Scientists at Columbia University have concluded that the Earth's oceans are becoming more acidic at an unprecedented rate — increasing more quickly than in the Earth's history, based on a review of oceanic fossils. It could bring disaster for marine life.
South Korea a few times a year will be wracked with terrible dust storms carried on the jet stream from Mongolia's Gobi Desert. The yellow, talc-like sand is born up by winds and then carried for miles until it causes asthma attacks in Seoul. But Koreans are hoping newly planted trees will help put an end to that.
As Japan approaches the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that rattled the island nation and very nearly caused a complete and total meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, work continue on defueling, decommissioning and dismantling the damaged power station.
Migratory birds, like the endangered whooping crane, are struggling because their typical wintering grounds are gripped by a drought that's reduced their habitat and food supplies. But favorable conditions elsewhere may help them survive in places like Nebraska.
Despite not having an approved permit to construct its proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, TransCanada is moving forward in development along the southern leg. The company is seizing private property for pipeline development, claiming eminent domain, and are drawing controversy from landowners in Texas as well as environmentalists.
The movement for restaurants to feature more ingredients grown a virtual stone's throw from the kitchen is gaining in popularity. It has culinary schools teaching new skills and chefs learning new ways of planning menus and sourcing ingredients.
Environmental and indigenous groups have banded together to sue the Navy and the National Marine Fisheries Services for harming marine mammals with sonar. According to the plaintiffs, the Navy's military exercises have fatally impacted federally protected species. Now they are calling for limits on the Navy's access to this biologically rich area.
The California Air Resources Board announced an initiative that seeks to bring down vehicle emissions by 15 percent by 2025. The Zero Emission Vehicle initiative should cause car companies to develop new technology for alternative fuel sources.
At a state park in Florida, a biologist is the only thing standing between the loss of a species of butterflies once prevalent all throughout south Florida. But even though he's working hard to save the Miami Blue butterfly, his efforts may be too late.
In the past five weeks, 178 dolphins have beached themselves on Cape Cod. This unprecedented behavior has strained the resources of local rescue teams responding to the situation. The rescue teams working around the clock to save the struggling mammals rely heavily on government funds to support their efforts.