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The environment is truly a thing of beauty and should be protected whenever possible. What can we do to save the environment, and what new technology is available to help us?

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Climate Change Will Make the United States Poorer, Hotter and More Unequal

A county-by-county analysis predicts climate change's economic and agricultural impacts, days above 95 degrees F, and even violent crime.

Massive Iceberg Finally Breaks Off From Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf

Twice the size of Hong Kong, this iceberg is the product of a huge crack that developed across the ice shelf.

Trump Budget Plan Would Remove Ban on Wild Horse Sale and Slaughter

Removing the ban could help manage the animals and save money, but it could also mean the horses will be sold for their meat.

What Wind Power Critics Who Cry 'Bird' Get Wrong

Bird death is a critique among those who oppose wind turbines. The data from multiple studies doesn't back that up.

U.S. Mayors Double Down on Climate Protection

U.S. mayors establish climate change resolutions in response to Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

The World's Largest Waterfall Is Deep Underwater

The Denmark Strait cataract dwarfs every other waterfall in the world, but you can't see it because it's deep under the Atlantic Ocean.

Scientists Create Alternative Plastics Using Just Sugars and CO2

British researchers say that plastics of the future could be made from sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing oil and natural gas byproducts.

How Rain and Snow Could Play a Role in Triggering Earthquakes

Scientists have found that snow and rain trigger earthquakes. Could their study help predict the Big One?

China Flips Switch on World's Largest Floating Solar Farm

China, the world's largest emitter of CO2, is making steps to combat those emissions by creating the world's largest floating solar panel farm.

Climate Change Is Causing Tiny Bird Couples to Share More Parenting Duties

Climate change is messing with the daily routines of female and male birds that share parenting duties, so couples are cooperating more.

Climate Change and Art Converge in 'Holoscenes' at the World Science Festival

Performance art, science and the issue of a polarized society intersect to challenge viewers' thoughts.

Trump Pulls Out of Paris Climate Agreement

The U.S., the world's second-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, is now just the third country not participating in the landmark Paris climate agreement.

What if Bicycles Could Clean the Polluted Air Around Them?

A Dutch designer has proposed a bicycle device to scrub smog by ionizing polluted air, then releasing it around the cyclist to make breathing easier.

Satellite Images Reveal Earth Has More Forests Than Previously Thought

Researchers have discovered 1.1 billion acres of dryland forests on Earth that were previously unknown via hi-res satellite imagery.

One of the World's Most Remote Uninhabited Islands Is Literally Covered in Our Trash

Henderson Island has a human population of zero, and the highest density of litter anywhere in the world.

The Plan to Regrow a Shrinking Swiss Glacier Using Artificial Snow

A thin layer of fake snow could act as a sunblock, scientists propose, helping extend the life of an iconic Alpine glacier by reducing warming.

Rising Sea Levels Mean These U.S. Cities Should Prep for Millions of Migrants

Climate change puts coastal areas at risk. How will the domestic dislocation of millions affect inland cities like Atlanta, Las Vegas and Austin?

Human Din Is Drowning Out Nature's Quiet, Even in Parks

Wildness is a necessity, as naturalist John Muir once wrote. And it helps if that wildness isn't drowned out by man-made noise pollution.

Scientists Crack Another Mystery Behind Blood Falls

Antarctica's Blood Falls looks like a geological horror scene. For decades, scientists weren't sure why. Until now.

Climate Change Reverses a River's Flow in Canadian Glacier

"River piracy" usually takes ages, but this is the first time in recorded history it's been witnessed. And it happened in a geological instant.

This Solar-powered Device Can Extract Water From Desert-dry Air

The water harvester, out of MIT and UC Berkeley, is small, but it's got the potential to bring water to places that desperately need it.

Why North America's Lakes Are Getting Distressingly More Salty

Salt used in the winter to deice roadways is having an impact on hundreds of lakes across the region.

How England Broke off From Mainland Europe 450,000 Years Ago

Talk about a Brexit! Scientists have clues to catastrophic flooding that destroyed a land bridge that once connected England and France.

Arctic World Archive Puts Data on Ice for 1,000 Years

You might be in trouble when the end of the world is near, but at least your data won't be.

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