Even scientists are shocked by the latest UN report on climate change

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According to a Monday report from the United Nations, reducing the Earth’s temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius is crucial if more extreme weather events and species’ extinction is to be avoided. The current ceiling on temperature increase is set at 2C since the 2015 Paris Agreement to which nearly 200 nations are committed. However, new UN research shows that this pledge is not enough to avoid possibly irreparable damage to our planet’s ecosystems.

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Earth was buzzed by a giant asteroid this weekend and we didn’t even realize it was coming

The Chelyabinsk meteorite injured around 1,500 people when it exploded over Russia in 2013, and an asteroid with three to six times that rock’s diameter just passed incredibly close to Earth. The Catalina Sky Survey first observed the asteroid, dubbed 2018 GE3, on Saturday, and it whirled past Earth hours later.

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Tetra is a brilliant see-through dishwasher that fits in even the tiniest apartments

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New Enphase solar inverters could power homes without batteries even if the grid goes down

Most residential solar energy inverters shut off for safety reasons if the grid powers down. But Enphase Energy could offer inverters that allow a home to continue to be powered by solar if the grid crashes. According to Electrek, Enphase’s Chief Product Officer Raghu Belur even suggested the inverters could let solar energize a home without a grid or batteries.

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World’s leading sea ice expert warns the “Arctic death spiral” will make global warming even worse

The terrifyingly ominous phrase “Arctic death spiral” refers to the chart that measures the continual melt laying waste to the ice in the Arctic Circle over the last 30 years. Climate scientists have issued repeated warnings that the Arctic death spiral is the Earth’s “canary in a coalmine,” and that greenhouse gas emissions must be curbed in order to fend off certain destruction. As time passes and global temperatures continue to rise, many conservationists are arguing that the point of… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

How corn sweat is making this weeks heat wave even worse

How ‘corn sweat’ is making this week’s heat wave even worse

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Right now, there is one burning question on your mind, and I know it’s “What the heck is corn sweat?” The week’s extreme heat wave is blistering the middle section of the United States, where excess moisture from corn fields will evaporate and add an unwanted boost of humidity (called ‘corn sweat’) to the already uncomfortable levels. With temperatures… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building