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Google, Apple, Microsoft pledge to fight climate change

Google, Apple, Microsoft pledge to fight climate change

Major businesses, including several tech companies, have taken up the White House's pledge to help combat climate change. In a statement today, the Obama administration detailed the threat climate change poses to the world as a whole, pointing out that 19 of the 20 hottest recorded years have happened in the last two decades, and that we’re already collectively experiencing things like bigger storms, longer droughts, and more frequent wildfires. That’s why the White House has launched its Climate Action Plan to cut pollution, and many companies have signed the American Business Act on Climate pledge to do their part.

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Rhinos outfitted with horn cameras, GPS to fight poaching

Rhinos outfitted with horn cameras, GPS to fight poaching

British nonprofit animal conservation group Protect has come up with a new way to fight poachers, and it involves outfitting rhinos with their own versions of tech wearables. The system relies on three pieces of technology to track and monitor the animals: heart rate monitors under the skin, a GPS transmitter around the neck, and a camera embedded in the horn after a hole is (painlessly) drilled. The technology is called Real-time Anti-Poaching Intelligence Device (RAPID), and is already being tested on threatened rhino populations in South Africa.

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2015 isn’t over yet, but it’s already breaking heat records

2015 isn’t over yet, but it’s already breaking heat records

Last year was, at the start of 2015, the hottest year on record. We're only half way through this year, however, and it is already breaking heat records. If it keeps this up, 2015 will overtake 2014 as the hottest year on record, a song we're likely to hear more often as climate change continues to worsen. The information comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, and the Japan Meteorological Agency, among others. All of them have pointed toward June having been record-smashing hot.

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NOAA: Global data confirms 2014 was hottest year on record

NOAA: Global data confirms 2014 was hottest year on record

This year was scarcely underway when we heard word that 2014 was the hottest year on record - something that was indicated by data showing an acceleration in temperatures and human contribution to this warming. As expected, the data was called into question by some, but now the global figures are in and the conclusion remains: last year was the hottest year on record. The latest report factors in data from scientists across 58 countries.

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Researchers find high-protein algae that tastes like bacon

Researchers find high-protein algae that tastes like bacon

Few meats are as tasty as bacon, but you, like many others, may have cut back on it for health and environmental reasons. That makes a recent discovery by Oregon State University researchers all the more exciting: a new so-called "super food" algae that tastes like bacon. OSU detailed the discovery on Tuesday, likening it to discovering a unicorn — a “new strain of succulent red marine algae” that is fast-growing, high in protein and nutrients, and — upon being cooked — blessed with a flavor like bacon.

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Oxitec’s GM mosquitoes annihilate their wild counterparts

Oxitec’s GM mosquitoes annihilate their wild counterparts

Mosquitoes are a nuisance for some and a deadly reality for others. The pests are responsible for transmitting diseases to million of people every year, and efforts to quash this problem have been only somewhat successful. Enter Oxitec's genetically modified mosquitoes -- they are designed to produce offspring that do not reach an age sufficient enough for reproduction, and when sufficiently large enough populations of them are introduced into the wild they result in an utter annihilation of their non-modified neighbors.

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It may be too late to stop a 20ft rise in sea levels

It may be too late to stop a 20ft rise in sea levels

Research into climate change continues to press on despite vitriol and blowback from deniers, and the latest research report appears damning: it may be too late to stop a 20ft. rise in sea levels…at the minimum. According to a new paper published last week, limiting global warming to 2C may not stop a sea level increase of 6 meters or more, and those rising waters will have a huge impact on coastlines — and the people who live near them — around the world.

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New Jersey will soon be home to world’s largest indoor vertical farm

New Jersey will soon be home to world’s largest indoor vertical farm

Indoor farming is taking off, and the benefits of it are becoming increasingly apparent. The ability to grow all year rather than being limited to growing seasons is one big reason, and the other is efficiency. Indoor farms use less electricity and water and produce more crops without as much plant wastes. Soon New Jersey will be home to the world’s largest indoor vertical farm. Estimates say it will produce 2 million pounds of herbs and leafy greens every year.

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Study: global warming is limiting bumblebee travel

Study: global warming is limiting bumblebee travel

The number of bumblebees in North America and Europe is declining and the biggest cause is thought to be climate change. That’s according to a new study that was recently published in Science showing a trend since the 1970s where bumblebees are no longer traveling as far as they used to. Over this period of time, the travels of bumblebees have shrunk by as much as 190 miles from their previous southern limits, likely due to warming temperatures.

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Philips is developing LED ‘light growth recipes’ for indoor farms

Philips is developing LED ‘light growth recipes’ for indoor farms

Growing crops indoors has caught the public's attention in recent years, and organizations across the globe have worked at perfecting the farming method. So far indoor gardens have had many benefits: pest reduction, higher yields, better utilization of space, and more. Lighting is the biggest problem, though -- if you don't get it right your plants won't grow correctly and your yield will suffer as a result. Philips wants to end the problem, and it has launched a new research center as part of its efforts.

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