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Groundwater that has lingered in Earth’s depths for more than 12,000 years is surprisingly vulnerable to modern pollution from human activities. Once in place, that pollution could stick around for thousands of years, researchers report online April 25 in Nature Geoscience. Scientists previously assumed such deep waters were largely immune to contamination from the surface.
The world’s oceans are sweltering. Over the last century, marine heat waves have become more common and are lasting longer. New research suggests the annual number of days that some part of the ocean is experiencing a heat wave has increased 54 percent from 1925 to 2016, researchers report April 10 in Nature Communications.
The California Air Resources Board just announced that greenhouse gas pollution in California fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004—an achievement roughly equal to taking 12 million cars off the road or saving 6 billion gallons of gasoline a year.
This student’s plan to tackle food insecurity may sound unappetizing, but it’s actually pretty ingenious. Joy Youwakim, an economics student at the University of Texas, has proven that we can safely grow produce on top of inactive landfills.
This 730-acre patch of private land has been a well-kept secret for almost a century. Soon, however, it will be turned into a national park for the masses to enjoy.
The state of California is poised to become the first US state to make solar panels a mandatory addition to most newly-built homes.
In 1988, Ben Lecomte became the first person to swim across the Atlantic Ocean – and now, 30 years later, he wants to become the first person to successfully swim across the Pacific.
Sunlight shapes oil spills’ long-term legacies. In the days and weeks after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, sunlight hit the oil slicks on the surface of the water.
Asian car drivers are exposed to nine times more pollution than their European and American counterparts, a comprehensive study has found.
Laura and Chris Moriarity have had no expertise in ocean pollution or making prosthetic limbs—but they passionately believed they could tackle both issues with one solution.
In 2015, massive wildfires burned through Indonesia, sending thick smoke and haze as far as Thailand. These fires were “the worst environmental disaster in modern history,” says Thomas Smith, a wildfire expert at King’s College London.
A new study shows that even though water quality has improved in South Korea's Han River basin since the 1990s, there are still higher-than-acceptable levels of pollutants in some of the more urbanized regions in and around the capital Seoul.
What would you say to your favorite tree? Well, the people of Melbourne, Australia took the time to email their thoughts to some of the city’s 70,000 Eucalyptus, oaks, and elms.
The northwestern United States has become an air pollution hot spot — literally. Air quality in states from Nevada to Montana is worse than it was 30 years ago on the days with the most extreme air pollution.
Every day, humans generate millions of tons of garbage. And although a lot of that litter ends up in landfills, some enters the ocean by accident or through illegal dumping. Now, researchers have compiled a new database that reveals just how widespread ocean litter is, from the infamous “garbage patches” of the North Pacific to piles of trash on beaches around the world and in the deep ocean.
Ireland on Thursday moved to pull its public funds out of fossil fuels, a development that marks the most significant advance to date for a divestment campaign pushed by environmentalists worldwide.
When invasive rats chow down on island seabirds, coral reefs suffer. Researchers studied islands with and without the rodents in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. On rat-free isles, there were on average 1,243 birds per hectare compared with about two birds per hectare on rat-infested islands, the team found. And these rodentless islands had healthier coral reef ecosystems. The secret: Bird poop, naturally rich in nitrogen, washes into the ocean and helps keep reefs productive, the scientists report in the July 12 Nature.
One organization in Mexico City is making their city into a better place one concrete pillar at a time. Via Verde is a project that is working to convert at least 1,000 grey highway pillars into vertical gardens that can soak up pollution and smog.
Plastic straws have been a big topic of discussion as of late. It's no surprise that they're not great for the environment, but if a switch to plastic lids (à la Starbucks) is making you scratch your head, here's what you need to know.
In an article in Science published in 1912, Professor Giacomo Ciamician noted that “Coal… offers solar energy to humanity in its most concentrated form… but coal is not inexhaustible. Is fossil solar energy the only one that may be used in modern life and civilization?”
MASS PRODUCTION OF plastics, which began just six decades ago, has accelerated so rapidly that it has created 8.3 billion metric tons—most of it in disposable products that end up as trash. If that seems like an incomprehensible quantity, it is. Even the scientists who set out to conduct the world’s first tally of how much plastic has been produced, discarded, burned or put in landfills, were horrified by the sheer size of the numbers.
The world’s oceans are littered with trillions of pieces of plastic — bottles, bags, toys, fishing nets and more, mostly in tiny particles — and now this seaborne junk is making its way into the Arctic.
Researchers have helped create the first tool to calculate the 'nitrogen footprint' of an organization. The tool will provide a guide to sustainability and pollution reduction for daily activities such as food consumption, travel and energy use.
More New York homeowners have tapped into solar power in recent years, as regulations have eased and prices have dropped. But apartment dwellers, for the most part, have been kept in the dark. Starting this summer, though, renters and homeowners who live in buildings that don’t, or can’t, have solar panels on the roof can join something known as a community solar group.
If you have ever mourned the number of cigarette butts littering your local streets, take heart that they can actually be used as a resource to produce new products—and you can get involved.
One of Earth's most impressive ecosystems is in dire straits. Here are the main issues threatening this magnificent natural wonder.
Does the ease of free, one-click shipping outweigh the potential environmental costs?
Allbirds shoes are designed without logos, labels or special detailing. They’re constructed from ZQ-certified merino wool (meaning sheep are raised sustainably and humanely according to strict standards). The wool is specially knitted into a superfine weave — each fiber is about 20 percent the width of a human hair — so it’s not scratchy.
Robert Bezeau has built the world's first plastic bottle castle in a bid to show how #plasticwaste can be made into low-cost sustainable housing.
Be mindful of which sunscreens you choose to wear to the beach this summer. Sun screens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate are harmful to coral reefs.
Plastic straws are harmful to fish and birds, since its size makes it easy to ingest. Along with many other movements to ban plastic straws, McDonalds is testing out using paper straws in 1,300 of its stores.
All released balloons always return back to the ground as litter. Animals like birds, whales and sea turtles can die after swallowing balloons. Banning the sale, use, amd distribution of balloons will help with this impact.
Pounds and Pounds of food gets wasted every year. This new invention could really put a dent in food waste.
Two decades after they were last spotted nesting on Versova beach in Mumbai, Olive Ridley turtles appear to be returning to the shoreline that was once drowning in plastic waste. Picking up waste does make a difference!
The microplastics literature is growing at a tremendous rate. Every day, new studies are published about their sources, fate, and effects. There is no longer any doubt that microplastics of all shapes, sizes, and types contaminate diverse ocean habitats and animals.
We hope to see you at this years Earth Day Festival!
What are garbage patches and how are they affecting our oceans? This article gives a great explanation along with ways to clean them up!
Are you a resident of Pensacola Beach? You could be eligible to receive funding for turtle friendly lighting! Find out more about how you can help our sea turtles.
The UK is taking a financial step to stopping litter. By increasing the taxes on single use plastics, they hope to decrease the litter in their country.
Cheerios is giving away free Cosmos seed packets inside specially-marked Honey Nut Cheerios boxes. Cosmos are super bee friendly and can help these endangered species.
Sonic Drive-In just rolled out a new burger thats not only better for you, but also better for the environment.
Rich Horner went for a dive to take in the ocean's wildlife, and instead he found plastic. A lot of it. He believes that this video will bring light to not only how plastic freely circulates in our oceans, but also overpopulation.
Please properly dispose of all bottles, cans, plastics, etc. this spring break.
In China, the population and pollution are both so dense that every little change makes a difference. 60,000 soldiers are now fighting to end pollution in their country.
Richart Sowa, a British artist, has found an extreme way to reuse plastic bottles. He created his own island in the Caribbean hotspot of Cancun. With the help of some mangrove trees, his plastic island floats in a lagoon. He is also utilizing wave, solar, and wind to power his oasis.
Thank you to 4th-grader Ellie, for sharing this great article on recycling plastic bottles! It's fascinating to see what happens after we drop our bottles in the recycling bin.
Join the newest fitness craze and save the environment at the same time! Check out this article about the benefits of "plogging."
By making little adjustments in your gift giving this year, you can make a big impact. Be sure to buy a potted plant instead of one wrapped in plastic for your Valentine.