We’ve all seen moths drawn to outdoor lights, bashing themselves mercilessly against the bulbs. The same instincts that guide moths in the natural light of...
Salmon Farming Heads Into Dark, Perilous Waters
The salmon farming industry may present a front of confidence and optimism, but behind the public relations image is a reality of threat and fear... Read more
Saving the Great Being of the Elephant
If, as Gandhi said, the mark of a civilization can be measured by how it treats animals, then our planetary civilization is failing. The latest... Read more
Holding Banks Accountable for Funding Deforestation
A new online platform traces the funds from companies that destroy rainforests in Southeast Asia to the banks around the world that finance them. The... Read more
Largest Gorillas Now Critically Endangered, Poaching and Islamic Terrorists Hurt Conservation Efforts
The largest primate on Earth, the Eastern gorilla, has been marked critically endangered as hunting threatens the tiny population and Islamic terrorists complicate conservation. There are... Read more
How Much Food Can Cities Produce?
Humans are fast becoming city dwellers. According to the United Nations, “The urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 746 million in 1950... Read more
Baltimore’s Streams Are on Speed
A study released in Environmental Science & Technology has found that pharmaceutical and illicit drugs are polluting steams in Baltimore. We talked to the study’s coauthor Emma... Read more
Will Growing Our Fuels Drive Us to a Cleaner Future?
The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is occurring mainly at the power plant level. But what about transportation? Can we significantly reduce greenhouse... Read more
The Future of Hydro in a Warming World
People have harnessed energy from moving water for thousands of years. Greeks used various types of water wheels to grind grain in mills more than... Read more
Shocking Satellite Images Show Aral Sea Has Almost Disappeared (Video)
NASA’s Terra satellite has documented the changes in Aral Sea over the years and images show the water body being a fraction of the size... Read more
Obama Legacy: Quiet but Big Changes in Energy, Pollution
HANGZHOU, China—Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the United States has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its... Read more
Consumers Help Change Notorious Palm Oil Industry
Papua, Indonesia, has the country’s largest area of previously untouched rainforest. More than 300 indigenous tribes live there, including some that have had little contact... Read more
EU Ban on Plastic Bags Making Impact
Shoppers in European countries like Germany or U.K. are getting fewer plastic bags due to a EU directive passed in April 2015 that is now... Read more
Africa’s Elephants Rapidly Declining as Poaching Thrives
HONOLULU—The number of savanna elephants in Africa is rapidly declining and the animals are in danger of being wiped out as international and domestic ivory... Read more
Why We Must Respect Water and the Balance of Nature
We have seen the raging power of the waters, and we shudder at our neglect. As a species, we humans (homo sapiens sapiens; the label... Read more
New England Drought Means Bolder Bears, Stressed Fish
CONCORD, N.H.—Bears are bolder, mosquitoes are multiplying and stream-dwelling fish are stressed. Beyond hurting crops and helping the tourism industry, New England’s hot, dry summer... Read more
Are Solar Panels Ugly or Beautiful?
When electric lines first appeared in front of the Paris Opera House, people weren’t too keen on it. But, “Once Paris decided it was going... Read more