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What food expiration dates really mean

By Robin Shreeves

If you're still confused about those 'sell by' and 'best by' dates on food, this infographic spells it out. …read more
Source: Mother Nature Network

By John Upton

The amount of heat-trapping pollution that’s released every time Bill Williams drives his electric sedan a mile down a road here has fallen by about a quarter in the three years since he bought it.

Williams’ car hasn’t changed, but the electricity that powers it has. In Tennessee, power once generated overwhelmingly by coal has given way to more nuclear and natural gas power. With the rising number of plug-in models available in the U.S., many at increasingly affordable prices, and with electricity getting greener, the climate benefits of electric cars are growing.

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Source: Grist

By Elizabeth Shogren

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

The day after President Donald Trump’s unexpected victory, Jane Zelikova was “crying her eyes out” in her office at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. As a scientist researching how big fossil fuel industries can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, she feared that her work would be stymied because of the new president’s skepticism about climate change. As a Jewish refugee who came to the United States as a teen, she felt threatened by Trump’s anti-immigrant …read more
Source: Grist

By Elizabeth Shogren

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

The day after President Donald Trump’s unexpected victory, Jane Zelikova was “crying her eyes out” in her office at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. As a scientist researching how big fossil fuel industries can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, she feared that her work would be stymied because of the new president’s skepticism about climate change. As a Jewish refugee who came to the United States as a teen, she felt threatened by Trump’s anti-immigrant …read more
Source: Grist

By Amelia Urry

Energy companies are looking to retrofit old mines to store power from solar and wind, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The mine-turned-battery concept relies on something called “pumped hydro.” Basically, when you have extra power you want to store, you just use it to pump water uphill. When you want to use that power again, you release the water to flow back downhill, spinning a turbine to generate electricity.

It turns out the structure of coal mines is perfect for building these systems: Water can be cycled between reservoirs deep in the mine and holding ponds at the surface.

But, like all nice things, pumped hydro can be pretty pricey. In Virginia, where …read more
Source: Grist

What if Baywatch were … better?

By Eve Andrews

The Baywatch cinematic reboot, starring God-among-men Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, lesser deity Zac Efron, and Priyanka “Miss World 2000” Chopra, is out in theaters on Friday. We, the moviegoing public, should be blessed by this release, but early reviews suggest it’s actually just too ridiculous.

The New York Times: “Like its source material, ‘Baywatch’ is sleazy and wholesome, silly and earnest, dumb as a box of sand and slyly self-aware. It’s soft-serve ice cream. Crinkle-cut fries. A hot car and a skin rash.”

Vox: “Baywatch is a lot like [a] dead man’s penis: It’s a limp, charmless thing that doesn’t warrant the …read more
Source: Grist

By Emma Foehringer Merchant

According to a Washington Post report, agency staffers working on projects related to energy, agriculture, and infrastructure are tweaking the language in their proposals to avoid raising eyebrows in the White House.

Gone are terms like “climate change” — which is being replaced with “resilience.” And you won’t find the word “clean” in program descriptions involving energy.

The new strategy comes after the administration began deleting mentions of climate change from the EPA’s website. And shortly after Trump’s inauguration, pages devoted to civil rights and Native American rights were removed from the White House site.

One career staffer called the behavior “’Keep their head down, maybe they …read more
Source: Grist

Photo: Early morning at Yosemite Falls

By Melissa Breyer

The early bird gets the good shot. …read more
Source: Tree Hugger

By Lloyd Alter

And he is not alone in thinking this. …read more
Source: Tree Hugger

By Russell McLendon

Monkeys at a temple in Bali steal stuff from people, then trade it back for snacks. A new study suggests this is a unique cultural tradition. …read more
Source: Mother Nature Network

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