environment

Rare noctilucent clouds dazzled Seattle with starlight this morning

Rare noctilucent clouds dazzled Seattle with starlight this morning

Folks near and in Seattle were treated with a rare type of cloud formation early this morning, one that looked stunning with a backdrop of starlight. Images and details about the clouds were recently published by the National Weather Service, which says the clouds were visible over Lake Washington at the Service's Seattle location earlier today.

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Samsung 100% renewable energy vow sets two-year deadline

Samsung 100% renewable energy vow sets two-year deadline

Samsung announced an ambitious new environmental pledge today, revealing that it will transition to 100-percent renewable energy in the United States, Europe, and China. This is an expansion of the company's existing renewable energy initiative, expanding it to cover Samsung's total operations in the three aforementioned locations.

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Missouri bill bans lab-grown meat from being called meat

Missouri bill bans lab-grown meat from being called meat

The meat industry, fearing societal changes toward increased environmental and health awareness, has moved swiftly to try and combat lab-grown and plant-based meat. Both promise a slew of benefits for the environment and human health, but threaten to upend the existing meat industry, spurring efforts on the latter's part to prevent use of the term "meat" in association with these new types of meat products.

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Ebola found in large Congo city raises major outbreak fears

Ebola found in large Congo city raises major outbreak fears

Ebola, a virus that causes hemorrhagic fever, has appeared in a large city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, stoking fears of an outbreak occurring in a densely populated region. The virus typically crops up in remote regions in Africa, but the World Health Organization reports that an ebola case was confirmed in Mbandaka, a city with a population of 1.2 million.

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Hawaii volcano eruption creates monstrous 30,000ft Kilauea ash plume

Hawaii volcano eruption creates monstrous 30,000ft Kilauea ash plume

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the Kilauea volcano's summit ejected smoke and volcanic ash into the air this morning, causing a plume that will blanket the surrounding region. The US Geological Survey joined the report, revealing that the cloud produced by the volcanic eruption reached up to 30,000ft, nearly the same cruising altitude for an airplane.

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Study: banned ozone-destroying gas may still be in production

Study: banned ozone-destroying gas may still be in production

A chemical banned due to the harm it causes the ozone layer may be secretly in production somewhere in the world. Scientists speculate the illicit compound may be in use despite the ban due to increased levels, its presence ultimately harming efforts to restore the Earth's atmosphere. Some scientists speculate that the substance is likely being produced in East Asia.

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NASA carbon program cut will have major impact on climate science

NASA carbon program cut will have major impact on climate science

The Trump administration has cut NASA's Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) budget, removing its ability to measure greenhouse gases. The news follows last month's troubling revelation that average CO2 levels in April exceeded 410ppm, a startling figure and the highest ever recorded. Without the funding, NASA will use up the rest of its grants on CMS, then bring an end of the project.

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Utah tourists keep throwing dinosaur footprints into a lake

Utah tourists keep throwing dinosaur footprints into a lake

Utah's Red Fleet State Park near Salt Lake City has a big problem: visitors keep accidentally destroying precious dinosaur tracks. The tracks are imprinted in sandstone, which visitors keep prying up to chuck into a nearby reservoir. At least ten notable prints have disappeared in only six months due to visitors' actions, many of which may be gone forever.

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EU bans popular pesticides from fields to save bee populations

EU bans popular pesticides from fields to save bee populations

The European Union is taking drastic steps to help protect the world's bee population and will ban the most commonly used pesticides by the end of the year. The ban applies to open fields, but not closed greenhouses. The move follows many studies indicating that these pesticides are contributing to a drastic decrease in bee populations, an issue that threatens the world's crops.

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This is the (new) Apple robot that recycles your iPhone

This is the (new) Apple robot that recycles your iPhone

Apple just revealed their new robot made for taking your iPhone apart, piece by piece. This is a new version of the robot introduced in 2011 that had a very similar task. That 2016 robot was called Liam, and this new robot is called Daisy. This version of the iPhone-take-apart robot isn't just a recycler, it's made of recycled parts - actually cannibalized parts from Liam.

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Lyft vows carbon neutral rides globally in big sustainability effort

Lyft vows carbon neutral rides globally in big sustainability effort

Lyft is working to reduce its carbon footprint, vowing that from now on, all of its ride are carbon neutral. This mission takes effect immediately -- and globally -- thanks to Lyft's voluntary carbon offset purchases. According to the company, it will spend millions of dollars on this effort, making it one of the "top voluntary purchasers" in the world.

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Gulf Stream at weakest point in 1600 years, global warming is making it worse

Gulf Stream at weakest point in 1600 years, global warming is making it worse

The Gulf Stream, also called the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), is operating at its weakest point in 1,600 years, according to new research. The deep-water circulation plays an important role in helping regulate climate around the globe; a disruption to it could have a major impact on Western Europe, the Eastern US, and the African Sahel.

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