Environment


  • There's a potential solution for ocean pollution. (AOL Screenshot)

    A 17-Year-Old Might Have Figured Out a Solution to the Ocean Trash Problem (Video)

    There’s a potential solution for ocean pollution. ‘The Ocean Cleanup’ was started by 22-year-old Boyan Slat, who plans to create systems of floating screens to... Read more

  • A file photo the Pantanal area in Chapada dos Guimaraes national park, Mato Grosso state, western Brazil.The Pantanal area, a sanctuary of biodiversity, has been at risk of commodity related deforestation. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/GettyImages)

    Jurisdictional Certification Approach Aims to Strengthen Protections Against Deforestation

    Many companies that deal in commodities linked to heavy tropical deforestation, such as soy or timber, have made commitments to significantly reduce or end deforestation... Read more

  • Cattle at one of the 70,000 suppliers used by JBS, one of Brazil’s largest beef producers. (Courtesy of JBS)

    Cattle Industry Lags Behind in Addressing Impact on Deforestation

    In almost every aisle of the grocery store, you can find products from the palm oil, soy, wood, and cattle industries. Together, these industries are... Read more

  • Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. (Courtesy of Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović)

    Starry Sky Beauty Disappearing in Light Pollution

    When was the last time you remember seeing a star-filled sky? Have you felt like you’re not getting a good sleep at night? It may... Read more

  • An illustration of what the land bridge connecting Britain to Europe may have looked like before the formation of the Dover Strait in an image handed out by Imperial College London April 4, 2017. The foreground is around where the port of Calais is today and way in the distance (the background of this illustration) is early Britain. Huge waterfalls cascading over the land bridge represents the beginning of physical separation of Britain from Europe. (Imperial College London/Chase Stone handout via REUTERS)

    European History on Repeat: Study Finds Evidence of ‘Brexit 1.0’

    LONDON—Scientists have found evidence of how ancient Britain separated from Europe in what they are dubbing “Brexit 1.0″—a flooding event that happened in two stages... Read more

  • Professor Alice Roberts, anatomist, author and presenter of several BBC series. (Courtesy of Alice Roberts)

    The Chemistry of Beauty

    When it comes to cosmetic products it’s all chemistry to professor Alice Roberts, anatomist, author and presenter of several BBC documentary series, including “Coast” and “Food... Read more

  • The discarded Soviet submarine K-159 (Bellona Foundation)

    Soviet Union Dumped Nuclear Submarines, Radioactive Waste Into the Ocean Despite Ban

    The Soviet Union had been dumping radioactive waste into the sea for decades by the time the communist bloc collapsed in 1991, even though other nations had... Read more

  • People struggle to walk in the blowing snow during a winter storm Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    The Art of Perfect Storm Prediction

    NEW YORK—Swirling across the Northeast on March 14, Stella was a textbook winter storm. Five days in advance, meteorologists saw it coming as two storms,... Read more

  • A tug pulls a coal barge in Samarinda, Kalimantan, Indonesia, on Aug. 26, 2016. (Ed Wray/Getty Images)

    Indonesia’s Last Stand for a Coal Industry in Peril

    Indonesia’s coal industry is trying to grow in a hostile climate. As the world moves to cut carbon emissions following the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement,... Read more

  • 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)

    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... Read more

  • Petra Nova coal-fired power plant in Thompsons, Texas, is the first full-scale carbon-capture plant in the country and the largest in the world. It began operations in January. (Courtesy ... have to get permission)

    Will Clean Coal Play a Big Role in America’s Future?

    Proponents of the U.S. coal industry, including President Donald Trump, have touted “clean coal” technologies as an important part of America’s energy future. Environmental groups... Read more

  • People attend a climate conference at the U.S. pavilion during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    NOAA Scientist Questions Fundamental Climate Change Data

    Just ahead of the Paris climate talks in 2015, a groundbreaking paper was published by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It provided... Read more

  • An oil palm plantation in Malaysian Borneo. (Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay)

    Will There Really Be Enough Sustainable Palm Oil for the Whole Market?

    In the summer of 2016, two of the world’s largest producers of palm oil, which is found in everything from lipstick to margarine, lost the... Read more

  • 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

  • Vaquita. (SEMARNAT)

    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

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