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UK's £11bn 'smart meter' rollout needs 'rethink,' say researchers

The UK's ambitious rollout of "smart" energy meters is a long way off achieving its targets, according to researchers studying the program. The aim to get a connected meter into every house has been held back by consumer resistance and device problems.

Businesses need to assess and disclose climate change risks

Extreme weather events not only disrupt the economy but have a major impact on the operating and financial performance of businesses worldwide. However, risk management and disclosure of climate risks can only take place when the risks are defined.

Los Angeles painting streets white to combat urban warming

Los Angeles - Labor Day weekend brought record-breaking heat to Los Angeles, California as firefighters battled the largest wildfire the city had seen in decades. The extreme heat bears all the marks of climate change and city officials are tackling the heat head on.

Op-Ed: Houston has a golden opportunity to come back as a 'smart city'

Houston - Before Hurricane Harvey hit the southeast coast of Texas, the U.S. had already been through nine weather and climate disaster events that saw losses exceeding $1 billion each, according to NOAA. The big question — Will Houston be smart when it rebuilds?

Op-Ed: Trump revoked flood regulations two weeks before Harvey hit

Houston - Just two days before Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, President Donald Trump signed an executive order revoking a set of Obama-era regulations that would have made federally funded infrastructure less vulnerable to flooding.

Only 15 percent of homeowners in Houston have flood insurance

Tens of thousands of people in the Houston area of Texas have been displaced, with the long-term damages from Hurricane Harvey expected to be as much as $100 billion, yet only 15 percent of homes in the area are covered by flood insurance.

Cool pavements for 'smart cities' — Do they really work?

Urban planners considering ways of reducing urban heat are looking at "cool pavements" to replace asphalt because it's black and absorbs heat. While this may be true, a new study suggests these pavements require more energy and carbon to manufacture.

How climate change is fueling 'gentrification' in many cities

Many cities along our coastlines particularly Miami Beach or Virginia Beach, have wealthier neighborhoods closest to the water while neighborhoods farthest from the beach, at higher elevations, are more affordable.

Unexpected discovery leads to new strategy for carbon fixation

Scientists in Japan and China announced last week they had discovered an "unexpected" approach to the capture and storage of carbon dioxide away from the atmosphere while working toward the elusive lithium-air battery.

Tech solutions to monitoring harmful algae blooms in US waters

Harmful algae blooms (HABs) that pose risks to human and environmental health are expected to increase because of climate change, according to researchers at Tuft's University. Science and Technology are now being used to mitigate the effects of HABs.

Chicago tackles urban flooding with the 'Array of Things'

Chicago - Because of the wide range of environmental factors impacting our lives, from air quality and traffic to urban flooding and noise, the use of sensors and cloud computing have become increasingly valuable tools for managing and planning urban environments.

Op-Ed: Government department bans the use of the term 'climate change'

Washington - The staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work. The terms "greenhouse gasses" and "carbon sequestration" have also been blacklisted.

Op-Ed: Nuclear power is losing ground but it still needs our support

Nearly a decade ago, planning began for two new nuclear power plants in eastern Georgia. But as of this week, the two plants have yet to be built, and another pair of utilities in South Carolina canceled construction on two nuclear reactors.

Deadly heatwave grips 10 European countries

In what appears to be a taste of the future, a relentless heat wave has gripped parts of Europe this week, sending temperatures soaring to record highs and causing two deaths.

Wildfires in U.S. are a growing national emergency

The U.S. wildfire season has gotten off to an early and intense start, scorching more than 5.2 million acres since the beginning of the year. There are 47 very large fires burning across nine states and they should be considered a national emergency.

'An Inconvenient Sequel' casts an inconvenient light on humanity

The sequel to the 2006 blockbuster Al Gore documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," is coming to theaters this weekend. Called "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," it updates us on developments in the climate crisis while showing us change is possible.

Sentinel-5P pollution monitoring satellite ready for launch

A new Earth-observing satellite is ready for launch later this year that will give scientists data on air quality, ozone, and climate change. The satellite is an integral part of the Copernicus global monitoring program.

Canada's Mackenzie River Basin releasing methane gas

Frozen Arctic permafrost has acted like a tight-fitting stopper, keeping huge quantities of heat-trapping methane gas stored in layers of gas and oil buried deep beneath this barrier for millennia. Global warming has changed all that.

Investment firm Schroders unveils new Climate Change Dashboard

Asset management giant, Schroders is warning that the global economy is facing catastrophic risks unless immediate action is taken to mitigate the impacts of global warming.

Archaeologists — Life once flourished in Jordan's Black Desert

Hundreds of stone tombs dot the landscape in the Jebel Qurma desert region of Jordan. It's hard to imagine that anything or anyone could have survived in this arid and desolate place that an early explorer described as a land of "dead fire."

Climate change will force airlines to rethink long-range plans

Just last month, airlines in Phoenix, Arizona were forced to cancel some flights because it was too hot for planes to take off. Now, a new study suggests this is going to occur more often as the planet continues to warm.

Microsoft 'AI for Earth' initiative uses tech to help the planet

Microsoft has announced a new program that will see the company use the power of artificial intelligence to tackle environmental issues facing the planet. Microsoft is focusing on four of the biggest problems that are experienced across the world.

Understanding how big data can help solve global problems

Big data impacts everything around us today, and it is being used to help us understand and solve world problems. Today, climate change has moved to the top of the list of global risks, affecting every nation and disrupting economies.

British Columbia declares state of emergency as wildfires rage

Vancouver - Over 240 wildfires raging in Canada's western province of British Columbia have prompted the evacuation of over 3,000 people and the province's first state of emergency in over 14 years.

France takes bold step — banning all gas and diesel cars by 2040

Paris - France is being pulled head-on into a future where the country will hopefully become "carbon neutral." French Ecology Minister, Nicolas Hulot announced today that France is set to ban the sale of any car that uses petrol or diesel fuel by 2040.

Methane blasts holes in Siberian tundra, prompting warnings

Smoke, flames and a tremendous blast marked the most recent formation of a new crater in the thawing tundra of the Yamal Peninsula in Russia recently.

World hunger on the rise again due to conflict and climate events

Rome - The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Monday that conflict and climate change are the main contributing factors behind the rising number of people suffering from poverty and hunger in the world today.

Dangerous rat lungworm now found in five Florida counties

Scientists in Florida have found evidence that a parasitic roundworm known as rat lungworm has spread to five counties, raising fears the potentially dangerous parasite may be expanding its geographical range due to climate change.

The realities of scarce water resources around the globe

Water is the one resource that all life on Earth needs to survive - That's a fact. However, water has taken on a greater role, and not just in the political and economic scheme of things, but in how it is intertwined into the very fabric of our lives.

We are about to see the birth of the biggest iceberg on record

In a new update on the Larsen C Ice Shelf Rift, dated June 28, 2017, Project Midas scientists say that a speeding up of the breaking off of the soon-to-be-iceberg is another sign that "calving is imminent."
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A plate of raw oysters.
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A photo taken on June 8 shows ice on the water near Newfoundland.
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Carbon dioxide levels are increasing faster than at any time since the end of the dinosaurs.
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Low-lying coastal floodplain wetlands are particularly vulnerable to saline inundation by rising sea-levels.
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Melting permafrost leads to massive collapse of ground creating a crater.
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Pictured is the Early Spider Orchid (Ophrys sphegodes).
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Northern hemisphere temperature reconstructions for the past 2,000 years
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Snow on March 17, 2017. Canada is still in "winter" mode.
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Historic atmospheric CO2 levels measured at Mauna Loa, Hawaii
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Tacloban City in central Philippines was one of the areas badly hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
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