation, however, is not just a matter of planting trees. When you learn about the challenges in research and monitoring, and what can be […]

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The unsung heroes of climate change

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Rainforests are the poster child for conservation. They’re packed with charismatic wildlife and are essential for the health of the planet. Why wouldn’t you want to try to save them? But they are not the only ecosystems playing a crucial role on Earth. For example, did you know that 450 billion tonnes of carbon […]

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Seeing the wood for the trees

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

From the towering kapoks of South America to the sprawling banyans of South Asia, from misty cloud forests to ice-covered pines, forests are some of the most diverse and important ecosystems on Earth. However, as conservationists and foresters try to manage, conserve and restore forests across the world, they often rely on scanty and scattered information […]

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Tropical trees solution for climate change

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Planting trees in any climate is beneficial because there are many benefits of planting trees. Yet, planting trees near the equator “cools” the planet more than trees planted in temperate latitudes. Scientists from the International Panel on Climate Change have focused on tropical trees as the key to solving many global environmental and social challenges […]

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The Answer to India’s Energy Crisis Could Be Blowing in the Wind

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Maanasa Mendu, of Mason, Ohio, presents HARVEST, her prototype renewable energy-gathering device, at the 2016 Young Scientist Challenge. (Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge) On a trip to visit her grandparents in rural India, Maanasa Mendu noticed something that didn’t happen back home. The lights went out. A lot. Almost every day, at six […]

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Are Artificial Trees the Future of Renewable Energy?

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Iowa State University scientists modeled their artificial leaves after cottonwood leaves. (Flickr user Jon Hurd) In 2007, Eric Henderson watched the heart-shaped leaves of a redbud rustle in the wind outside of his home in Iowa. A gust came through, whipping around the tree’s branches, causing the leaves to oscillate in the turbulent stream of […]

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Turning Tomato Peels and Eggshells Into Tires

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a technology for incorporating food waste into rubber. (Kenneth Chamberlain, courtesy of Ohio State University) Back when she lived in California, Katrina Cornish found herself wondering about those open trucks she saw carrying big loads of ripe tomatoes. Why, she thought, weren’t the tomatoes on the […]

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The solar cooker that seeks its own place in the sun

Posted on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The Water&Solar100 cooker, which has automatic sun tracking, and temperature and timing controls. Photograph: Wilfred Fritz Solar cookers have been promoted as a safe alternative to boil water, cook food, or even sterilise medical equipment, but many require the user to move the unit so that its focal point is in direct line with the […]

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Forget tidal – the B.C. advantage is wave power

Posted on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Wave-measuring buoys like this one were used in a new study to measure wave energy potential off the coast of Vancouver Island | Submitted Anyone who has walked along the beaches near Tofino in the wintertime can attest to the power of ocean storms, as massive waves explode on the shoreline. A new study […]

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Some massive hands are propping up Venice because climate change.

Posted on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Italy’s famed city of Venice has grappled with flooding and encroaching waters since the Middle Ages. But as global warming speeds up sea level rise, the charming destination is steadily slipping underwater.Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn calls attention to this threat with his arresting, larger-than-life sculpture in the sinking city. Support features two 5,000-pound hands bursting […]

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