Full story - July 31, 2020
gray and white smokestacks billow
The environmental movement in America has deep ties to the nation’s history of systemic racism and white supremacy. Now, as Americans confront racial injustice anew, powerful green groups like the Sierra Club are beginning to reckon with their own histories of hate and exclusion.
Full story - July 31, 2020
Green trees in the corner with wide swath of cleared forest in the center
The COVID-19 pandemic is estimated to cost several trillion US dollars. But a new study suggests that spending just a tiny fraction of that to curb deforestation and the wildlife trade could prevent another costly pandemic.
Full story - July 24, 2020
Dakota Access pipeline protest
A bedrock conservation law, the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, is the latest environmental regulation rolled back by the Trump administration.
Full story - July 24, 2020
Iowa farmland loss to development
In the last 20 years, more than 11 million acres of US farmland have been converted, fragmented or paved over by development projects, according to a new report by the American Farmland Trust.
Full story - July 17, 2020
Curiosity Rover selfie
Astrobiologist Sarah Stewart Johnson is a NASA scientist who has spent her career searching for answers to profound human questions. She helped design America's newest interplanetary, robotic life hunter on Mars called Perseverance, which launched on July 30.
Full story - July 17, 2020
ICARUS cosmonaut space station
Information collected from orbiting satellites can tell us a lot about the weather, our changing climate and abundant life on Earth. Thanks to advances in technology, soon we may be able to watch, in real-time, the movements and migration of tiny winged species, including insects.
Full story - July 17, 2020
Mark Zuckerberg stands in front of a blue backdrop and speaks on climate misinformation using his hands
The Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice and 350.org are joining more than 1,000 companies in pausing their advertising on Facebook in July as part of the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign. Other environmental groups have hesitated to get on board.
Full story - July 10, 2020
A woman with a green shirt, silver hair and a wrinkled face smiles
Sixty years ago, in July 1960, Goodall arrived in what is now Gombe National Park, Tanzania, to begin her groundbreaking research on chimpanzees, and ever since, Goodall has been advocating for conservation of the natural world. Goodall believes COVID-19 emerged "entirely because of our disrespect for animals and the natural world.”
Full story - July 03, 2020
Smoke rises from wildfires near Berezovka River in Russia
Siberia hit a record-high temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit on June 20 in the town of Verkhoyansk, north of the Arctic Circle. Scientists say it is an ominous sign of things to come. “I was shocked at the magnitude of it ..." says Susan Natali, Arctic program director at Woods Hole Research Center.
Full story - July 03, 2020
Genetically modified mosquiito
Biotech company Oxitec is developing genetically modified mosquitoes in hopes of reducing local populations of mosquitoes that carry dengue fever, yellow fever, and the Zika virus. Now the Environmental Protection Agency has given Oxitec the go-ahead to test the effectiveness of these mosquitoes in parts of Florida and Texas.