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April 22, 2024 at 12:16 PM

A ban on single-use plastics takes effect in Hong Kong in a bid to reduce pollution

Hong Kong has passed a legislation to stop the sale and distribution of Styrofoam products and single-use plastic cutlery as a way to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the city
April 22, 2024 at 12:16 PM
April 21, 2024 at 10:23 AM

Corporations struggle on climate goals amid backlash over 'woke capitalism,' experts say

"The pushback has been fierce and severe," an environmental advocate said.
April 21, 2024 at 10:23 AM
Corporations struggle on climate amid backlash over 'woke capitalism,' experts say
April 20, 2024 at 10:13 AM

Data centers fuel AI and crypto but could threaten climate, experts say

Energy usage of data centers is expected to soar in coming years, experts say, threatening the climate.
April 20, 2024 at 10:13 AM
Data centers fuel AI and crypto but could threaten climate, experts say
April 19, 2024 at 2:48 PM

EPA designates 2 forever chemicals as hazardous substances, eligible for Superfund cleanup

A group that represents the chemical industry says it strongly opposes the Environmental Protection Agency's designation of two forever chemicals used in cookware, carpets and firefighting foams as hazardous substances
April 19, 2024 at 2:48 PM
April 19, 2024 at 10:51 AM

How the UN Plastics Treaty aims to tackle the pollution crisis

The fourth round of United Nations Plastics Treaty negotiations will be held in Ottowa, Canada, from April 23-29.
April 19, 2024 at 10:51 AM
How the UN Plastics Treaty aims to tackle the pollution crisis
April 18, 2024 at 9:50 PM

Booming cold drink sales mean more plastic waste. So Starbucks redesigned its cups

Booming sales of cold drinks at Starbucks stores have created a problem: growing amounts of plastic waste from the single-use cups that Frappuccinos, Refreshers, cold brews and other iced drinks are served in
April 18, 2024 at 9:50 PM
April 16, 2024 at 3:42 PM

Greece plans 2 marine protected areas. But rival Turkey and environmental groups aren't impressed

Greece aims to create two large marine parks as part of an $830 million program to protect biodiversity and marine ecosystems
April 16, 2024 at 3:42 PM
Greece plans 2 marine protected areas as part of environmental protection program
April 16, 2024 at 4:12 AM

Streams that supply drinking water in danger following 2023 Supreme Court decision that stripped wetlands protections: Report

A Supreme Court decision that stripped protections from America's wetlands will have reverberating impacts on rivers that supply drinking water all over the U.S.
April 16, 2024 at 4:12 AM
These are the most endangered rivers in the US, report finds
April 15, 2024 at 10:54 PM

4th global coral reef bleaching event underway as oceans continue to warm: NOAA

This is the fourth global bleaching event on record and the second in the last 10 years, according to NOAA.
April 15, 2024 at 10:54 PM
4th global coral reef bleaching event underway as oceans continue to warm: NOAA
April 15, 2024 at 3:58 PM

Scientists say coral reefs around the world are experiencing mass bleaching in warming oceans

Reef scientists say coral reefs around the world are experiencing global bleaching for the fourth time due to prolonged warming of the oceans
April 15, 2024 at 3:58 PM
April 12, 2024 at 1:02 AM

Environmentalists protest as Biden administration approves huge oil export terminal off Texas coast

The Biden administration has approved construction of a deepwater oil export terminal off the Texas coast that would be the largest of its kind in the United States
April 12, 2024 at 1:02 AM
April 11, 2024 at 4:37 PM

Alabama residents fight environmental injustice along a freeway

ABC News' Steve Osunsami travels to Shiloh, Alabama, where Black residents are fighting what they say is apparent environmental injustice, repeatedly causing flooding of their homes.
April 11, 2024 at 4:37 PM
Alabama residents fight environmental injustice along a freeway
April 9, 2024 at 8:06 PM

New EPA rule says 218 US chemical plants must reduce toxic emissions that are likely to cause cancer

More than 200 chemical plants nationwide must reduce toxic emissions likely to cause cancer under a new Environmental Protection Agency rule
April 9, 2024 at 8:06 PM
April 3, 2024 at 6:35 PM

How the solar eclipse will impact plants and animals

Scientists will be studying how the solar eclipse will affect plant and animal activity on Earth.
April 3, 2024 at 6:35 PM
Activity on the ground could be more interesting than the eclipse itself
March 29, 2024 at 5:31 PM

EPA sets new emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles in effort to fight climate change

The Environmental Protection Agency announced new vehicle emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles on Friday.
March 29, 2024 at 5:31 PM
EPA's new heavy-duty vehicle emissions standards are effort to fight climate change
March 28, 2024 at 6:02 PM

More than half of Colorado River waters used in crop irrigation: Study 

The study, published in Nature Portfolio Journals, says irrigated agriculture is responsible for 74% of direct human uses of the Colorado River water.
March 28, 2024 at 6:02 PM
More than half of Colorado River waters used in crop irrigation: Study 
1 month ago

Debate about safety of synthetic turf and 'forever chemicals' raises concerns for some

Synthetic turf fields are made with "forever chemicals" perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, according to the EPA.
1 month ago
Debate about safety of synthetic turf and 'forever chemicals' raises concerns
1 month ago

How 1 company reduces carbon footprint to support sustainability

"GMA" sponsor Michelin recently hosted a Sustainability Summit and continues to innovate with technology for vehicles and for top-tier restaurants.
1 month ago
How 1 company reduces carbon footprint to support sustainability
1 month ago

Innovative solutions will be necessary to reduce methane emissions, one of the most powerful greenhouse gases, experts say

The U.S. is emitting more methane from oil and gas production than previously thought -- and it's causing billions in environmental damage per year.
1 month ago
These are the solutions necessary to reduce methane emissions, experts say
1 month ago

Why some states are discharging much more chemical waste into local waterways, according to new report

Some U.S. states are discharging much more chemical waste from industrial activity into local waterways than others, according to a new analysis.
1 month ago
Why some states are discharging much more chemical waste into local waterways: Report
1 month ago

Scientists are using underwater speakers to help restore degraded coral reefs: Study

Researchers have discovered a new method that could encourage the restoration of degraded coral reef populations, which have been declining around the world.
1 month ago
Researchers discover new technique to encourage the restoration of degraded corals
1 month ago

King salmon populations are dying, simultaneously affecting orcas and local Alaskan communities

The survival of living beings both on land and sea are dependent on king salmon, the most important species of salmon in the world.
1 month ago
How the dying populations of king salmon are affecting humans, orcas
2 months ago

Universities swapping energy sources to geothermal now a growing trend

Some of the most established universities in the country are switching to sustainable energy to power their campuses in an effort to meet climate goals.
2 months ago
These universities are switching their energy sources to geothermal
2 months ago

Why the silverspot butterfly, native to just 3 US states, is inching closer to extinction

The silverspot butterfly, a species native to the U.S., is inching closer to extinction, prompting the federal protections as its numbers continue to decline.
2 months ago
This butterfly is inching closer to extinction, scientists say
2 months ago

Anaconda, Montana turns the page on its environmental disaster

Decades of work have turned Anaconda, Montana from one of the most polluted sites in the country into a greener, vibrant community.
2 months ago
Anaconda, Montana turns the page on its environmental disaster
2 months ago

Wildfire smoke to worsen across US, putting 125 million at risk: Study

First Street Foundation, a non-profit research and technology group that works to define America's climate risk, shared its "Atrocious Air" study on Monday.
2 months ago
Wildfire smoke to worsen across US, putting 125 million at risk: Study
2 months ago

Climate change and loss of sea ice putting polar bears at risk of starvation, collar cameras show

What is a day in the life of an Alaskan polar bear like? Researchers recently found out after strapping collar cameras to several bears.
2 months ago
What scientists learned after strapping a collar camera to polar bears
2 months ago

How to have a more sustainable Valentine's Day

Show a little love to the planet this Valentine's Day by celebrating in more sustainable ways.
2 months ago
How to have a more sustainable Valentine's Day
3 months ago

EPA announces new air quality standards for particulate matter, citing health risks

The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new standard on Wednesday for particulate matter pollution, citing the health risks related to exposure.
3 months ago
EPA announces new air quality standards for particulate matter, citing health risks
3 months ago

Study of sea sponges lead scientists to believe Earth has already passed 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming

Earth may have already passed 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming and be soon heading for 2 degrees, researchers have found.
3 months ago
What the study of sea sponges have led scientists to believe about climate change
3 months ago

Sea otters, once hunted to near extinction, are preventing coastal erosion as their populations grow, study finds

Sea otters are proving to be the Mother Nature's solution to preventing coastal erosion
3 months ago
How this animal is having an unexpected positive effect on the California coastline
3 months ago

How sea otters prevent coastal erosion: Study

The marine mammals are the natural predators to shore crabs, which burrow into marsh banks and destabilize shorelines.
3 months ago
How sea otters prevent coastal erosion: Study
3 months ago

The first-ever climate museum in the US is welcoming visitors in NYC's Soho neighborhood

New York City's Climate Museum is welcoming visitors free of charge to its pop-up exhibit in Soho.
3 months ago
What to know about NYC's new Climate Museum
4 months ago

How old toys are being recycled and reused

An estimated 3 billion toys are sold in the U.S. every year and the company TerraCycle is helping people recycle them once they're no longer being used.
4 months ago
How old toys are being recycled and reused
4 months ago

Eco-friendly ways to declutter your life

Here are ways to clean out your home in an environmentally friendly fashion.
4 months ago
Eco-friendly ways to declutter your life
5 months ago

Real versus fake Christmas trees: Which is more environmentally friendly?

The typical rules of sustainability do not apply when it comes to choosing the most environmentally friendly option of Christmas tree.
5 months ago
Real versus fake Christmas trees: Which is more environmentally friendly?
5 months ago

Virgin plane makes transatlantic flight using 100% sustainable fuel

A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner from London to New York on Tuesday was powered by sustainable aviation fuel like cooking oil.
5 months ago
Virgin plane makes transatlantic flight using 100% sustainable fuel
5 months ago

Mobile science program offers new ways for Massachusetts students to learn about the environment

The classroom is coming to life for elementary students in Massachusetts, who are experiencing new ways to learn about the environment.
5 months ago
This science program gets kids out of the classroom to learn about the environment
5 months ago

'Ghost forests' threaten New Jersey's water, ecosystem

New Jersey's forests are in a crisis as the crucial Atlantic white cedar trees are dying and causing an ecological ripple.
5 months ago
'Ghost forests' threaten New Jersey's water, ecosystem
5 months ago

California wildfires altering ecosystems, disrupting wildlife habitats: Study

Extreme wildfires that have been burning through the California landscape over recent decades are disrupting wildlife habitats within the state, new research shows.
5 months ago
California wildfires altering ecosystems, disrupting wildlife habitats: Study
5 months ago

Effects of climate change worsening in every part of the US, report says

The effects from rising temperatures around the world are worsening in every part of the U.S., according to the newly released National Climate Assessment.
5 months ago
Why climate change is worsening in every part of the US: Report
5 months ago

Earth caps off its hottest 12-month period on record, report finds

The planet has capped its hottest 12-month span on record now that high temperatures in the month of October have been analyzed.
5 months ago
Earth caps off its hottest 12-month period on record, report finds
6 months ago

How to sustainably discard pumpkins, other organic fall decorations once the holidays are over

What to do with leftover pumpkins after Halloween is over.
6 months ago
Forget the trash – there’s a better way to dispose of that old jack-o'-lantern
6 months ago

Why it matters that Earth is on the brink of 1.5 degrees Celsius in warming

Earth is already on the brink of surpassing 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming since the 1800s, according to new research.
6 months ago
What will happen when Earth surpasses 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming
6 months ago

Climate-friendly diet can significantly reduce carbon footprint: Study

Realistic, simple dietary swaps can help Americans make a difference in the country's carbon footprint, a new study found.
6 months ago
Climate-friendly diet can significantly reduce carbon footprint: Study
6 months ago

Installation underway of 15 acres of 3D-printed artificial reefs in coastal North Carolina

Several acres of 3D-printed artificial reefs are currently being planted in coastal North Carolina to bolster the region's biodiversity.
6 months ago
15 acres of 3D-printed artificial reef being installed on North Carolina coast
6 months ago

Artificial reef in North Carolina to help promote biodiversity

The artificial 3D-printed reefs are located at the mouth of the Pamlico River and will provide a skeleton for natural reef to grow.
6 months ago
Artificial reef in North Carolina to help promote biodiversity
6 months ago

Scientists have discovered an ancient river landscape hidden beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet

Global warming could reveal an ancient river landscape that has been preserved underneath the East Antarctic Ice Shelf million of years, according to a new study.
6 months ago
Fully preserved ancient river landscape discovered beneath Antarctic ice sheet
6 months ago

It may be too late to prevent significant melting on West Antarctic ice shelf that includes 'Doomsday Glacier': Study

Melting in West Antarctica, a region which includes the "Doomsday Glacier," could be "unavoidable" in the future due to warming oceans, scientists say.
6 months ago
Why 'unavoidable' melting at Antarctica's 'Doomsday Glacier' could be catastrophic
7 months ago

Saltwater in Mississippi River moving toward New Orleans much slower than expected: Officials

Historically low water levels in the Mississippi River have allowed saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico to creep up the river and into local water sources.
7 months ago
Saltwater in Mississippi River moving much slower than expected: Officials