Here, on one of the Netherlands’ northernmost islands, windswept Texel, surrounded by encroaching ocean and salt marshes that seep sea water under its dykes and into ditches and canals, an enterprising farmer has taken the radical step of embracing salt water instead of fighting to keep it out. And now he thinks he might just help feed the world.
Boyan Slat is a 20-year-old on a mission - to rid the world's oceans of floating plastic. He has dedicated his teenage years to finding a way of collecting it. But can the system really work - and is there any point when so much new plastic waste is still flowing into the sea every day?
The World Health Organization declared the West African nation of Senegal to be free of Ebola on Friday, a rare success in dealing with a deadly virus that has rampaged uncontrolled in neighboring countries and prompted alarm around the world.
Commercial oyster fishing could now become a very real prospect off the Swansea coast. Experts had long believed the oysters could no longer flourish there because of pollution and climate change – but twelve months on, they are flourishing.
Drums throbbed and the sacred circle of life was on display last week at what the Kootenai Tribe hopes will be the rebirth of sturgeon and burbot, at a ceremony dedicating a massive new 35,000-square foot hatchery for propagating and rearing both species.
The nation's largest generation — the so-called "millennials," born between 1983 and 2000 — have shown less dependence on driving to get around in recent years and aren't likely to change their ways, according to a new study released Tuesday.
Less familiar is the illumination revolution LED bulbs have helped set off in the developing world. For a growing proportion of the more than one billion people who live without reliable sources of electricity, LED lights, in tandem with solar panels, have been a godsend.
Copenhagen was the first large city to start a bike-share program. Now that there are well over 500 cities with bike sharing, the Danish capital—which brands itself as the "world's cycling capital"—has reinvented bike sharing again. Its new fleet of electric, Wi-Fi-connected bikes are designed to get more non-cyclists to ride.
China's auto sales expanded at the slowest pace this year in September as weak sales of commercial cars weigh on growth. Approximately 1.98 million cars were sold in China last month, a year-on-year rise of 2.5 percent, while output increased 4.2 percent to 2 million units, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said.
Climate change policy is often assumed to be a lose-lose proposition. Nations can pay now for expensive carbon-reduction policies, or they can pay later - potentially a lot more - through destructive climate-related events like storms, droughts and flooding. Enter the efficiency experts.
Two entrepreneurs are transforming decommissioned telephone booths (they call them boxes in Britain) into solar charging stations for mobile devices. The first one was unveiled in London this week, and five more are set to be operating in the city soon.
Shuji Nakamura was one of three scientists who won the 2014 Nobel prize for physics on Tuesday. The prize was for their discovery of a new kind of light that "has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources," in the words of the Nobel committee.
A California scientist and two in Japan won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for a breakthrough invention that reduces global warming and brings light to areas of the world that are off the electrical grid.
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