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Paris Mayor Defies Poo Threats to Swim in Seine, and Prove a Point

It wasn’t until the 1960s that restoring the river began to attract political attention, first with the establishment of the French water agency, and later with a pledge by then-mayor of Paris (later Prime Minister) Jacques Chirac. “I will bathe in the Seine in front of witnesses to prove that the Seine has become a […]

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Our 5 Favorite Indoor Air Quality Monitors for Healthy Air (2024)

To become aware of your indoor air quality index is to enter a realm where the invisible becomes something you can never unsee. Until I wrote about my quest for good air in my Brooklyn apartment, I didn’t know air quality monitors even existed. Now I couldn’t live without them. We humans evolved to respond

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Cutting-Edge Technology Could Massively Reduce the Amount of Energy Used for Air Conditioning

The AirJoule system consists of two chambers, each one containing surfaces coated with this special material. They take turns at dehumidifying a flow of air. One chamber is always drying air that is pushed through the system while the other gradually releases the moisture it previously collected. A little heat from the drying chamber gets

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Hurricanes Are Trapping Small Island Nations in Ever-Worsening Spirals of Debt

By the time Beryl arrived, Grenada had already spent 20 years recovering from Hurricane Ivan (2004), a disaster that cost a staggering 200 percent of GDP and precipitated a debt crisis. In neighboring Dominica, Hurricane Maria (2017) caused damage worth 226 percent of GDP: It is now one of the most heavily indebted countries in

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America’s Aging Dams Are a Catastrophe Waiting to Happen

This story originally appeared on Inside Climate News and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Minnesota’s century-old Rapidan Dam captured the national spotlight last week when its partial failure destroyed a home and prompted county officials to demolish an adjacent store. Yet it’s just one of hundreds of dams across the Upper Midwest in

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Extreme Wildfires Have Doubled in Frequency and Intensity in the Past 20 Years

THIS ARTICLE IS republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. It feels like we are getting used to the Earth being on fire. Recently, more than 70 wildfires burned simultaneously in Greece. In early 2024, Chile suffered its worst wildfire season in history, with more than 130 people killed. Last year, Canada’s record-breaking

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The Supreme Court Doesn’t Want You to Have Clean Water and Safe Air

This story originally appeared on Slate and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. US environmental law is a relatively young discipline. The Environmental Protection Agency is a little more than 50 years old, and the Clean Air and Clean Water acts—legislation we today see as bedrocks of public health and environmental safeguards—were passed in

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Extreme Hail Storms Are Wrecking Solar Farms—but Defending Them May Be Easier Than It SeemsNREL-solar-hail-damage.jpg

Extreme Hail Storms Are Wrecking Solar Farms—but Defending Them May Be Easier Than It Seems

This story originally appeared on Inside Climate News and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When a baseball-sized hailstone slams into a solar panel at more than 90 mph, the result is not pretty. We saw this in March, when a hailstorm decimated parts of the 350-MW Fighting Jays solar project in southeast Texas.

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