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The surprising beauty and benefits of driftwood

Trees are pillars of their communities, a role they can maintain even in death. An upright dead tree offers vital habitat to certain birds and bats, …

Nature

Minke whales win a victory in Iceland

'Meet Us, Don't Eat Us' is now the law of the land.<p>Despite international moratoriums, some countries continue the practice of whaling.<p>But if you make …

Whales

Mysterious algae vortex the size of Manhattan can be seen from space

According to myth, Charybdis was a sea monster that consumed ships by sucking them into deadly whirlpools.<p>A new image provided by NASA's Operational …

Baltic Sea

The air quality in some national parks isn't any better than in major cities

Between the attacks on national monuments, relaxed safeguards against offshore oil drilling, weakened wildlife protections, reversed plastic bottle …

National Parks

Dominican Republic crippled by waves of trash

Over 500 workers have been mobilized to deal with the endless tide of garbage inflicting the beaches of Santo Domingo.<p>Fancy a stroll down one of the …

Dominican Republic

This tiny fern could help fight climate change

Genome map shows this little plant could be a big game changer.<p>A fern with leaves no larger than a gnat could be one of the most important plants on …

Ireland to become first country to divest from fossil fuels

The Emerald Isle is getting a little greener; it's primed to become the first country in the world to completely divest itself of fossil fuel …

Divers find stunning coral forests around Sicily's underwater volcanoes

The Aeolian Islands north of Sicily are volcanic islands surrounded by waters filled with underwater volcanoes.<p>The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a …

The surprisingly lethal price of air-conditioning

In the middle of a heat wave, it goes without saying that those who have air-conditioning are cranking it up.<p>In fact, health officials say it could …

What you need to know about palm oil

You may not cook with it, but it's in a lot of products you probably eat. And that's not good for the planet.<p>In the 20 years between 1995 and 2015, …

Biodiversity

Study weighs environmental costs of proteins

Which food type is more taxing on the environment — livestock, farmed seafood or wild-caught fish?<p>Producing meat and seafood is big business, but the …

Sea salt contains an alarming amount of microplastics

Sea salt has become a trendy source for salt compared to refined varieties (even though there are little or no measurable health benefits to using …

The extreme effects of plastic waste on the world's oceans

World Oceans Day is June 8, and one of the greatest threats to the health of our planet's seas and the marine life within them is plastic. More than …

'Rebel' farmers launch second organic label

New label will certify foods grown in soil — and exclude others.<p>Can a food be organic if it never touched soil? Some say it can't. They believe foods …

Researchers discover Europe's oldest tree — and it's still growing

Ancient pine in Pollino National Park is 1,230 years old.<p>A weather-beaten pine clinging to a rocky slope in Italy is being called the oldest tree in …

A Recipe for Disaster

A Recipe for DisasterScientists have known for years that seven food additives cause cancer, yet the FDA refuses to keep them out of our food. The …

Hawai‘i Legislature Approves First-Of-Its-Kind Chlorpyrifos State Ban

Program Area: Healthy Communities Case: Chlorpyrifos Pesticide Challenge Office: Mid-Pacific Advocacy Campaign: Protecting People From Pesticides …

Why do rivers need riverkeepers?

When the government fails to protect a public resource like a river, our hopes often fall to a loose coalition of citizen conservationists.<p>How well …

Giant predatory worms have invaded France

But startled biologists say they've been on French soil for 20 years.<p>They came. We squirmed. They conquered.<p>It may sound like the kind of sci-fi fare …

Dying man's lawsuit claims Monsanto covered up cancer risk of Roundup

In the first case to directly connect Monsanto's Roundup with deadly cancer, a jury has awarded $289 million to a former California school district …

Pesticides

The 14 most polluted cities in the world are all in one country

<b>The 14 most polluted cities in the world are all located in India, according to the World Health Organization.</b><p><b>The city of Kanpur topped the list,</b> …

Which U.S. volcanoes are most dangerous?

With more than 160 active volcanoes, the United States is at greater risk from eruptions than many people realize.<p>Volcanoes can be surprisingly easy …

Costa Rica poised to become world's first fossil fuel-free country

Dutifully picking up where his carbon neutrality-aspiring predecessor left off, newly elected Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado made <i>quite</i> the …

Travel is 4 times worse for the environment than we previously thought

Environmentalists who love to travel (myself included) aren't going to want to hear this news, so I'm not going to sugar-coat it: travel, according …

5 useful products made from ocean plastic

Innovators are taking marine trash and turning it into treasure.<p>According to a 2015 study, it's estimated the oceans take in roughly 8 million metric …

Why Are Gray Whales Losing Their Tails?

May 7, 2018 - Many videos show huge whale tails surging from the water. But, occasionally, that doesn’t happen. In 2018, there have been at least …

Vintage EPA photos reveal what Midwestern industrial cities looked like before the US regulated pollution

Midwestern states like Illinois, Ohio, and Missouri are home to many coal-fired plants.<p>A growing number of these plants are shutting down, partly due …

15 things you should never put in the trash

Whether you're an outspoken green activist or just embarking on your environmentalist journey, there are plenty of effortless steps you can take to …

Plastic is easy, convenient, cheap and long-lasting. But the same traits that make plastic appealing have also made it a scourge to the …

Pollution