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Filed Under:Issues & Causes / Environmentalism
Posts on Regator:1697
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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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In Just 15 Years, Wind Could Provide A Fifth Of The World's Electricity

Up to one fifth of the world's electricity supply could come from wind turbines by 2030, according to a new report released this week by Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). That would be an increase of 530 percent compared...Show More Summary

Drinking a "Medium" Soda Every Day Can Age You As Much As Smoking Does

Just as soda companies plunk down millions of dollars to defeat local soda-tax ballot measures, researchers have found a link between regular soda consumption and premature aging. Published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Public Health,...Show More Summary

Sorry, California. Winter Isn't Going to Fix Your Drought.

NOAA California's crippling drought is not expected to improve over the winter, according to new forecast data released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Nearly 60 percent of the state is experiencing exceptional drought—the worst category—NOAA reported. Show More Summary

Now Congressional Republicans Are Digging Through Scientists' Grant Proposals

When scientists across the country need money for research projects, one place they often turn is the National Science Foundation. The NSF is an independent federal agency with an annual budget of about $7 billion, which it doles out...Show More Summary

Hurricane Gonzalo Is Going to Slam Bermuda Today

The photo above was taken yesterday by an astronaut on the International Space Station. It shows Hurricane Gonzalo barreling across the Atlantic Ocean toward Bermuda. Gonzalo, currently a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to make landfall in Bermuda this afternoon before veering back out to sea and away from the US East Coast. Show More Summary

People Are Trying to Sell Cinnamon Bark as an Ebola Cure

Marion Nestle reports that several supplement manufacturers are selling vitamins that promise to prevent or treat Ebola. The claims caught the attention of the FDA, which has issued warning letters to three of the manufacturers: Natural Solutions Foundation, Young Living, and DoTERRA International LLC. Show More Summary

Nepal Just Had a Deadly Freak Avalanche. Is Climate Change To Blame?

Hikers on one of Nepal's most popular mountaineering routes may have had a deadly face-off with climate change this week, when a freak storm swept in and triggered an avalanche that killed at least 27 people. Rescue work is underway for dozens of hikers who are still missing. Show More Summary

Survey: Four Out of Five Nurses Have Gotten No Ebola Training At All

Update, October 15, 1:50 p.m. EDT: A second hospital worker who treated the Dallas Ebola patient has tested positive for the disease. Health officials have confirmed that prior to her diagnosis she boarded a flight from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Frontier Airlines. Show More Summary

A Place With the Population of West Virginia Just Powered A Work Day Entirely on Clean Energy

Here's one for the naysayers who insist renewable energy can't keep the lights on and power our cities. An entire state in Australia with a population of around 1.7 million people just used renewable energy to meet 100 percent of its electricity needs throughout an entire working day. Show More Summary

Pentagon: We Could Soon Be Fighting Climate Wars

In one of its strongest statements yet on the need to prepare for climate change, the Defense Department today released a report that says global warming "poses immediate risks to US national security" and will exacerbate national security-related...Show More Summary

Photos: This Year's Strongest Typhoon Pounds Japan

Typhoon Vongfong—the word means "wasp" in Cantonese—brought torrential rain and damaging winds to Japan overnight, as it continued its northward trajectory across the Japanese islands. The powerful storm arrived just a week after Japan...Show More Summary

Alaska's Stranded Walruses Face a New Threat: Oil Drillers

Yellow lines show the movement of radio-tracked walruses in 2013; the green highlighted section is where offshore drilling leases are available. USGS Remember that jaw-dropping photo from last week that showed 35,000 walruses crammed...Show More Summary

This Is Your Teenager's Brain on Soda

A growing number of doctors and public health experts now see sugar as one of the main culprits behind both widening waistlines and chronic health problems like heart disease and diabetes. But scientists are only just discovering how the sweet substance affects the brain—especially the developing brain. Show More Summary

7 Percent of Hospital Patients Get Antibiotics for No Reason at All

Some hospital patients are on antibiotics for good reason: They have an infection, or they're at high risk for getting one. But according a new study, other patients are given antibiotics for no reason whatsoever. Researchers could find...Show More Summary

Walmart is the Biggest Corporate Solar User. Why Are Its Owners Funding Groups That Oppose Solar?

Walmart loves solar power—as long as it's on their roof, and not yours. That's the takeaway from a report released today by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which found that between 2010 and 2013 the Walton Family Foundation has...Show More Summary

This Is What the Most Powerful Storm of the Year Looks Like From Space

Super Typhoon Vongfang is mercifully expected to weaken before making landfall in Japan Monday, but at its peak it has reached wind speeds up to 180 mph, making it the most powerful storm of 2014 (so far). Thursday morning, NASA astronaut...Show More Summary

Fracking Chemicals, Brought to You By Susan G. Komen

Here’s some news that frankly, I initially thought was a spoof: for the second year in a row, breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure—which caused massive outrage when it defunded Planned Parenthood in 2012—has partnered with Baker Hughes, a leader in the fracking industry. Show More Summary

Buzz Kill: Pot Growers May Be Wiping out This Cute Furry Mammal

Weed smokers, here's some news to bring you down from your high: On Monday, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed listing the western population of fishers, furry relatives of weasels, as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. Show More Summary

Let's Watch the Moon Drip Red With Blood!

Don't look now but the blood moon is back. The full lunar eclipse should begin to be visible around 2:15am PT. No, it does not mean the world is ending. Watch it here or, you know, just go outside and look up...or don't! You don't have to go outside. Show More Summary

If These 35,000 Walruses Can't Convince You Climate Change Is Real, I Don't Know What to Tell You

AP Photo/NOAA, Corey Accardo This an image from a NOAA research flight over a remote stretch of Alaska's north shore on Saturday. It shows approximately 35,000 walruses crowded on a beach, which according to the AP is a record number...Show More Summary

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