Noise Pollution Is Stressing Fish Out

16 Aug

A new study has found that fish are being stressed and confused by oceanic noise pollution.

A new study from Newcastle University in the UK found that the level of noise in the oceans—from drilling and piling activities, among others—is stressing and confusing European sea bass. “Over the last few decades, the sea has become a very noisy place,” said lead researcher Ilaria Spiga. “The effects we saw were subtle changes, […]

ESG Investments Are on the Rise Amid Climate Change Concerns

11 Aug

ESG invstments are "some of the fastest-growing strategies in asset management." Find out how one company is benefiting from ESG investments and, in doing so, helping to preserve the planet.

When it comes to environmental issues, most activists are focused on protecting the planet through federal legislation. However, many are losing ground in that arena due to the government’s recent rollbacks on climate change policies. But here’s the good news: where the public sector has failed, the private sector is picking up the slack. Newly […]

Court Rules In Favor of Gray Wolves

9 Aug

An appellate court ruled that gray wolves should remain on the federal endangered species list, as the population has not sufficiently recovered yet.

Gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region will remain on the endangered species list after a unanimous ruling from the Washington, D.C., appellate court. The back story is this: in 2011, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said that the gray wolf population had recovered enough to remove endangered status and put the states […]

Project to Save the Belize Coast is a Win-Win

2 Aug

Thanks to a multifaceted approach involving many stakeholders, the nation of Belize now has a conservation action plan that will preserve both jobs and the environment.

Most of the time, environmental debates are framed as being “green versus jobs.” But as a project to save the Belize coast proves, environmental efforts can save both nature and human jobs. And the proof comes in the form of new research showing that environmentalists and communities can come together to create a win-win situation, […]

The World Is Drowning In Plastic Waste

26 Jul

The world has made 9.1 million tons of plastic waste in the last 70 years, and the vast majority of that is still around to pollute our land and oceans.

Since 1950, industry has made more than 9.1 billions of tons of plastics. But plastic doesn’t degrade like other, more natural, materials, so now there’s enough of it left over to bury Manhattan in over 2 miles of plastic waste. This news comes from an article in the journal Science Advances. The researchers combined plastic […]

What Does the Iceberg Calving in Antarctica Mean?

19 Jul

An iceberg the size of Delaware broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf in early July. What does this mean in terms of the pace of climate change and other phenomena?

You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that a 1 trillion-ton iceberg calved off the Larsen C Ice Shelf of Antarctica some time between July 10 and July 12. But what does this mean in terms of the Earth’s climate? Did the release of the iceberg mean that the threat of […]

Satellite Data Correction Shows Alarming Global Temperature Increase

12 Jul

Corrected satellite data has knocked the wind out of climate change deniers' sails.

Climate change deniers and skeptics have long used satellite data to back up their arguments. This is because the data showed lower temperatures than those recorded on the ground. However, new research may be knocking the wind out of climate skeptics’ sails. Dr. Carl Mears and Frank Wentz of Remote Sensing Systems found that orbital […]

Massive Snowmelt Took Place In West Antarctica

5 Jul

In January of 2016, a massive ice melt caused by an extra-strong El Niño, took place in West Antarctica. Could this be a sign of things to come?

In January of 2016, an area of roughly 300,000 square miles—twice the size of California—in Antarctica had an extreme melting event. The cause of the melt was warm winds blowing over the continent forced by an especially strong El Niño. The warm spell lasted more than two weeks, and during that time, satellite data revealed […]

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Wins An Initial Pipeline Victory

28 Jun

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has won an initial victory in its fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

On June 14, federal judge James Boasberg ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to adequately study the potential environmental consequences of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This was the first legal victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their year-long battle against the pipeline. However, he did not order the pipeline’s shutdown. […]

Online Shopping Creates A Sea of Cardboard For the Sake of Convenience

21 Jun

While online shopping is a great convenience, it creates a massive amount of cardboard packaging that goes into our waste stream.

Online shopping can be a huge boon. You can order whatever you want, and within hours (or even minutes) it can be delivered right to your doorstep. Businesses have rushed to respond to consumers’ demands for speed and convenience from e-commerce. Amazon leads the charge with its subscription membership service to Amazon Prime. According to […]