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    Energy-Hungry Bitcoin Can Reduce Emissions by Changing Code, Activists Say

    Energy-Hungry Bitcoin Can Reduce Emissions by Changing Code, Activists Say

    One of the most controversial aspects of cryptocurrency Bitcoin is the massive amount of energy needed to mine it. Currently, the currency uses about 136.79 terawatt hours of energy a year, more than both Ukraine and Norway, according to the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index.  But now, activists say they have found a relatively simple […]

    U.S. Regulator Delays Climate Considerations for Gas Projects

    U.S. Regulator Delays Climate Considerations for Gas Projects

    The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said Thursday that it would delay implementing a new proposal to consider the climate and environmental justice impacts of new gas projects before approving them. The delay follows pushback from legislators who argued the new policy would make it harder to get natural gas to Europe in the […]

    ‘Breakthrough’ Study Finds Microplastics in Human Blood

    ‘Breakthrough’ Study Finds Microplastics in Human Blood

    There may be microscopic pieces of plastic water bottles or shopping bags floating around in your bloodstream. A study published in Environment International Thursday found microplastics in human blood for the first time. Furthermore, the tiny pieces of plastic were found in nearly 80 percent of the people tested.  “Our study is the first indication […]

    Marvel Superhero Takes on Climate Change, Environmental Justice

    Marvel Superhero Takes on Climate Change, Environmental Justice

    Superhero Marisol Rios de la Luz will take on climate change, political corruption, and the myriad social injustices stemming from the two in the upcoming installment of the La Borinqueña graphic novel series, Earther reports. The Nuyorican heroine and her team, the Nitainos, will tackle the rippling impacts of climate change on the islands, covering issues such as domestic […]

    What Are Food Miles?

    What Are Food Miles?

    Food travels long distances – sometimes hundreds or thousands of miles – to reach our plates. Mapping the trajectory of many processed foods is to draw zig-zags across the globe, connecting faraway fields, factories, distribution centers, and store shelves.  The concept of “food miles” was created in the 1990s to warn consumers of the connection […]

    What Does Space Research Cost the Earth?

    What Does Space Research Cost the Earth?

    In our efforts to learn more about space, we may be harming our own planet.  A new paper published in Nature Astronomy on Monday estimated the greenhouse gas emissions from all space-and-land-based astronomical research. It found that current research infrastructure has a carbon footprint of around 20 million metric tons (approximately 22 million U.S. tons) […]