environment

Satellite Imagery Reveals How Gold Mining Is Destroying Tropical Forests

The picture above is terrible. It shows the catastrophic effects of the deforestation caused by the current gold rush in the tropical forests of South America. The consumption of gold worldwide is increasing in the last years due to the global economic crisis and the instability in the financial markets.


Electric Vehicles Just Got Cooler

In case you didn’t think electric vehicles were cooler than their petrol-guzzling counterparts, well, think again. They quite literally are, according to science.


Here's Why Forests Should Matter To All Of Us

Yesterday was the International Day of Forests, a global celebration of the importance of trees in our everyday lives. You’re a techie who spends all day in front of your computer and you haven’t cracked a window recently? Forests still matter, a lot.


A Tour Of The World's Most Futuristic Port

If you live anywhere in the US, chances are that you have a product in your home right now that came through the Port of Los Angeles. The largest port in the Western hemisphere handles about a quarter of all cargo distributed throughout the country — about $US1 billion a day. Now LA is working to make it the most environmentally responsible port as well. But it hasn’t been easy.


The World's Oldest Mummies Are Suddenly Turning Into Black Goo

Having survived 8000 years, the Chinchorro mummies found in modern-day Chile and Peru have started decaying more quickly than ever before — in some cases even melting into gelatinous “black ooze”. Scientists at Harvard think they have found the reason why.


This Real-Life 'Mr. Fusion' Can Turn Leftovers Into Energy

Well, it’s 2015, and right on cue, humanity has apparently invented its very own Mr. Fusion. The s0-called “Biobattery”, designed by German scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Energy and Safety Technology, will eat everything from human waste to coffee grounds and spit out electricity.


How To Read Satellite Data Maps Of The Earth

NASA’s Earth Observatory has spent over 15 years using satellites to collect hordes of real-time data across our planet’s surface. They reveal everything from temperature and energy use, to how much radiation we beam into space. Here’s how to understand satellite data maps to understand our planet’s vital signs.


The Double Cyclone Disaster That Smashed Into Australia Last Week

Here you can see a composite satellite photo of two cyclones hitting northern Australia within six hours of each other this week. In the upper left is Cyclone Lam, and in the lower right is Cyclone Marcia. It’s beautiful but also terrifying.


A Guide To The Most Destructive Events In The History Of Earth

If you want a little disaster porn this evening, you can watch this How Stuff Works podcast about possible causes of the five mass extinctions that nearly extinguished all life on Earth. After that cheerful topic, I also talk about why scientists believe we’re heading into a sixth mass extinction.


Massive Forest Fires Could Be Cooling The Earth

Wait, what? A forest fire may not sound like a great way to cool off, but Earth’s climate is a complicated beast. It turns out that some of the world’s fiercest blazes are actually lowering our planet’s temperatures.


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