Environment

Sea turtle nesting beaches threatened by microplastic pollution

Plastic is famous for its unyielding durability, making it perfect for consumer products but a unique and persistent menace to the natural environment. For the...

Health benefits will offset cost of China’s climate policy, says MIT study

A new MIT study reports that if China follows through with its international pledge to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, every one of its provinces...
Land degradation pushing planet towards sixth mass extinction

Land degradation pushing planet towards sixth mass extinction

More than 100 experts from 45 countries have published a three-year study of the Earth’s land degradation, calling the problem “critical” and saying that...

Five ways the shipping industry can reduce its carbon emissions

A shipping industry summit is looking into how it can reduce its share of global greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. But...
Cities and communities in the US losing 36 million trees a year

Cities and communities in the US losing 36 million trees a year

Scientists with the USDA Forest Service estimate that between 2009 and 2014, tree cover in the Nation's urban/community areas declined by 0.7 percent, which...

Rising sea levels put Pacific salt marshes at risk for extinction, study finds

Climate change is dialing up the pressure on species around the world. Polar bears may be the most iconic example, but creatures from corals to...
Carbon taxes could make significant dent in climate change, study finds

Carbon taxes could make significant dent in climate change, study finds

Several different carbon-pricing approaches would help reduce emissions, and some would be fair as well, researchers report. Putting a price on carbon, in the form...
Meat is not the ‘new tobacco

Meat is not the ‘new tobacco,’ and shouldn’t be taxed

The idea of having to pay a sin tax for environmentally detrimental foods is gaining more support. For some, eating meat is a sin, and...
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...
Polar bears finding it harder to catch enough seals to meet energy demands

Polar bears finding it harder to catch enough seals to meet energy demands

A new study finds polar bears in the wild have higher metabolic rates than previously thought, and as climate change alters their environment a...