A massive ice island broke off of the Petermann Glacier in Greenland. The iceberg, which contains enough fresh water to supply every American for half a year, is roughly twice the size of Manhattan in New York.
In Oregon, there's rumblings of discontent over how much herbicide the state uses to keep its highway shoulders cleared. Some counties have pesticide-free promises, but that doesn't apply to state roads. In some states, though, herbicides are on the decline.
Palm oil is an important ingredient in many processed foods. But it can also be a source of environmental damage in southeast Asia, where much of it is produced. So one student tried, and struggled, to get it entirely out of his life for a year.
As Canada grapples with its budget and tries to make cuts, scientists are protesting the decision, they say, to halt funding for the Experimental Lakes Area and end the important research conducted there.
Sweltering temperatures in June capped off a year of record-breaking temperatures across the United States. Whether the trend is an anomaly or the new normal is something scientists are still trying to figure out.
As Australia tries to confront continued growth among non-native species that are decimating its eco-system, naturalists are considering a back-to-basics approach to getting things in order. The dingoes and Tasmanian devils are native predators that may be reintroduced in a bid to keep invasive species at bay.
Just months after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, another oil spill hit the United States, this one in Michigan. But the clean-up for this one has been long, involved and convoluted. The still ongoing effort led the EPA recently to levy one of its biggest fines relating to an oil spill, some $3.7 million.
To environmentalists, the Hotel Algarrobico represents the worst example of Spain's failures to enforce its environmental laws: built right along the coast and in a national park. But to local residents, it's more economic opportunity lost. It could provide hundreds of jobs, but right now it's sitting empty.
The number of cheetahs the world over has declined dramatically over the past 100 years. Now, the population is so small that its genetic diversity is limited. If something doesn't change, their survival could be threatened.
Many ecosystems along the Gulf coast have been slow to recover from the BP oil spill in 2010. But few have struggled as much as Louisiana's coastal wetlands, where the annual erosion rate doubled from five to 10 feet over an 18-month period.