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New York City has painted over 6 million square feet of rooftops white — and it could be a brilliant heat-fighting plan
Coating roofs with reflective paint can decrease buildings' internal temperatures by 30% and lower air conditioning costs by 10% to 30%. A 2014 study found that "cool roofs" would lower temperatures by about 3 degrees in cities like New York and Washington.
Rare flamingos in England laid eggs for the first time in 15 years — and experts are saying it’s because of Europe’s heatwave
Rare Andean flamingos in Britain have laid eggs for the first time in 15 years, and experts have credited Europe’s recent heat wave. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust said record-breaking temperatures led six flamingos to lay nine eggs at the Gloucestershire reserve in southwest England.
The world could hit a tipping point that causes warming to spiral out of control — a scenario scientists call ‘Hothouse Earth’
Humans could warm the world enough that natural systems would change in ways that trigger further warming. The authors of a new paper refer to this threat as "Hothouse Earth."
One of the largest banks issued an alarming warning that Earth is running out of the resources to sustain life
On August 1, humanity consumed more resources than the Earth can regenerate each year. It's the earliest 'Earth Overshoot Day' ever, and HSBC is warning that companies and governments are not prepared.
Bhutan measures success not by gross domestic product, but by "Gross National Happiness." Although the country is sometimes thought of as the happiest in the world, modern problems are hurting its reputation.
New York, Miami, and Seattle are most vulnerable to internet infrastructure damage. Researchers predict that sea levels will rise by one foot over the next 15 years.
The population of the worlds largest penguin colony is rapidly declining, and nobody has any idea why
In 1982, there were over 2 million of them. Three decades later, that figure has dropped drastically.
A National Geographic photographer’s new book shows how stunning animals in the Arctic and Antarctic really are
Paul Nicklen has captured the stark beauty of the Arctic and Antarctic as a photographer for years. In his new book, "Born to Ice," Nicklen showcases photos that he says convey the surreal beauty and magic of these extraordinary and endangered ecosystems.
Bangkok is sinking, so it built a park that holds a million gallons of rainwater to help prevent flooding
Bangkok is sinking at a rate of more than one centimeter a year and could be below sea level by 2030. To help prevent future flooding in the city, a local university built an 11-acre park that can hold up to a million gallons of rainwater.
14 of the 20 largest wildfires in California have happened since the year 2000. In the past 20 years, hundreds of thousands of acres have burned in the state.