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E-Commerce: Convenience Built on a Mountain of Cardboard. Photo Ruchit Garg, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, says that he worries that something isn’t right with his Internet shopping habit.

E-Commerce: Convenience Built on a Mountain of Cardboard

With each new delivery to his doorstep — sometimes several in a day — he faces the source of his guilt and frustration: another cardboard box. Then, when he opens the shipment, he is often confronted with a Russian nesting doll’s worth of boxes inside boxes to protect his electronics, deodorant, clothing or groceries. Mr. Garg dutifully recycles, but he shared his concerns recently on Twitter. Continue reading the main story. These Maps Show Why We Keep Electing Climate Change Deniers.

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These Maps Show Why We Keep Electing Climate Change Deniers

James Inhofe (R-Okla.) uses a snowball to disprove global warming.Screenshot: Slate/CSPAN One of the most significant obstacles to addressing climate change is the fact that huge numbers of US politicians reject the overwhelming scientific consensus that humans are warming the planet. NASA made an adorable video explaining climate change. l think a lot of people will FINALLY get it. Here's your Hot Planet 101, courtesy of NASA.

NASA made an adorable video explaining climate change. l think a lot of people will FINALLY get it.

Watch 60 Years Of Climate Change In 15 Seconds. Perspective, they say, is everything.

Watch 60 Years Of Climate Change In 15 Seconds

Donald Trump may not believe in climate change because it's cold during North American winters, but last week, NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) released a compelling report to the contrary, based on a 60-year temperature analysis from 1,000 meteorological stations from around the globe. The scientists found that 2013 was one of the warmest years on record, "continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures" driven by man-made emissions. NASA scientists also made a visualization that illustrated the more disturbing developments in climate change in recent years. Rebecca Solnit: The Age of Capitalism is over. Governor Andrew Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York Citing Health Concerns.

An analysis of the findings in Governor Andrew Cuomo's 184-page review of hydraulic fracturing CREDO.fracking/Flickr The battle over untapped natural gas in New York State appears to have reached its end.

Governor Andrew Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York Citing Health Concerns

Following an extensive public health review of hydraulic fracturing, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a complete ban on the oil and natural gas harvesting practice in the state on Wednesday. The 184-page report, conducted by the New York State Department of Health, cites potential environmental impacts and health hazards as reasons for the ban. The research incorporates findings from multiple studies conducted across the country and highlights the following seven concerns: Respiratory health: The report cites the dangers of methane emissions from natural gas drilling in Texas and Pennsylvania, which have been linked to asthma and other breathing issues. In 2008, New York State suspended its fracking activities pending further research into the health, environmental, and economic effects.

U.S. EPA: We need tougher ozone standards - Nov. 26, 2014. WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) Successful public health protection depends on the latest science.

U.S. EPA: We need tougher ozone standards - Nov. 26, 2014

Think of it this way: If your doctor wasn't using the latest medical science, you'd be worried you weren't getting the best care. That's why the Clean Air Act requires EPA to update air quality standards every five years, to ensure standards "protect public health with an adequate margin of safety" based on the latest scientific evidence. So today, following science and the law, I am proposing to update national ozone pollution standards to clean up our air, improve access to crucial air quality information, and protect those most at-risk -- our children, our elderly, and people already suffering from lung diseases like asthma. This proposal would lower the current standard of 75 parts per billion (the concentration of ozone pollution in the air we breathe) to a standard in the range of 65-70 parts per billion, while taking public comment on a level as low as 60.

What ‘Free Trade’ Has Done to Central America. Share Garment workers in Costa Rica.

What ‘Free Trade’ Has Done to Central America

(Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate) This article is a joint publication of TheNation.com and Foreign Policy In Focus. With Republicans winning big in the midterm elections, the debate over so-called “free trade” agreements could again take center stage in Washington. President Barack Obama has been angling for “fast track” authority that would enable him to push the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP—a massive trade agreement between the United States and a host of Pacific Rim countries—through Congress with limited debate and no opportunity for amendments.

5 Charts About Climate Change That Should Have You Very, Very Worried - Christopher Mims and Stephanie Gruner Buckley. Two new reports highlight the alarming consequences of staying our current course.

5 Charts About Climate Change That Should Have You Very, Very Worried - Christopher Mims and Stephanie Gruner Buckley

Two major organizations released climate change reports this month warning of doom and gloom if we stick to our current course and fail to take more aggressive measures. A World Bank report imagines a world 4 degrees warmer, the temperature predicted by century's end barring changes, and says it aims to shock people into action by sharing devastating scenarios of flood, famine, drought and cyclones.

Meanwhile, a report from the US National Research Council, commissioned by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other intelligence agencies, says the consequences of climate change--rising sea levels, severe flooding, droughts, fires, and insect infestations--pose threats greater than those from terrorism ranging from massive food shortages to a rise in armed conflicts. Breathingearth - CO2, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time.

The Crying Indian Commercial. What the Frack is in That Water? The Future of Trash: 4 Ways Tech Is Improving Recycling Rates. The Global Innovation Series is supported by BMW i, a new concept dedicated to providing mobility solutions for the urban environment.

The Future of Trash: 4 Ways Tech Is Improving Recycling Rates

Is It Weird Enough Yet? Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush. Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush. Google's SolarCity Fund: $280 Million Invested In Solar Energy For Private Homes. NEW YORK — Google is making its largest investment yet in clean energy in an effort to help private homeowners put solar panels on their rooftops.

Google's SolarCity Fund: $280 Million Invested In Solar Energy For Private Homes

The $280 million deal with installer SolarCity is the largest of its kind. SolarCity can use the funds to pay for a solar system that it can offer to residents for no money down. In exchange, customers agree to pay a set price for the power produced by the panels. Google earns a return on its investment by charging SolarCity interest to use its money and reaping the benefits of federal and local renewable energy tax credits.

The Earth Is Full. “The only answer can be denial,” argues Paul Gilding, the veteran Australian environmentalist-entrepreneur, who described this moment in a new book called “The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World.” “When you are surrounded by something so big that requires you to change everything about the way you think and see the world, then denial is the natural response. But the longer we wait, the bigger the response required.” Gilding cites the work of the Global Footprint Network, an alliance of scientists, which calculates how many “planet Earths” we need to sustain our current growth rates.

G.F.N. measures how much land and water area we need to produce the resources we consume and absorb our waste, using prevailing technology. On the whole, says G.F.N., we are currently growing at a rate that is using up the Earth’s resources far faster than they can be sustainably replenished, so we are eating into the future.