Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective

U.S. firm Moderna said that Phase 3 stage analysis suggested its coronavirus vaccine could prevent COVID-19. The news comes a week after Pfizer and German drug-maker BioNTech announced a vaccine of their own.

Death Valley Hits Record 54,4 C

Temperatures at Furnace Creek in Death Valley in the southern California desert, USA reached a sizzling 54.4 C on Sunday, Aug. 16. This might be the highest temperature ever "reliably" recorded.

California passes landmark rule for zero-emission trucks

California, U.S. has passed a landmark rule requiring all truck manufacturers to sell more electric trucks starting in 2024. This rule comes amid efforts to reverse climate change’s effects in America.

More evidence of a link between air pollution and early death

The new research builds on a 2017 study that showed that long-term exposure to PM2.5 pollution and ozone increases the risk of premature death among the elderly in the U.S.

Johnson & Johnson will stop selling talc-based baby powder

Even if the company still refuses to take responsibility for the claims that its iconic baby powder causes harm to human health, namely ovarian carcer, people are relieved that the products will no longer be available. 

Too much food is being destroyed due to coronavirus

Many farmers around the world are having to destroy the crops they've worked hard to grow because wholesale markets have dried up completely. These horrific reports of waste raise the questions of distribution.

Future of Work

The future of technological employment comes down to a key challenge of human-machine collaboration.

Coca-Cola and Pepsi are sued over plastics pollution

The Earth Island Institute asked for unspecified damages and an order for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle USA, Procter & Gamble and six other companies to clean up plastic waste that the group says has created a global pollution crisis.

Washington State in U.S. To Ban Bottled Water Extraction

This legislation would help protect the state’s water resources, helping keep the limited freshwater supplies in the state. It would ban the extraction of local water supplies in plastic bottles shipped out of watersheds and around the country. 

US airline to go carbon neutral on all domestic flights in 2020

JetBlue has announced that it will offset carbon dioxide emissions from jet fuel for all domestic flights beginning in July 2020, making it the first major US airline to take the step toward reducing its contribution to global warming.

Kansas City’s Free Transit Experiment Matters

Kanzas is the first major one in the U.S. to offer no-cost public transportation.  Most of the world’s fare-free transit systems are in Europe, including a number of towns in Poland, France and Estonia's capital Tallinn.

California coastal waters rising in acidity at alarming rate

Waters off the California coast are acidifying twice as fast as the global average, scientists found, threatening major fisheries and sounding the alarm that the ocean can absorb only so much more of the world’s carbon emissions.

The wealthiest countries let us all down at the UN climate talks

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Costa Rica’s minister for energy and environment, specifically blamed the United States, Brazil, and Australia for blocking progress by insisting on climate language unacceptable to most countries.

Largest Passive House building in North America

Park Avenue Green in New York has 34 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system. The building used cogeneration and met the usual Passive House high levels of insulation and energy efficiency.

Suicide rate among young Americans soars by 50%

The suicide rate among young Americans aged 10 to 24 years old soared by 56% between 2007 and 2017, according to new data. Mental-health conditions, relationship problems/loss, life stressors, and recent crises were common across all age groups.