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- Jan 1 20172 minutes
01 We’ll Generate Our Own Resources
An ambitious experiment in the Netherlands could be a model for life off the grid.
- Jan 22 20171 minute
Assessing the latest options in the H20 aisle—alkaline, boxed, Ice Age–era. PLUS: A tasting with Adam Platt.
- Jan 16 20171 minute
The Ivory Trade Loses Its Biggest Player
KATE SAMUELSON ON DEC. 30, CHINA COMMITTED TO A ban on all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017. The decision, hailed by conservation groups as historic, could help end the global trade of ivory for good. Here’s why: ELEPHANT IN
- Jan 4 20176 minutes
Earth's Oceans Are Steadily Warming
Another study argues there was no sea-surface slowdown in warming.
- Dec 12 201612 minutes
A Possible Break In One Of Evolution's Biggest Mysteries
Whales have one of the strangest, least-understood histories of any animal—and barnacles might be the key to unlocking their secrets.
- Jan 7 20177 minutes
The Atlantic Ocean and an Actual Debate in Climate Science
Scientists have recently begun to re-examine a scary question: Will a crucial ocean current shut down?
- Jan 2 20173 minutes
How Bad Air Came Back
Air pollution is getting worse—and hurting us even more
- Feb 1 20171 minute
THE OLD ADAGE is no longer true: There are not plenty of fish in the sea. According to a recent study of ocean stocks, 68 percent of wild fisheries are being harvested at unsustainable rates—though the decline may actually be worse, as the authors no
- Jan 22 20171 minute
Bottled Versus Tap
BOTTLED Where it comes from: Nearly half of New York’s comes from city reserves. How it’s regulated: The Food and Drug Administration treats it as a food, and it can’t require food companies to publish detailed reports on where their products come
- Dec 1 20163 minutes
Why don’t office buildings go dark at night?
- Apr 16 201510 minutes
The Hidden Ocean Patch That Broke Climate Records: Why the recent global warming hiatus may have ended.
Nothing has caused climate scientists quite as much recent trouble as the so-called “global warming hiatus.” Not only did this approximately 14-year lull in the rise of global mean (or average) temperatures provide fodder for a variety of misguided c
- Dec 12 20161 minute
New Technology Can:
JOE JIMENEZ Reach the sick ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH Organization, 400 million people do not have essential health services. That’s more than the entire population of the U.S. But emerging technologies can enable us to deliver health care world
- Sep 1 20161 minute
On the Cusp
A company doesn’t have to be especially big to have a big impact on the planet. Our On the Cusp list honors smaller companies, creative subsidiaries of bigger ones, and newer initiatives—spotting some worthy corporate efforts that may someday change the way you do business.
- Nov 28 20161 minute
The Return of ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’
It really is a new day for U.S. energy policy. The President-elect has pledged to roll back environmental regulations, invest in new pipelines and allow drilling on public lands—and he can make many of the changes unilaterally once in office. On thei
- Sep 1 20162 minutes
No.229 Fighting Fire With Foam—And A Résumé That Includes The Space Shuttle
Irene Rhodes, founder and CEO of Consumer Fire Products, united her backgrounds in engineering and firefighting to create a system that automatically sprays a biodegradable protective foam onto a house when a wildfire is nearby. Her Eugene, Oregon–based company has grown by beating back the fires that are a year-round threat in some western states.
- Jul 25 20161 minute
How to Save the World’s Forests—With Tires
MOST TALK ABOUT CONSERVATION AND travel tends to revolve around reducing emissions: fewer pollutants means fewer harmful climate changes. But protecting the environment isn’t just about tailpipes; it’s about tires and the rubber that’s used to make
- Oct 30 20161 minute
1 An Experiment in the Woods
ARCHITECT STEVEN HOLL SAVED A PLOT OF LAND FROM DEVELOPMENT AND BUILT HIMSELF A GUESTHOUSE THAT SLEEPS FIVE—BUT HAS NO BEDROOMS.
- Oct 24 20161 minute
5 Issues That Deserve More Love—or Hate
SHIPPING Ninety percent of all we use—shirts, phones, disposable coffee cups and the beans therein—have traveled around the world on ships burning one of the dirtiest fuels by the ton. According to Edward Humes, author of Door to Door, 160 of these
- Jul 4 20162 minutes
Erin Brockovich’s Latest Crusade
THE CELEBRATED ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST IS BACK ON THE FRONT LINES, FIGHTING FOR CLEAN WATER ACROSS THE NATION
- Oct 17 20162 minutes
Inside the Fight for Cleaner Air
AT FIRST GLANCE, LONDON’S Oxford Street looks like any other pristine urban corridor. Trees bloom. Taxis honk. Shoppers flock to stores like Starbucks, Uniqlo and the Gap. Of all the words you could use to describe this destination, dangerous would b
- Oct 30 20161 minute
2 Sleep With the Fishes
A HOUSEBOAT OFF DUBAI WITH AN UNDERWATER BEDROOM.
- Oct 15 20132 minutes
Ancient Poop Tells Useful Stories—If You Know How to Listen
“Out of sight, out of mind” is the usual attitude about what we flush down the toilet. But in the last century, some chemists have begged to differ: They want to know just where our personal waste products go, and they’ve come up with various measure
- Aug 26 20155 minutes
This Legendary Deep-Sea Fish Sighting Continues to be Debated After 60 Years
Once, while fishing for salmon, I hooked a clam. It fought bravely, and when I finally pulled it from the water I could see that I hadn’t just snagged it, as you might expect, but that it had taken the bait willingly. These are minor points; what mat
- Aug 7 20162 minutes
Climate Change Has Produced a New Underwater Sound Superhighway
In March, a team of scientists dragged a blast furnace on a sled across a giant slab of ice in the Beaufort Sea, above the Arctic Circle. With the furnace, the researchers (from the United States Navy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) me
- Feb 10 20175 minutes
How Endangered Species May Fare Under Trump
Environmentalists worry about Trump’s impact on Earth’s flora and fauna.
- Jun 30 20165 minutes
The Ocean Gets Big Data: A new array of cameras, vehicles, and sensors promises to change ocean science.
I think that for some people,” says Peter Girguis, a deep-sea microbial physiologist at Harvard University, “the ocean seems passé—that the days of Jacques Cousteau are behind us.” He begs to differ. Even though space exploration, he says, “seems lik
- May 29 20134 minutes
You Didn’t Build That: The Best Animal Engineers
If an intelligent alien species landed on the small bit of galactic rock that we call home, they might get out of their spaceships, have a look around, and decide that we—that is, our species—are the master builders on our planet. There would be plen
- Oct 17 20161 minute
Aryn Baker Saving the gray crowned crane from extinction isn’t just about preserving an iconic symbol of wealth and longevity in Rwandan culture, says Olivier Nsengimana. It’s also about saving us. “Having the cranes disappear means there is somethi
- Nov 7 20135 minutes
When Waste Becomes Home: Sea life settles on plastic.
The astounding quantities of discarded plastic that end up in oceans each year tend to concentrate in ring-like swirls of currents called gyres, yet most of it can be hard to spot—not because it’s not there in great quantities, but because it often t
- Dec 7 20165 minutes
Tar Balls, The Beach's Fossil-Fuel Flowers
Globs of black goo occur on beaches both naturally from ocean seeps and artificially from oil spills. An Object Lesson.