Environment

December 8, 2017

Costa Rica Runs on 100% Renewable Energy for 300 Days Straight

Costa Rica continues to impress with its commitment to renewable energy. We've been in awe when year after year, the Central American nation continues to lead by example, building toward its pledge of carbon neutrality by 2021. With just a few weeks left in 2017, they have run over 300 consecutive days using only renewable energy sources.

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November 12, 2017

Unique Maps Illustrate Over a Billion Acres of Forests Across the United States

Cartography experts EarthArtAustralia specializes in creating “ultra-detailed maps of Earth from Space.” And after tackling the roads and rivers of the United States, they've just released a stunning map of the country using its forests. Over a billion acres of trees and forests, pulled together with imagery from the Landsat satellite, come together to present an interesting view of America.

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October 20, 2017

80-Foot Kraken on Old WWII Ship Becomes Artificial Reef in the British Virgin Islands

With more and more natural reefs dying due to climate change, people are increasingly turning to artificial reefs to provide safe ecosystems for aquatic life. And while we've seen everything from subway cars to underwater sculptures used for this purpose, nothing is quite as evocative as the BVI Art Reef. Structured to promote the growth of transplanted coral, the artificial reef is composed of a WWII fuel barge topped by an elaborate 80-foot mesh kraken.

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September 22, 2017

Japan Is Quietly Leading an Energy Revolution as Towns Move Off-Grid

Communities in Japan are turning tragedy into opportunity by transforming their energy practices. In the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, dozens of cities and towns have quietly built systems that allow them to function increasingly off-grid, rather than relying on large power stations. The shift comes thanks to the country's National Resilience Program, which offers 3.72 trillion yen ($33.32 billion) each fiscal year to rebuild and become more self-empowered following these natural disasters.

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