Like the sea itself, the coast holds a fascination on people, especially on those who make a living on the edge of the sea. Awestruck and fragile, we stand powerless before an approaching storm that spreads steely-gray clouds across the ocean’s horizon. Slaves to the land, we are mesmerized by the sea when the…
The EU already banned most uses of methylene chloride back in 2011. What’s keeping this highly toxic chemical on U.S. shelves? This installment in our digital series on dangerous chemicals looks at the human cost of working with such toxic substances.
The indigenous people of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada feel responsible for taking care of the planet. Their wisdom shows us the world from a different perspective. This is their urgent message.
These three people have dedicated themselves to stop the construction of a new pipeline in Southern Louisiana. If completed, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline will be 163-miles long and will cross over 700 bodies of water, endangering millions of residents and the fragile ecosystem of the Atchafalaya Basin.
We rarely question how we treat other animals. Why do we treat some animals with kindness and others with cruelty?
The Alaskan island of Kivalina may be uninhabitable by 2025. Here’s how residents are responding.
Dinosaurs existed for 165 million years. The human being has barely 200,000 years in this planet. How much longer will we survive as a species?
Climate change is causing all sorts of problems across the planet, but here’s one you probably haven’t heard of: it’s making the allergy season longer and more intense. A report from Climate Central outlined how warmer temperatures across the U.S. have led to steadily longer growing seasons, which gives flowering…
Canada’s seal hunt started on April 9, but in the days leading up to the annual cull India announced a ban on seal fur. It joined more than 30 countries including the EU and the U.S. It’s just the latest sign that the seal hunt itself could be endangered.
Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico are still recovering from last year’s devastating hurricane season, the most destructive in U.S. history. And it looks like another rough hurricane season is just eight weeks away.
A city known for precipitation may be unprepared for the flooding that climate change has in store.
The physioshark project at the CRIOBE lab in Mo’orrea, French Polynesia is studying the effects of temperature change and oxygen deprivation on sharks. Two factors that are occurring naturally in our oceans that threaten to change the survival rates and distribution patterns of sharks with unknown results. In this…
The wake-up calls start at 5:30 am. It’s a guitar playing somewhere in the forest, or a drum, I can’t quite tell. Music from the all-night Hindu festival in the neighboring village is still seeping in through the trees.
Like their name implies, flame retardants are meant to slow or stop the spreading of flames. But are they actually causing more harm than good?
To quote from Vanilla Ice’s 1990 smash hit, I want to talk about “ice ice baby.” The lowdown isn’t too uplifting: glaciers are melting at alarming levels across the planet, chunks of ice bigger than the state of Delaware are breaking off into the ocean, and projections show at least 2 feet of sea level rise by the…
In a study published in the journal Nature, researchers reported new evidence of the “Zanclean megaflood,” or “Zanclean deluge.” The Zanclean, for which this event was named, was the earliest stage of the Pliocene epoch. Archaeological evidence suggests that a great flood, one reminiscent of the Noah’s Ark story,…
What’s 1.6 million square kilometers, weighs 80,000 metric tons, and is three times the size of continental France?
The clean energy revolution is finally taking shape. Over the past 10 years the amount of clean electricity produced in the U.S. has almost doubled, from about 8% of total demand to about 15%; at the same time, the share of coal-produced-electricity used in America fell from about 50% to 30%. The trend is only…
Phthalates are so widespread that up to 98% of us have detectable levels of them in our urine. But what are the risks?
Planes and trucks powered by hydrogen will be a crucial part of efforts to cut carbon emissions to safe levels, according to oil giant Shell.
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