Environment

Life Forms Found in Mexico’s Underground Crystals May be 50,000 Years Old (Video)

Research led by the director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, Penelope Boston, has found that samples taken from the Naica crystal caves in Mexico could contain microbes that are up to 50,000 years old. (AOL Screenshot)
Research led by the director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, Penelope Boston, has found that samples taken from the Naica crystal caves in Mexico could contain microbes that are up to 50,000 years old. (AOL Screenshot)

Research led by the director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, Penelope Boston, has found that samples taken from the Naica crystal caves in Mexico could contain...




  • Scientists have found 30 plastic bags and other debris in the stomach of a dead whale. (AOL Screenshot)

    Dead Whale’s Stomach Found to Contain 30 Plastic Bags (Video)

    Scientists have found 30 plastic bags and other debris in the stomach of a dead whale.…... Read more

  • A file photo of aluminum pots made from scrap metal, in a market in Cameroon, Africa. (Courtesy of Occupational Knowledge International)

    Scrap Metal Pots an Unrecognized Source of Lead Poisoning

    Aluminum cookware made from scrap metal is widely used throughout the developing world. While the production of this cookware is an important source of income... Read more

  • These NASA images show how our planet has changed. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA’s Before and After Images Show Dramatic Changes on Earth (Video)

    These NASA images show how our planet has changed.…... Read more

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    How the Navy Trained Dolphins to Help Save an Endangered Porpoise

    For more than half a century, dolphins have been helping the U.S. Navy to find mines or enemies under water. Now, for the first time,... Read more

  • Solar panels on the roof of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Baldwin Park, Calif., on March 9, 2010.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Costs, Benefits of Renewable Energy Hard to Calculate

    When it comes to wind and solar power, there isn’t a straight bottom line—it’s kind of wavy. Figuring out the economic costs and benefits of... Read more

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower on Dec. 7, 2016 in New York City. Potential members of President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet have been meeting with him and his transition team. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Trump Administration Will Have Limited Power to Change Environmental Policy

    The power exerted by a U.S. president or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator is diluted by layers of litigation and regulatory processes. President-elect Donald Trump... Read more

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    The Internet’s Growing Environmental Footprint

    Some of the most popular internet services, like Facebook or Google Drive, are free—but they come at an environmental cost. There’s no fee for users... Read more

  • Workers put solar panels down during an installation in Washington on May 3. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Are Sustainable Energy Jobs Sustainable?

    A shift away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy is moving forward, and many jobs hang in the balance. With unemployment a persistent concern... Read more

  • The Agricultural Experiment Station at North Dakota State University in Fargo opened in 1890. (Courtesy of University Archives, NDSU)

    Does Funding Influence the Results of Science?

    The words “studies show” and “scientists say” are used to explain the rationale behind all kinds of decisions. Policymakers use them. Activists use them. They... Read more

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    The Coming Water Crisis

    Water is life. Water is the new oil. Water is power. Fresh, life-sustaining water is draining away. It’s becoming an increasingly scarce resource across the... Read more

  • Scientists exploring the frigid waters of Antarctica uncovered a diverse and thriving sea creature community nestled beneath the frozen cover. (AOL Screenshot)

    Antarctic Explorers Find Thriving Sea Creature Community Under the Frozen Landscape (Video)

    Scientists exploring the frigid waters of Antarctica uncovered a diverse and thriving sea creature community nestled beneath the frozen cover.…... Read more

  • A file photo of Scott Martin, a.k.a. Scotty Claus, who started the Living Christmas Tree company to rent live trees to customers for Christmas. The trend of having a live tree instead of a cut one or an artificial one is growing. (Courtesy of Scott Martin)

    The Third Option for Christmas Trees: Go Live

    Having a Christmas tree at home normally means either cutting down a living tree or buying a fake one. And debate has raged about which is truly... Read more

  • NASA’s Icebridge mission has captured an image of a significant rift in Antartica’s Larsen C ice shelf. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA Captures Alarming Image of Massive Antarctic Ice Shelf Rift (Video)

    NASA’s Icebridge mission has captured an image of a significant rift in Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf. The situation shown in the photo, which was... Read more

  • Stephen Hawking cautions against global isolationism. (AOL Screenshot)

    Stephen Hawking Says Only Cooperation Can Save the Planet (Video)

    Lately, Stephen Hawking has been less focused on scientific breakthroughs and more worried about warning people what the future of Earth could be if it... Read more

  • Dakota Access Pipeline protesters sit in a prayer circle at the Front Line Camp in Morton County, N.D., in this file photo. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

    An Interview With Noeline Villebrun, Dene National Chief

    Noeline Villebrun was elected National Chief at the 2003 Dene National Assembly (Aklavik, Denendeh). Former Chief Villebrun is deeply committed to maintaining Dene history and... Read more

  • A plow kicks up dust as it passes an oil well in Arvin near Bakersfield, Calif., in this file photo. (David McNew/Getty Images)

    Oil Drilling Wastewater Used to Irrigate ‘America’s Salad Bowl’

    More than half the country’s vegetables, fruits, and nuts are grown in California’s Central Valley, often called “America’s salad bowl.” The valley is also oil... Read more

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