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What We Can Learn From The Five Previous Mass Extinctions

What We Can Learn From The Five Previous Mass Extinctions

Of all the species that have ever lived, more than 99% are now extinct. Most of them quietly disappeared during periods of “background extinction”, whereby a handful of species become extinct every 100,000 years or so.

Why 1 In 5 People Could Be A Refugee By 2100

Why 1 In 5 People Could Be A Refugee By 2100In the year 2100, 2 billion people—about one-fifth of the world’s population—could become refugees due to rising ocean levels.

How Climate Change Is Making Cities Sick

How Climate Change Is Making Cities SickUrban Canadians are feeling the impact of climate change. Flooding in Quebec this spring damaged nearly 1,900 homes in 126 municipalities, causing widespread psychological distress.

How Electric Cars Can Power Buildings From The Parking Lot

How Electric Cars Can Power Buildings From The Parking LotUsing energy stored in the batteries of electric vehicles to power large buildings not only provides electricity for the building, but also increases the lifespan of the vehicle batteries, new research shows.

Why Is There So Little Grassroot Action Against Climate Change?

Why Is There So Little Grassroot Action Against Climate Change?While Americans support action on climate change, many don’t see the issue as an immediate threat and so the issue does not elicit the powerful responses necessary for Americans to mobilize, argues sociologist Doug McAdam.

Is Lead In The US Food Supply Decreasing Our IQ?

Is Lead In The US Food Supply Decreasing Our IQ?The environmental advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on June 15 released a study about dietary lead exposure, with a focus on food intended for babies and young children.

Why Is Climate Change Such A Hard Sell In The US?

Why Is Climate Change Such A Hard Sell In The US?

President Donald Trump on June 1 took the dramatic step of removing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement – the product of many years of diligent and difficult negotiation among 175 nations around the world. Recent polls reveal that six in 10 Americans oppose Trump’s move.

Why Fleece Jackets Are Bad News For The Ocean

Why Fleece Jackets Are Bad News For The OceanMicrofibers are one of the biggest contributors to ocean pollution. New research clarifies how washing fleece jackets contributes to the problem.

Solar tower power is on the rise

Solar generation systems can now produce electricity and store it for hours, using solar tower power without any need for batteries.