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Hydropower Dams Can Harm Coastal Areas Far Downstream

By Paula Ezcurra and Octavio Aburto Thousands of hydroelectric dams are under construction around the world, mainly in developing countries. These enormous structures are one of the world’s largest sources of renewable energy, but they also cause environmental problems. None… Continue Reading →

Retired Oil Rigs off the California Coast Could Find New Lives as Artificial Reefs

By Ann Scarborough Bull and Milton Love Offshore oil and gas drilling has been a contentious issue in California for 50 years, ever since a rig ruptured and spilled 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil off Santa Barbara in… Continue Reading →

Coral Reefs Provide Flood Protection Worth $1.8 Billion Annually — Another Key Reason to Protect Them

By Michael Beck The news is grim: According to a report compiled by hundreds of scientists from 50 countries, Earth is losing species faster than at any other time in human history. Thanks to climate change, coastal development and the… Continue Reading →

Marijuana Is More Than Just THC: A Look at the Untapped Healing Compounds

By James David Adams Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states as of November 2018. Yet the federal government still insists marijuana has no legal use and is easy to abuse. In the meantime, medical marijuana dispensaries have an increasing… Continue Reading →

Blame Wood-Burning Stoves for Winter Air Pollution and Health Threats

By Michael D. Mehta It may be natural, but there’s nothing safe or environmentally sound about heating your home with wood. The World Health Organization has ranked air pollution and climate change as the top health threat for 2019. One… Continue Reading →

Mass-Market Electric Pickup Trucks and SUVs Are on the Way

By Venkat Viswanathan and Shashank Sripad Electric vehicles — specifically, the Tesla Model 3 — are dominating the U.S. market for premium sedans, but are barely even on the radar in the busiest automotive category, which includes SUVs and pickup… Continue Reading →

5 Ways Life Would Be Better if It Were Always Daylight Saving Time

By Steve Calandrillo In my research on daylight saving time, I have found that Americans don’t like it when Congress messes with their clocks. In an effort to avoid the biannual clock switch in spring and fall, some well-intended critics… Continue Reading →

‘Exciting and Perilous’: Hope For the Future of Science Journalism

By Cristina Sanza, Brittney Borowiec, David Secko, Farah Qaiser, Fernanda de Araujo Ferreira, Heather MacGregor , Michael Bramadat-Willcock and Pouria Nazemi Eat blueberries for the antioxidants. Exercise daily at a moderate intensity for optimal heart health. Get the vaccine to… Continue Reading →

Venomous Yellow Scorpions Are Moving Into Brazil’s Big Cities—and the Infestation May Be Unstoppable

By Hamilton Coimbra Carvalho I live in São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil, home to some 12 million people—20 million if you count the outskirts, which have been sprawling for three decades. That makes it a good place to… Continue Reading →

Bike-Friendly Cities Should Be Designed for Everyone, Not Just for Wealthy White Cyclists

By Anne Lusk Designing for bikes has become a hallmark of forward-looking modern cities worldwide. Bike-friendly city ratings abound, and advocates promote cycling as a way to reduce problems ranging from air pollution to traffic deaths. But urban cycling investments… Continue Reading →

Are Microbes Causing Your Milk Allergy?

In the past 30 years, food allergies have become increasingly common in the United States. Changes to human genetics can’t explain the sudden rise. That is because it takes many generations for changes to spread that widely within a population…. Continue Reading →

Will China’s Moon Landing Launch a New Space Race?

By Wendy Whitman Cobb China became the third country to land a probe on the Moon on Jan. 2. But, more importantly, it became the first to do so on the far side of the moon, often called the dark… Continue Reading →

Diet Soda May Be Hurting Your Diet

By Eunice Zhang Artificial sweeteners are everywhere, but the jury is still out on whether these chemicals are harmless. Also called non-nutritive sweeteners, these can be synthetic—such as saccharin and aspartame—or naturally derived, such as steviol, which comes from the… Continue Reading →

Environmental Storytelling Can Help Spread Big Ideas for Saving the Planet

By Denise Baden Tackling climate change will require huge changes in society. Decarbonizing energy, restoring habitat and making food supply sustainable are all critical, but methods for motivating these actions have typically taken the wrong approach—by highlighting the urgency of… Continue Reading →

Our Complicated Relationship With Plastic: 5 Essential Reads

By Martin LaMonica From its arrival decades ago, plastic has transformed modern life. But in 2018, the alarm over the plastic pollution crisis sounded louder than ever. On Earth Day, the United Nations issued its first State of Plastics report,… Continue Reading →

10 Ways to Indulge and Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

By Melanie Gregg and Danielle Defries Before the holidays ruin your wellness plan and make you turn as green as the Grinch, try these 10 ways to help you stay on track and keep your festive spirit. Often we feel… Continue Reading →

’Tis the Season to Redesign and Reduce Our Waste

By Pamela Tudge The holiday season has a waste problem. On average, each Canadian produces 720 kilograms of municipal waste—more than the per capita output in the U.S. and double what is produced in Japan. And over the holidays, our… Continue Reading →

What Lies Beneath: To Manage Toxic Contamination in Cities, Study Their Industrial Histories

By James R. Elliott and Scott Frickel Philadelphia’s hip Northern Liberties community is an old working-class neighborhood that has become a model of trendy urban-chic redevelopment. Crowded with renovated row houses, bistros and boutique shops, the area is knit together… Continue Reading →

Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ Is the Climate Change Myth That Refuses to Die

By Kevin Cowtan and Stephan Lewandowsky The record-breaking, El Niño-driven global temperatures of 2016 have given climate change deniers a new trope. Why, they ask, hasn’t it since got even hotter? In response to a recent U.S. government report on… Continue Reading →

What Is ‘Green’ Dry Cleaning? A Toxics Expert Explains

By Joy Onasch The winter holidays are a busy time for many businesses, including retail stores, grocers, liquor stores—and dry cleaners. People pull out special-occasion clothes made of silk, satin or other fabrics that don’t launder well in soap and… Continue Reading →

Don’t Stress About What Kind of Christmas Tree to Buy, but Reuse Artificial Trees and Compost Natural Ones

By Bert Cregg Environmentally conscious consumers often ask me whether a real Christmas tree or an artificial one is the more sustainable choice. As a horticulture and forestry researcher, I know this question is also a concern for the Christmas… Continue Reading →

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