Noah Chun: The climate change and industrialization conundrum

Since the dawn of human civilization, an unspoken rule has almost always been followed. As a population grows, so does their impact on their surroundings and the environment.

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Living Planet: What human noise pollution sounds like underwater

Sound can really travel in water. And many marine animals rely almost solely on their sense of sound to communicate and fulfill their basic needs. Today, much of the marine soundscape is dominated by human noise pollution.


Will humans go extinct?

Will our species go extinct? The short answer is yes. The fossil record shows everything goes extinct, eventually. Almost all species that ever lived, over 99.9%, are extinct.

Coastal pollution reduces genetic diversity of corals, reef resilience

A new study published in the journal PeerJ by researchers at the University of Hawaii found that human-induced environmental stressors have a large effect on the genetic composition of coral reef populations in Hawaii.


How our environmental practices make pandemics like coronavirus more likely

The story we tell about pandemics casts us as victims of nature. It’s the other way around.

Toby Ord's new book on existential risk sheds light on the coronavirus pandemic

Humans face unprecedented peril from new technologies and from our own actions, according to a new book by Toby Ord. By Ord's reckoning, humanity has a 1-in-6 chance of suffering an existential catastrophe this century.


Biodiversity crisis: Habitat loss, pesticides and light pollution pushing fireflies to extinction, scientists warn

Fireflies, of which there are more than 2,000 species strobing softly throughout dark corners of the world, are facing grave threats to their continued existence due to the impact of humans, a study suggests.


The biodiversity crisis, explained

This decade has made it clear: Humans are killing Earth’s great biodiversity.

How many humans can Earth sustain? And what does it mean if we've already passed it?

Humans are consuming Earth's resources faster than they're being replaced. When this happens in animals, populations crash.

There's one 'massively important' thing you can do about climate change right now

Caring about the climate crisis can often feel like a lonely and helpless burden, but it doesn't have to be that way.


How will humans survive climate change? Homo erectus has some answers

The last time humans had to adapt to the changing environment on a global scale was hundreds of thousands of years ago, when homo erectus lived in Africa.


Chimpanzee traditions are disappearing

By fragmenting forests and killing off individuals, humans are stopping the flow of ideas among our closest relatives.

Human activity is eroding chimpanzee behaviors and cultures, new study finds

Human activity is not only causing chimpanzee populations and habitats to decline, it is also quickly killing what scientists call their "behavioral and cultural diversity."

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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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