‘A slap in the face’: The pandemic disrupts young oil careers

Students and recent graduates struggle to get hired as the oil industry cuts tens of thousands of jobs, some of which may never come back.

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Land subsidence 'will affect almost fifth of global population'

Subsidence, or the gradual sinking of land, could affect 19% of the world's population by 2040, according to new research funded by Unesco.


Hawaii’s fresh water leaks to the ocean through underground rivers

If the water could be pumped to the surface, it could help alleviate shortages on the island.

Burning fossil fuels helped drive Earth's most massive extinction

Massive volcanic eruptions ignited oil and coal deposits in Siberia in the events that led to the Permian-Triassic “Great Dying” event.

Huan Li: Study of air pollution caused by fracking in Pennsylvania details human cost

Recently, a team of colleagues and I decided to closely examine hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the impact it has on air quality and the economy in Pennsylvania, where the practice has taken hold.


Landslides threaten Oregon after fires sweep hillsides

Heavy downpours can bring destructive mudslides now, or in years to come.

Land in Russia’s Arctic blows 'like a bottle of champagne'

Since finding the first crater in 2014, Russian scientists have documented 16 more explosions in the Arctic caused by gas trapped in thawing permafrost.

Did something burp? It was an earthquake

Years of observations in central Italy show that more carbon dioxide percolates through Earth’s crust during periods of strong seismic activity.
The Weekend Reader

With Covid-19, a seismic quiet like no other

Coronavirus shutdowns led to “the longest and most coherent global seismic noise reduction in recorded history,” scientists report.

Scientists want to fight climate change with rocks

Rocks, particularly the types created by volcanic activity, play a critical role in keeping Earth's long-term climate stable and cycling carbon dioxide between land, oceans, and the atmosphere. In fact, they are a big part of why the Earth's climate has remained so stable over geological time.


When Manhattan was Mannahatta: A stroll through the centuries

From lush forest to metropolis, the evolution of Lower Manhattan. Our critic walks with Eric W. Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Plastic Pollution

We’re making garbage patches on the ocean floor, too

Much like weather on land, ocean currents are a morass of complex, interconnected systems, affected by local physical features. This makes it difficult to understand where plastics might end up.


Scientists leave federal jobs under President Trump

There’s been an exodus of federal scientists across government agencies since 2016.

What the Taal Volcano ‘worst-case scenario’ could look like

With millions of people at risk, experts are looking to past big eruptions to better understand the unique hazards this peak can produce.

Earth has had more major mass extinctions than we realized

All these periods of sudden, drastic species loss share patterns. That has worrying implications for the climate-driven losses we’re seeing now.
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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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