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Green Living & the Environment

Is Earth really getting too hot for people to survive? A scientist explains extreme heat and the role of climate change

Many countries have seen extremely hot weather lately, but in most of the inhabited world, it’s never going to get “too hot for people to live here,” especially in relatively dry climates. Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If …
Scott Denning, Colorado State University, The Conversation
3 days ago

Want savings on energy-efficient home upgrades? A new tool can help you save big

(BPT) - As a homeowner, you may have heard about incentives to tackle climate change that are available as a result of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a large piece of legislation that was passed …
Friday, June 14

The ultimate last-minute gift guide for outdoorsy dads

(BPT) - If your dad takes any excuse to get outside — whether he loves sprucing up the yard, grilling out or epic adventures — you can help him pursue his outdoor passions with just the …
Monday, June 10

Avoid these carbon credit red flags when you travel

(BPT) - Airlines are forecasting a record year for summer travel, with carriers expected to transport 271 million passengers, up 6.3% from last year — and with more flights come more …
Tuesday, May 28

Hurricane forecast points to a dangerous 2024 Atlantic season, with La Niña and a persistently warm ocean teaming up to power fierce storms

If the National Hurricane Center’s early forecast, released May 23, is right, the North Atlantic could see 17 to 25 named storms, eight to 13 hurricanes, and four to seven major hurricanes by the end of November. That’s the highest number of named storms in any NOAA preseason forecast. …
Jhordanne Jones, Purdue University, The Conversation
Thursday, May 23

How the US government is incentivizing greener manufacturing

Machinery Partner researched the U.S. government's efforts toward industrial decarbonization in the years since the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Paxtyn Merten
Thursday, May 16

La Niña is coming, raising the chances of a dangerous Atlantic hurricane season – an atmospheric scientist explains this climate phenomenon

One of the big contributors to the record-breaking global temperatures over the past year – El Niño – is nearly gone, and its opposite, La Niña, is on the way. Whether that’s a relief or not depends in part on where you live. …
Pedro DiNezio, University of Colorado Boulder, The Conversation
Thursday, May 9

Why US offshore wind power is struggling – the good, the bad and the opportunity

America’s first large-scale offshore wind farms began sending power to the Northeast in early 2024, but a wave of wind farm project cancellations and rising costs have left many people with doubts about the industry’s future in the U.S. ...
Christopher Niezrecki, UMass Lowell, The Conversation
Thursday, May 9
Environment matters
Houston area’s flood problems offer lessons for cities trying to adapt to a changing climate
Scenes from the Houston area looked like the aftermath of a hurricane in early May after a series of powerful storms flooded highways and neighborhoods and sent rivers over their banks north of the city. …
Richard B. (Ricky) Rood, University of Michigan, The Conversation
Monday, May 6
How bird flu virus fragments get into milk sold in stores, and what the spread of H5N1 in cows means for the dairy industry and milk drinkers
The discovery of fragments of avian flu virus in about 20% of milk samples from stores in initial testing across the U.S. suggests that the H5N1 virus may be more widespread in U.S. dairy cattle than previously realized. …
Noelia Silva del Rio, University of California, Davis; Richard V. Pereira, University of California, Davis; Robert B. Moeller, University of California, Davis; Terry W. Lehenbauer, University of California, Davis, and Todd Cornish, University of Californi
Friday, April 26
During the 2024 eclipse, biologists like us want to find out how birds will respond to darkness in the middle of the day
The total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, coincides with an exciting time for wild birds. Local birds are singing for mates and fighting for territories as they gear up for their once-a-year chance to breed. …
Kimberly Rosvall, Indiana University and Liz Aguilar, Indiana University, The Conversation
Thursday, April 4
America’s green manufacturing boom, from EV batteries to solar panel production, isn’t powered by renewable energy − yet
Renewable energy provides about 20% of U.S. electricity. AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez Panasonic’s new US$4 billion battery factory in De Soto, Kansas, is designed to be a model of sustainability …
James Morton Turner, Wellesley College, The Conversation
Tuesday, April 2
Who are today’s climate activists? Dispelling 3 big myths for Earth Month
Climate rallies, like this one in New York City in 2022, draw activists of all ages. AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe As Earth Month 2024 gets underway, climate activists around the world are planning …
Dana R. Fisher, American University, The Conversation
Tuesday, April 2

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

100% Grass-Fed Organic Dairy Benefits Consumers, Environment, Cows and Family Farms

(Family Features) While the difference between dairy alternatives such as oat, almond and other nut milks is easier to decipher, choosing between organic dairy varieties can be more difficult.
Monday, April 22

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

Defend your flock: 4 tips for backyard bird owners

(BPT) - Raising backyard chickens has become increasingly popular, and an estimated 10.6 million U.S. households — from city dwellers to rural residents — own poultry. However, many of …
Friday, May 3
Lifestyle features
Saying a final goodbye to Willie Mays, baseball’s ‘Say hey’ kid
Mays, who died on June 18, 2024, at the age of 93, was not only the greatest baseball player of the last 80 years, and quite possibly ever, but he was an enormously important figure in American sports, culture and history. …
Lincoln Mitchell, Columbia University, The Conversation
9 hours ago
Changing tipping culture has Americans befuddled: Does everything require a tip?
Uniqode used data from Pew Research Center and news reports to explore how technology is changing the tipping culture in the U.S. 
Andrew Jose, Data Work By Emma Rubin
2 days ago
Juneteenth celebrates just one of the United States’ 20 emancipation days – and the history of how emancipated people were kept unfree needs to be remembered, too
he actual day was June 19, 1865, and it was the Black dockworkers in Galveston, Texas, who first heard the word that freedom for the enslaved had come. There were speeches, sermons and shared meals, mostly held at Black churches, the safest places to have such celebrations. …
Kris Manjapra, Tufts University, The Conversation
3 days ago
How to stop taking things so personally
Rula provides tips on how to take things less personally without losing your ability to show care and concern for others.
Liz Talago
3 days ago
Universities and colleges that need to fill seats start offering a helping hand to student-parents
The Hechinger Report discusses what is being done at colleges to help student-parents meet insurmountable obstacles in the pursuit of their degrees.
Jon Marcus for The Hechinger Report
Friday, June 14