Environment

Would you pay 10 cents extra for gas to save the planet

Would you pay 10 cents extra for gas to save the planet?

The idea is deceptively simple—offset 100 percent of your car’s carbon emissions by volunteering to pay an extra 10 cents a gallon at the...
To forecast winter rainfall in Los Angeles, look to New Zealand in the summer

To forecast winter rainfall in Los Angeles, look to New Zealand in the summer

Variability in El Niño cycles was long considered a reliable tool for predicting winter precipitation in the Southwest United States, but its forecasting power...
Rice becomes less nutritious as CO2 levels rise

Rice becomes less nutritious as CO2 levels rise

Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will reduce the nutritional value of rice, according to an international research team that analyzed rice samples from...
How to save Antarctica and the rest of Earth

How to save Antarctica and the rest of Earth

Decisions made in the next decade will determine whether Antarctica suffers dramatic changes that contribute to a meter of global sea level rise. In a...
Ocean warming, ‘junk-food’ prey caused massive seabird die-off

Ocean warming, ‘junk-food’ prey caused massive seabird die-off

In the fall of 2014, West Coast residents witnessed a strange, unprecedented ecological event. Tens of thousands of small seabird carcasses washed ashore on beaches...
Ukrainian villages still suffering more than 30 years after the Chernobyl disaster

Ukrainian villages still suffering more than 30 years after the Chernobyl disaster

Milk in parts of Ukraine has radioactivity levels up to five times over the country's official safe limit, new research shows. Scientists from the Greenpeace...
How would alien civilizations deal with climate change

How would alien civilizations deal with climate change?

In the face of climate change, deforestation and biodiversity loss, creating a sustainable version of civilization is one of humanity's most urgent tasks. But when...
How climate change influences our health

How climate change influences our health

Climate change is already having an impact on health, impacting on labor productivity, the spread of infectious disease and exposure to air pollution and...
Hippo poop a growing problem in African rivers

Hippo poop a growing problem in African rivers

Frolicking hippos are a major tourist draw to African watering holes, but their bountiful poop is increasingly fouling African rivers and lakes during the...
Breathing dirty air may harm kidneys

Breathing dirty air may harm kidneys

Outdoor air pollution has long been linked to major health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A new...