Massive marine die-off in Russian Far East threatens endangered species

Now believed to be caused by an unprecedented algae bloom, the decimation of bottom-dwelling sea life may have devastating ripple effects.
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Companies are placing big bets on plastics recycling. Are the odds in their favor?

Chemical recycling is attracting billions in capital spending, but environmentalists don't think it will solve the plastic waste problem.


House passed another "Save Our Seas" act. Here's why it won't work

“There’s a reason the plastics industry likes this. It’s because they don’t really have to do anything.”

Hidden beneath the ocean's surface, nearly 16 million tons of microplastic

New research shows that the amount of fragments embedded in the sea floor is far more than the plastic floating on the ocean’s surface.

Photographer Gianmarco Maraviglia collects nurdles from beaches and photographs them larger than life

Photographer Gianmarco Maraviglia collected plastic pellets, known as nurdles, from several beaches in Greece and photographed them larger than life.

On Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, oil leak blamed for killing octopi, sickening surfers

Authorities said the beach was “completely clean.” The social media backlash was swift.

Tenacious citizens take on the plastics industry over an insidious pollutant

Homegrown activists, tired of lax government enforcement and ineffectual industry self-policing, have stepped up to fight plastic pollution.


The world missed a critical deadline to safeguard biodiversity, UN report says

A decade ago, United Nations members crafted an agreement to curb the loss of biodiversity. We’ve failed miserably, but all hope is not lost.

‘Tons and tons of fishing equipment’: B.C. tour operators clean up ocean debris during coronavirus pandemic

Crew members collect more than 60 tonnes of ocean debris — primarily fishing gear — on first of two expeditions supported by government initiative.


Trump eyes aquaculture boom, but environmentalists dig in

The president’s bid to expand fish farming is designed to address the “seafood deficit,” which refers to how nine-tenths of the seafood Americans eat comes from overseas.

In reversal, Trump to ban oil drilling off coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina

The move comes after the White House previously proposed a huge expansion of drilling off U.S. coasts. Democratic and Republican governors have resisted offshore oil exploration.

Food wrappers passed cigarette butts as the most common beach trash

Of the nearly 32.5 million pieces of trash collected by Ocean Conservancy cleanups, there were 4.7 million food wrappers.

Orca that carried dead calf for 17 days gives birth again

Researchers spotted the killer whale they call J35 alongside her “robust and lively” new calf on Saturday — a ray of hope for the endangered Southern Resident population off the Pacific Northwest.

Damaged Venezuelan oil tanker drawing international concern

A huge oil tanker listing off a remote stretch of Venezuela's coast is triggering international calls for action.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

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.

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.

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.

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