The Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, a crucial piece of environmental legislation that will phase out and eventually ban microbeads from soaps and cosmetics, has flown surprisingly easily through the Republican-controlled Congress over the past few weeks.
The UN climate change conference in Paris has officially brought in the big guns.
We are living through a mass extinction. From climate change to overpopulation to poaching, the world we’ve created is closing in fast on the incredible and still-mysterious animals we share it with.
It’s official: giant corporations collectively possess more of a soul than any of the Republicans currently running for president.
In response to pressure from parents and members of the state school board, Utah’s middle school science standards have been, shall we say, rearranged, postponing all discussion of climate change until 8th grade.
For the first time, power plants will be held accountable for their hand in greenhouse gas pollution. On Monday, President Obama announced a federal limit on the amount of greenhouse gas plants are permitted to produce—a historic ruling, indeed.
Good news for every lazy motherfucker out there: Turns out that washing your dishes by hand is not only useless but it’s also a complete and utter waste of water. You need to stop doing it immediately, regardless of whether you have a dishwasher or not. Time to buy one or invest in paper plates.
Scott Walker, the barely sentient potato who’s been elected governor of Wisconsin not once, not twice, but three times, is celebrating Earth Day in his own special way. Throughout the week, nearly 60 employees of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have received notice that they might soon be laid off.
Bad news about birth control pills: they might keep you from getting pregnant/regulate your cycle/all that jazz, but they're causing reproductive problems in fish, who are picking up their chemical byproducts through sewage systems connected to waterways.
A toilet paper manufacturer plans to ditch the cardboard rolls in a new line of products, in an effort to cut down on waste.
The State of New York might launch a huge offensive against a nasty invasive species that tears up underwater vegetation, threatens passenger jets, and (occasionally) attacks people with the raw, avian vindictiveness of an avenging archangel. Unfortunately for the State of New York and its beleaguered PR interns, that…
It’s spring! No, even better — it’s summer! It’s summer and it’s hot as a fevered uvula outside, which means that your seasonal amnesia is already urging you to take all your useless winter clothes, pile them up on the street, pour gasoline all over them, and light them on fire, sending thick, ozone-puncturing…
Are you happy now, humans? Are you happy? It's 2012 and the prognosis is not good. The glaciers are melting, the polar bears are drowning, the people of Vanuatu are floating around their living rooms in washtubs like Pippi Longstocking or some shit, and I never even got to look at a glacier or pet a polar bear OR hang…
Here we were worrying that our dependence on oil and the spewing of industrial waste and the unending overpopulation of our land were the things that were going to ruin our planet. But it turns out what we really should be worried about, according to some new research, is fat people. Wait, huh? Yes, that's right,…
Today the National Geographic Society announced the recipient of the 10,000th grant it's given in its 123-year history: 32-year-old conservation biologist Krithi Karanth. We spoke with Dr. Karanth about her work, and about what it's like to be a female scientist both in the US and her native India.
Sexual orientation and "gender conformity" in women are genetic traits, according to a study released by researchers from Queen Mary, University of London.
Farmers' new, extremely effective methods of killing milkweed are having an unintended effect — a decline in the population of monarch butterflies, which lay their eggs on the weed. Also at risk are rainbows, ponies, shooting stars, and the entire oeuvre of Lisa Frank.
New research suggests that environmental factors may play a much bigger role in autism than previously believed — and one culprit may be antidepressants.