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Green Living & the Environment

EPA has tightened its target for deadly particle pollution − states need more tools to reach it

Tens of millions of Americans, including many Texans like me, live in counties that will soon be violating air pollution particle standards for the first time. It’s not that our air is getting …
Daniel Cohan, Rice University, The Conversation
Thursday, February 22

The best states for going solar in 2024

The ConsumerAffairs Research Team analyzed data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Energy Information Administration, and the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency to determine which states are the best for solar energy.
Jeff Inglis
Thursday, February 22

Potato plant radiation sensors could one day monitor radiation in areas surrounding power plants

While expanding nuclear energy production would provide carbon-free power and can help countries around the world meet their climate goals, nuclear energy could also come with some inherent risk. …
Robert Sears, University of Tennessee and Neal Stewart, University of Tennessee, The Conversation
Wednesday, February 21

Forest Service warns of budget cuts ahead of a risky wildfire season – what that means for safety

A wet winter and spring followed by a hot, dry summer can be a dangerous combination in the Western U.S. The rain fuels bountiful vegetation growth, and when summer heat dries out that vegetation, it can leave grasses and shrubs ready to burn.
Camille Stevens-Rumann, Colorado State University and Jude Bayham, Colorado State University, The Conversation
Friday, February 16

These industries are responsible for the most greenhouse gas emissions

SmartAsset ranked 1,016 industries based on the estimated greenhouse gas emissions generated by individual supply chains, measured in equivalent kilograms of CO2 (CO2e) per dollar spent.
Jaclyn DeJohn
Wednesday, January 31

Clean electricity is most prevalent in these 20 US states

To find where clean electricity is most prevalent, SmartAsset compared the amount of solar, wind, geothermal, and nuclear operations as a percentage of each state's entire electricity production capacity to determine the 20 with the 'cleanest' electricity.
Jaclyn DeJohn
Wednesday, January 31
Environment matters
Wildlife selfies harm animals − even when scientists share images with warnings in the captions
One of the biggest privileges of being a primatologist is spending time in remote locations with monkeys and apes, living near these animals in their habitats and experiencing their daily lives. …
Andrea l. DiGiorgio, Princeton University, The Conversation
Thursday, February 15
Urban agriculture isn't as climate-friendly as it seems – but these best practices can transform gardens and city farms
Urban agriculture is expected to be an important feature of 21st century sustainability and can have many benefits for communities and cities, including providing fresh produce in neighborhoods with few other options. …
Jason Hawes, University of Michigan; Benjamin Goldstein, University of Michigan, and Joshua Newell, University of Michigan, The Conversation
Tuesday, January 23
Tiny water-walking bugs provide scientists with insights on how microplastics are pushed underwater
Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that can cause big problems when they enter the water supply. One way my fluid dynamics lab explores microplastic movement is by studying how tiny water-walking insects are pushed underwater by raindrops. …
Andrew Dickerson, University of Tennessee, The Conversation
Tuesday, January 23
Iceland battles a lava flow: Countries have built barriers and tried explosives in the past, but it's hard to stop molten rock
Fountains of lava erupted from the Sundhnúkur volcanic system in southwest Iceland on Jan. 14, 2024. As the world watched on webcams and social media, lava flows cut off roads and bubbled …
Loÿc Vanderkluysen, Drexel University, The Conversation
Wednesday, January 17
How to prevent America's aging buildings from collapsing – 4 high-profile disasters send a warning
Four recent catastrophic building collapses and a near miss are raising concerns about the state of America’s aging buildings and questions about who, if anyone, is checking their safety. …
Abieyuwa Aghayere, Drexel University, The Conversation
Tuesday, January 16

National Grid: Improving Jobs with the Clean Energy Transition

(NAPSI)—Addressing climate change is an all-hands-on-deck undertaking. It requires a smarter, stronger, and cleaner energy grid that provides affordable, reliable power when and where people need …
Thursday, February 8

How to Build a Sustainable Home

(Family Features) If you're starting construction on the home of your dreams, consider the benefits of building with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind.
Monday, December 4, 2023

3 Reasons to Ditch Your Laundry Detergent for Eco Strips

(NewsUSA) - The laundry industry would have you believe that in order to get brilliant, clean laundry, you need to use powders, liquids and pods that are diluted with water, and come in bulky, …
Thursday, October 6, 2022

Natural Food Storage Containers Can Help Save Money

(TVA) - As food costs continue to rise, many people are seeking creative solutions to stretch their dollars and reduce wasted food. Buying and cooking food in bulk helps save money, as well as …
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Lifestyle features

Does Long COVID cause Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome? An analysis

Guava Health explains the complex post-pandemic relationship between Long COVID and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.
June Lawver
Yesterday at 1:00 PM

A new law aimed to increase voting access in rural counties. In South Texas it's having the opposite effect.

Votebeat looks at a new Texas state law that requires small counties to increase early voting days and hours and how some election officials are concerned over potential cost increases.
Natalia Contreras for Votebeat
Yesterday at 12:00 PM

Biggest March Madness upsets since 1982

ATS.io compiled a ranking of the biggest men's March Madness upsets since 1982—when the term was coined—using Sports Reference data.
Jill Jaracz, Data Work By Karim Noorani
Yesterday at 9:00 AM

How electrolytes like potassium and magnesium can boost your cognitive health

Guava Health explores the lesser-known brain-boosting advantages of two vital electrolytes: potassium and magnesium, and how they actively contribute to cognitive health.
Ewa Cook
2 days ago

How telematics could lower insurance premiums for safe drivers—and help discourage bad driving habits

Cheap Insurance explores how the growing field of automotive telematics is changing the auto insurance landscape for drivers.

John Davey
2 days ago

Women on quarters: Who they are and why it matters

Stacker explored the fascinating lives and achievements of the 20 remarkable women celebrated by the U.S. Mint's American Women Quarters Program.

Abby Monteil
2 days ago