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Solar space sails are real, and Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson are stoked

LightSail could offer a low-cost and reliable way to propel small satellites. Plus, it's cool!

Famous gray wolf in Oregon may have more puppies

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A gray wolf who signaled the comeback of his species in Oregon and California might be welcoming some new pups to his pack, wildlife biologists said on Wednesday.

Railroad safety fact check: Fires and spills are up despite industry claims

The railroad industry says 2014 was its safest year on record -- but a close look at the numbers isn't going to make you feel very safe.

What do we need to fight climate change? More worms.

A new Yale-led study shows that worms and other soil-dwelling critters could help curb carbon emissions and fight global warming.

Crews work to clean California beach fouled by oil pipeline spill

GOLETA, Calif. (Reuters) - Cleanup crews fanned out on Wednesday across an oil-fouled California beach near Santa Barbara to begin the painstaking process of scouring sand and rocks of petroleum spilled from a ruptured pipeline and to curb the spread of contamination.

Halliburton, BP dismiss claims against each other in U.S. Gulf oil spill

(Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services provider Halliburton Co said it has reached an agreement with BP Plc to resolve issues related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010.

Using Technology To Reduce Food Waste: The South Korean Approach

South Korea not only has some of the world's strictest laws in order to reduce food waste, but is also testing technology that holds citizens accountable The post Using Technology To Reduce Food Waste: The South Korean Approach appeared first on Sustainablog.

These sparkly sea organisms are an eerie omen of climate change

A bloom of bioluminescent plankton has wowed crowds along a river in Southern Tasmania this week, but it could be a warning sign of climate change

This wind turbine has no blades — and that’s why it’s better

The Vortex bladeless turbine uses the wind to vibrate instead of spin. That makes it cheaper, quieter, and more reliable than a bladed turbine.

This woman turned her yard into a farm for an amazing cause

Watch this video for inspirational stories of family, mushroom hunting, and more.

FBI still whining about encryption

FBI Director James Comey said he was depressed about a letter sent to President Obama yesterday urging the government not to cripple strong encryption Social encryption FBI Fourth Amendment back doors James Comey

Gray whale washes ashore in Northern California

(Reuters) - A 40-foot (12-meter) gray whale washed ashore in Northern California this week, bringing to at least four the number of strandings during the marine mammal's migration season, wildlife experts said on Wednesday.

Dolphin die-off in Gulf of Mexico spurred by BP oil spill: scientists

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A record dolphin die-off in the northern Gulf of Mexico was caused by the largest oil spill in U.S. history, researchers said on Wednesday, citing a new study that found many of the dolphins died with rare lesions linked to petroleum exposure.

Obama: Climate change poses “immediate risk” to national security

In a commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy, the president told cadets they'll be responding to climate change throughout their careers.

Judge blocks North Carolina from issuing fracking permits

RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina commission tasked with issuing the state's first permits for hydraulic fracturing must put its work on pause until a lawsuit challenging the makeup of its membership is resolved, an environmental law group said on Wednesday.

Top energy firms tied to almost a third of greenhouse gases: study

PARIS (Reuters) - Thirty-two energy companies led by Russia's Gazprom account for almost a third of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions if the burning of all the coal, oil and gas they produce is taken into account, a study said on Wednesday.

France's Hollande concerned about slow progress in climate talks

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said he was worried about a lack of progress towards a United Nations climate deal in Paris in December and called on the financial sector to decarbonize its investment portfolios...

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