February 23, 2015
National Park Service researchers recorded ambient sound from all over the country to find out where there’s still stillness. David Biello reports
February 15, 2015
Life thrives even deep inside Earth and scientists are beginning to suspect extensive connections among those underground environments. David Biello reports
February 8, 2015
The long-term winter warming of Russia’s far north has gotten a boost from industrialization. David Biello reports
February 1, 2015
The biggest single source of global warming pollution actually started to shrink in 2014. David Biello reports
January 28, 2015
The value of recycling depends on the material in question and whether all hidden costs and benefits go into the analysis. David Biello reports
January 21, 2015
Desire for gold has made mining in tropical forests financially worthwhile, leading to ecosystem destruction. Cynthia Graber reports
January 12, 2015
Low oil prices present an opportunity to come to grips with our crumbling infrastructure and the cost of climate change. David Biello reports
December 30, 2014
Researchers announced the discovery of 98 beetle species previously unknown to science. David Biello reports
December 22, 2014
The Sundarbans, part of the world's largest mangrove forest and stretching across India and Bangladesh, have been tarnished by a 350,000-liter oil spill. David Biello reports
December 15, 2014
Good news for gas and oil consumers can be bad news for the environment. David Biello reports
November 28, 2014
The pattern that stores a film on a Blu-ray disc also can help improve photovoltaics. David Biello reports
November 24, 2014
When the Sun's magnetic field is pointed away from Earth, lightning strikes in the U.K. go up 50 percent. Christopher Intagliata reports
November 18, 2014
A new tool may help officials crack down on the illegal wildlife trade. David Biello reports
November 11, 2014
Protected land and sea areas serve the wildlife within them as well as the humans who live near them. But countries are backtracking on their financial commitments to these vital regions. Steve Mirsky reports
November 2, 2014
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 's new synthesis report adds urgency to the need to cut additional greenhouse gas pollution
October 28, 2014
Plastic-removal machines will enable Ghana's e-waste recoverers to get at valuable metal guts without burning off the exteriors. David Biello reports
October 19, 2014
A breakthrough in fusion could solve the world's energy problems, but remains improbable. David Biello reports
October 13, 2014
Infected gorillas and chimps butchered for meat may be behind Ebola outbreaks. David Biello reports
October 5, 2014
A World Wildlife Fund report estimates losses of 40 percent of all individual land and sea animals, and a 70 percent population crash of all river animals, since 1970. David Biello reports
September 20, 2014
Participlants in the People's Climate March in New York City September 21st hope to persuade world leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit that follows. David Biello reports
September 16, 2014
The world united to combat the ozone hole, can we do the same for climate change? David Biello reports
September 7, 2014
The mighty blue whale is back after being nearly hunted to extinction. David Biello reports
August 24, 2014
The first step in solving the world's forest problem is recognizing the world's forest problem. David Biello reports
August 17, 2014
A physicist may have dreamed up a new way to clean up oil spills. David Biello reports
August 11, 2014
Legal ivory markets that are supposed to only deal in stockpiles and antiques inevitably launder poached ivory. Close them all, says WCS vice president for species conservation. David Biello reports
August 3, 2014
Cyanobacteria fed by nutrients carried over the Atlantic in African dust may have initiated the process by which, over millions of years, calcium carbonate collected to build the Bahamas. David Biello reports
July 27, 2014
Of four common corals and algae tested, three still produced shells in conditions that mimic oceans if atmospheric CO2 concentrations reached 1,000 ppm. David Biello reports
July 21, 2014
At test sites, the exposure of rock by ants accelerated the absorption of atmospheric CO 2 by the rock by as much as 335 times compared with ant-free areas. David Biello reports
July 14, 2014
How existing cities expand and new cities emerge will determine how humanity fares in the 21st century. David Biello reports
June 29, 2014
Environmental destruction—from smuggling elephant tusks to illegal dumping of toxic waste—generates as much as $213 billion annually for criminals and terrorists. David Biello reports
June 23, 2014
Computer models show that increased levels of greenhouse gases, along with their trapped heat, will make the atmosphere more stagnant, leading to many more days of unhealthy air. David Biello reports.
June 15, 2014
The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution calls for a war against pollution to save the lives of more than eight million people annually. David Biello reports
June 8, 2014
Thanks to us humans, there's a new type of rock in the geologic record. And it's part plastic. David Biello reports
June 1, 2014
When gas mileage cost was explicitly revealed on new car window stickers, potential consumers were more likely to choose the most efficient vehicle. David Biello reports.
May 25, 2014
In a May 21 speech Pope Francis warned that despoiling the environment would come back to haunt humanity. David Biello reports
May 19, 2014
A building-sized poem shows how billboards could help cut pollution from cars. David Biello reports
May 15, 2014
Since the 1970s the locations where tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons) reach their maximum intensities have shifted toward both poles at a rate of about 35 miles per decade. David Biello reports
May 5, 2014
Corn plants bred to be planted very close together thrive in good weather but appear to be particularly vulnerable to the droughts predicted in the coming decades. Cynthia Graber reports
April 20, 2014
A meta-analysis of ecosystems finds that species losses in any given place do not yet translate to large changes in the number of different species in that place. David Biello reports
April 14, 2014
Some fish living in waters with currently naturally high levels of CO2 lose their sense of smell, and with it their ability to perceive predators—a possible portent to a global situation in the near future. David Biello reports
April 6, 2014
Building on light-cloaking work, physicists took a small step toward the goal of shielding cities from earthquakes by deflecting incoming energy. David Biello reports
April 1, 2014
Smartphones, cheap satellite imaging and crowdfunded enterprises have made citizen oversight possible that was undreamed of by past transparency advocates and environmentalists. David Biello reports
March 25, 2014
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has a working prototype for a space-based solar energy collector and distributor that would beat the cloudy-day problem. David Biello reports
March 16, 2014
A consideration of the role of sootlike particulates and ozone implies that the climate should will not be insensitive to increasing levels of greenhouse gases. David Biello reports
March 14, 2014
Bats ate less fruit in lit areas than in dark ones, which may lessen their seed-dispersal activities needed to bring back slashed rainforests. Cynthia Graber reports.
March 3, 2014
The U.S. government has given industry permission to use of lethally loud seismic devices up and down the east coast. David Biello reports
February 23, 2014
A new study attempts to quantify CO 2 emissions if economic growth continues. David Biello reports
February 19, 2014
As more people move to cities, careful planning could mean a happy home for both humans and a substantial amount of wildlife. David Biello reports
February 9, 2014
More rain related to a warming climate soaks Magellanic penguin chicks to the skin before their waterproof feathers grow in, killing them from hypothermia. Allie Wilkinson reports
February 2, 2014
Lunar New Year means tens of millions of travelers in China, mostly by bus but increasingly by car, which is bad news for air quality. David Biello reports
January 26, 2014
A host of factors determine the role of electric and hybrid cars in reducing greenhouse gas pollution, such as whether coal is their ultimate fuel source. David Biello reports
January 21, 2014
A new analysis calculates each of the world's countries total amount of CO2 pollution, along with responsibility for the ensuing global warming
January 12, 2014
The temperature outside governs most people's response to climate change. David Biello reports
December 29, 2013
David Biello looks back at the big environmental stories of the year covered on 60-Second Earth
December 22, 2013
E-waste is a large--and growing--problem that can be addressed by thoughtful disposal, David Biello reports
December 15, 2013
The annual Christmas Bird Count is revealing big changes in the avian world, thanks to us ground-dwellers. David Biello reports
December 8, 2013
New research suggests a link between the precipitous meltdown of Arctic summer sea ice and broiling heat waves. David Biello reports
December 1, 2013
Toxicity testing on shampoo that fights flakes reveals that it's bad for plants and animals once it's in wastewater. David Biello reports
November 25, 2013
A new study examines the links between environmental degradation and human illness. David Biello reports
November 17, 2013
Five years later, what lessons have been learned from the Christmas coal ash spill? David Biello investigates
November 10, 2013
The Montreal Protocol aimed to fix the ozone hole but it also delayed global warming. David Biello reports
November 3, 2013
If the world's growing population embraces a throwaway culture, human civilization may drown in garbage. David Biello reports
October 27, 2013
While most fertilizer nitrogen ends up in plants, plenty sits in the soil for decades. David Biello reports
October 20, 2013
From climate records to penguin counts, the shutdown of the U.S. government will have lasting science effects. David Biello reports
October 13, 2013
Game theory suggests that punishment for pollution has to come at the local level. David Biello reports
October 6, 2013
Airplanes may only contribute roughly 2 percent of the greenhouse gases warming the atmosphere. But they are one of the fastest growing sources. David Biello reports
September 29, 2013
New technologies will be needed for photovoltaics to become cheap. David Biello reports
September 22, 2013
Cutting down on greenhouse gas pollution could deliver health benefits. David Biello reports
September 15, 2013
Changes in the weather mean changes in ecosystems and a new report maps vulnerability. David Biello investigates
September 8, 2013
The red cedar trees of West Virginia reveal just how effective U.S. clean air laws have been. David Biello reports
September 1, 2013
Look to the shells of marine algae to find the answer to historical global cooling. David Biello reports
August 25, 2013
University of Minnesota undergraduate Daniel Crawford studies geography and environmental science. He's also a cellist. He converted more than a century of global temperature data to create A Song of Our Warming Planet. Mark Fischetti reports.
August 18, 2013
Just how many ant species are humans moving from place to place? David Biello reports
August 11, 2013
Megafauna extinctions prove a key factor in reduced soil fertility. David Biello reports
August 4, 2013
Planting the shrub jatropha in arid regions worldwide could sequester enough carbon to offset the annual CO2 pollution of China, the E.U. and the U.S. combined. David Biello reports
July 28, 2013
A new material for protecting nuclear fuel could cut down on the risk of explosions. David Biello reports
July 21, 2013
Demand for A-C is only going to grow, so we'll need better technologies. David Biello reports
July 14, 2013
It's not just where it's windiest, according to new research. David Biello reports
July 7, 2013
A warmer planet means that heat-seeking microbes will elbow out those that prefer life a bit more chilly, with unknown effects on the planet's ecology. Karen Hopkin reports
June 30, 2013
Mathematical rules could allow for better city planning, David Biello reports
June 23, 2013
Living in a landscape of fear means more of the greenhouse gas driving climate change gets stored in plants. David Biello reports
June 16, 2013
The world is not on track to reduce, or even restrain global warming. David Biello reports
June 9, 2013
A new survey reveals that trash from our activities on land litters the bottom of the ocean, from shallow to deep. David Biello reports
June 2, 2013
Moss can wait out being entombed in glacial ice for centuries. David Biello reports
May 26, 2013
Humans are using and abusing freshwater resources at an accelerating rate. David Biello reports
May 19, 2013
U.S. taxpayers have so far borne the brunt of climate change costs. David Biello reports
May 13, 2013
A new method to make steel using electricity rather than flame could produce virtually no carbon emissions. David Biello reports
May 5, 2013
A new study shows that sediments fouled with oil from the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico caused problems for fish embryos. David Biello reports
April 28, 2013
Proposals to open the U.S. east coast for oil and gas exploration mean an increasingly noisy neighborhood for marine life. David Biello reports
April 21, 2013
More than 40 years after Earth Day, human civilization is still far from the ideal of sustainability. David Biello reports
April 14, 2013
Reducing certain kinds of air pollution could limit the rise of ocean waters and buy time to address CO2 emissions. David Biello reports
April 8, 2013
Although climate change will cause massive disruption, it could benefit some species, such as the Adelie penguin. David Biello reports
March 31, 2013
The tools of synthetic biology offer hope for the resurrection of extinct species. David Biello reports
March 24, 2013
New Pope Francis I called for protecting the environment, but it remains to be seen how that might happen. David Biello reports
March 17, 2013
An analysis of the deepest spot in the oceans finds signs of microbial life. David Biello reports
March 10, 2013
Hugo Chavez's death may have an impact on the global oil market--and thus on the global climate as well. David Biello reports
March 3, 2013
Water demands continue to inch up year after year even as climate change queers supply. Can civilization cope? David Biello reports
February 24, 2013
Machine-to-machine communication offers an opportunity to make the modern world more energy efficient. David Biello reports
February 20, 2013
Spend a little more time observing meteors or combating climate change, spend a little less time worrying about global catastrophes. David Biello reports
February 10, 2013
From water use to carbon emissions, raising and distributing roses has an environmental impact worse than many other crops. David Biello reports
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