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Cryptocurrency mining has a huge carbon footprint. Here’s what experts think we should do about it.

Cryptocurrency mining has a huge carbon footprint. Here’s what experts think we should do about it.

By Domenic Purdy As currencies like bitcoin and dogecoin make digital currency as valid a form of payment as the U.S. dollar and euro, experts seek new environmentally-friendly solutions to the massive amounts of energy cryptocurrency consumes.   Cryptocurrencies are digital currency that are not subject to a central authority that regulates the currency’s value like Federal Reserve for the U.S. dollar or the European Central Bank for the euro. Despite fluctuating market values that are more volatile than most nationally backed currencies, cryptocurrency has taken a foothold in the financial world.  The most popular cryptocurre...

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What is reef-safe sunscreen, and why is it important?

The most important impact you can make is educating those around you, like family and friends. While your individual changes are a major step, there are still thousands of people using harmful sunscreens as protection. Each person you can educate to make the change means less chemicals effecting our coral reef ecosystems.

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Climate change is widely taught in American public schools—but students are receiving mixed messages

Roughly 75% of public school science teachers in the U.S. teach climate change and almost all public school students likely receive at least some education about recent global warming, according to a 2016 paper from the National Center for Science Education.

But students are receiving mixed messages from teachers about the causes of global warming, the report found.

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No soil? No problem: Hydroponic farming could help combat climate change and food insecurity

As the world population nears 10 billion by 2050, overall food demand is expected to increase by over 50%, according to the World Resources Institute. Climate change will make feeding that population more difficult in some regions.
Increased heat stress, rainfall intensity, flooding and drought could reduce crop yields and leave once arable land unusable, leading to food insecurity, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
To grow more food with less land, some farmers and scientists have pointed to the potential of hydroponics, a method of vertical farming.

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How climate change is creating the new normal of California wildfires

Wildfires are getting bigger and wildfire seasons are getting longer as a result of the impact of climate change. The recent massive heatwave across the Western United States set new heat records on top of a decades long megadrought. The high temperatures and dry conditions makes California the perfect environment for massive wildfires.

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Four questions about harmful algal blooms, answered

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are large outgrowths of algae in bodies of water that result from an excess of nutrients, sunlight and other conditions that allow for such growth. Humans have a direct hand in causing some of these conditions. These blooms are fed by nutrients, like phosphorus, from fertilizer runoff in agriculture operations. Increasing temperatures from climate change only add to the growth.

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