Remember, Remember: There's a Downside to All Those Guy Fawkes Bonfires

“Remember, remember the fifth of November....” It’s that time of year again, when eager Brits celebrate Guy Fawkes Night with extravagant fireworks displays and bonfires to burn the traitorous Fawkes in effigy. But a new study says that all that extra smoke and debris in the air wreak havoc with visibility. »11/05/15 9:00am11/05/15 9:00am

Do Trees Really Help Clean the Air in Our Cities?

It may sound like a no-brainer to say that trees improve air quality. After all, we know that trees absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO₂), and that their leaves can trap the toxic pollutants nitrogen dioxide (NO₂), ozone, and harmful microscopic particles produced by diesel vehicles, cooking and wood burning. »11/04/15 3:30am11/04/15 3:30am

Your Sunscreen is Killing Earth's Coral Reefs

If you’re one of the millions of beachgoers who slathers yourself in sunscreen before hitting the surf, here’s an additional reason to feel personally responsible for the sixth mass extinction. Your sunscreen, my sunscreen, all of our goddamn sunscreen is contributing to the death of Earth’s coral reefs. Did I mention… »10/21/15 1:30pm10/21/15 1:30pm

The Port of LA's Big Tech Upgrade Worked So Well It's Hitting Its 2023 Emissions Goals

If you live in the US, most of the imported goods in your possession have traveled through the Port of Los Angeles, one of the largest ports in the world, and now, one of the biggest environmental success stories on the planet. A new study shows that due to major upgrades started a decade ago, the port is almost 10… »10/05/15 7:00pm10/05/15 7:00pm

China Cleaned Up Beijing's Smog For Its Military Parade, But Of Course It Didn't Last

It’s no coincidence that the China’s capital city had clear, sunny skies for the country’s huge military parade last week, or that Beijing’s dense smog returned the very next day. The Chinese government took extreme measures to guarantee clear skies for the its display, but it took less than 24 hours for air pollution… »9/06/15 11:00am9/06/15 11:00am

The CO2 In Our Atmosphere Can Now Be Transformed Into Carbon Nanofibers 

Carbon nanofibers are an incredibly exciting material. They’ve been around for a long time, but still aren’t common, partially because they’re difficult and expensive to make. Now, a team of engineers say it figured out a simple way to make them–by sucking carbon dioxide straight out of the atmosphere. »8/19/15 5:30pm8/19/15 5:30pm

Wastewater from the Colorado mine spill that turned the Animas River orange this week has made its w

Wastewater from the Colorado mine spill that turned the Animas River orange this week has made its way to northern New Mexico, the Associated Press reports. Officials in the cities of Aztec and Farmington have temporarily shut down the river’s access to water treatment plants. Meanwhile, containment crews are building… »8/08/15 4:30pm8/08/15 4:30pm

This Painter Can Even Make Toxic Sludge Look Beautiful

If you didn't think anything beautiful could come from toxic waste, well, think again. Ohio University art professor John Sabraw and civil engineer Guy Riefler have joined forces and devised a method for extracting iron oxide metals from industrial waste. The extracts can then be turned into vibrant pigments and used… »3/01/15 7:00pm3/01/15 7:00pm