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- Jun 1 20153 minutes
Why Facebook Is the Junk Food of Socializing
Have you ever been walking in a dark alley and seen something that you thought was a crouching person, but it turned out to be a garbage bag or something similarly innocuous? Me too. Have you ever seen a person crouching in a dark alley and mistaken
- Feb 10 20173 minutes
12 Gardening Buys for the Horticulturally Hopeless
Pixabay Wouldn't it be nice? A lot of things can go wrong in the garden. Some seeds just won’t sprout. A plant’s leaves droop and turn colors they shouldn’t. Thankfully, inventive people are starting to tackle this problem, manipulating hot tech to h
- Nov 27 20161 minute
R.R. & R.P. UNION SQUARE Greenmarket can be a rough place. And we’re not just talking about cutthroat chefs vying for the best produce. There’s also, it turns out, a bit of one-upmanship among the farmers themselves. These good men and women are not
- Feb 23 20172 minutes
The 'Rhododendron Situation' and the Tricky Politics of Invasive Plants
“Nothing short of calling the army is going to put it right,” an Irish politician recently said of the shrub’s takeover of a national park.
- Jul 25 20161 minute
How to Save the World’s Forests—With Tires
MOST TALK ABOUT CONSERVATION AND travel tends to revolve around reducing emissions: fewer pollutants means fewer harmful climate changes. But protecting the environment isn’t just about tailpipes; it’s about tires and the rubber that’s used to make
- Jan 22 20171 minute
Bottled Versus Tap
BOTTLED Where it comes from: Nearly half of New York’s comes from city reserves. How it’s regulated: The Food and Drug Administration treats it as a food, and it can’t require food companies to publish detailed reports on where their products come
- Dec 1 20132 minutes
Prefab Homes are Seeing Green
Bill Haney has been an environmentalist for decades. During his freshman year at Harvard in 1980, he helped invent a system for reducing air pollution from power plants. Seven years later, the company, now known as Fuel Tech, sold for more than $180
- Feb 26 20159 minutes
The Seeds That Sowed a Revolution: Galapagos Finches are famous, yet Darwin learned more about evolution from the plants.
When the HMS Beagle dropped anchor on San Cristobal, the easternmost island in the Galapagos archipelago, in September 1835, the ship’s naturalist Charles Darwin eagerly went ashore to gather samples of the insects, birds, reptiles, and plants living
- Oct 17 20161 minute
Aryn Baker Saving the gray crowned crane from extinction isn’t just about preserving an iconic symbol of wealth and longevity in Rwandan culture, says Olivier Nsengimana. It’s also about saving us. “Having the cranes disappear means there is somethi
- Sep 26 20162 minutes
The Benefits of Protecting the Oceans
Most people will never glimpse the vast underwater mountains and canyons off Massachusetts’ Cape Cod that President Obama designated as a national monument on Sept. 15. The same goes for the hundreds of thousands of submerged square miles that the U.
- Apr 24 20164 minutes
Here’s How Industrial Emitters Can Pinpoint Their Carbon Footprint
Given how hazardous greenhouse gases (GHGs) are to our atmosphere and climate, it is perplexing to find hardly anyone talking about how those gases are measured. Even among those who do, you seldom spot anyone who mentions—amid the small fonts and ta
- Mar 30 20172 minutes
Here’s How Air Pollution Kills 3,450,000 People A Year
Pexels Pollution is a global problem. Air Pollution kills. A study released yesterday in the journal Nature found that in 2007, air pollution lead to the premature deaths of 3.45 million people worldwide—a number equivalent to the population of the s
- Dec 1 20142 minutes
Vertical Gardens Exist. You're Welcome.
Green is gold in today’s environmentally conscious market, and studies have shown that demonstrable environmental consciousness can tip the balance for consumers when making purchasing decisions. Retailers have been quick to take notice—not just by u
- Apr 12 20171 minute
There Are More Than 60,000 Tree Species Worldwide, Scientists Say
More than half of those species are only found in a single country, and many of them face extinction. The scientists hope that this database will be an important tool for conservationists.
- Feb 24 20173 minutes
Fracking Fluid Is Leaking More Often Than We Thought
Kelly Malony, USGS Shale gas drill rigging at night in Pennsylvania. Hydraulic fracture oil and gas wells spill pretty often, according to a recent study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. That study, along with a companion paper whic
- Apr 18 20175 minutes
Earth Day And The March For Science
People from around the U.S., including 13.7's Adam Frank, plan to gather in DC Saturday for the March for Science. Kathleen Rodgers, president of Earth Day Network, discusses the march and Earth Day.
- Jul 18 20163 minutes
216. The Fish That Didn’t Get Away
THE MASS OF SALMON IS invisible under the calm surface of the water—at least at first. Put out a net, however, and everything changes. “It absolutely erupts,” says Corey Arnold, a photographer who also works as a commercial fisherman during the summe
- May 29 20134 minutes
You Didn’t Build That: The Best Animal Engineers
If an intelligent alien species landed on the small bit of galactic rock that we call home, they might get out of their spaceships, have a look around, and decide that we—that is, our species—are the master builders on our planet. There would be plen
- Jan 12 20171 minute
Spark of Science: Jon Beckmann: The conservation ecologist discusses the plight of animals in a human-dominated landscape.
Whenever you face a challenge and you’re trying to solve a problem,” says conservation ecologist Jon Beckmann, “it always helps to take a different perspective than your own.” We’ve all heard that advice before. Just this week in his farewell address
- Apr 21 20173 minutes
Of Course, All Our Plastic Crap Ends Up In The Arctic
Wildest Arctic The Arctic, in our popular imagination, is a frozen expanse teetering figuratively and literally on the edges of human culture. It remains primal and wild and unsullied by human contagions. It's a nice idea, but one that doesn't match
- Oct 28 20162 minutes
How a Rare Darwin Sketch Finally Got Published
More than 180 years ago, Charles Darwin drew an orchid in Argentina. Now it’s being published in "Plant."
- Apr 7 20171 minute
Gov. Jerry Brown Lifts Drought Emergency For Most Of California
Still, the state will retain some rules it placed on water use during the years-long drought. "This drought emergency is over," Brown said Friday, "but the next drought could be around the corner."
- Apr 1 20163 minutes
The Kitchen Sink
ERIK NEUMANN When John Wick and his wife, Peggy Rathmann, bought their 540-acre ranch in 1998, it was in bad shape. Located in California’s Marin County, a windswept region northwest of San Francisco Bay, the land had been worn down by overgrazing;
- Feb 24 20174 minutes
What Would America Be Like Without the EPA?
William Strode /EPA Smog Lingers Over Louisville Skyline, September 1972 Note: This is part two of a four-part series about the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The agency, its policies, and the science that underpins those regulations