As part of a campaign to encourage environmental awareness well before Earth Day on April 22, the United Nations and the World Wildlife Fund are urging people around the globe to turn off their lights for one hour from 8:30 … Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The White House has announced a wide-ranging plan aimed at cutting methane emissions from oil and gas drilling, landfills and other sources. The plan announced Friday is part of President Barack Obama’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions … Continue reading
The treacherous hunt for survivors continues after a massive mudslide in Oso, Wash., killed more than eight people, with more than 100 others still unaccounted for. Jeffrey Brown talks to David Montgomery, a geologist at the University of Washington, for background on possible causes of the deadly disaster. Continue reading
Dead birds covered in black oil have been spotted on the shores of Galveston, Texas since Sunday’s oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico.
Twenty-five years ago the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, Calif., ran aground off of the south coast of Alaska. The vessel released 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, polluting 1,300 miles of coastline. Scientists Gary Shigenaka and Alan Mearns responded to the disaster. They told EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn about the devastation they witnessed — especially among birds and marine life — all those years ago. Continue reading
1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods. Yet they are disappearing at the rate of 32 million acres every single year. Continue reading
In many cases, the original toxic water, which is the byproduct of solvents used by Silicon Valley’s earliest tech companies to degrease computer chips, is almost untreatable. The report estimates it would take 700 years of continuous treatment to make the groundwater below some parts of Silicon Valley drinkable again.
New research suggests that Genghis Khan, one of the greatest conquerors in all of history, may have been given an advantage by Mother Nature. Continue reading
A brutally cold winter has covered the Great Lakes with more ice than they have seen since 1979. Special correspondent Elizabeth Bracket of WTTW reports on the struggle to keep shipping lanes open to Chicago’s ice-clogged harbor to Lake Michigan. Continue reading
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In an unlikely alliance, natural gas companies and environmentalists have decided to work together to make fracking safer. Rick Karr travels to Pennsylvania to explore the tensions this has created among environmental groups. Continue reading