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Climate

Regulations and Solutions

This App Can Help Optimize Your Home Energy Costs—for a Cool $10K

Schneider Electric’s app-controlled electricity management hardware gives you more control over your power consumption. Are the utilities savings worth it?

Airlines and Cattle Farmers Have Beef With Google’s Climate Math

The company offers estimates of the emissions impacts of flights and recipes. Businesses with sales at stake are pushing back.

The Earth Is Begging You to Accept Smaller EV Batteries

Electric vehicles are selling fast. But unless individuals change how they obtain around, the need for battery materials threatens its own environmental disaster.

The World’s Farms Are Hooked on Phosphorus. It’s a Problem

Half of the globe’s crop productivity comes from a key fertilizer ingredient that’s nonrenewable—and literally washing away.

Oceans and Waterways

How Sensor-Dangling Helicopters Can Help Beat the Water Crisis

A simultaneous solution to California’s extreme drought and flooding is to bank more water underground. Send in the choppers (and a few ATVs).

The Mesopotamian Marshes Are Disappearing, Again

The World Heritage site in southern Iraq survived Saddam Hussein’s crusade to drain the wetlands. Now they’re drying up, and biodiversity is collapsing.

The Tonga Eruption Is Still Revealing New Volcanic Dangers

One year later, researchers are marveling at the power of the Hunga Tonga explosion—and wondering how to monitor hundreds of other undersea volcanoes.

The Key to California’s Survival Is Hidden Underground

The state is ping-ponging between severe drought and catastrophic flooding. The solution to both? Making the landscape spongier.  

Extreme Heat

Americans Are Moving Into Danger Zones

Folks are flocking to areas plagued with wildfires and extreme heat. Climate change will only create matters worse.

New Mexico’s Beloved Pinyon Jay Is Losing Its Pine Habitat

A Western landscape’s namesake bird is threatened by climate change, and perhaps by wildfire prevention tactics that thin out the trees they rely on.

Google Expands Flood and Wildfire Tracking to More Countries

Plus: Sony announces a release date and toll for its next PlayStation VR headset, Google kills a couple more apps, and everything’s gone explosive at Twitter.

Wildfire Smoke May Carry Deadly Fungi Long Distances

Pathogens in soil are a danger to firefighters, but smoke may transport spores that cause valley fever and other infections into cities too.