Environmental and health groups have called for the creation of a non-political federal agency with the power to rule on pollution levels - much like the Reserve Bank does for interest rates.
Science advisers can make important contributions to environmental policy and decision making by government. But we should expect even more.
China, which recycles much of the world's waste material, is slashing its scrap imports. This move could force the United States and Europe to boost recycling instead of shipping trash overseas.
Brazil has been throwing money at Amazonian cattle farmers, hoping they'll adopt 'greener' crops like fruit or corn. A new study shows why loans won't fix the environmental issue presented by ranches.
Despite their clever repackaging and repositioning, the Greens face a disappointing election night – and their biggest problem isn't going away.
Theresa May has ignored the 'low politics' of energy for too long.
Global warming and carbon emissions, left unchecked, could cause rising sea levels and displace almost 200 million people. But we can still prevent the worst case scenario if we act now.
Other EU members don't want a neighbour that ignores air quality standards.
Research has shed new light on whether we prefer policies that would benefit ourselves or our descendants.
An eco-friendly EU withdrawal is still possible.
In Switzerland, specific and often costly environmental policies are put to test through direct democracy.
President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to decimate the Environmental Protection Agency. But a political scientist predicts that while EPA will face budget cuts, the agency isn't going anywhere.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's proposed changes to Australia's national environment act will significantly reduce judicial oversight on environmental decisions. Here's why that matters.
The 5p plastic bag charge is making society more eco-friendly than ever before.
As more states legalize marijuana, growing pot indoors is consuming massive quantities of energy. Rules for this new industry should include requirements to use clean power or pay carbon fees.
When the GM crop debate is confined to the human risks, it limits who can participate in the decision making and privileges scientists.
All too often the environment’s advocates are portrayed as outsiders, elitist, out of touch.
From recycling to air pollution, eco-friendly European laws have a big impact.
Do environmental regulations help or hurt the economy? Ask the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates and you'll get starkly different views.
You can't simply 'value' nature as though it were a commodity able to be bought and sold.