Exxon turns to academia to try to discredit Harvard research

In the latest go-round in a continuing dispute, the oil giant's efforts to tear down the work may do the company more harm than good.

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Harvard researchers link particulate matter from air pollution to neurodegenerative diseases

Conditions such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases have been linked to air pollution. In a recent study, researchers have also associated pollution with an increased risk of neurological disorders.

How many plants have we wiped out? Here are 5 extinction stories

Botanists have laid out evidence that dozens of North American trees, herbs, plants and shrubs have gone extinct since European settlers arrived.

Major retailers in Britain say no to glitter for Christmas

Morrisons, John Lewis and Waitrose said they would not be using glitter in their holiday products this year. Does that really help the environment?

Finally, the first room-temperature superconductor

It conveys electricity in the climate of a crisp fall day, but only under pressures comparable to what you’d find closer to Earth’s core.

What’s special about bat viruses? What we don't know could hurt us

The immune systems of bats are weird, but we don’t know how weird, how they got that way or enough about other animals.

How coronavirus’s genetic code can help control outbreaks

Imagine a place where politicians and public health experts use every tool at their disposal to contain the coronavirus. Welcome to the fictional town of Scienceville.

German ship completes historic Arctic expedition

The German Research Vessel Polarstern spent a year in the polar north, much of it with its engines turned off so it could simply drift in the sea-ice. The point was to study the Arctic climate and how it is changing.

Arctic science mission wraps up as research ship docks in Germany

The Polarstern docked at its home port of Bremerhaven nearly 13 months after it left Norway to study the rapidly changing Arctic.

What’s green, soggy and fights climate change?

You might be surprised: Protecting peat bogs could help the world avert the worst effects of global warming, a new study has found.

Locally-based organization says it has fastest solution to climate change

Many of the world's top scientists are putting their heads together on climate change, but a new locally-based nonprofit believes it has the most efficient solution to cooling the Earth down.

COVID-19: Examining theories for Africa's low death rates

Africa accounts for 17% of the global population but only 3.5% of the reported global COVID-19 deaths. There has been much discussion on what accounts for this.

'I won't be used as a guinea pig for white people'

Mistrust of vaccines runs deep in African-American communities. Against formidable odds, Father Paul Abernathy and his teams are trying to convince residents of Pittsburgh's historic Black neighborhoods to volunteer for trials testing a COVID-19 shot.

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.

Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $100 million to settle over 1,000 talc lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $100 million to settle over 1,000 lawsuits that allege the company's Baby Powder caused cancer.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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