Green Living & the Environment

Where does lightning strike? New maps pinpoint 36.8 million yearly ground strike points in unprecedented detail

It’s been a warm day, maybe even a little humid, and the tall clouds in the distance remind you of cauliflower. You hear a sharp crack, like the sound of a batter hitting a home run, or a low rumble reminiscent of a truck driving down the highway. …
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
As the city prepares to tear down the old Kmart building, it considers how to reconnect Nicollet Ave. Over 500 residents attended an open house on Oct. 10, and 1,200 people responded to a survey by Oct. 12.
What do people think?
The long process of reopening Nicollet Ave. at Lake St. took another step forward this month. City planners released design concepts for the public areas planned for the 10-acre site where a surface …
Lyndale Ave South reconstruction
Hennepin County is working to build a Lyndale Avenue for today and tomorrow. The county is partnering with the city of Minneapolis, Metro Transit and others to continue improving safety for all users …
Motorists can’t cross Lyndale at 25th anymore, but pedestrians and bicyclists can use the median to pause while crossing. Last summer, the two lanes in either direction were changed to one lane in either direction with a center turning lane. The pilot project was deemed successful as crashes and injuries have been reduced.
Lyndale safer since 4-to-3 conversion
The reduction of traffic lanes on Lyndale Ave from 31st St. to Franklin Ave. has improved safety and will remain in place.   Called the “4-3 Lane Pilot Project,” Hennepin …
The Wilson’s back porch was opened up through careful deconstruction by a Better Futures crew. (Photo submitted)
Why throw away a house when parts can be reused?
From early 20th Century thrift to building cabins from contractor cast-offs, building materials reuse had long been an informal norm. But in a more recent world, entire houses have been thrown in the …
Twin Cities ranks 24th nationally for EV-friendliness
The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area ranks 24th nationally for EV-friendliness, mainly prompted by a strong EV ownership mindset, the overall favorable infrastructure, the growing …

Single-use plastics revolutionized the medical industry. Now, they're raising concerns about sustainability.

Medical Technology Schools analyzed studies and news reports to illustrate why experts are raising alarms about the unsustainable use of medical plastics.

EPA has tightened its target for deadly particle pollution − states need more tools to reach it

Tens of millions of Americans, including many Texans like me, live in counties that will soon be violating air pollution particle standards for the first time. It’s not that our air is getting …

The best states for going solar in 2024

The ConsumerAffairs Research Team analyzed data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Energy Information Administration, and the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency to determine which states are the best for solar energy.

Potato plant radiation sensors could one day monitor radiation in areas surrounding power plants

While expanding nuclear energy production would provide carbon-free power and can help countries around the world meet their climate goals, nuclear energy could also come with some inherent risk. …

These industries are responsible for the most greenhouse gas emissions

SmartAsset ranked 1,016 industries based on the estimated greenhouse gas emissions generated by individual supply chains, measured in equivalent kilograms of CO2 (CO2e) per dollar spent.

Clean electricity is most prevalent in these 20 US states

To find where clean electricity is most prevalent, SmartAsset compared the amount of solar, wind, geothermal, and nuclear operations as a percentage of each state's entire electricity production capacity to determine the 20 with the 'cleanest' electricity.
Environment matters
Wildlife selfies harm animals − even when scientists share images with warnings in the captions
One of the biggest privileges of being a primatologist is spending time in remote locations with monkeys and apes, living near these animals in their habitats and experiencing their daily lives. …
El Niño is starting to lose strength after fueling a hot, stormy year, but it’s still powerful − an atmospheric scientist explains what’s ahead for 2024
In California, El Niño helped fuel a wet 2023 and early 2024. Mario Tama/Getty Images Wild weather has been roiling North America for the past few months, thanks in part to a strong El Niño that …
Urban agriculture isn't as climate-friendly as it seems – but these best practices can transform gardens and city farms
Urban agriculture is expected to be an important feature of 21st century sustainability and can have many benefits for communities and cities, including providing fresh produce in neighborhoods with few other options. …
Tiny water-walking bugs provide scientists with insights on how microplastics are pushed underwater
Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that can cause big problems when they enter the water supply. One way my fluid dynamics lab explores microplastic movement is by studying how tiny water-walking insects are pushed underwater by raindrops. …
Iceland battles a lava flow: Countries have built barriers and tried explosives in the past, but it's hard to stop molten rock
Fountains of lava erupted from the Sundhnúkur volcanic system in southwest Iceland on Jan. 14, 2024. As the world watched on webcams and social media, lava flows cut off roads and bubbled …

National Grid: Improving Jobs with the Clean Energy Transition

Doing well by doing good: Many New Yorkers may soon find good jobs in the clean energy sector.
(NAPSI)—Addressing climate change is an all-hands-on-deck undertaking. It requires a smarter, stronger, and cleaner energy grid that provides affordable, reliable power when and where people need …

How to Build a Sustainable Home

(Family Features) If you're starting construction on the home of your dreams, consider the benefits of building with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind.

3 Reasons to Ditch Your Laundry Detergent for Eco Strips

3 Reasons to Ditch Your Laundry Detergent for Eco Strips
(NewsUSA) - The laundry industry would have you believe that in order to get brilliant, clean laundry, you need to use powders, liquids and pods that are diluted with water, and come in bulky, …

Natural Food Storage Containers Can Help Save Money

Natural Food Storage Containers Can Help Save Money
(TVA) - As food costs continue to rise, many people are seeking creative solutions to stretch their dollars and reduce wasted food. Buying and cooking food in bulk helps save money, as well as …
Lifestyle features

Almost half of Americans have not written a single check in the past year — here's what they're doing instead

In light of the fact that 46% of Americans have reported not writing a check in the last year, GOBankingRates takes a look at the alternative methods people are using to exchange money.

History of foodborne outbreaks in the US

FoodReady used National Outbreak Reporting System data to understand foodborne illness outbreaks over the past two decades.

A new law aimed to increase voting access in rural counties. In South Texas it's having the opposite effect.

Votebeat looks at a new Texas state law that requires small counties to increase early voting days and hours and how some election officials are concerned over potential cost increases.

Biggest March Madness upsets since 1982

ATS.io compiled a ranking of the biggest men's March Madness upsets since 1982—when the term was coined—using Sports Reference data.

Women on quarters: Who they are and why it matters

Stacker explored the fascinating lives and achievements of the 20 remarkable women celebrated by the U.S. Mint's American Women Quarters Program.

Travel nurses: What they do and how to become one

Study.com researched ways people can prepare for a career in travel nursing, including skills beyond that of a typical RN.