“Russia’s Suez Canal? Ships start plying a less-icy Arctic, thanks to climate change”

“LONDON — Under partly sunny skies and relatively balmy temperatures in the low 50s, the Venta Maersk sailed through the Bering Strait this past week and steered hard to port, beginning a modern-day voyage of discovery that could… Read More

“Floating Trash Collector Set to Tackle Pacific Garbage Patch”

“The campaign to rid the world’s oceans of plastic trash marks a turning point on Saturday as a giant, floating trash-collector steams out of San Francisco on a mission to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Over… Read More

“Greenhouse Gases Are Bubbling Up From Arctic Lakes That Were Recently Frozen”

“FROM BAD TO WORSE. The bad news: Global warming is thawing Arctic permafrost. And that’s releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The really bad news: It’s happening faster than we previously thought. That’s the conclusion of a NASA-funded… Read More

“UCLA research shows how carbon-filled oceans affect a tiny but important organism”

“They’re impossible to see with the naked eye. They’re difficult to pronounce. But coccolithophores, a single-celled plankton, have an outsized effect on oceans due to their sheer quantity — their blooms are visible from space — and because… Read More

“How Sustainable Is the Seafood at Your Supermarket?”

“As savvy customers take an interest in the sustainability of their seafood, sourcing environmentally-friendly fish is sometimes easier said than done. Sure, fishmongers and conscientious chefs can and will tell you where your fish is from and opt… Read More

“Biodiversity Is In Free Fall. Here’s How We Can Fix It.”

“THE TROPICS ARE home to nearly 80 percent of all species in the world. Those species, in their perennial warm temperatures, face the double punch from both human pressures, such as overfishing or logging, and environmental abuse, from… Read More

“How wildfires threaten drinking water”

“By July 4th this year, numerous fires were burning in Colorado — the 416 Fire near Durango, and the Spring Creek Fire in the southern part of the state have been the biggest so far. As everyone knows,… Read More

“There Might Be Shark In Your Sunscreen”

“Millions of rare, deep-sea sharks are killed each year to support a multimillion-dollar industry—but which one might surprise you. In remote regions around the world, fishermen pull sharks out of the deep and harvest their livers. Shark livers… Read More

“Furniture from China contributes to deforestation in central Africa”

“Is your new coffee table contributing to the deforestation of African rainforests? If the furniture comes from China or other parts of Asia, there’s a good chance it is. While much attention has been devoted to Chinese demand… Read More

“In a warming world, some species grow smaller”

“Species respond in many different ways to a warming world. Some may be producing physically smaller offspring. A number of researchers are finding certain species, including some beetles, sparrows, fish, and mountain goats, may be among those producing… Read More