Celebrate Some Climate Victories Since the First Earth Day

7 Apr

It's easy to be depressed about the environment, but let's remember the big victories we've scored since the first Earth Day in 1970.

It’s easy to take a pessimistic attitude toward the future of our environment, given recent cabinet appointments and executive orders regarding the environment. But it’s just as important for eco-warriors to remember the victories as well as the steps backwards, because those victories build morale in the movement. Here are just a few of the […]

House Mouse Evolution Reveals Early Human Impact on Ecosystems

5 Apr

The evolution of the house mouse shows the evolution of humankind's impact on the environment.

It has generally been thought that humans only started to have a real impact on the ecosystems around us when we started to develop agriculture. But that hypothesis is slowly unraveling as scientists and researchers learn ever more about our ancient ancestors. A new study has shown that people were having these impacts well before […]

Asian Dust Feeds Giant Sequoias In the United States

3 Apr

Giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevadas get some of the nutrition they need thanks to Asian dust.

People are largely used to thinking of ecosystems as separate and self-contained. But as scientists learn more about the Earth and how its myriad systems work together to give us the world we know, some things come as a surprise–like the relationship between giant sequoias and Asian dust. The Sierra Nevadas are naturally low in […]

Four Eco-Friendly Things You Can Do on Earth Day and Every Day

31 Mar

Celebrate Earth Day every day by using these four simple tips to live a more eco-friendly life.

Earth Day is coming up soon—Saturday, April 22, to be exact—and there’s a lot going on, all over the world. From the March for Science to tree planting ceremonies, it seems like everybody’s working on big ways to save the planet. But what if you can’t march? What if you can’t plant a tree? Don’t […]

The World Needs A More Sustainable Supply of Technology Minerals

29 Mar

A research team at the University of Delaware argues that we need to develop a more sustainable supply of technology minerals.

A recent international study shows that many materials that are necessary for technology ranging from cell phones to hybrid or electric cars are hard to come by and poorly documented. “There are treaties on climate change, biodiversity, migratory species and even waste management of organic chemicals, but there is no international mechanism to govern how […]

Crested Ibises and Little Egrets: Mixed-Species Flocks Are Beneficial

27 Mar

Crested ibises and little egrets: Mixed-species flocks benefit both birds.

The crested ibis is an endangered bird local to China, and was thought extinct until seven of them were discovered in 1981. Since then, they have made something of a comeback, but they still face many challenges. According to a recent study by researchers at the Beijing Forestry University, part of the way they deal […]

Earth Day Network Organizes 3-Year Climate Literacy Initiative

24 Mar

Earth Day Network is launching a 3-year global climate and environmental literacy campaign.

Earth Day Network (EDN), the global organizer for Earth Day, is launching a three-year campaign for environmental and climate literacy. Its goals are to promote mandatory environmental and climate literacy education, along with civic engagement and sustainable economic development. “We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware […]

Potential Ebola Vaccine for Wild Apes Might Not Come to Be

22 Mar

Although an oral vaccine has been developed to treat Ebola in wild chimpanzees and other apes, it may be impossible to do any further research on it.

Unbeknownst to many, Ebola is running rampant among chimpanzees and gorillas. One third of the world’s gorilla population has been lost to Ebola over the last 30 years. Coupled with poaching and habitat loss, diseases like Ebola and anthrax pose a serious threat to the survival of these species, which is why the news of a […]

Scientists Will March on Washington on Earth Day

20 Mar

Scientists are going to march on Washington on Earth Day. But will their protest strengthen or dilute the message of Earth Day, and does it matter?

Earth Day isn’t just for planting trees anymore. On Saturday, April 22, scientists across numerous disciplines, from all over the country, will march for science in Washington, D.C. “The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter,” the March for Science […]

Coastal Cities Will Pay Dearly for Climate Change

15 Mar

Rotterdam is one of the many coastal cities that will be severely impacted by climate change. Some cities will see major effects within just the next 13 years.

Climate change is, as far as the overwhelming majority of scientists and non-scientists alike, a process that is happening and which poses a significant threat to humanity, not to mention our neighbors among other species. According to a study in Frontiers in Marine Science, climate change is going to have a huge cost for coastal […]