Environment

Environmental scandal casts a cloud in Chile

Environmental scandal casts a cloud in Chile

Environmental scandal casts a cloud in Chile A poisonous cloud is hovering over the Chilean coastal town of Quintero, and residents are complaining of respiratory problems, dizziness and vomiting. Yet those responsible are driving economic growth in the country. As colorful fishing boats drift peacefully in Quintero Bay, dark clouds […]

How Germany‘s coal phaseout is becoming an international movement

How Germany‘s coal phaseout is becoming an international movement

How Germany‘s coal phaseout is becoming an international movement Germany‘s Hambach Forest has become a symbolic battlefield and magnet for the global climate protection movement. Over past months, hundreds of people from abroad have traveled there to call for an end to coal. Climate change has no borders, nor does […]

Our beautiful planet: Morocco‘s climbing goats

Our beautiful planet: Morocco‘s climbing goats

Our beautiful planet: Morocco‘s climbing goats Is this tree realy full of goats? The photo may look like it‘s been edited, but this scene is quite common in southern Morocco. But left unchecked, overgrazing on these precious argan trees is bad news for the ecosystem. Looking like goat-shaped baubles decking […]

Bioplastics: Great green hope or a false promise?

Bioplastics: Great green hope or a false promise?

Bioplastics: Great green hope or a false promise? Bioplastic is meant to be eco-friendly and biodegradable. But on closer inspection, it loses its green sheen. Can packaging made from algae and cooking oil really help fight the plastic scourge? If Josefine Staats is to be believed, the red algae Kappaphycus […]

Gas flaring continues scorching Niger Delta

Gas flaring continues scorching Niger Delta

Gas flaring continues scorching Niger Delta In Nigeria‘s Niger Delta, gas flares are killing crops, polluting water and damaging human health. The Nigerian government has promised to tackle the problem — but new data shows flaring has even gone up. Flames as tall as 10-storey buildings burn day and night […]

Climate change reduces male fertility, could help drive extinction

Climate change reduces male fertility, could help drive extinction

Climate change reduces male fertility, could help drive extinction Researchers are honing in on a little-studied but significant consequence of climate change: male infertility. Could this potential cause of extinction and biodiversity loss also threaten the human species? Men have long understood the dangers of exposing their reproductive glands to […]

A Caribbean nightmare — an onslaught of slimy brown seaweed

A Caribbean nightmare — an onslaught of slimy brown seaweed

A Caribbean nightmare — an onslaught of slimy brown seaweed The Caribbean coast is awash with tons of foul-smelling seaweed, causing problems for the environment and tourism. Could a protective barrier in the sea help? It‘s one of the solutions being proposed. An invasion of brown algae in Mexico Permalink […]

Where is Europe‘s air safe to breathe?

Where is Europe‘s air safe to breathe?

Where is Europe‘s air safe to breathe? Air pollution kills hundreds of thousands of Europeans every year. But breathing is riskier in some places than others. In countries like Poland, change is happening — but only slowly. “Smog is very real. You can feel it, you can smell it,” Andrzej […]

Healing the ozone layer: A ray of hope for planet Earth?

Healing the ozone layer: A ray of hope for planet Earth?

Healing the ozone layer: A ray of hope for planet Earth? After a decades-long ban on harmful ozone-depleting chemicals, the ozone layer is finally healing. Could this be a model for tackling other environmental problems like climate change? Finally, some good environment news: The Earth‘s protective ozone layer has been […]

What do the US midterms mean for the environment?

What do the US midterms mean for the environment?

What do the US midterms mean for the environment? For the last two years, Trump has gutted US environmental regulation and promoted climate denial. But following Democratic gains, planet Earth should have more allies — at least in the House of Representatives. United States President Donald Trump has , cut […]