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The Search for Energy Takes a Turn Underwater
The fearsome tides that sweep out from the easternmost shores of the United States have for more than 80 years teased engineers and presidents like Franklin D. Roosevelt, who have dreamed of harnessing their force to make electricity.
Hottest Month On Record: July 2012
July 2012 was officially not only the warmest July on record, but also the warmest month ever recorded for the lower 48 states, according to a report released Wednesday by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center.
The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic
CALL me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the
Responsible Shoppers, but Bad Citizens?
When you stay in a hotel, you reuse your towel. When you shop for detergent, you reach for something nontoxic. But do small acts like these lead to further steps, or just check the “good deed” box for the day and distract from real activism? Is environmentally responsible spending effective or just a distraction?
Fertility rates fall, but global population explosion goes on Global birthrates are falling. But with many in their fertile years and political and cultural forces against contraception, the population explosion is far from over.  
Searching for Clues to Calamity
  Searching for Clues to Calamity SO far 2012 is on pace to be the hottest year on record. But does this mean that we’ve reached a threshold — a tipping point that signals a climate disaster?
The U.S. is the most environmentally sustainable country in the world, except all the others
A bit of optimism to end your week. Wait. Not optimism. The other thing.
Climate Change, Extreme Weather Linked In Studies Examining Texas Drought And U.K. Heat
* 2011 was among 15 warmest years globally - U.S. agency * Extreme weather events show influence of climate change * Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere reaches new high By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) - Climate change increased the odds for the kind of extreme weather that prevailed in 2011, a year that
Green gyms focus on high-power workouts, low-power usage
With the cycles, the flat-screen TVs and, of course, the air conditioning, most people who exercise at gyms are working out the electrical grid along with their muscles. But the members of AC4 Fitness in Goleta will be generating power and feeding it back to the grid every time they step on a treadmill or elliptical. When
Plastic Pollution: Seabirds On B.C., Washington, Oregon Coast Eating Bellyfuls Of Plastic
ANCOUVER - Seabirds eat everything from twine, candy wrappers and Styrofoam, and their stomach contents show there's been a dramatic increase in plastic pollution off the Pacific Northwest coast in the last four decades, a new study suggests. University of British Columbia researcher Stephanie Avery-Gomm said the