the lush Antarctic seafloor
Hidden under the cover of sea-ice for most of the year, and living in cold water near the seafloor, are thousands of unique species. Research has generated new techniques to map where these species live, and predict how this might change in the future.
A man is perched atop a propeller of a small twin engine plane on a tarmac. The plane is bright cherry red.
The global circulatory system is incredibly complex, and parts of it, like the North Icelandic Jet, are barely understood. That's why these scientists are in Iceland in the dead of winter.
Worker in front of cement truck
Byproducts from coal-fired power plants and metal production can help lower the carbon footprint of concrete production.
A sand mining operation in Rangkasbitung, Indonesia. A global building boom has driven soaring demand for sand for concrete and land reclamation, much of it illegal and damaging to ecosystems and communities.
Sand can seem like the most abundant and inexhaustible thing on Earth. But a global building boom is gobbling up sand — and destroying vital ecosystems around the world — for concrete and landfill.
Cody Marshall, with The Recycling Partnership, looks through a recycling bin in Lynn, Massachusetts. His organization is working with cities across the nation, helping them educate residents on how to recycle better.
China is refusing to take impure recycling and that's forcing communities, like Lynn, Massachusetts, to clean up their act.
Starbucks announced plans to phase out single-use plastic straws by the year 2020. The company says it will eliminate the need for 1 billion straws annually.
Starbucks announced plans to discontinue using plastic straws at its 28,000 locations worldwide. It's a positive development for the environment. But is it worthy of celebration?
US Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh is shown looking down at a microphone.
Kavanaugh believes climate change is a threat, but takes a narrow interpretation of the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
a woman with her left leg amputated at the knee sits in a doorway
Climate change-related disasters have the potential to disrupt access to caregivers, assistive devices and medical supplies, which many people with a physical disability depend on, says Alex Ghenis of the Berkeley, California-based World Institute on Disability.
A haul truck at Peabody Energy's Rawhide coal mine near Gillette, Wyoming. The past few years have been tough for the coal industry in Wyoming — the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2016.
Coal has driven Wyoming’s economy for decades. The state sits on hundreds of years of coal reserves. But the world is slowly moving away from coal, leaving some towns at a crossroads.
South-central Wyoming has some of the strongest winds in the United States. The Department of Energy estimates that by 2030, Wyoming has the potential to power the equivalent of 3.4 million homes.
Wyoming is a coal state. But it’s becoming a wind state, too.

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