Environment

A bird in the bush is worth $223,851 in the hand

A bird in the bush is worth $223,851 in the hand

The arrival of a single Black-backed Oriole bird in rural Pennsylvania - 5000 kilometers from its usual home in Mexico - was worth an...
Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment

Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment

Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a Concepts and Questions paper published in Frontiers in Ecology...
The more air pollution, the more mental distress

The more air pollution, the more mental distress

Every increase in pollution of 5 micrograms per cubic meter had the same effect as a 1.5-year loss in education The higher the level of...
Sea levels could bring greater storm damage to NYC

Sea levels could bring greater storm damage to New York City

A warming climate that causes rising sea levels could lead to greater future storm damage to New York City, new research suggests. The research also...
Hurricane natural phenomenon

Hurricane natural phenomenon. Manmade disaster

It’s tropical storm season in the Atlantic. The world has watched as Hurricanes Irma and Maria and their counterpart tropical storms have roared around the...
How cities can best fight climate change

How cities can best fight climate change

What are the best ways for U.S. cities to combat climate change? A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier...
Taste, not appearance, drives corals to eat plastics

Taste, not appearance, drives corals to eat plastics

Scientists have long known that marine animals mistakenly eat plastic debris because the tiny bits of floating plastic might look like prey. But a new...
Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region

Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region

The drugs enter rivers and lakes from treatment plants and sewage overflows, threatening aquatic life, scientists say Human antidepressants are building up in the brains...
Scientists complete conservation 'atlas of life'

Scientists complete conservation ‘atlas of life’

An international team of scientists have completed the 'atlas of life' - the first global review and map of every vertebrate on Earth. Led by...
Sunlight and the right microbes convert Arctic carbon into carbon dioxide

Sunlight and the right microbes convert Arctic carbon into carbon dioxide

Nearly half of the organic carbon stored in soil is contained in Arctic permafrost, which has experienced rapid melting. When permafrost thaws, microbial consumption of...