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A nuclear fusion reactor is the best shot at a sustainable future

If I asked you what are the most valuable currencies out there, you’d probably answer: “time and money.” But there’s a third fundamental asset, one we rarely mention because we take it for granted: energy.

Energy cooks your food, charges your devices, and flies you across the planet. In other…


Bitcoin and its competitors will emerge greener, more democratic, and stronger

Last week, the Peoples’ Bank of China made an unprecedented move, declaring all cryptocurrency transactions in the country illegal. Crypto exchanges are reportedly scrambling to drop Chinese users before the ban comes into effect, and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether dropped as much as 7% when the ban was announced…


Well, perhaps virtual reality. But that’s about it.

In an interview with The Information on Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed that augmented- and virtual-reality glasses would help mitigate climate change by allowing people to virtually “teleport” places rather than physically travel.

“It’s going to have a big society-wide impact on a lot of things we care deeply…


Reusable eight-by-four-foot steel cylinders, packed with wood chips, straw, and alfalfa, present an eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial

There’s an empty warehouse 20 miles south of Seattle that, if everything goes as planned, will soon be full of dead people.

The facility belongs to Recompose, the first U.S. company to compost human bodies indoors, through a process known officially as natural organic reduction. Washington state became the first…


We’ve run out of letters to name our storms, and entered a brand-new, catastrophic era

On Friday, one of the most remarkable moments in recent meteorological history opened a window to our future.

A strengthening swirl of clouds spinning in the central Atlantic earned the name Tropical Storm Wilfred — exhausting the list of 21 alphabetical names given to Atlantic tropical cyclones by the Miami-based…


The ride-hail app set a goal to go entirely electric in major cities by 2030. Will it work?

Uber has promised to zero out its carbon emissions by 2040 and claims that 100% of rides will happen in electric vehicles within the next decade in cities within the U.S., Canada, and Europe. On Tuesday, the ride-hailing company announced these commitments in a “green recovery” initiative that also indicates…


FEMA has approved 25 private software platforms to disseminate alerts for authorities at state, local, territorial, and tribal levels

As a massive wildfire ripped through parts of Northern California last week — one of 650 new fires in the state since August 15 — emergency officials in Napa County turned to a messaging platform to warn residents to “remain vigilant,” should they need to evacuate.

But when authorities tried…


Artificial corals could help dying reefs regenerate, but they’re not a replacement

In March of this year, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef experienced its worst bleaching event on record. About a quarter of the coral on the reef expelled the algae that usually lives in its tissues. Without the algae, the multicolored coral turned ghostly white.

Disrupting this symbiotic relationship can stunt coral’s…


The desert locust upsurge is yet another of 2020’s horrors

In June, remote sensing analyst Raj Bhagat noticed a strange signal on India’s weather radar. It looked like a small band of rain near Delhi, moving southwest, but Bhagat was convinced it was a locust swarm.

“People began to report it,” he says, referring to sightings on the ground. Giant…


Research says children suffered physical and mental health as a result of the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history

This is The Color of Climate, a weekly column from OneZero exploring how climate change and other environmental issues uniquely impact the future of communities of color.

A Google Image search of “Deepwater Horizon aftermath” brings up an onslaught of sludge — pictures of animals, detritus, and large swaths of…

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