• 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

  • A new study warns of 19 climatic tipping points the Arctic might be heading for — and how those tipping points could effect the whole world. (AOL Screenshot)

    Melting Arctic Ice Could Have Major Consequences for Earth (Video)

    Arctic sea ice is melting at such an alarming rate that scientists are warning it might trigger uncontrollable changes across the globe. The Arctic Resilience... Read more

  • It's not cleaning as much air as expected. (AOL Screenshot)

    China’s Smog-Eating Tower Isn’t Getting the Job Done (Video)

    Turns out, China’s smog-eating tower isn’t quite up to the job. The tower was unveiled in September in Beijing. It stands about 23 feet tall... Read more

  • Ice levels in the Arctic have declined fairly consistently, but the Antarctic hadn't seen the same decline until recently. (AOL Screenshot)

    Record-Low Sea Ice Levels in Arctic and Antarctic (Video)

    Sea ice at both poles is at record lows for this time of year. That might not sound surprising, but it’s actually a first. While... Read more

  • Since May, an estimated 36 million trees have died in the state. (AOL Screenshot)

    California Trees Dying at ‘Unprecedented’ Rate (Video)

    After a yearslong California drought, an “unprecedented” number of trees are dead up and down the coastal state. And that poses a huge threat to... Read more

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    The Commando Hunting Elephant Poachers in Africa

    When Nir Kalron, a former soldier with the Israeli special forces, learned that elephants could soon be extinct in Africa, he recruited intelligence agents and... Read more

  • This is the third year in a row we've had record-breaking temperatures. (AOL Screenshot)

    2016 Is ‘Very Likely’ to Be Hottest Year on Record (Video)

    2016 has been hot. So hot in fact that it’s “very likely” it will be the hottest year on record. This is the third year... Read more

  • In this photograph taken on July 9, 2012, a Pakistani shipyard worker uses a blow torch to cut through a metal platform of a vessel beached and being dismantled at one of the 127 ship-breaking plots in Geddani, some 40Kms west of Karachi.  Geddani's ship-breaking yards employ some 10,000 workers including welders, cleaners, crane operators and worker supervisors. The yards are one of the largest ship-breaking operations in the world rivaling in size those located in India and Bangladesh. It takes 50 workers about three months to break down a midsize average transport sea vessel of about 40,000 tonnes. The multimillion-dollar ship-breaking industry contributes significantly to the national supply of steel to Pakistani industries. For a six-day working week of hard and often dangerous work handling asbestos, heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), employees get paid about 300 USD a month of which half is spent on food and rent for run-down rickety shacks near the yards, a labour representative told AFP.     AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT        (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/GettyImages)

    Is America Solving, or Just Exporting, Its Environmental Problems?

    As regulations around toxic substances have tightened in the United States, American companies have increasingly looked to foreign markets where regulations are more lax. For... Read more

  • A recently published study has found that a large, lake-like amount of water likely exists more than nine miles under the Uturunco volcano in Bolivia. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Discover ‘Staggeringly Large Amount’ of Water Under a Volcano (Video)

    A stunning discovery has been made about a currently inactive volcano in South America. New Scientist reports that an international team of researchers has determined... Read more

  • A new study looked at how various global temperature increases could affect the Mediterranean ecosystem. (AOL Screenshot)

    By 2100 Lisbon, Portugal Could Be a Desert (Video)

    Welcome to Lisbon, Portugal. Located near the Atlantic Ocean, the capital city is filled with lush, green grass and plenty of trees. But researchers warn... Read more

  • A file photo of a pipe discharging effluent from a factory that manufactures pharmaceuticals, owned by the company Aurobindo, in Bollaram, India. (Courtesy of Changing Markets)

    Big Pharma Pressured to Clean Up Pollution That Creates Superbugs

    The discharge from factories that produce antibiotics is a hotbed for growth of so-called “superbugs,” according to a report released Oct. 19 by environmental advocacy... Read more

  • A file photo of students testing the contents of a stream at the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility for evidence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Rice University scientists are developing the light transmission spectrometer, which can detect GMOs. (Arial Shogren)

    New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment

    Researchers led by Rice University Professor Scott Egan have received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to detect genetically modified organisms (GMOs)... Read more

  • A file photo of industrial emissions. (Bohbeh/Shutterstock)

    We’ve Successfully Reversed at Least One Pollution Problem

    Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have found that acidity in the atmosphere is almost back at the level it was before industrialization.  By studying... Read more

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    Tropical Islands Urged to Ban Sunscreen That Kills Coral Reefs

    Oxybenzone is an ultraviolet-light absorbing chemical used as a primary ingredient in many sunscreen lotions and sprays.  Hawaiian Senator Will Espero is leading an effort... Read more

  • L-R: Benjamin Eaton, Mary Schaeffer, Esther Calhoun, and Ellis Long, 74, stand for a portrait in Uniontown, Alabama, on May 27, 2016. The four are being sued by a local landfill operator for complaining on a Facebook page about pollutants from the landfill. (Edmund Fountain/ACLU)

    Environmentalists and Corporations Struggle Over Boundaries of Free Speech

    In a world where a single Facebook rant or Yelp review can reach thousands of readers, an individual’s power of speech is arguably greater than... Read more

  • African elephants. (Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson)

    Seeing the Elephant in the Room    

    Editor’s note: CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) is currently meeting until October 5. Please see this article for more information. As a... Read more

  • A file photo of Michael Dorgan near a palm plantation. (Courtesy of Michael Dorgan)

    What I Learned About Human Rights, Heart Disease, and the FARC While Making a Film About Palm Oil

    I set out to make a documentary about palm oil, knowing only that forests were being cleared in Indonesia, orangutans were being killed, and smog was... Read more

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