Environmental Science

Toxic algae flourishes despite vast sums spent to prevent it

Nov 16, 2017

Pungent, ugly and often-toxic algae is spreading across U.S. waterways, even as the government spends vast sums of money to help farmers reduce fertilizer runoff that helps cause it

GAO: Climate change already costing US billions in losses

Oct 24, 2017

A federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, fires and droughts become more frequent in the coming decades

Study: World pollution deadlier than wars, disasters, hunger

Oct 20, 2017

Environmental pollutants are killing at least 9 million people and costing the world $4.6 trillion a year, a toll exceeding that of war, smoking, hunger or natural disasters

Australia rejects clean energy target for cheaper power

Oct 17, 2017

Australian government rejects plan to generate 42 percent of country's power from wind, solar energy

Russia launches European atmosphere monitoring satellite

Oct 13, 2017

Russia has successfully launched a satellite into orbit that will monitor Europe's atmosphere, helping to study air pollution

Another El Nino problem: More carbon dioxide in air

Oct 12, 2017

A new NASA satellite details how the whopper of an El Nino a couple years ago added more heat-trapping carbon dioxide to the air

250 years after Washington drained it, feds soak a swamp

Oct 11, 2017

The federal government is trying to undo damage from two centuries of logging at the Great Dismal Swamp

The Latest: Walrus advocates slam endangered species denial

Oct 4, 2017

The author of a petition to list the Pacific walrus as a threatened or endangered species says the federal government has made a disgraceful decision in rejecting the listing

The Latest: Nobel winner 'like Google Earth for molecules'

Oct 4, 2017

3 researchers based in the U.S., U.K. and Switzerland have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developments in electron microscopy.

Sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific on tsunami debris

Sep 29, 2017

Nearly 300 species of sea creatures, including mussels, fish and crabs, hitchhiked on debris from the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan to reach US shores

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