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December 2, 2022, 11:06 PM

Negotiators take first steps toward plastic pollution treaty

More than 2,000 experts wrapped up a week of negotiations on plastic pollution Friday, at one of the largest global gatherings ever to address what even industry leaders in plastics say is a crisis
December 2, 2022, 11:06 PM
December 1, 2022, 9:16 PM

Scientists find higher levels of magma beneath Yellowstone than expected

New 3D modeling techniques contributed to the findings.
December 1, 2022, 9:16 PM
Scientists find higher levels of magma beneath Yellowstone than expected
November 30, 2022, 9:29 PM

New Jersey black bear hunt challenged by animal protection groups

Animal protection groups file emergency request to stop black bear hunt in New Jersey from beginning next week.
November 30, 2022, 9:29 PM
Bear hunt challenged
November 28, 2022, 7:18 PM

Groups ask EU to drop carbon removal from climate plans

Scores of environmental groups issued a joint appeal to the European Union.
November 28, 2022, 7:18 PM
November 28, 2022, 4:44 PM

UN: Great Barrier Reef should be on heritage 'danger' list

A United Nations-backed mission is recommending that the Great Barrier Reef be added to the list of endangered World Heritage sites, sounding the alarm that without “ambitious, rapid and sustained” climate action the world’s largest coral reef is in peril
November 28, 2022, 4:44 PM
UN: Great Barrier Reef should be on heritage 'danger' list
November 26, 2022, 11:20 PM

Wildlife conference boosts protection for sharks, turtles

Scores of turtles, lizards and frogs are being decimated by the pet trade.
November 26, 2022, 11:20 PM
November 26, 2022, 7:37 AM

Hidden ways the holidays harm the environment and how you can reduce the waste

The holidays are here, and it may help to know how all that holiday cheer is affecting the environment and greenhouse gas emissions being released into the atmosphere.
November 26, 2022, 7:37 AM
Hidden ways the holidays harm the environment
November 22, 2022, 1:31 PM

More coral bleaching at Great Barrier Reef, Australia confirms

More coral bleaching at Great Barrier Reef, Australia confirms
November 22, 2022, 1:31 PM
More coral bleaching found at Great Barrier Reef
November 19, 2022, 6:37 PM

Environmental groups oppose pipeline expansion in Pacific NW

The U.S. government has taken a step toward approving the expansion of a natural gas pipeline in the Pacific Northwest
November 19, 2022, 6:37 PM
November 14, 2022, 6:01 AM

New Zealand targets cow burps to help reduce global warming

How do you stop a cow from burping?
November 14, 2022, 6:01 AM
November 12, 2022, 3:13 PM

In Egypt, host of COP27, a small step toward green energy

The Arab world’s most populous country is taking steps to convert to renewable energy
November 12, 2022, 3:13 PM
November 11, 2022, 9:02 PM

States urging residents to be on the lookout for destructive invasive species

Officials across multiple states are urging people to be on the lookout for an invasive species that can have a devastating impact on agriculture.
November 11, 2022, 9:02 PM
States urging residents to be on the lookout for destructive invasive species
1 month ago

Teenager recycles nearly 2 million bottles and cans in California

Ryan Hickman, 13, has helped save California’s marine life by keeping nearly 2 million bottles and cans out of the Pacific Ocean.
1 month ago
Teenager recycles nearly 2 million bottles and cans in California
1 month ago

Battling coastal erosion on eastern seaboard

The race to combat the coastal erosion that’s threatening our nation’s beautiful beaches and the people who call them home.
1 month ago
Battling coastal erosion on eastern seaboard
1 month ago

UN climate summit COP27 set to gather in Egypt amid year of climate and energy crises

The COP27 climate summit is set to meet next week after a year of climate-driven disasters like the flooding in Pakistan and drought in East Africa.
1 month ago
What to know about the COP27 climate summit
1 month ago

Equipment that's designed to cut methane emission is failing

Methane is the main ingredient in natural gas, and it packs about 80 times the climate-warming power of carbon dioxide
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1 month ago

EPA awards grants to monitor air quality in 37 states

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded grants for projects to monitor air quality in 37 states, with a focus on minority communities and other areas overburdened by pollution
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Racially segregated communities breathing in air 3 times more concentrated with dangerous toxins, researchers say

New research is shedding to just how much higher proportions of dangerous toxins people in minority communities are breathing in.
1 month ago
Racially segregated communities breathe in air 3 times more concentrated with toxins
1 month ago

Greenpeace report finds plastics recycling is a dead-end street

Lisa Ramsden, a senior plastics campaigner at Greenpeace, spoke with ABC News about a new report that says the majority of plastic in the U.S. is not recycled.
1 month ago
Greenpeace report finds plastics recycling is a dead-end street
1 month ago

Increasingly warming planet jeopardizes human health, major report warns

Severe temperature increases and heat waves have been associated with a decline in mental health and increased suicidality.
1 month ago
Increasingly warming planet jeopardizes human health, major report warns
1 month ago

Climate Crisis: Switzerland’s glaciers disappearing faster than ever

ABC News Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee joins ABC News Live to talk about the dangers posed by these rapidly melting glaciers.
1 month ago
Climate Crisis: Switzerland’s glaciers disappearing faster than ever
1 month ago

South Sudan says 2 million people affected by flooding

Country trying to recover from 5 years of civil war and intercommunal violence.
1 month ago
2 months ago

Can a clothing company save the planet? Patagonia wants to find out.

Last week, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and his family donated their ownership of the company to efforts that would protect the planet.
2 months ago
Can a clothing company save the planet? Patagonia wants to find out.
2 months ago

Cobalt mining operation works to leave small ecological footprint

ABC News’ Ginger Zee has an exclusive tour of what will be the first operating Cobalt mine in the U.S. in decades, and the minerals mined there could be key to America's all electric future.
2 months ago
Cobalt mining operation works to leave small ecological footprint
3 months ago

Growth of seaweed consuming some beaches

ABC News' chief meteorologist Ginger Zee explains why there's been an unprecedented overgrowth of seaweed at some popular vacation destinations.
3 months ago
Growth of seaweed consuming some beaches
3 months ago

Green living: How families can save money and reduce food waste

Rocket scientist and author Anita Vandyke shares her tips for living a zero waste life.
3 months ago
How this zero-waste family saves money and wastes less food
3 months ago

Up to 90% of marine species could be at high or critical risk if greenhouse gas emissions continue as-is: Study

The fate of nearly all marine species could be at risk of extinction by the end of the century if greenhouse gases continue to be emitted at current rates.
3 months ago
This is why 90% of marine species could be at risk within this century
3 months ago

Coffee prices expected to rise after drought, frost impact plantations in Brazil

The world's leading coffee producer, Brazil, experienced extreme weather that has impacted supply and thus driving up cost, analysts found.
3 months ago
Coffee prices on the rise amid weather-related crop issues in Brazil
4 months ago

'The Territory' profiles indigenous group's fight to protect rain forest

A National Geographic documentary followed Brazil's Uru-eu-wau-wau people in their years-long battle against deforestation.
4 months ago
'The Territory' profiles indigenous group's fight to protect rain forest
4 months ago

Exploring sustainable clothing for kids heading back to school

Parents are expected to spend an average of $264 on back-to-school wardrobes per child, but carefully checking tags can help find options that are better for the environment.
4 months ago
Exploring sustainable clothing for kids heading back to school
4 months ago

What to know about the spotted lanternfly, the insect experts say to squish

Spotted lanternflies can devastate crops, experts say.
4 months ago
Experts say to squish this insect. What to know about it.
4 months ago

Cancer-causing chemical found in Michigan pond

Michigan officials said low levels of hexavalent chromium, a known cancer-causing chemical, were found in Hubbell Pond.
4 months ago
Cancer-causing chemical found in Michigan pond
4 months ago

Sea level rise is expected to worsen coastal flooding -- even on sunny days, according to new NOAA report

The effects of sea level rise on coastal communities is even more drastic than scientists previously thought -- as more evidence is pointing to increases in flooding.
4 months ago
Sea level rise will increase flooding, even without rain. Here's how.
4 months ago

Las Vegas, New Mexico, mayor blames federal government amid water crisis

Las Vegas mayor blames federal government amid water crisis.
4 months ago
New Mexico mayor blames federal government amid water crisis
4 months ago

Dramatic satellite images show how much water levels in Lake Mead have receded since 2000

Dramatic before-and-after photos of Lake Mead are providing visual evidence to the alarming rate in which the water levels are receding.
4 months ago
Satellite images of Lake Mead show how much water levels have receded since 2000
5 months ago

Fed up with net-zero climate goals, activists call for 'real zero'

"Real-zero" goals call for the elimination of carbon emissions altogether.
5 months ago
Fed up with net-zero climate goals, activists call for 'real zero'
5 months ago

Supreme Court ruling curbs EPA authority on carbon emissions

Ginger Zee reports on the fallout over the Supreme Court’s decision limiting the power of the EPA to regulate carbon emissions on "This Week."
5 months ago
Supreme Court ruling curbs EPA authority on carbon emissions
5 months ago

Climate activists warn of dangers after Supreme Court ruling on EPA

BankFWD co-founder Valerie Rockefeller and executive director Vanessa Fajans-Turner joined ABC News Live to discuss the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the EPA.
5 months ago
Climate activists warn of dangers after Supreme Court ruling on EPA
5 months ago

Supreme Court limits EPA's ability to reduce emissions, fight climate change

The case involved regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
5 months ago
Supreme Court limits EPA's ability to reduce emissions, fight climate change
5 months ago

Louisiana's 'Cancer Alley' residents in clean air fight

Cancer Alley’s predominantly Black communities are surrounded by 150 industrial plants, a situation the United Nations called “environmental racism.”
5 months ago
Louisiana's 'Cancer Alley' residents fighting for cleaner air
5 months ago

A push for clean air in Louisiana’s ‘cancer alley’

ABC News’ Ginger Zee reports from Louisiana’s “Chemical Corridor” on the urgency to clean the air as residents there are skeptical of carbon capture technology that could help improve their air.
5 months ago
A push for clean air in Louisiana’s ‘cancer alley’
6 months ago

Philadelphia gardening experts share eco-friendly tips

Ginger Zee visited the Philadelphia Flower Show to learn how to garden for the greater good as part of the "GMA" Closer to Home tour.
6 months ago
Philadelphia gardening experts share eco-friendly tips
6 months ago

How plastic is affecting the Earth's oceans

ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee highlights the issue for World Oceans Day.
6 months ago
How plastic is affecting the Earth's oceans
6 months ago

Study suggests protecting 30% of global lands could benefit biodiversity and climate change

The study released by Science Advances says at least 1,000 species could benefit from protecting 30% of global lands by 2030.
6 months ago
Protecting 30% of global lands could benefit biodiversity and climate change: Study
6 months ago

Startup recycling company in Louisiana offers solution for glass waste

Startup recycling company in Louisiana offers solution for glass waste.
6 months ago
How a startup recycling company puts glass to good use
7 months ago

Iceland restaurant with tomato-based menu embraces renewable energy

Friðheimar's selection of tomato ice cream and beer are made possibly by heat and power courtesy of the region's spouting geysers.
7 months ago
Iceland restaurant with tomato-based menu embraces renewable energy
7 months ago

1 in 6 deaths attributed to pollution: Review

The analysis, led by an international team of scientists, indicates that pollution played a role in 9 million deaths globally in 2019.
7 months ago
1 in 6 deaths attributed to pollution: Review
7 months ago

California panel unanimously rejects proposal for plant to turn ocean water into drinking water

California officials struck down a $1.4 billion plan to build a seaside desalination plant amid a water crisis sparked by megadrought and climate change.
7 months ago
State panel rejects proposal for plant to turn ocean water into drinking water
7 months ago

How fire management can be cost-effective way to limit emissions

Scientists are discovering how fire management practices can not only prevent explosive megafires but also help curb climate change.
7 months ago
 This is how much burned area is expected to increase in North America by 2050: Study
7 months ago

How the beauty industry is working to become more sustainable

Sustainable beauty has become a multibillion-dollar business and a celebrity favorite over the years, leading to more eco-friendly products and packaging.
7 months ago
How the beauty industry is working to become more sustainable