Most recent Environment blogs and columns

  • Manuel Rodriguez, 8, of St. Amant, Louisiana stands on the beach while watching the sun rise, days after a BP announcement that it is ending its 'active cleanup' on the Louisiana coast from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, on April 19, 2014 in Grand Isle, Louisiana.( Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

    Ecological Insults and Injuries Revealed Four Years After Deepwater Horizon

    On April 20, 2010, the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon blew out, caught fire, and eventually sank in Gulf waters a mile deep, taking the lives... Read more

  • Aparna (background), a female Bengal tiger, keeps watch as her three nine-month old cubs explore their enclosure at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad on February 15, 2014. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

    Tigress Gives First Birth in Panna Tiger Reserve

    The birth of tiger cubs is always good news when the species is under great threat of extinction. But the joy is a greater one... Read more

  • The ocean is all stirred up with what we’re doing to it. (NASA, CC BY)

    The Ocean Is Not Just Huge, but Also Hugely Important

    Carl Sagan’s description of our planet as a “pale blue dot” captured two important elements about the Earth: its loneliness in the enormity of space,... Read more

  • Indian villagers gather in front of a wind turbine at Jasdan town, some 200 kms from Ahmedabad on May 6, 2012.(Sam Panthaky/AFP/GettyImages)

    India’s Renewable Energy Efforts Poised for Resurgence

    National elections are underway and dominating headlines and conversations across India. In parallel, the timely release of the second new consensus report from the U.N.’s... Read more

  • "Although it does not cost a lot of energy to convert one to the other in ordinary, silicon-chip-based computers, the energy cost is very high for flexible, plastic computing devices that are hoped to be used for inexpensive 'throwaway' information processors," says Michael Flatté. (Chris Christian/Flickr)

    Will Plastic Work for Cheap ‘Throwaway’ Computers?

    Inexpensive computers, cell phones, and other systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be a step closer to reality, researchers say. A new... Read more

  • Seeing beyond light: Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS false composite image of Lake Chad, West Africa. (Nathalie Pettorelli)

    Satellites’ New Ways of Seeing Nature Can Help Protect It

    The idea of using satellites to monitor wildlife and biological diversity probably conjures up images of radio-collared deer or tagged turtles. And while these have... Read more

  • A view of the forest in French Guyana near Dorlin, on December 1, 2012. (Jody Amiet/AFP/Getty Images)

    Brazil Strips Protected Land Status From 12.8M Acres

    While Brazil led the world in establishing new protected areas in recent years, it has also stripped legal protected status from some 5.2 million hectares... Read more

  • Indian laborers carry bundles of rice from a paddy field on the outskirts of Siliguri on December 3, 2013. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)

    How Millions of Farmers are Advancing Agriculture for Themselves

    The world record yield for paddy rice production is not held by an agricultural research station or by a large-scale farmer from the United States,... Read more

  • Fish

    Lost in an Acid Sea: A Fish’s Sense of Smell

    As we pump more carbon into the atmosphere, fish may lose their ability to pick up key chemical cues, ocean researchers find. Acidic ocean water... Read more

  • A two-month-old Sumatran tiger cub plays with its mother, Leanne, in their enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo on April 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Save Genetic Diversity to Save Tigers

    In a research published today (17 April) by Stanford scholars, scientists have found that it is not just numbers but genetic diversity that will help... Read more

  • A three-month-old male Dhole pup named Nicolai is seen at the San Diego Zoo May 21, 2003 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ken Bohn/Zoological Society of San Diego/Getty Images)

    Rare Asiatic Wild Dogs Spotted in India for the First Time

    In yet another good news for wildlife lovers in India, the Jaldapara National Park in northern part of West Bengal recently become the newest home... Read more

  • Salvage teams conduct an assessment of Shell's Kulluk drill barge on January 9, 2013 in Kodiak Island's Kiliuda Bay in Alaska. (Tim Aubry/AFP/Getty Images)

    Big Oil, Bad Decisions: Coast Guard Report Sheds More Light on Shell’s Shenanigans in Alaska

    Royal Dutch Shell is in hot water for its shady actions in the Arctic Ocean. On April 3, the Coast Guard released a report on... Read more

  • This picture taken on November 28, 2012 shows a pregnant woman talking on a mobile phone outside a water birth room at Antai Hospital in Beijing. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

    China’s Babies At Risk from Soot, Smog

    China’s smoke-belching coal plants and heavy traffic may be signs of a bustling economy but health experts fear the country’s dirty air is hurting its... Read more

  • FILE - This July 16, 2004, file photo shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. The Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare groups filed a lawsuit Feb. 12, 2013 in federal court in the District of Columbia to restore federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region that were lifted last year. Turning 60 in 2014, the Humane Society of the United States has millions of supporters, about 630 employees, a budget of $170 million and a long list of successes that has improved life for millions of animals. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, file)

    Grey Wolves Being Considered Endangered in California as Hunting Continues Elsewhere

    FRESNO, Calif. — While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf... Read more

  • The explosive eruption of Sarychev Volcano, on Russia’s Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan, seen from the International Space Station. (NASA Goddard/Flickr, CC BY)

    Crater Creator Uses Explosions to Find the Secrets of Volcanoes

    You can learn a lot about volcanoes by studying explosions. The more we can learn about their explosive behaviour, the more chance we have of... Read more

  • Aerial view of a burnt out sector of the Jamanxim National Forest at an illegal settlement November 29, 2009, in the Amazon state of Para, nothern Brazil. (Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images)

    Drought and Fire Push Amazon Forests to Tipping Point

    Deforestation and fragmentation of forests in the Amazon help create tinderbox conditions for wildfires in remnant forests and contribute to rapid and widespread loss of... Read more

  • Pasir Panjang beach and adjacent forest. (Photo by: Nadine Ruppert)

    Forests and Sea Turtle Nesting Ground At Risk

    Plans for an industrial site threaten one of Malaysia’s only marine turtle nesting beaches and a forest home to rare trees and mammals, according to... Read more

  • Wind farm in the Dominican Republic. (Tiffany Roufs/news.mongabay.com)

    UN Touts Ambitious (But Cheap) Investment in Renewable Energy

    The world is warming rapidly due to greenhouse gas emissions, threatening everything from our food supply to our ecosystems, but the solution may be surprisingly... Read more

  • Ants at work. (Shutterstock*)

    Ants Plant Rainforests, One Seed at a Time

    Deforestation is destroying forests around the world, but its effects are especially obvious in the Amazon Basin. Due to cattle ranching, soybean farming, logging, and... Read more

  • Even bacteria get sick. (Zappys Technology Solutions, CC BY)

    Scientists Pinpoint When Harmless Bacteria Became Flesh-Eating Monsters

    Bacterial diseases cause millions of deaths every year. Most of these bacteria were benign at some point in their evolutionary past, and we don’t always... Read more

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