Fidget spinners have recently spiked in popularity, used by kids and adults alike to curb stress and improve focus. But environmental activist Tamara Rubin recently found high levels of lead in these little devices. She tested two fidget spinners, and the results will shock you.
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Carbon capture is essential to the fight against climate change and keeping temperatures below a two degrees Celsius increase, according to Swiss-based Climeworks. For a few years now they’ve been working on technology to suck carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and sell it to agriculture or energy industries. They just debuted the first Direct Air Capture commercial plant on top of a waste recovery facility in Zurich, Switzerland today.
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President Donald Trump is set to withdraw from the historic 2015 Paris Agreement, according to several news outlets. It appears he’ll stick with his ill-advised campaign promise after all, and favor nationalist voices like that of Steve Bannon against the more moderate tones of his daughter Ivanka Trump. Even oil and gas companies like Shell and ExxonMobil called for America to stay in the deal. The move will likely mean the United States loses their footing as a global leader in the fight against…
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Now that spring is in full swing, we’re spending as much time as possible outdoors – and as longer days give way to warmer nights, the benefits of solar-powered lighting really start to shine. Whether you’re decking out your patio for an evening BBQ or setting up camp in the middle of the woods, solar lights keep the festivities going long after dark without relying on the grid. If you’d like to pick up some quality lamps, you’re in luck – we’ve teamed up with Deelat to offer you a shot at winning…
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Climate change is raising temperatures, but the effect could be worse in the world’s cities, according to researchers. They say the urban heat island effect – or the fact that cities are hotter thanks to human activity – combined with climate change could increase temperatures in urban areas by around 14.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or eight degrees Celsius, by the end of the 21st century.
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Emily Niehaus was working as a loan officer when she see realized that there was a need for affordable housing options in her community. So she founded Community Rebuilds – a nonprofit that teaches people to build affordable homes out of “dirt cheap” materials like clay, straw and soil. Interns participate in a 5-month program, completing two homes from foundation to finish using sustainable living principles.
Community Rebuilds started in Moab, UT as a way to ease the financial strains…
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- Solar power is affordable for low income Americans. In one predominantly African-American neighborhood in San Diego, nearly half of the 192 homes have rooftop solar panels, and residents talk about what they can now afford. They were paying $200 and $300 a month in electric bills. Now they’re paying zero to $50. [Union of Concerned Scientists]
Broadway Heights, San Diego
- The share of US electricity generated by renewables has eclipsed earlier projections by the Energy Information Administration, according to the SUN DAY campaign. EIA projections published in 2012 suggested we would have had renewables generating 19.35% of our electricity in about the year 2057. We achieved that in 2017. [Solar Industry]
- The Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts, is extinguishing its boilers for the final time. When it does, coal will have all but disappeared from this six-state region of New England, with its 14 million people. Two small and seldom-used coal plants in New Hampshire will be all that remains of a once-mighty industry. [E&E News]
- Xcel Energy cut carbon emissions 30% in 2016 while expanding its renewable energy portfolio. The company’s corporate responsibility report highlights Xcel’s transitions to cleaner energy sources and other benefits to the communities it serves, including energy efficiency programs, economic development, and energy assistance. [Electric Light & Power]
- The Three Mile Island nuclear plant, which experienced a partial reactor meltdown in 1979, spawning nationwide protests, will shut in 2019. Exelon Corp, which owns the facility, said the low cost of natural gas extraction had made nuclear-generated electricity unprofitable. Since 2013, six US nuclear plants have closed before their licences expired. [BBC]
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