Environment

BP oil spill did $17.2 billion in damage to natural resources

BP oil spill did $17.2 billion in damage to natural resources

The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill did $17.2 billion in damage to the natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico, a team of...
Why we shouldn’t harm the desert’s ‘skin’

Why we shouldn’t harm the desert’s ‘skin’

Scientists have discovered that the desert’s biocrust plays a previously unknown role in regulating the arid climate. This “living skin of the desert” goes by...
To fight climate change, try one of these diets

To fight climate change, try one of these diets

Eating healthier food could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Healthier people mean not only less disease but also reduced greenhouse gas emissions from health care. Changing your...
Hunting accounts for 83 and 58 percent declines in tropical mammal and bird populations

Hunting accounts for 83 and 58 percent declines in tropical mammal and bird populations

Hunting is a major threat to wildlife particularly in tropical regions, but a systematic large-scale estimate of hunting-induced declines of animal numbers was lacking...
How to remove environmental pollutants from raw meat

How to remove environmental pollutants from raw meat

When last year the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that the consumption of both red meat and processed meat was associated...
North America's freshwater lakes are getting saltier

North America’s freshwater lakes are getting saltier

North America's freshwater lakes are getting saltier due to development and exposure to road salt. A study of 371 lakes published in the Proceedings of the...
When human illness rises, the environment suffers

When human illness rises, the environment suffers, too

A toxic environment is known to create health problems for people, but sick people can also create health problems for the environment. Around Kenya's Lake...
Future climate warming potentially unprecedented in 420 million years

Future climate warming potentially unprecedented in 420 million years

New research led by the University of Southampton suggests that, over the next 100 to 200 years, carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere...
4 ways to promote reusable coffee cups

4 ways to promote reusable coffee cups

A new study identifies strategies that could reduce the use of disposable coffee cups. Researchers at Cardiff University tested a range of measures to encourage...
Glacier photos illustrate climate change

Glacier photos illustrate climate change

Climate is changing -- there should be zero doubt about this circa 2017. The outstanding issue for the geoscience community has been how we best...