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Tropical fish are invading temperate waters

Tropical fish are invading temperate waters

The last few years have seen a growing trend of tropical fish species moving closer to the poles and invading temperate aquatic ecosystems. As the world’s oceans continue to warm, tropical fish species are now able to make a home in temperate oceans which were previously unsuited to their needs. As … [Read More...]

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First national study finds that trees can save lives

First national study finds that trees can save lives

Scientists and collaborators for the U.S. Forest Service have come to the conclusion that trees save more than 850 human lives every year and prevent another 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this study is the first of its kind to … [Read More...]

State district judge strikes down a Colorado city’s fracking ban

State district judge strikes down a Colorado city’s fracking ban

In an effort to protect the “state’s interest” in oil and natural gas, a Colorado state district judge struck down the city of Longmont’s voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing last Thursday. Boulder County District Court Judge D.D. Mallard ruled that the city’s ban interfered with the … [Read More...]

Light pollution and the death of the night sky

Light pollution and the death of the night sky

It’s sad how many people have never seen the stars, I mean REALLY seen them. Our obsession with keeping things illuminated is responsible for destroying one of the most beautiful views that nature has to offer: the Milky Way. Miles away from populated areas, the night sky is filled with more stars … [Read More...]

Researchers have created efficiency-boosting, self-cooling solar cells

Researchers have created efficiency-boosting, self-cooling solar cells

Researchers have developed a new coating that allows solar cells to cool themselves instead of requiring the use of coolants or ventilation, which can be water and energy intensive. Not only that, but the coating boosts power output and extends the life of the technology too. By adding a … [Read More...]

This is why visiting Norway should be on everyone’s bucket list

This is why visiting Norway should be on everyone’s bucket list

Norway truly is one of the most stunningly beautiful countries on the planet. The coast is peppered with tree covered mountains that overlook the thousands of fjords where glaciers cut their way across the landscape in millennia past. Lakes and valleys dot the landscape where millions of animals … [Read More...]

Four years later and the BP oil spill is still affecting the Gulf of Mexico

Four years later and the BP oil spill is still affecting the Gulf of Mexico

Traces of a chemical contained in dispersants used to break up oil during the 87-day BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 were found in material deposited on deepwater corals six months after the spill, and in weathered oil patties on Gulf Coast beaches four years later, according to a scientific … [Read More...]

Tesla stops Model S production to prepare for the Model X

Tesla stops Model S production to prepare for the Model X

Tesla Motors shut down its production line Monday as part of a long-scheduled plan to retool the factory to increase production of the Model S sedan and prepare for the introduction of the Model X crossover SUV. "We'll be back at regular production Aug. 4," Simon Sproule, Tesla's vice president of … [Read More...]

India is planting over 2 billion trees along its 62,137 miles of highways

India is planting over 2 billion trees along its 62,137 miles of highways

Jadav Payeng, the Indian man who single-handedly planted up 1,360 acres of forest, may soon have some competition on his hands, or allies, depending on which way you want to look at it. There’s a new afforestation initiative from India's Rural Development Ministry that aims to plant 2 billion trees … [Read More...]

Albuquerque, the hidden gem of the American West

Albuquerque, the hidden gem of the American West

The United States is arguably one of the most, if not THE most, environmentally diverse and beautiful countries on the planet, and its cities are equally so. However, most people look to regions like the Piedmont, Appalachia, or the Pacific Northwest for beautiful cities while those in more arid … [Read More...]

ACs are making Phoenix hotter, which makes people want more ACs

ACs are making Phoenix hotter, which makes people want more ACs

Researchers have identified a way in which city-dwellers are inadvertently stoking up the heat of the night… by installing air conditioners. Because the cities are getting hotter as the climate changes, residents are increasingly investing in air conditioning systems, which discharge heat from … [Read More...]