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Seven ways climate change is already hitting Texans

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. For decades, scientists warning that human-induced climate change could put communities in danger around the world. More intense climate and weather events beyond natural climate variability have already damaged people and nature. Those threats are …

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The InSight Mars Lander Mission Will End This Year, NASA Says

NASA officials announced in a press conference today that the InSight lander on Mars will likely stop operating at the end of 2022, following three years of scientific work on the surface of the Red Planet. InSight arrived on Mars in November 2018, and during its time on the Martian surface it has collected remarkable …

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Bob Marshall: The earth has 7.8 billion people. But each of us can help save the planet. | Opinions and Editorials

Lately some readers have asked me how they can become “mosquitoes” for Louisiana’s coast. That question was prompted by my use of an aphorism credited to the Dalai Lama about the importance of individual action even when confronted with a challenge requiring worldwide action: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try …

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How Amazon, American Airlines and Subaru burn waste to make energy

In northern California’s Stanislaus County, next to a landfill, there’s a company managing waste in a very different way: by burning trash instead of burying it. The energy recovery facility run by New Jersey-based Covanta harnesses steam to make enough electricity to power 18,000 homes in the area. A portion of the waste comes from …

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This Eco-Friendly Spray Makes Paper Act Like Plastic

Plastic pollution is at a crisis. Not only is it wreaking havoc on the world’s oceans, but it’s also creating a public health dilemma that we’re only just beginning to grapple with. Now, more than ever, it’s vital that we find alternatives to plastic, for the sake of the entire planet. Interestingly enough, that alternative …

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Computer Powered by Colony of Blue-Green Algae For 6 Months

There’s “green energy” and then there’s truly GREEN energy, or rather, blue-green energy. A colorful colony of photosynthetic cyanobacteria, known as blue-green algae, have successfully powered a computer microprocessor for longer than six months, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Energy & Environmental Science. The little bio-based battery-alternative could serve as a …

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Spotted a ‘Doorway’ on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover took a photo of a Lovecraftian feature on the surface of Mars last week: a seemingly rectangular and shadowy opening in the planet’s exposed rock that looks as if it leads into the Martian underground. The image was captured on May 7 by the Curiosity rover’s Mastcam while it ascended Mount Sharp. …

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US Army soldier killed in bear attack ID’d as Florida man

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The US Army on Thursday identified the soldier who died this week of injuries sustained during a bear attack in a military training area in Alaska. The Army in a statement said Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant, 30, was pronounced dead at a hospital on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage following the …

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What Does The EU Need To Do To Wean Itself Off Russian Fossil Fuels?

According to draft proposals obtained by the Financial Timesthe European Union is set to ease environmental regulations to replace Russian fossil fuels with renewable energy and imported hydrogen power. The draft calls for the acceleration of wind and solar projects without the need for an environmental impact assessment across the EU’s 27 member states. “Lengthy …

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‘Carbon Bombs’ Are Poised to Screw Us Over Big Time

Pump jacks and wells are seen in an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation near McKittrick, California. Photo: David McNew (Getty Images) Oil and gas companies are gearing up to invest in so many new projects that they’ll blow away potential progress to mitigate emissions and stop worst-case climate scenarios, says a new investigation …

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