Thousands of Lego Pieces Have Been Washing Up On This Beach Since 1997

On the quaint coast of Cornwall, near the town of Perranporth, there's a beach that's constantly covered in Lego. Tiny flippers, little plastic dragons, a brick here and there—these pieces have been washing ashore since a shipping accident in 1997 sent 4.8 million pieces into the sea nearby. And one-by-one, out they… » 7/21/14 10:48am Yesterday 10:48am

Watch Plastic Ocean Junk Become a Pair of Wild Multi-Colored Sneakers

That our poor oceans are overflowing with our disgusting floating garbage is not news, but we keep on keeping on disposing of a crazy amount of non-biodegradable trashola—and lightly worn wardrobes. Your Shoes Are Rubbish represents one small step towards increasing awareness of the massive problem; these kicks were… » 6/26/14 7:30pm 6/26/14 7:30pm

Why Those Little Plastic Microbeads in Your Soap Are So Bad

This week, Illinois became the first state in the country to ban exfoliating plastic beads. Good for Illinois. Plastic microbeads have been running off by the billions into the Great Lakes and the oceans, causing huge amounts of environmental damage. Yet most consumers didn't even realize they existed. » 6/15/14 10:46am 6/15/14 10:46am

How Leather Is Slowly Killing the People and Places That Make It

Though we may consider ourselves intellectually and technologically superior to our cave-dwelling ancestors, we still adorn our bodies, transports, and homes with the skin of conquered animals. But unlike the wholly organic methods used by our forebears, the modern leather industry is simultaneously killing the local… » 6/03/14 4:23pm 6/03/14 4:23pm

What Will Happen When All Paris Traffic Slows To 19 Miles Per Hour?

Sixty percent vehicles in Paris run on diesel, and the city is struggling to curb emissions—banning half its cars for a day, making public transport and bike shares free for a weekend, and pedestrianizing large swathes of the urban grid. Now, a new proposal by Mayor Anne Hidalgo will cap the speed limit at 30… » 5/27/14 5:20pm 5/27/14 5:20pm

We've Thrown Microscopic Plastic Confetti Into Every Last Inch of Ocean

The guys from One Minute Science are back with a particularly grim explainer this weekend: Why just about every cubic foot of ocean is embedded with tiny bits of plastic. You've heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, right? This is on a different scale—it's even less visible, and just as insidious. » 5/11/14 10:00am 5/11/14 10:00am

China Offers Smog Insurance for Sight-Seeing Tourists Who Can't See

China's debilitating smog problem isn't anything new at this point—at least for its residents. Tourists to Beijing, however, are still struggling with the fact that the sights they came for can often be virtually unseeable. To appease this growing group of angry travelers, China's biggest online travel agency now… » 3/21/14 12:20pm 3/21/14 12:20pm

Smog is Forcing France to Rethink its Love of Diesel

Last week, the smog in Paris got so bad, city officials made public transit free and banned half the city's cars from the road. The vehicle ban only lasted a day, with the reduced traffic and changing weather patterns alleviating the smog situation. But why did the smog get so bad in the first place? Blame France's… » 3/20/14 6:40pm 3/20/14 6:40pm

Paris's Smog Has Gotten So Bad, It's Making Public Transportation Free

Ah Paris—city of light, city of love, city of smog? Unusually warm spring weather has trapped diesel car emissions, blanketing much of France in noxious and dangerous air pollution. It's gotten so bad that officials in Paris are taking the radical next step of making public transportation, bike shares, and electric… » 3/14/14 3:00pm 3/14/14 3:00pm