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Drilling threat looms large for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The prospect of drilling for oil and gas in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) moved ahead this week with a 13-10 vote of the Senate …

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Here’s the dirt that industry won’t tell you about “clean” natural gas

Here’s the dirt that industry won’t tell you about “clean” natural gasBy Abigail Dillen | Monday, October 30, 2017 Jonah Field, a natural gas field …

Energy

NASA captures new photos of runaway iceberg, and it's bigger than Delaware

Back in July, an iceberg weighing about 1 trillion tons broke off of Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf, but it's hard to put that event into …

Climate Change

Thousands of scientists issue bleak 'second notice' to humanity

In late 1992, 1,700 scientists from around the world issued a dire “warning to humanity.” They said humans had pushed Earth's ecosystems to their …

Climate Change

This solar-powered Dutch poultry farm specializes in 'carbon-neutral' eggs

And surprise ... they're not even free-range or organic.<p>Sprawling industrial parks, manufacturing hubs and logistics centers dominate the once …

Farming

Why farmers are warming up to milkweed

Once a scourge, the plant is proving to be a winner in surprising ways.<p>Common milkweed is getting an image makeover. Thanks to the efforts of an …

Agriculture

Climate change is a 'public health emergency'

As world leaders gather for U.N. climate talks, a new report sheds light on the looming 'global transformation' for human health.<p>Rising temperatures …

Climate Change

'Humongous fungus' fascinates researchers

A growth of Armillaria fungus might be the world's largest organism.<p>If you were asked to think of the world's largest organism, you might come up …

Nature

Why good Christmas trees will be hard to find

If you're someone who enjoys the beauty and smell of a real Christmas tree, prepare to pull a few more bills out of your wallet this holiday season. …

Christmas

The world is running out of sand

The problem is, not all sand is created equal.<p>After a trip to the beach, you're likely to return with sand in your hair, between your toes, …

Beaches

'Breathtakingly audacious' project aims to plant 73 million trees in Amazon

An ambitious plan by Conservation International could mean an impressive 73 million new trees will be planted over the next six years in the …

Ecology

How Iceland is regrowing forests destroyed by the Vikings

How do you find your way out of a forest in Iceland? Stand up.<p>That's an old Icelandic joke about the country's meager woodlands, and like most jokes, …

Iceland

Watch Qiantang River's tidal bore crash against the shore

One of the world's most impressive natural sights is the Qiantang River's tidal bore. This massive wave, which can reach up to 30 feet in height and …

Nature

​Why you should care about peat bogs

With the power to release huge amounts of carbon and greenhouse gases, these mucky wetlands also help control floods and forest fires.<p>Peatlands are …

Climate

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Microsoft

10 rivers may deliver bulk of ocean plastic

As much as 95 percent of the plastic waste that reaches oceans via rivers is carried by just 10 waterways, according to a new study.<p>Earth's oceans …

Oceans

10 irreplaceable World Heritage Sites that are on the brink

At least 54 of 206 natural World Heritage Sites heritage sites are grappling with serious threats from development and industry, according to …

Archaeology

StumbleUpon

Offshore wind farms could power all of human civilization

Study calculates wind energy over the oceans, and it's immense.<p>Solar energy is the renewable that's usually heralded as having the greatest potential …

Renewable Energy

Once thought extinct, giant Lord Howe Island stick insects do exist

Back in the early 2000s, scientists exploring Australia's Ball's Pyramid island left with a mating pair of 6-inch-long insects that looked like black …

Insects

Can climate change affect the frequency of rockslides?

Yes, but not for the reasons you might think.<p>In September, British climber Andrew Foster threw himself over his wife, Lucy, as a rockfall descended …

Climate Change

Why we should accept our ecological state for what it is, not what we want it to be

'Inheritors of the Earth' looks at both sides of planetary losses.<p>Ecologist Chris Thomas thinks we should focus on the world as it is instead of …

Ecology

Biologist stumbles upon massive 'blue hole' in Great Barrier Reef

The power of Google Maps has once again uncovered a natural wonder hidden within Australia's Great Barrier Reef.<p>Marine biologist Johnny Gaskell was …

Oceans

Botanic gardens could save the world's endangered plants — and perhaps us

The world's botanic gardens are home to about one-third of all known plants, including more than 40 percent of all endangered species, according to a …

Gardening

Remember that kid who invented a way to clean up ocean plastic? He's back, and it's happening

Boyan Slat's solar-powered booms will soon be in the Pacific Ocean.<p>Boyan Slat was just a regular Dutch high-school student when he went on a diving …

Farmers' Almanac warns of brutal winter

The 2017-2018 winter weather forecast should elicit cheers from skiers, boarders and snowmobilers.<p>But hey — if you're someone eager to start planning …

Weather

Is climate change turning our vegetables into empty calories?

Life on Earth seems to follow a pretty simple routine: Where food abounds, so, too, does life.<p>That may be one reason algae has played such a pivotal …

StumbleUpon

Antarctica's ice caves may harbor new species

Cave systems under the glaciers are heated by geothermal forces and may play host to unique types of plants and animals.<p>While nearly every corner of …