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  • Sept 27- Brazil pledged on Sunday to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent by 2030 as its contribution to a United Nations climate agreement, but said it will include reductions from past efforts against deforestation to help it reach the target. President Dilma Rousseff presented the country's pledges during a speech at the U.N. General Assembly in New...

  • Cue CCR—there's a blood moon on the rise Saturday, 26 Sep 2015 | 12:39 PM ET
    The moon turns a reddish color in the earth's shadow during a total lunar eclipse April 15, 2014.

    This weekend will give moon gazers a rare treat: A supermoon lunar eclipse, which only comes around once in a while

  • In a letter to car manufacturers, the EPA said it will add on-road testing to its regimen, "using driving cycles and conditions that may reasonably be expected to be encountered in normal operation and use, for the purposes of investigating a potential defeat device" similar to the one used by Volkswagen. The testing would be in addition to the standard emissions...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 24- The government of the crude-producing province of Alberta does not want to stop the work of an independent environmental agency, the environment minister said on Thursday, but she is still reviewing options for its future as its funding winds down. The agency, the Cumulative Environmental Management Association, was set up in Alberta...

  • There's an emerging business in 'space junk' Thursday, 24 Sep 2015 | 1:43 PM ET
    Space debris garbage

    There is now enough human-made debris floating through space that some companies believe they can build a business around it.

  • 'The Martian' is rooted in solid science Wednesday, 23 Sep 2015 | 11:27 AM ET
    A scene from the film The Martian starring Matt Damon.

    NASA scientists say the technology Matt Damon uses to stay alive in 'The Martian' is possible and, in some cases, real.

  • The EPA heard radically different views as it opened public hearings in Denver on its proposal to slash allowable methane emissions from oil and gas production. Sessions were also scheduled in Dallas on Wednesday and in Pittsburgh on Sept. 29. The EPA estimates the new rule would cost industry from $320 million to $420 million annually by 2025 but would reduce...

  • Google Science Fair's grand prize winner Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015 | 2:57 PM ET
    Google Science Fair's grand prize winner

    Olivia Hallisey, Grand Prize Winner, Google Science Fair, 2015, talks about her creation of a portable, low-cost diagnostic test for Ebola and other infectious diseases.

  • Senate Dems press aggressive climate change bill Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    The measure would establish as policy a reduction of greenhouse emissions by 2 percent a year—a cut even larger than the target set by Obama. The NYT reports.

  • A 3-D replica of your own organs Friday, 18 Sep 2015 | 3:08 PM ET
    New system from MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers converts MRI scans into 3D-printed heart models.

    Surgeons may soon plan out their operations with personalized 3-D printed replicas of their patient's organs.

  • Who said girls aren't good at STEM?: Mayim Bialik Friday, 18 Sep 2015 | 1:29 PM ET
    Mayim Bialik

    We must show young women from a young age that STEM careers aren't just for boys, says "Big Bang Theory" actress Mayim Bialik.

  • Facebook, Google and NASA: #IStandWithAhmed Thursday, 17 Sep 2015 | 11:56 AM ET
    Irving MacArthur High School student Ahmed Mohamed, 14, poses for a photo at his home in Irving, Texas on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015.

    Facebook, NASA and Google, among others, offered 14-year-old inventor Ahmed Mohamed myriad opportunities after arrest in Texas on Wednesday.

  • GoPro catches video of earth from 100,000 feet Wednesday, 16 Sep 2015 | 1:59 PM ET
    GoPro video still from space

    A group of students sent a balloon-mounted camera into the stratosphere in 2013. This is the footage the camera caught. NYT reports.

  • One of the keys to keeping carbon emissions flat in 2014 was significantly lower coal consumption in China, the world's top greenhouse gas emitter: a 2.9 per cent drop, reported in preliminary Chinese data in February. It was the first fall in coal use by China this century. But in May, China's National Bureau of Statistics released a China Statistical Abstract, not...

  • Sierra Nevada snowpack lowest in 500 years Monday, 14 Sep 2015 | 1:47 PM ET
    A smattering of snow can be found along California Highway 88 near Carson Pass on April 12, 2015, near South Lake Tahoe, California.

    Snow levels in the Sierra Nevada mountains are at their lowest point in 500 years, depriving California of much-needed water.

  • Lifesaving blood pressure study Friday, 11 Sep 2015 | 1:09 PM ET
    Lifesaving blood pressure study

    A new government study on blood pressure found potentially lifesaving results, reports CNBC's Meg Tirrell.

  • West Coast threatened by huge mass of toxic algae Thursday, 10 Sep 2015 | 2:30 PM ET
    In this undated handout microscopy photo provided by NOAA Fisheries, the algae pseudo-nitzchia, which produces the toxic domoic acid, is seen from an algae bloom sample collected during its survey this summer on the West Coast.

    Scientists are fearing that a toxic bloom off the West Coast could last well into 2016, which would cripple fishing and tourism industries.

  • New human-like fossils found in South Africa Thursday, 10 Sep 2015 | 2:13 PM ET
    Part of a composite skeleton of Homo naledi surrounded by some of the hundreds of other fossil elements displayed in Magaliesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015.

    Bones in South Africa depict a small, human-like figure that may have used tools, walked upright and climbed trees.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 9- The environment minister of Alberta, the province where the oil sands industry is Canada's fastest growing source of carbon emissions, says the days of denying climate change are over. "There is a great appetite for action on climate change in our province," Phillips said at a conference hosted in Edmonton by the Pembina Institute, an...

  • Would you pay $10,000 for this vomit? Tuesday, 8 Sep 2015 | 3:54 PM ET
    This lump of ambergris found on a beach in Anglesey will be going into the September auction of Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers.

    A lump of whale vomit found by dog walker in Wales is set to be auctioned off next week and is estimated to be worth $10,000.