pollution

pharmaceutical runoff

Human Waste Is Contaminating Australian Wildlife with More Than 60 Pharmaceuticals

A new study demonstrates the ways that pharmaceutical runoff could travel up the food-chain.
Sarah Emerson
11.6.18
midterms

A Biochemist Is Beating a GOP Incumbent Backed by the Chemical Industry in Key House Race

In the extremely tight race for Illinois’s sixth district seat, a recent scandal over dangerous emissions from a medical supply plant has brought environmental issues front and center.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.25.18
pollution

There Is Plastic 'Everywhere,' Says Guy Swimming Across Pacific Ocean

Ben Lecomte began his swim on the coast of Japan and has already swum more than 1,200 nautical miles.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.23.18
FOOD

You’re Literally Sprinkling Plastic On Your Food

A study published this week in ‘Environmental Science & Technology’ sampled salt brands from across the globe and found 92 percent contained microplastics.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.18.18
ozone layer

China’s Construction Industry Is Putting Earth’s Ozone Layer Back At Risk

A rise in atmospheric levels of CFC-11, a substance banned by the Montreal Protocol, prompted environmental investigators to find the source.
Becky Ferreira
7.9.18
soot

What It’s Like Surviving In Nigeria’s City of Soot

Port Hartcourt residents are protesting against the unregulated oil refineries that have polluted their entire city.
Oluwatosin Adeshokan
5.2.18
environment

More Than 75 Percent of Earth’s Land Areas Are ‘Broken,’ Major Report Finds

Once-productive lands have become deserts, are polluted, or deforested, putting 3.2 billion people at risk.
Stephen Leahy
3.26.18
Technology

The Plan to Extract Rare Earth Metals from Coal Mining Waste

The government and industry groups have given West Virginia University over $3 million to study whether it’s a feasible idea.
Kaleigh Rogers
2.14.18
Dear Future

How We'll Solve Our Plastic Problem

These future technologies will make today’s plastic problem a thing of the past.
Daniel Oberhaus
11.9.17
Daily Dystopia

This Breathing Device Might Be Fake But Who Knows, It's 2017

"Breathe your own forest."
Ankita Rao
9.28.17
Dear Future

A 'Geoengineering Cocktail' Is the Latest Last-Ditch Proposal to Reverse Climate Change

Humans have been accidentally geoengineering for centuries. At what point should we do it on purpose?
Becky Ferreira
9.27.17
The Anthropocene

Mathematical Formula Predicts Global Mass Extinction Event in 2100

If we put another 310 gigatons of carbon into the ocean by 2100, which we’re well on track to do, we enter “unknown territory.”
Kate Lunau
9.20.17