Amy Mongano

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3 reasons why it's a good idea to resurrect a species

This week scientists at Harvard University announced that they had assembled a nearly complete genome of the little bush moa. Never spotted one of …

Once-in-a-generation flooding possible in Boston — for the second time this year

Even by New England standards, the Nor’easter forecast to explosively develop Friday and Saturday is set to be a whopper. With onshore winds topping 70 mph, a stalling ocean storm that will linger for days, and the full moon Thursday night, the stage is set for a worst case-scenario coastal flood …

Weather

Winter Drone Surveys of Farmland Could Provide Valuable Data

New drone software promises to maximize the farming industry.<p>Agribotix<p>Marco MargaritoffView Marco Margaritoff's …

The known unknowns of plastic pollution

MR MCGUIRE had just one word for young Benjamin, in “The Graduate”: plastics. It was 1967, and chemical engineers had spent the previous decade …

Pollution

North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists

The sun won’t rise at the North Pole until March 20, and it’s normally close to the coldest time of year, but an extraordinary and possibly historic thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this weekend. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an …

Global Warming

What’s going on with the Earth’s climate?

Many people may be wondering, “what the heck is going on in climate science,” and, for that matter, “what the heck is happening to our climate?” On …

The ‘evil twin of global warming’ is melting starfish and other sea creatures, scientists discover

Sea creatures are literally being eaten away and ‘dissolved’ by pollution, scientists have discovered.<p>It’s feared that high levels of carbon dioxide …

Earth’s Crust Absorbs Lots of Carbon Dioxide, But Not Enough to Save Humanity

New research finds that subduction along the seafloor absorbs carbon dioxide, which helps explain why the climate fluctuates over millions of …

The fumes from spray cleaners and perfumes are a major source of air pollution

Our cars are getting cleaner, but our cleaning products? Not so much.<p>Could cleaning sprays, perfumes, and paints cause as much trouble for the atmosphere as the contents of your car’s fuel tank? A study released today by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the …

Your shampoo and deodorant are as bad for you as car exhaust

That stuff you use to get ready in the morning? It could be as bad for your health and the planet as car pollution. A new study shows that half of …

Pollution

The Eastern Cougar Is Officially Extinct

Normally, it’s wonderful when an animal is removed from the endangered species list, but not when it’s because the animal has gone completely extinct. This is the case with the Eastern Cougar, whose last sighting was almost 80 years ago. As of today, the animal is no more. Officially.<p>The wild …

Wildlife

A microscopic fungus could mop up our Cold War-era nuclear waste

This hardcore yeast thrives amidst acid and radiation.<p>During the Cold War, the United States produced a truly mind-boggling amount of radioactive waste. We failed to properly dispose of much of that sludge, and it's been leaking from underground storage tanks since the 1950s. Over the years it has …

Lake Michigan has become dramatically clearer in last 20 years — but at a steep cost

Decades ago, Lake Michigan teemed with nutrients and green algae, casting a brownish-green hue that resembled the mouth of an inland river rather than a vast, open-water lake.<p>Back then, the lake's swampy complexion was less than inviting to swimmers and kayakers, but it supported a robust fishing …

China’s latest energy megaproject shows that coal really is on the way out

China has some of the worst air pollution in the world. In several cities, thick layers of smog are common, resulting in thousands of deaths every year.<p>According to a 2016 study, the top contributor of air pollution-related deaths in China is the burning of coal. The team of Chinese and American …

Renewable Energy

200,000 Endangered Antelope Died. Now We Know Why.

Rare saiga antelope—known for their big noses—perished en masse in 2015 in Central Asia.<p>Conservationists have solved a mystery that has bedeviled them for serveral years: what caused the mass die-off of hundreds of thousands of critically endangered saiga antelope in Central Asia.<p>In the spring of …

The strawberry industry is about to change forever

<b>California's dominant strawberry market cannot survive without toxic soil fumigants, which have been recently banned.</b><p>Every year the Environmental …

More Female Sea Turtles Born as Temperatures Rise

Male sea turtles are disappearing from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.<p>A new study of gender ratios found that 99 percent of immature green turtles born in the northern part of the reef are female. Among adult turtles, 87 percent are female, suggesting that there has been a shift in gender ratios …

Maryland will join alliance of states supporting Paris climate agreement, Hogan says

Seven months after a bipartisan group of governors formed the U.S. Climate Alliance in support of the Paris climate accord — and after he previously …

Farmers create onions that don’t make you cry

Onions that won’t make you cry when you cut into them will soon hit the market — and they aren’t genetically modified.<p>After decades of research and …

Onions

Showdown looms for billion-dollar UN cancer controversy over weed killer

An important legal showdown is looming for an obscure, United Nations-related research agency that is claiming that the active ingredient in the world’s most popular herbicide, marketed in the U.S. by Monsanto as Roundup, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” It is the same agency that once claimed …

The Best Investment Opportunity Ever: Investing In Nature 101

Nine years ago, I said goodbye to Wall Street and became an investment banker for nature. After a 24-year career at Goldman Sachs where I was a partner and led a number of key business units, I left the firm to become president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the world’s largest …

Vintage Photos Reveal What America Looked Like Before Pollution Was Regulated

We've come a long way.<p>The Trump administration plans to try to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's main initiative to fight …

Pollution

Montreal supermarket opens huge organic rooftop garden

<b>Talk about slashing food miles; 'fresh from the roof' is as local as it gets.</b><p>When an IGA supermarket in the Saint-Laurent borough of Montreal was …

Color of Climate: How Black Activists Are Preparing South Fla. Residents to Weather the Storm of Climate Gentrification

Phalange Brutus never thought that joining a Facebook group could change his life. When the 36-year-old joined Outdoor Afro-Miami in January, he …

Sea Level

China just built a solar power array that looks like a panda

It’s the first of many planned panda power plants meant to get kids interested in green energy.<p>A Chinese solar power company has just completed the first phase of an ingenious PR stunt: building a 100MW solar power plant in the shape of a panda bear.<p>According to a release from the company, Panda …

Renewable Energy

America’s hidden water affordability crisis

<i>This story was originally published by Fusion and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>When Elizabeth Mack wondered about a …

This college course teaches you how to call out things that are unscientific

Their weapon? A new course: "Calling Bullshit In the Age of Big Data."<p>The class website and colorful syllabus went online last month and almost instantly went viral.<p>"We woke up the next morning to chaos. We had 20,000 visitors, our mailboxes were full, we were getting book offers," said Carl …

Migration to America took long enough for evolution to happen on the way

Similarities in Native American genomes suggest adaptation in ancient history<p>The Bering land bridge plays a central role in our picture of how humans …

Air pollution can make outdoor exercise toxic in big cities

A recent study of air pollution in larger cities has produced some startling results. Exercise is supposed to improve one’s health, but the evidence is showing it could actually be harmful in some areas.<p>An international team of scientists studied the health benefits of cycling and walking against …

Pollution

'Forest cities': the radical plan to save China from air pollution

Stefano Boeri, the architect famous for his plant-covered skyscrapers, has designs to create entire new green settlements in a nation plagued by dirty air<p>When Stefano Boeri imagines the future of urban China he sees green, and lots of it. Office blocks, homes and hotels decked from top to toe in a …

Skyscrapers