Environment


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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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    Dark Earth Could Herald a Bright Future for Agriculture and Climate

    Feeding more than seven billion people with minimal environmental and climate impacts is no small feat. That parts of the world are plagued by obesity... Read more

  • A file photo of a solar farm in Seville, Spain. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

    Is Cutting Down Forest to Build Large Solar Farms Worth It?

    Long Island, along with many other locations in the United States, is weighing the benefits of large-scale solar arrays against the negative impacts of cutting... Read more

  • Farmer John Lavoie walks through a drying strawberry patch in Hollis, N.H., on July 21, 2016. Parts of the Northeast are in the grips of a drought. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Fortune Fickle for Farmers in Northeast Drought

    Drought has scorched the livelihoods of some farmers in the northeastern states while only gently parching their neighbors’. “You can have literally on the same farm,... 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)

    Solar Projects Can’t Save the Forest for the Trees?

    WADING RIVER, N.Y.—A green energy project has some environmentalists seeing red. Solar energy ordinarily wins praise from groups that want to cut greenhouse gases, but... Read more

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    New Data Gives Clearer Picture of How Quickly We’re Consuming Natural Resources

    The worldwide use of natural material resources, such as fossil fuels and metals, has tripled over the past 40 years. And it will triple again... Read more

  • The Vjosa river, Albania.  Albania's government in May defied local and international opposition and granted initial approval to a proposal by two Turkish firms to build a 25-metre (80-foot), 99,5 megawatt dam at Pocem. Residents of Kut, 170 kilometres (100 miles) south of Tirana, fear the lake created by the dam will engulf their fields and olive groves, leaving only their houses above the water line.  (GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)

    Uproar as Albania to Dam Europe’s ‘Wildest River’

    “This river will bury the living and the dead,” sighed Enver Vasilaj, 93, standing by the Vjosa, one of Europe’s last wild waterways, which runs... Read more

  • A fracking rig in a rural county of Pennsylvania on July 11, 2013. (James Smith/Epoch Times)

    Fracking May Worsen Asthma for Nearby Residents, Study Says

    CHICAGO—Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year... Read more

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    Will This Year’s Hurricane Forecast Be More Accurate?

    Scientists are testing a new model for predicting the number of hurricanes that are expected to form during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from... Read more

  • A black condor eats a dead alligator floating in the Paraguay river, 
in  Corumba,  gateway  to  the  Pantanal,  a  stunning  biodiversity  
sanctuary which extends through Brazil and eastern Paraguay. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Drought Kills Paraguay’s Thirsty Alligators

    A drought in northern Paraguay has driven thousands of thirsty alligators to crowd around lakes and wells, scaring off cattle from the dwindling water sources,... Read more

  • Algal bloom in lake in Bavaria. (Wolfilser/Shutterstock)

    Reducing Water Pollution With Microbes and Wood Chips

    Beneath fields of corn and soybeans across the U.S. Midwest lies an unseen network of underground pipes. These systems, which are known as tile drainage... Read more

  • An ancient network of channels which may have taken up to 2.3 million years to form has been found under the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ancient River System Found Under Greenland’s Ice Sheet (Video)

    An ancient network of channels which may have taken up to 2.3 million years to form has been found under the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland... Read more

  • Painting of vaquitas. (Courtesy of Barbara Taylor)

    China Wiped Out Dolphin Species, Now a Porpoise Is Under Threat

    Ever heard of a baiji? It used to be a freshwater dolphin living uniquely in China’s famous Yangtze River. Local fishermen and boatmen considered it... Read more

  • Lionfish at Cyclops Caves, Protaras, Cyprus. (Courtesy of Wolf Werner via Plymouth University)

    Lionfish Invading Mediterranean Sea Must Be Removed ‘Preferably Tomorrow,’ Says Expert

    Less than two dozen lionfish have been discovered in the Mediterranean Sea, but they need to be fished out immediately if the ecosystem is to be preserved, a... Read more

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