united nations

desalination

Desalination Produces 50 Percent More Toxic Brine Than Previously Thought

The world’s desalination plants, which use energy intensive processes to remove salt from water, produce enough toxic brine each year to cover all of Florida under a foot of water.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.14.19
climate change

The UN Is Now Working Directly With Companies to Fight Climate Change

If these companies actually execute the plan as written, it would make a significant impact in our effort to curb warming temperatures.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.13.18
climate change

UN Secretary-General Says We Have A Year and a Half to Avoid 'Runaway' Climate Change

In a passionate speech delivered at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the UN chief said we are “careening towards the abyss” and announced a 2019 climate summit.
Daniel Oberhaus
9.11.18
HOTY2017

The Teen Rapper Suing the US Government for Climate Change Negligence

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is raising awareness of environmental issues through fiery speeches, hip hop, and federal lawsuits.
Becky Ferreira
12.21.17
FOIA

'Nature' Editorial Juxtaposes FOIA Email Release With Illegal Hacking

One of science's most important publications assumes science journalists don't know how to do their jobs.
Jason Koebler & Sarah Emerson
12.8.17
BECAUSE REASONS

The US Has Withdrawn from a UN Agency that Teaches Kids to Read and Protects Ruins

UNESCO runs programs for education, preservation, and conservation.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.12.17
under the sea

Experts Warn that Seabed Mining Will Lead to ‘Unavoidable’ Loss of Biodiversity

Seabed mining companies are going to wipe out species we don’t even know exist yet.
Daniel Oberhaus
6.26.17
Big Eye

We’re Fighting Famine in South Sudan With Images From Outer Space

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network, DigitalGlobe, and thousands of online volunteers partner up to map out displacement in crisis-stricken regions.
Becky Ferreira
5.12.17
water

We Should All Be Drinking Recycled Pee

Astronauts do it. Why can't we?
Kate Lunau
3.22.17
Health

Trump Just Reinstated a Global Anti-Abortion Rule That Has Increased Abortions

Republicans’ latest attack on abortion access will likely produce more abortions.
Ankita Rao
1.23.17
News

Robots Will Take Two-Thirds of All Jobs In the Developing World, UN Says

She who has the most robots wins.
Jordan Pearson
11.9.16
Space

The United Nations Will Launch Its First Space Mission In 2021

To open space up to less wealthy countries.
Daniel Oberhaus
9.28.16
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