Environment

Plastic pollution isn’t just a problem in our oceans. It’s also affecting the Great Lakes

Plastic pollution isn’t just a problem in our oceans. It’s also affecting the Great...

When it comes to plastics polluting our water, it’s not just the world’s oceans we need to worry about says U of T assistant...
Water use across the US declines to levels not seen since 1970

Water use across the US declines to levels not seen since 1970

Reductions in water use first observed in 2010 continue, show ongoing effort towards "efficient use of critical water resources." Water use across the country reached...
Good news for West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Good news for West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Bedrock in West Antarctica is rising at surprisingly rapid rate. This uplift may promote stability of ice sheet, study suggests The earth is rising in...
Scientists calculate impact of China's ban on plastic waste imports

Scientists calculate impact of China’s ban on plastic waste imports

Over 100 million metric tons of plastic waste will be displaced because of the policy While recycling is often touted as the solution to the...
Machine learning may be a game-changer for climate prediction

Machine learning may be a game-changer for climate prediction

A major challenge in current climate prediction models is how to accurately represent clouds and their atmospheric heating and moistening. This challenge is behind the...
US oil and gas methane emissions 60% higher than EPA reports

US oil and gas methane emissions 60% higher than EPA reports

High emissions findings undercut the case that gas offers substantial climate advantage over coal The U.S. oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons...
Exposure to fracking chemicals and wastewater spurs fat cell development

Exposure to fracking chemicals and wastewater spurs fat cell development

Exposure to fracking chemicals and wastewater promotes fat cell development, or adipogenesis, in living cells in a laboratory, according to a new Duke University-led...
How wildfires contaminate drinking water sources

How wildfires contaminate drinking water sources

Wildfires can contaminate nearby streams and watersheds through mobilization of sediments, nutrients and dissolved organic matter, straining the capabilities of downstream municipal treatment facilities,...
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...