environment

Earth is being cooled by pollutants, say researchers

Earth is being cooled by pollutants, say researchers

We've heard quite a bit on the climate-change effects of pollution, but much of it has centered on increased global temperatures, resulting in reduced ice caps and particularly volatile storms that have ravaged many places around the world in the last decade. Now a new study has shown that pollutants can also have a cooling effect on our planet via their effects on clouds.

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Rhinos extinct in Mozambique National Park

Rhinos extinct in Mozambique National Park

Rhinoceroses are being added to the ever-growing list of endangered species, and now, the horned animals are said to be extinct in parts of Africa where they used to thrive -- specifically in Mozambique, where officials of Mozambique National Park are reporting that no rhinos had been seen in the park since January.

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Carbon pollution creating giant crabs, lobsters, and shrimp

Carbon pollution creating giant crabs, lobsters, and shrimp

The Chesapeake Bay and other locations are facing a new kind of problem: giant crabs, which are growing beyond normal size due to carbon pollution. Such large crabs have the potential to disrupt the ecosystem, and are joined alongside lobsters and shrimp, which are also growing. Adding to the problem, however, is that the same pollution is stunting oysters.

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Apple corporate facilities hit 75% renewable energy use in new report

Apple corporate facilities hit 75% renewable energy use in new report

Today Apple has updated their environmental page collection and have issued a new Facilities report, showing that at this point in history, global corporate facilities inside the Apple family are at a whopping 75% renewable energy use. Apple also reports that many of their facilities are running on 100% renewable energy, including data centers in Newark, CA, Prineville, OR, and Maiden, NC. These bits and pieces are part of a report that, on the whole, shows Apple to be heading directly toward a fully renewable energy future - one we'd all like to be a part of.

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World’s largest solar power plant opens in Abu Dhabi

World’s largest solar power plant opens in Abu Dhabi

The Middle East is known for their vast amounts of oil, and of course the money that comes from that oil. However, the region is also getting into renewable energy and alternative methods for providing electricity, most specifically the United Arab Emirates, which is now home to the world's largest solar power plant, located in Abu Dhabi.

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Endangered shark species granted CITES protection

Endangered shark species granted CITES protection

Endangered animals are constantly being tracked down by poachers -- just one of the main reasons behind endangered species, but thanks to a two-thirds majority vote, three species of sharks have been added to the list of species getting better protection from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

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Korean mass transit moving towards wireless power

Korean mass transit moving towards wireless power

The world is slowly making the switch over to electric power, and while some mass transit systems have been powered by electricity for a while, it's usually delivered through overhead cables that connect to the buses and trains at all times. However, Korea is moving away from overhead cables in favor of wireless power to its mass transit vehicles.

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Coal emissions may be history with Carbon Sponge

Coal emissions may be history with Carbon Sponge

This week a group of scientists hailing from Monash University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) have claimed so-called Carbon Sponges may be able to soak up coal emissions. The possibility of this solution coming to a real-live working environment should have both the scientific community and the environmental activist community abuzz immediately if not soon due to its implications. The release shown by Monash University this week details a new method for carbon capture that includes sunlight - a brand new day for the environment.

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