Green Living & the Environment

Help your home and your energy bill handle summer heat

(BPT) - As summer temperatures rise, what can you do to beat the heat at home? Before lowering the thermostat setting, consider an often-overlooked approach to help your home and your energy budget …

Hurricane Beryl’s rapid intensification to Category 5 is alarming: Here’s why more tropical storms are exploding in strength

Hurricane Beryl hit the island of Carriacou, Grenada, on July 1, 2024, with 150 mph sustained winds. NOAA Hurricane Beryl was the latest Atlantic storm to rapidly intensify, growing quickly from …

Going Green in Your Community

(Family Features) Preserving your community for future generations can take many forms. Taking steps to protect the environment is a critical way to ensure your community remains safe and livable for generations to come.

Is Earth really getting too hot for people to survive? A scientist explains extreme heat and the role of climate change

Many countries have seen extremely hot weather lately, but in most of the inhabited world, it’s never going to get “too hot for people to live here,” especially in relatively dry climates. Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If …

Want savings on energy-efficient home upgrades? A new tool can help you save big

(BPT) - As a homeowner, you may have heard about incentives to tackle climate change that are available as a result of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a large piece of legislation that was passed …

Lower home cooling bills: Six tips for savings this summer

(BPT) - The YORK® brand of Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, has compiled six proven tips to help homeowners reduce cooling bills this spring and …

The ultimate last-minute gift guide for outdoorsy dads

(BPT) - If your dad takes any excuse to get outside — whether he loves sprucing up the yard, grilling out or epic adventures — you can help him pursue his outdoor passions with just the …

Avoid these carbon credit red flags when you travel

(BPT) - Airlines are forecasting a record year for summer travel, with carriers expected to transport 271 million passengers, up 6.3% from last year — and with more flights come more …
Environment matters
Hurricane forecast points to a dangerous 2024 Atlantic season, with La Niña and a persistently warm ocean teaming up to power fierce storms
If the National Hurricane Center’s early forecast, released May 23, is right, the North Atlantic could see 17 to 25 named storms, eight to 13 hurricanes, and four to seven major hurricanes by the end of November. That’s the highest number of named storms in any NOAA preseason forecast. …
La Niña is coming, raising the chances of a dangerous Atlantic hurricane season – an atmospheric scientist explains this climate phenomenon
One of the big contributors to the record-breaking global temperatures over the past year – El Niño – is nearly gone, and its opposite, La Niña, is on the way. Whether that’s a relief or not depends in part on where you live. …
Why US offshore wind power is struggling – the good, the bad and the opportunity
America’s first large-scale offshore wind farms began sending power to the Northeast in early 2024, but a wave of wind farm project cancellations and rising costs have left many people with doubts about the industry’s future in the U.S. ...
Houston area’s flood problems offer lessons for cities trying to adapt to a changing climate
Scenes from the Houston area looked like the aftermath of a hurricane in early May after a series of powerful storms flooded highways and neighborhoods and sent rivers over their banks north of the city. …
How bird flu virus fragments get into milk sold in stores, and what the spread of H5N1 in cows means for the dairy industry and milk drinkers
The discovery of fragments of avian flu virus in about 20% of milk samples from stores in initial testing across the U.S. suggests that the H5N1 virus may be more widespread in U.S. dairy cattle than previously realized. …

100% Grass-Fed Organic Dairy Benefits Consumers, Environment, Cows and Family Farms

(Family Features) While the difference between dairy alternatives such as oat, almond and other nut milks is easier to decipher, choosing between organic dairy varieties can be more difficult.

Defend your flock: 4 tips for backyard bird owners

(BPT) - Raising backyard chickens has become increasingly popular, and an estimated 10.6 million U.S. households — from city dwellers to rural residents — own poultry. However, many of …
Lifestyle features
5 health benefits of honey you may not know
Elvish Honey uncovered five lesser-known health benefits of honey using various scientific studies, medical journals, and news coverage.
How access to opioid treatments is growing across the country
Ophelia used CDC data to map the growing distribution of common medications that prevent opioid overdoses and treat substance use disorders.
Fentanyl test strips save lives, so why are they illegal in some states?
Ophelia explored which states ban fentanyl and xylazine test strips, using Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association and CDC data.
What are normal testosterone levels by age?
Hone Health reports on the factors responsible for testosterone levels in men and how they are affected by age and lifestyle.
One top trend to improve your home's value: hardwood flooring
(BPT) - Whether you're thinking about selling your home or just making some updates, it's always smart to consider renovations that will enhance the enjoyment of your home and increase your …