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Green Living & the Environment

Where does lightning strike? New maps pinpoint 36.8 million yearly ground strike points in unprecedented detail

It’s been a warm day, maybe even a little humid, and the tall clouds in the distance remind you of cauliflower. You hear a sharp crack, like the sound of a batter hitting a home run, or a low rumble reminiscent of a truck driving down the highway. …
Chris Vagasky, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Conversation
2 days ago

Single-use plastics revolutionized the medical industry. Now, they're raising concerns about sustainability.

Medical Technology Schools analyzed studies and news reports to illustrate why experts are raising alarms about the unsustainable use of medical plastics.
Dom DiFurio
4 days ago

EPA has tightened its target for deadly particle pollution − states need more tools to reach it

Tens of millions of Americans, including many Texans like me, live in counties that will soon be violating air pollution particle standards for the first time. It’s not that our air is getting …
Daniel Cohan, Rice University, The Conversation
Thursday, February 22

The best states for going solar in 2024

The ConsumerAffairs Research Team analyzed data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Energy Information Administration, and the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency to determine which states are the best for solar energy.
Jeff Inglis
Thursday, February 22

Potato plant radiation sensors could one day monitor radiation in areas surrounding power plants

While expanding nuclear energy production would provide carbon-free power and can help countries around the world meet their climate goals, nuclear energy could also come with some inherent risk. …
Robert Sears, University of Tennessee and Neal Stewart, University of Tennessee, The Conversation
Wednesday, February 21

These industries are responsible for the most greenhouse gas emissions

SmartAsset ranked 1,016 industries based on the estimated greenhouse gas emissions generated by individual supply chains, measured in equivalent kilograms of CO2 (CO2e) per dollar spent.
Jaclyn DeJohn
Wednesday, January 31

Clean electricity is most prevalent in these 20 US states

To find where clean electricity is most prevalent, SmartAsset compared the amount of solar, wind, geothermal, and nuclear operations as a percentage of each state's entire electricity production capacity to determine the 20 with the 'cleanest' electricity.
Jaclyn DeJohn
Wednesday, January 31
Environment matters
Wildlife selfies harm animals − even when scientists share images with warnings in the captions
One of the biggest privileges of being a primatologist is spending time in remote locations with monkeys and apes, living near these animals in their habitats and experiencing their daily lives. …
Andrea l. DiGiorgio, Princeton University, The Conversation
Thursday, February 15
El Niño is starting to lose strength after fueling a hot, stormy year, but it’s still powerful − an atmospheric scientist explains what’s ahead for 2024
In California, El Niño helped fuel a wet 2023 and early 2024. Mario Tama/Getty Images Wild weather has been roiling North America for the past few months, thanks in part to a strong El Niño that …
Paul Roundy, University at Albany, State University of New York, The Conversation
Thursday, February 8
Urban agriculture isn't as climate-friendly as it seems – but these best practices can transform gardens and city farms
Urban agriculture is expected to be an important feature of 21st century sustainability and can have many benefits for communities and cities, including providing fresh produce in neighborhoods with few other options. …
Jason Hawes, University of Michigan; Benjamin Goldstein, University of Michigan, and Joshua Newell, University of Michigan, The Conversation
Tuesday, January 23
Tiny water-walking bugs provide scientists with insights on how microplastics are pushed underwater
Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that can cause big problems when they enter the water supply. One way my fluid dynamics lab explores microplastic movement is by studying how tiny water-walking insects are pushed underwater by raindrops. …
Andrew Dickerson, University of Tennessee, The Conversation
Tuesday, January 23
Iceland battles a lava flow: Countries have built barriers and tried explosives in the past, but it's hard to stop molten rock
Fountains of lava erupted from the Sundhnúkur volcanic system in southwest Iceland on Jan. 14, 2024. As the world watched on webcams and social media, lava flows cut off roads and bubbled …
Loÿc Vanderkluysen, Drexel University, The Conversation
Wednesday, January 17

National Grid: Improving Jobs with the Clean Energy Transition

(NAPSI)—Addressing climate change is an all-hands-on-deck undertaking. It requires a smarter, stronger, and cleaner energy grid that provides affordable, reliable power when and where people need …
Thursday, February 8

How to Build a Sustainable Home

(Family Features) If you're starting construction on the home of your dreams, consider the benefits of building with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind.
Monday, December 4, 2023

3 Reasons to Ditch Your Laundry Detergent for Eco Strips

(NewsUSA) - The laundry industry would have you believe that in order to get brilliant, clean laundry, you need to use powders, liquids and pods that are diluted with water, and come in bulky, …
Thursday, October 6, 2022

Natural Food Storage Containers Can Help Save Money

(TVA) - As food costs continue to rise, many people are seeking creative solutions to stretch their dollars and reduce wasted food. Buying and cooking food in bulk helps save money, as well as …
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Lifestyle features

The 10 most dangerous things inside every home may surprise you

With emergency room visits for home injuries topping 10 million a year, ConsumerAffairs analyzed data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System to break down the 10 most dangerous things in the average American home.
Caroline Delbert
Yesterday at 1:00 PM

Who is the 'Rural Voter'? A new book builds on old themes to create new understanding

The Daily Yonder looks at "The Rural Voter: The Politics of Place and the Disuniting of America," in which Colby College political scientists Nicholas F. Jacobs and Daniel M. Shea set out to describe what differentiates the politics of metropolitan and nonmetropolitan places.
Olivia Weeks, The Daily Yonder
Yesterday at 12:30 PM

Almost half of Americans have not written a single check in the past year — here's what they're doing instead

In light of the fact that 46% of Americans have reported not writing a check in the last year, GOBankingRates takes a look at the alternative methods people are using to exchange money.
Maddie Duley
Yesterday at 12:00 PM

History of foodborne outbreaks in the US

FoodReady used National Outbreak Reporting System data to understand foodborne illness outbreaks over the past two decades.
Jill Jaracz, Data Work By Emma Rubin
Yesterday at 11:30 AM

Do you PHIT? Why A Career in Public Health Informatics Might Be for You and How to Get the Training You Need

From the Public Health Informatics & Technology (PHIT) Workforce Development Program (NAPSI)—Are you looking to pursue a career in health care but don’t think direct patient is right for you? …

Yesterday at 10:40 AM

A new law aimed to increase voting access in rural counties. In South Texas it's having the opposite effect.

Votebeat looks at a new Texas state law that requires small counties to increase early voting days and hours and how some election officials are concerned over potential cost increases.

Natalia Contreras for Votebeat
3 days ago