Environment


  • A file photo of a yellow-faced bee. Several yellow-faced bee species in Hawaii (not including the one pictured above) have been declared endangered. (Katja Schulz/CC BY)

    First Bee Species Declared Endangered in US: Impact on Ecosystem and Agriculture

    The role of bees in pollinating plants make them an especially integral part of an ecosystem and agriculture. On Sept. 30, for the first time... Read more

  • The Arbre à Vent (Courtesy of Newwind)

    5 Cool Eco-Inventions That Give Us Hope

    It can be depressing and stressful to read about all the environmental problems today. But many innovative minds are at work on solutions.   Here are... Read more

  • Workers install solar panels on a home in Washington on May 3. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Can Solar Power Outshine Infrastructure Challenges?

    As the country pushes ahead with renewable energy goals, the challenges facing the grid are substantial, but not insurmountable, according to energy experts.  Keeping the... Read more

  • A Chinook salmon leaps through white water in the Rapid River in Idaho on on May 17, 2001, as it attempts to clear a migration barrier dam. (Bill Schaefer/Getty Images)

    Wild Pacific Salmon Face an Upstream Battle for Survival

    Salmon have been swimming in Pacific Northwest waters for at least seven million years, as indicated by fossils of large saber-tooth salmon found in the... Read more

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    Artificial Light Filling Night Skies Hurts Wildlife and Human Health, Wastes Energy

    We’ve all seen moths drawn to outdoor lights, bashing themselves mercilessly against the bulbs. The same instincts that guide moths in the natural light of... Read more

  • A file photo of algae along the Sewell's Point in Florida. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post via AP)

    Toxic Algae Rampant in California, Also Spreading Nationwide

    Toxic blue-green algae has been found in about 40 lakes and waterways across California—an all-time high and twice as bad as last year. The growing... Read more

  • A woman fills up a glass with water on April 27, 2014 in Paris. Eight out of ten people in France say they have ''confidence'' in tap water, according to the water information center's annual barometer, on April 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Chemicals With Unknown Health Effects in America’s Drinking Water

    America has a problem with drinking water pollution. It is not the pollution of old—massive amounts of industrial effluent pouring out of factories. It comes... Read more

  • A deep sea shark and several eels are attracted to bait placed at the summit of the Cook seamount, seen from the Pisces V submersible during a dive to the previously unexplored seamount off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island on Sept. 6, 2016. Seamounts are hotspots for marine life because they carry nutrient-rich water upward from the sea floor. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

    Deep-Sea Volcano a Hotspot for Mysterious Life

    GEOLOGIST SEAMOUNTS, Hawaii—The turquoise waters became darker and darker, and squiggly glow-in-dark marine creatures began to glide past in the inky depths like ghosts. The... Read more

  • A fishing boat heads past fish farm cages in Shelburne Harbour on Nova Scotia's South Shore on Feb. 21, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

    Salmon Farming Heads Into Dark, Perilous Waters

    The salmon farming industry may present a front of confidence and optimism, but behind the public relations image is a reality of threat and fear... Read more

  • An African elephants throws mud onto himself at the Mpala Research Center and Wildlife Foundation, in Laikipia District, Kenya, on Jan. 31, 2016. (SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Saving the Great Being of the Elephant

    If, as Gandhi said, the mark of a civilization can be measured by how it treats animals, then our planetary civilization is failing. The latest... Read more

  • Stumps in a deforested area developed for a pulp and paper plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, on July 11, 2014. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

    Holding Banks Accountable for Funding Deforestation

    A new online platform traces the funds from companies that destroy rainforests in Southeast Asia to the banks around the world that finance them.  The... Read more

  • In this Nov. 30, 2007 file photo, a gorilla looks on at Volcanoes National Park in Ruhengeri, Rwanda. The eastern gorilla has been listed as critically endangered, making four of the six great ape species only one step away from extinction, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Endangered Species, released Sunday Sept. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

    Largest Gorillas Now Critically Endangered, Poaching and Islamic Terrorists Hurt Conservation Efforts

    The largest primate on Earth, the Eastern gorilla, has been marked critically endangered as hunting threatens the tiny population and Islamic terrorists complicate conservation. There are... Read more

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    How Much Food Can Cities Produce?

    Humans are fast becoming city dwellers. According to the United Nations, “The urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 746 million in 1950... Read more

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    Baltimore’s Streams Are on Speed

    A study released in Environmental Science & Technology has found that pharmaceutical and illicit drugs are polluting steams in Baltimore. We talked to the study’s coauthor Emma... Read more

  • (Sweeter Alternative/Flickr, CC BY-ND)

    Will Growing Our Fuels Drive Us to a Cleaner Future?

    The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is occurring mainly at the power plant level. But what about transportation? Can we significantly reduce greenhouse... Read more

  • The Hoover Dam on the Colorado River is operating at 30 percent capacity, and new turbines have to be installed at lower elevation because of low precipitation and drought. (Airwolfhound/Flickr, CC BY-SA)

    The Future of Hydro in a Warming World

    People have harnessed energy from moving water for thousands of years. Greeks used various types of water wheels to grind grain in mills more than... Read more

  • NASA’s Terra satellite has documented the changes in Aral Sea over the years and images show the water body being a fraction of the size in early 2000s compared to what it was in 1960s. (AOL Screenshot)

    Shocking Satellite Images Show Aral Sea Has Almost Disappeared (Video)

    NASA’s Terra satellite has documented the changes in Aral Sea over the years and images show the water body being a fraction of the size... Read more

  • The Reid-Gardner power generating station near a farm on the Moapa Indian Reservation in Moapa, Nev. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Obama Legacy: Quiet but Big Changes in Energy, Pollution

    HANGZHOU, China—Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the United States has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its... Read more

  • A file photo of piles of wood prepared to be burned by Korindo's palm oil plantation company PT Papua Agro Lestari in Papua, Indonesia. (Mighty)

    Consumers Help Change Notorious Palm Oil Industry

    Papua, Indonesia, has the country’s largest area of previously untouched rainforest. More than 300 indigenous tribes live there, including some that have had little contact... Read more

  • Cotton and paper shopping bags in REWE supermarket in Germany.   The bags read "Hello Environment“ in German. (Ilya Rzhevskiy/Epoch Times)

    EU Ban on Plastic Bags Making Impact

    Shoppers in European countries like Germany or U.K. are getting fewer plastic bags due to a EU directive passed in April 2015 that is now... Read more

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