When an Austrian real estate development company was commissioned by the government to renovate the University College of Teacher Education in Vienna, it faced a problem. The school’s campus is home to about 50 wild common hamsters. While the common hamster is plentiful in some parts of the world, it is a protected species in Austria.
The world must invest $2.4 trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to slow the quickest pace of climate change since the end of the last ice age, according to scientists convened by the United Nations.
High in the Austrian Alps, a utility has adapted a 70-year-old facility to store solar and wind energy for when it’s needed most.
Antibiotics, filtered water and processed food are making us more vulnerable to disease.
A bizarre pest from Asia is spreading fast and putting billions of dollars’ worth of resources at risk.
The number of Internet users reaches record highs every year, but did you know that for every tweet, comment, email and google search, a small amount of CO2 is emitted? For one person, the numbers aren’t too impressive, but when you factor in every person on planet earth who’s using the internet, those small numbers suddenly look ginormous, and worrying.
Research published in the Royal Society B found that bumblebees living in urban areas experience healthier lives than their counterparts in rural habitats. Their colonies are larger, better fed, and less prone to disease. Urban colonies also survive longer than their country cousins.
The world needs more swamps — and bogs, fens, marshes and other types of wetlands.
They are extremely efficient at pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and converting it into living plants and carbon-rich soil.
But throughout history, wetlands have been viewed as wastelands to be “reclaimed” for higher uses — many modern cities around the world are built on filled wetlands.
We already tax sugar, tobacco, and alcohol – so why not burgers?