Yet plastic itself isn't inherently evil as sometimes the environmental benefits outweigh the costs. So how to tell good plastic from bad?
Ants have an incredible instinct to help their comrades.
A shipping industry summit is exploring routes to a greener future.
Tides are the largest they have been for 250m years.
How we showed the Atlantic circulation system is its weakest for 1,600 years.
It's a policy to help the environment, so where's the evidence to support it?
Honeybees are responsible for only a third of crop pollination in Britain.
Despite various exceptions, the UK's proposed ivory ban will be among the toughest in the world.
Governments and energy firms will find it hard to generate the necessary public acceptance for such a controversial technology.
A mythical Amazonia of lost tribes or lost cities is easy to challenge on a factual basis, but such objections appear rather feeble in the face of the power of cliché.
The technology underlying Bitcoin is starting to spread its wings.
Rhino resurrection is tempting, but if humans cannot save a species in nature, what future for animals that we manufacture?
Cleaning up the oceans will require much better waste management in poorer countries.
The pioneering legislation is ten years old – and the latest science means it now does not go far enough.
East Africa Rift is undergoing a process that will see the Horn of Africa split from the rest of the continent.
Daylight savings time means our most active periods are better aligned with daylight hours.
Wrecks like the recently discovered USS Juneau reveal much about combat on the oceans.
Multiple reports have convincingly demonstrated that agroecology is the most promising pathway to sustainable food systems on all continents. But governments aren't doing enough to support it.
Plastics and microplastics in the marine environment are one of the great cause célèbre of our era. Here's what we know and don't know.
To understand what happened to our love of giant radioactive kettles, take a look at cultural theory.
Greater Manchester wants to be "zero carbon". But this sort of target raises some important questions.
The tale of the snow crab bears witness to the how the complexities of climate change and fights over fishing rights play out.
Lowering your carbon footprint by living off-grid is a sustainability dream. But how possible is it using current technology?
Three researchers studied the "crop raiders" of the Brazilian rainforest in the hope of aiding both local farmers and wildlife conservation.
We must develop the capability to meet our computing needs while using much less power and producing negligible heat waste.
Politics has been disrupted by the financial crisis and the rise of new technologies. Rapid change suddenly looks a lot more possible.
A heritage landscape researcher used the work of a Victorian aerial photographer to map a century of glacial loss in the Alps – and the results are staggering.
'Ridge A' sits at the peak of the Antarctic ice sheet and has exceptionally cold, dry, thin and dark skies.
Reforms to fossil fuel subsidies must be combined with effective anti-poverty policies.
Those on low incomes get less back from home improvement schemes than they pay in government charges.
Food chains are often so complex that its too hard to make the right choices.
Long-term climate modelling may appear to focus on the impossibly far future. But the full impact of some climate processes won't be apparent for centuries.
Artisanal fishers in Sri Lanka are throwing away more marine species than they keep.