Environment


  • FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file photo, a Maasai man in ceremonial dress poses for visitors to take photographs of him in front of one of around a dozen pyres of ivory, in Nairobi National Park, Kenya. The Kenya Wildlife Service stacked 105 tons of ivory consisting of 16,000 tusks, and 1 ton of rhino horn, from stockpiles around the country, in preparation for it to be torched to encourage global efforts to help stop the poaching of elephants and rhinos. The results of a new survey show a rapid decline in Africa's savanna elephants as international and domestic ivory trades continue to drive poaching across the continent. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    Africa’s Elephants Rapidly Declining as Poaching Thrives

    HONOLULU—The number of savanna elephants in Africa is rapidly declining and the animals are in danger of being wiped out as international and domestic ivory... Read more

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    Why We Must Respect Water and the Balance of Nature

    We have seen the raging power of the waters, and we shudder at our neglect. As a species, we humans (homo sapiens sapiens; the label... Read more

  • Black bear cubs are seen in Lyme, N.H., on Aug. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

    New England Drought Means Bolder Bears, Stressed Fish

    CONCORD, N.H.—Bears are bolder, mosquitoes are multiplying and stream-dwelling fish are stressed. Beyond hurting crops and helping the tourism industry, New England’s hot, dry summer... Read more

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    Are Solar Panels Ugly or Beautiful?

    When electric lines first appeared in front of the Paris Opera House, people weren’t too keen on it. But, “Once Paris decided it was going... Read more

  • Two fly fishermen and an oarsman test their angling skills as they float down the Yellowstone River near Pine Creek, Mont., fishing access on Sept. 9, 2004. Montana is closing a 175-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River to all recreational activities to prevent the spread of a parasite that is believed to have killed tens of thousands of fish, authorities said Friday., Aug. 19, 2016. (Garrett Cheen/The Livingston Enterprise via AP)

    Popular Yellowstone River Closes After Thousands of Fish Die

    BILLINGS, Mont.—Montana wildlife officials indefinitely closed a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of other waterways Friday, barring all fishing, rafting... Read more

  • The white sap of a rubber tree drops into a container at a rubber plantation in Ka Po village in the southern Thai province of Phang Nga. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)

    Extinction Threatens Hundreds of Species Because of Rubber, Palm Oil Production: Study

    In Southeast Asia’s natural forests, 40 percent of species have less than 10 percent of their habitats protected from future development, according to a Duke University-led... Read more

  • A file photo of a high pressure gas line crossing over a canal in an oil field where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is being used.  (David McNew/Getty Images).

    NYC Stands Against Fracking Waste Used to Melt Ice on Roads

    Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) has been spread over some New York State roads to melt ice in the winter and to control dust... Read more

  • Terns at sunset, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Massachusetts. (Creative Commons/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr)

    Why We Need Global Action to Protect Migratory Birds

    One hundred years ago, amid the chaos of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson and King George V of Great Britain turned their attention to... Read more

  • A Nissan LEAF on charge on a London street on Nov. 27, 2015.  (Miles Willis/ Stringer/Getty Images)

    Electric Cars—at Current Cost and Capability—Could Meet 87 Percent of America’s Driving Needs

    Researchers at MIT who spent four years analyzing America’s driving needs have published a study Aug. 15 disputing the idea that electric cars are still too... Read more

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    There’s a Surprising Link Between Rain and Soil

    In 1881, a land speculator named Charles Dana Wilber wrote a book called The Great Valleys and Prairies of Nebraska and the Northwest, in which... Read more

  • Jason Garrett, water quality bureau director at the Utah County Health Department, looks at the water in Utah Lake, near American Fork, Utah., on July 20, 2016. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey will study how nutrient levels contribute to algae bloom outbreaks on the heels of this summer's massive algae bloom that closed Utah Lake, sickened people and left farmers scrambling for clean water during some of the hottest days of the year. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    US Agency Studies How to Detect Algae Bloom Outbreaks

    SALT LAKE CITY—Scientists spent this week studying how nutrient levels contribute to algae blooms on the heels of this summer’s massive outbreak that closed Utah... Read more

  • Peabody Energy's Gateway Mine coal miners Donny Maddox, a section foreman, monitors work in his area of the Gateway Mine, near Coulterville, Ill., on March 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Will 150,000 Coal Workers Be Left Behind in the Move to Solar?

    Coal is currently the largest source of electricity in the United States, employing some 150,000 people. That’s a lot of people to leave behind in... Read more

  • Wood pellets burned to produce electricity in biomass plants. (Tchara/Shutterstock)

    Biomass Subsidies Could Intensify Deforestation

    Proposed legislation could, if passed, dramatically increase subsidies to America’s biomass industry. A slew of concerns comes with this potential rise in the burning of... Read more

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    6 Million Americans Have Unsafe Levels of Toxic Chemicals in Their Drinking Water

    Polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a class of industrial chemicals that repel both oil and water and are used in paints and fire fighting... Read more

  • Salema fishes swim in a cove off Portofino, Italy, on Sept. 8, 2015. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)

    Fish ‘on Drugs’: Prescription Drug Effects Seen in Many Fish

    Sixty percent of Americans now take prescription drugs—more than ever before. This not only creates unprecedented problems for municipalities whose water filtration systems were developed... Read more

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    Explainer: How Credits Work in the New York Clean Energy Standard

    Electricity providers in New York will be required to obtain a targeted number of renewable energy credits (RECs) and zero-emissions credits (ZECs) each year, according to the... Read more

  • A file photo of nuclear power plant cooling towers. (Petr Louzensky/Shutterstock)

    Impacts of NY’s Nuclear Power ‘Bail Out’ and Solar, Wind Boost

    New York State’s Clean Energy Standard, approved by the Public Service Commission on Aug. 1, will have an unprecedented impact on the nuclear power industry... Read more

  • Waste plastics ares strewn on the Bao beach near Dakar, Senegal,  on Sept. 2, 2015. (SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)

    How Tiny Pieces of Plastic in Our Oceans Are ‘Terrifying’

    For years, fish have been feeding on tiny pieces of plastic in the ocean, mistaking them for food. These “microplastics,” sometimes thinner than human hair,... Read more

  • The rooftop of Jetro Restaurant Depot in the Bronx, with a view of Manhattan in the distance, is covered with solar panels, in New York, on Jan. 17, 2014. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

    Cuomo’s Clean Energy Plan Approved: Huge Boost for Solar, Wind, and Nuclear in NY

    The New York State Public Service Commission approved Governor Andrew Cuomo’s clean energy plan on Monday. The plan will “have a permanent impact on the... Read more

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    We’ll Have Only 1 Year to Get Ready for a Super-Eruption

    Volcanic events large enough to devastate Earth have taken place in a number of places worldwide in the recent geological past. It seems inevitable that... Read more

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