Conflicting evidence means it's tough to tell whether trees helping to clear the air, or if green is not as good as we thought.
Nutrient runoff is one of the major contributors to crown-of-thorns outbreaks.
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Despite 15 years of concerted action by the Australian and Queensland governments the health of the reef is not improving and in fact may be continuing to deteriorate.
When researchers combined two industrial waste products they created a material that could clean up mercury.
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Could orange peel help clean up the oceans?
Global scrutiny has pummelled VW shares.
The market reaction to the VW emissions scandal is just like that of a jilted lover.
Open-air irrigation: so last century.
A government for the 21st century needs to work out how we can grow our food, manufacture goods and dispose of waste without making such a huge mess.
Traffic is one of the major sources of pollution worldwide, particularly in Asia’s packed cities.
Outdoor air pollution causes 3.3 million premature deaths a year, mainly in Asia. And without policies to cut particulate pollution from traffic, industry and home biofuels, the deaths could double by 2050.
More than thirty chemicals can go down the drain from products we use everyday.
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The simple act of shampooing and conditioning our hair, even with green products, results in more than 30 chemicals being washed into our sewers.
Hold your breath.
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The poor air quality at major sporting events can have a damaging affect on athletes' performance and health.
Lots of these: settling ponds precipitate iron oxide and other suspended materials from the Red and Bonita mines near the Gold King Mine.
Newly released data show how the hundreds of abandoned mines in the western US discharge the same volume as the Gold King Mine spill every two days.
Sodium cyanide has a particularly unpleasant reputation but if officials act fast they should be able to limit its damaging effects.
Not pretty: the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado on August 9.
The dramatic wastewater spill in the Animas River is past its critical phase but given the long history of untreated mine waste, there will surely be more like it.
Waterbugs are used for the monitoring of river ecosystem health across the world.
Around the world, waterbugs are the most widely-used indicator of environmental health and pollution of rivers, lakes and wetlands.
The classic peppered moth.
The peppered moth will always hold a special place in the annals of evolutionary biology. Its story is a classic example of natural selection, and of how animals can act as indicators of environmental change.
What fly ash looks like after being stored in an ash dam.
The ash produced by coal mining is particularly harmful to humans. There is a way to reduce that harm and use the ash effectively, though.
A first: limits on carbon emissions from power plants.
Despite looming legal challenges, states are devising plans to comply with limits on power plant carbon emissions – a crucial part of Obama's climate policies.
Batteries can cut carbon emissions, but mining the metals and other resources needed to make them can be a dirty business.
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The advent of battery storage heralds an even deeper embrace of electric cars and renewable energy. But amid the green tech revolution, we should be wary of creating new pollution problems.
Hong Kong: a showcase for Asian urban development.
Nobel Laureates met recently in Hong Kong to sign a memorandum calling for cities to help guard against climate change. As the most creative places on the planet, big cities are the perfect place to meet this challenge.
China’s government says it plans to tackle smog, but has also moved to shut down criticism on the issue in the wake of a popular online documentary.
Under the Dome, a hugely popular online documentary about China's smog crisis, could be as influential as 1962's US pesticide exposé Silent Spring - but only if Chinese officials allow debate to flourish.
The National Children’s Study may have been flawed, but it was still a valuable endeavor.
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Environmental health research has confirmed that chronic, low-level exposure to toxins in our environment – including our food, air and water – can have a significant impact on our health. We need to expand…
Despite firefighters' efforts, the Hazelwood mine fire showered the nearby town of Morwell with pollution.
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I’m quite nervous about writing this. I’m going to stray from my familiar academic world into a political one, and it’s on an issue that may very well have killed several people. My reputation has already…