Environment

Is Cutting Down Forest to Build Large Solar Farms Worth It?

A file photo of a solar farm in Seville, Spain. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
A file photo of a solar farm in Seville, Spain. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Long Island, along with many other locations in the United States, is weighing the benefits of large-scale solar arrays against the negative impacts of cutting...




  • The Vjosa river, Albania.  Albania's government in May defied local and international opposition and granted initial approval to a proposal by two Turkish firms to build a 25-metre (80-foot), 99,5 megawatt dam at Pocem. Residents of Kut, 170 kilometres (100 miles) south of Tirana, fear the lake created by the dam will engulf their fields and olive groves, leaving only their houses above the water line.  (GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)

    Uproar as Albania to Dam Europe’s ‘Wildest River’

    “This river will bury the living and the dead,” sighed Enver Vasilaj, 93, standing by the Vjosa, one of Europe’s last wild waterways, which runs... Read more

  • A fracking rig in a rural county of Pennsylvania on July 11, 2013. (James Smith/Epoch Times)

    Fracking May Worsen Asthma for Nearby Residents, Study Says

    CHICAGO—Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year... Read more

  • (3dmotus's/Shutterstock)

    Will This Year’s Hurricane Forecast Be More Accurate?

    Scientists are testing a new model for predicting the number of hurricanes that are expected to form during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from... Read more

  • A black condor eats a dead alligator floating in the Paraguay river, 
in  Corumba,  gateway  to  the  Pantanal,  a  stunning  biodiversity  
sanctuary which extends through Brazil and eastern Paraguay. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Drought Kills Paraguay’s Thirsty Alligators

    A drought in northern Paraguay has driven thousands of thirsty alligators to crowd around lakes and wells, scaring off cattle from the dwindling water sources,... Read more

  • Algal bloom in lake in Bavaria. (Wolfilser/Shutterstock)

    Reducing Water Pollution With Microbes and Wood Chips

    Beneath fields of corn and soybeans across the U.S. Midwest lies an unseen network of underground pipes. These systems, which are known as tile drainage... Read more

  • An ancient network of channels which may have taken up to 2.3 million years to form has been found under the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ancient River System Found Under Greenland’s Ice Sheet (Video)

    An ancient network of channels which may have taken up to 2.3 million years to form has been found under the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland... Read more

  • Painting of vaquitas. (Courtesy of Barbara Taylor)

    China Wiped Out Dolphin Species, Now a Porpoise Is Under Threat

    Ever heard of a baiji? It used to be a freshwater dolphin living uniquely in China’s famous Yangtze River. Local fishermen and boatmen considered it... Read more

  • Lionfish at Cyclops Caves, Protaras, Cyprus. (Courtesy of Wolf Werner via Plymouth University)

    Lionfish Invading Mediterranean Sea Must Be Removed ‘Preferably Tomorrow,’ Says Expert

    Less than two dozen lionfish have been discovered in the Mediterranean Sea, but they need to be fished out immediately if the ecosystem is to be preserved, a... Read more

  • CASTLE DALE, UT - JUNE 3: The Hunter Power plant operated by PacifiCorp produces electricity on June 3, 2016 outside Castle Dale, Utah. The EPA announced new restrictions on the Huntington and Hunter coal fired power plants in Utah to help reduce pollution and haze at several National Parks in the area. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images

    Toxic Ponds Near These US Power Plants Are Leaking

    Researchers have found heavy metals leaking from unlined coal ash ponds near 21 power plants in five US states: Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, and North... Read more

  • Surface oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Andreas Teske, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. , Author provided

    Can We Harness Bacteria to Help Clean Up Future Oil Spills?

    In 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil spill released an estimated 4.2 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico—the largest offshore spill in U.S... Read more

  • A fracking application has been approved in Malton, England, yet opponents of fracking  warn against its environmental impacts. Adding CO2 instead of water to the cocktail used in fracking could boost oil and gas extraction and help fight global warming at the same time, said scientists on June 21st, 2016. (Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

    Scientists Moot ‘Green Fracking’ Technique

    Adding CO2 instead of water to the cocktail used in fracking could boost oil and gas extraction and help fight global warming at the same... Read more

  • Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi in a historic concert in the Arctic in collaboration with Greenpeace. 
(Via Ludovico Einaudi/YouTube)

    Video: Breathtaking Performance by Italian Pianist as He Floats Among Crumbling Arctic Glacier

    An acclaimed Italian pianist and composer performed a stunning concert, while floating in the Arctic surrounded by falling glaciers. Ludovico Einaudi, along with his grand piano, were... Read more

  • A man surf paddles near a beach as sun sets in Bridgetown, Barbados, on March 12, 2014. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

    Small Tropical Islands Could Become the World’s First 100% Renewable Nations

    We’ve heard a lot about urgent climate action from “world leaders” in developed countries, yet actual concrete achievements have been limited. The rich world may... Read more

  • Young secondary forest in Costa Rica, with old-growth trees visible in the background. (Susan G. Letcher, CC BY-SA)

    Good News on Rain Forests: They Bounce Back Strong, Storing More Carbon Than Thought

    When you cut and burn a tropical forest, you’re left with a barren plain of cracked red mud, incapable of supporting life—the opposite of the... Read more

  • Map of North America’s artificial sky brightness. (Fabio Falchi et al./Science Advances)

    Light Pollution So Bad, 80 Percent of Americans Can’t See Milky Way Anymore

    Light pollution blankets America so extensively, almost four out of five can’t see the Milky Way at night from where they live. And the United States... Read more

  • Microplastic/microbeads(Photo by JOKER / Alexander Stein/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

    Scientist: We Could Be Inhaling Microplastics Laden With Chemicals

    Microplastics, or microbeads, are small plastic particles generally defined as being smaller than 5mm and originating from the disintegration of larger plastic. The particles are also used... Read more

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