Plastic garbage in the ocean is mysteriously disappearing
Scientists theorize that the plastic is being broken down into tiny, undetectable particles or that it is being carried into the deep ocean.
Plastic ‘trash islands’ forming in ocean garbage patch
Researchers speculate that these islands formed after the tsunami that battered Japan in 2011 swept items into the ocean.
Are fireworks bad for the environment?
Fireworks can unleash a shower of toxins into soil and water, and scientists are only beginning to figure out what that means for human health.
1 in 10 beaches in the U.S. not fit for swimming
Beaches in the Great Lakes region had the highest rate of pollution, with beaches along the Gulf Coast not far behind.
This is how your trash ends up in the oceans.
Great Lakes plagued by tiny plastic beads
Plastic pollution similar to ocean ‘garbage patches’ has been found in the Great Lakes, especially microscopic beads used in many personal care products.
Tiny monsters haunt the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
A single-celled, coral-killing creature with ‘devil horns’ has been found on microplastics in the open Pacific Ocean, raising concerns that plastic pollution can help dangerous species invade new habitats.
Half of Americans are living with dangerous levels of air pollution
A new report from the American Lung Association finds that nearly 148 million Americans breathe unhealthy air.
Europe is going car-free (and loving it)
Looking to reduce pollution and congestion, European cities are banning vehicular traffic — and creating vibrant shopping zones in the process.