Illegal Gold Mining Is Laying Waste to the Amazon

This post was originally published on this site By Marlene Cimons Last summer, scientist Maria Rodriguez traveled to the Peruvian region of Madre de Dios, once the home of lush rainforests, meandering rivers and thriving wildlife. But her destination was anything but picturesque. She’d come to study several sites ravaged by illegal gold mining that […]

Environmental Scientists Want Help Coping With Their Grief

This post was originally published on this site By Marlene Cimons Scientist Tim Gordon studies how rising temperatures are damaging corals in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, where intense cyclones and warm waters have caused extensive damage in recent years. What he sees brings him to tears. “They used to be some of the most colorful, […]

Scientists Use the Dark of Night to Generate Clean Energy

This post was originally published on this site By Marlene Cimons Scientist Aaswath Raman long has been keen on discovering new sources of clean energy by creating novel materials that can make use of heat and light. And lately, he has focused on developing better cooling systems, perhaps inspired by childhood summer visits to his […]

What Climate Crisis Will Do to 3 Major American Cities by 2100

This post was originally published on this site By Allegra Kirkland, Jeremy Deaton, Molly Taft, Mina Lee and Josh Landis Climate change is already here. It’s not something that can simply be ignored by cable news or dismissed by sitting U.S. senators in a Twitter joke. Nor is it a fantastical scenario like The Day […]

It Ain’t Easy Selling Green

This post was originally published on this site By Marlene Cimons When Morgan Poor gave birth to her son, she and her husband shopped around for the perfect diaper, hoping to find one that was both effective and environmentally friendly. They tried a few so-called “niche” brands, like Seventh Generation and Honest Company, which tout […]

Elephants and Monkeys Are Working to Protect You From Climate Change

This post was originally published on this site By Marlene Cimons Mother Nature has it figured out. She’s designed a master scheme that connects plants and animals, all working in concert to keep every living thing in balance. Imagine a stack of dominoes — knock down one of them, and the rest will tumble. The […]

How Climate Change Threatens the Criminal Justice System

This post was originally published on this site By Molly Taft It was long predicted that Houston was unprepared for a hurricane like Harvey, yet the storm caught the city off-guard when it landed a year and a half ago. None Harvey dawdled over the region for a week after making landfall, dumping up to […]

The Iconic Joshua Tree Is in Trouble

This post was originally published on this site By Marlene Cimons Botanist Lynn Sweet regularly treks through California’s Joshua Tree National Park, nearly 800,000 acres that lie at the intersection of the Mojave and Colorado deserts. She likes to photograph the gnarly, spikey-limbed trees, which look — as some have observed — like a picture […]

Cool Ideas to Clean up Pollution From Cars, Trucks, Ships and Planes

This post was originally published on this site By Marlene Cimons Nearly a century ago, German engineer Anton Flettner launched a ship into the ocean. “Without sails or steam, like a ghost ship, it moved mysteriously through the water with no apparent means of propulsion,” according to a 1925 article that appeared in Popular Science […]

The Radical Philosophy of Extinction Rebellion

This post was originally published on this site By Jeremy Deaton New York police recently arrested 66 protestors who rallied outside The New York Times building to compel the newspaper to make climate change a front-page issue. The demonstrators belonged to Extinction Rebellion, a movement born in the United Kingdom that is committed to nonviolent […]

New Research Shows Malaria Can Spread In Cooler Climates

This post was originally published on this site By Marlene Cimons For nearly a century, scientists thought that malaria could only spread in places where it is really hot. That’s because malaria is spread by a tiny parasite that infects mosquitoes, which then infect humans — and this parasite loves warm weather. In warmer climates, […]

Island Trees Have Nowhere to Run From Climate Change

This post was originally published on this site By Marlene Cimons Kyle Rosenblad was hiking a steep mountain on the island of Maui in the summer of 2015 when he noticed a ruggedly beautiful tree species scattered around the landscape. Curious, and wondering what they were, he took some photographs and showed them to a […]

Fossil Fuels Yield to Solar and Data in Upstate New York

This post was originally published on this site By Molly Taft Lisa Marshall isn’t your typical activist. For one thing, she’s not into crowds. “I don’t really like rallies,” Marshall, a mom of three from upstate New York, said. “They’re a little stressful — not my favorite thing.” None Marshall, who has two degrees in […]

The Bitter Legacy of the East Chicago Lead Crisis

This post was originally published on this site By Gloria Oladipo Akeeshea Daniels once lived in the West Calumet public housing complex in the shadow of a former lead smelter in East Chicago, Indiana. She worried about the pervasive lead contamination in the area and hoped that the government would fix the problem. Officials tried […]

This Ocean Farmer Grows Food That Cleans up Pollution

This post was originally published on this site By Marlene Cimons Catherine Puckett needs to be close to the ocean. “I just can’t be away from it,” she said. “It means everything to me.” She has to see it and smell it and hear the bells that ring from buoys offshore when a heavy sea […]

Trump Failed Puerto Rico. These People Picked up the Cost

This post was originally published on this site By Jeremy Deaton Every morning, Luz Hernandez goes to work at her hair salon on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a neighborhood fixture without a website or a Facebook page, where a trim costs $40 and customers can get a cup of coffee while they wait. […]

For Detroit Students, Water Fountains are Health Hazards

This post was originally published on this site By Sierra Searcy Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has created an office for clean water, housed within the newly formed Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, to investigate complaints about water quality. “Right now, communities across our state don’t trust the water coming out of their taps, […]