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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 …

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. …

How the US government is incentivizing greener manufacturing

Machinery Partner researched the U.S. government's efforts toward industrial decarbonization in the years since the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

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. …

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 …

5 simple ways to save 'green' by going green at home

(BPT) - With rising energy costs and an increasing awareness of homeowners' environmental impact, creating a greener home isn't just a trend — it's a responsible choice for both your wallet and …
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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. …
During the 2024 eclipse, biologists like us want to find out how birds will respond to darkness in the middle of the day
The total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, coincides with an exciting time for wild birds. Local birds are singing for mates and fighting for territories as they gear up for their once-a-year chance to breed. …
America’s green manufacturing boom, from EV batteries to solar panel production, isn’t powered by renewable energy − yet
Renewable energy provides about 20% of U.S. electricity. AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez Panasonic’s new US$4 billion battery factory in De Soto, Kansas, is designed to be a model of sustainability …
Who are today’s climate activists? Dispelling 3 big myths for Earth Month
Climate rallies, like this one in New York City in 2022, draw activists of all ages. AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe As Earth Month 2024 gets underway, climate activists around the world are planning …
Female mosquitoes rely on one another to choose the best breeding sites − and with the arrival of spring, they’re already on the hunt
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, one of the most common species in the U.S., love everything about humans. They love our body heat and odors, which enable them to find us. They love to feed on our blood to make their eggs mature. …

National Grid: Improving Jobs with the Clean Energy Transition

Doing well by doing good: Many New Yorkers may soon find good jobs in the clean energy sector.
(NAPSI)—Addressing climate change is an all-hands-on-deck undertaking. It requires a smarter, stronger, and cleaner energy grid that provides affordable, reliable power when and where people need …

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.

3 Reasons to Ditch Your Laundry Detergent for Eco Strips

3 Reasons to Ditch Your Laundry Detergent for Eco Strips
(NewsUSA) - The laundry industry would have you believe that in order to get brilliant, clean laundry, you need to use powders, liquids and pods that are diluted with water, and come in bulky, …

Lawn and beyond: The powerful benefits of natural turfgrass

(BPT) - Healthy, natural turfgrass is more than just a pleasing addition to your yard and home’s curb appeal. Natural turfgrass is among the most resilient plant materials and provides many …
Lifestyle features
Five clear signs it's time to sell your car
Knowing when to sell your car isn't necessarily easy. Sell it too soon and you could be forgoing months or even years of a potentially happy union. Hold onto it for too long, however, and it could cost you more than planned in terms of depreciation, unexpected bills, or a lack of suitability for changing needs. With that in mind, CarGurus compiled five easy signs that all indicate the time might well have come to sell your car.  1. When It No Longer Meets Your Needs Life changes. Landing a new job, moving, starting a family, watching kids leave the nest—events like these determine how you'll use your car, and in time inform when to sell your car. Buying that four-wheel-drive truck made sense when you were living with New England winters, but now that you've moved to Arizona, you might want to look for something more fuel-efficient, or perhaps something with a convertible top. Or you might love that two-door sports car, but with a kid on the way, it's time to start looking for a minivan with more room. 2. When It's at Its Most Valuable One of the five signs it's time to sell your car concerns resale value. It's wise to sell your used car when it's at its most valuable. Here are some factors affecting the selling price of your used vehicle: Demand Demand plays a massive role in the resale value of your used car, and market trends can affect demand in powerful ways. For example, if there are supply issues that cause new and used car inventory to be low, demand for used cars may skyrocket. Depending on the year and model, the value of your car may be higher than you think. If demand for used cars is high, it may be an excellent time to sell your vehicle. Overall Condition Your vehicle's condition affects its price on the used car market. If you want to sell your vehicle with the least hassle (and for the most money), do it when everything is in good working condition. Selling a car that needs major repairs, whether mechanical or cosmetic, can be difficult. When potential buyers discover the vehicle needs work, they will likely ask to deduct the cost of repairs from the asking price—or they'll walk away from the deal. Mileage Selling before the odometer hits the 60,000-to-70,000-mile mark is a good idea since that's often when expensive fixes become necessary. Sell a car before this mileage marker, and you can ask for a higher price. If your current vehicle has already passed 70,000 miles, it will still be easier to find a buyer if you list now before it reaches 100,000 miles. Though the condition of your car might not change at that mileage marker, shoppers may think differently about the same used vehicle once it passes six figures' worth of miles, even if it's a Toyota, Honda, or other notoriously long-lived make. 3. When It Costs More to Keep Running Than It's Worth Ideally, you'd sell your car when it's running well. But what if your vehicle is already costing you a lot of money in repair costs? Getting a $2,000 repair estimate for a car worth $2,000 means it's time to sell, but it won't always be that obvious. Estimating the value of your vehicle and comparing that value with the cost of keeping your car on the road will take some research and math, but that effort will save you time and money in the end. First, determine how much the vehicle is worth. Next, ask your trusted mechanic about upcoming maintenance costs. These may include significant repairs needed to keep your car on the road, repairs coming in the next year that aren't necessary right now, and considerable maintenance due in the next year based on mileage. Finally, compare the vehicle's worth to how much it costs to keep it running. If costs exceed the value of the car itself, it's time to sell. 4. When It's Too Expensive to Drive A car typically has two expenses you'll face consistently: fuel and insurance. Those expenses vary based on the model of your vehicle. For example, a small hybrid may use less gas than a full-size SUV. And you may face higher insurance premiums with a luxury car than a budget-friendly hatchback. You may have reached a point with your car where fuel or insurance costs are too steep for you to handle. Maybe higher gas prices have left you wanting to switch from a gas-guzzler to something more fuel-efficient. Or maybe your financial situation has changed and you want to save money by getting a car with lower insurance costs. If your car's expenses for gas or insurance are burdensome, it may be an excellent time to switch vehicles. 5. When It Feels Unsafe One of the five signs it's time to sell your car concerns safety. Your car may start every time you turn the key, but maybe stopping with those worn-out brakes feels less certain. Or perhaps the engine is purring, but there's so much rust you worry about parts falling off every time you drive. Also, your vehicle's safety features can tell you whether it's time to buy a new car. For example, many modern vehicles come with advanced driver-assistance features that can help prevent accidents. Getting a newer model might make sense if your car lacks these features. The old "safety first" rule applies here. If your car's safety is in question, that's a sure sign the time has come to part ways. Conclusion If any of the above criteria apply to you, take it as a sign that the time has come to sell your car. And if you're wondering how to do that, check out the best ways to sell your car.  
Online gamers want more concrete value from their virtual in-game purchases
Unstoppable Games polled gamers on what they spend on in-game items and whether they feel the purchases have been worth it.
5 emerging trends that will change how you use your phone in 2024
Visible partnered with Stacker to highlight some of the biggest trends that could impact how you use your phone in 2024 based on consumer surveys and news reports. 
Cancer diagnoses could reach record high in 2024. Here's how alcohol increases risk.
Northwell Health partnered with Stacker to illustrate the lesser-known association between alcohol intake and some cancers, using CDC data.
In-person socialization is alive in these states—here's where people are the most social
Peerspace mapped the states that spend the most time socializing using data from the American Time Use Survey via IPUMS.