Pollution

Pollution

Date with disaster: Adventurers sail through wave of tsunami debris

Last year, a tidal wave washed an entire Japanese city into the sea. The debris, washing this way, holds clues about the nature of our trash-filled oceans.

Politics

Rio hangover: 50,000 people rallied for the Earth Summit. Did it do any good?

We came, we saw, we spent hours and hours stuck in Rio’s mythic traffic jams. Here's what we have to show for it.

Pollution

Romney opposes mercury rule, beclowns himself again

Let's take a minute to mock the Romney campaign's stance on mercury and other toxic power plant emissions.

Fire retardants are great at killing forest fires, fish

New rules governing the use of retardants are intended to prevent the sort of die-off seen in Oregon in 2002. But they aren't always the first priority.

Pollution

Pollution makes carnivorous plants go vegetarian

Acid rain apparently has one benefit: It gives carnivorous plants so much nitrogen that they no longer need to eat meat. A new study has determined that sundews in Swedish bogs are cutting back on their insect consumption, which is good news if you’re an insect or a human concerned about a Little Shop of Horrors scenario. Unfortunately, it’s actually bad news for the sundews.

Business & Technology

Getting used to being in charge of the planet

Decisions made by people alive today will determine the fate of life on Earth for centuries to come. It's time to take responsibility for our planet.

Living

This graphic novel about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch looks awesome

I’m Not a Plastic Bag is a graphic novel about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the agglomeration of plastic flakes that is swirling around in the Pacific Ocean. The book follows the journey of several pieces of trash destined to become part of the patch. The images are beautiful, and the story’s reminiscent of The Brave Little Toaster, updated for a world in which trash doesn’t get to live a second life. The book is by Rachel Hope Allison, who describes herself as “a white girl with curly hair” who is nevertheless “not Jewish, nor am I Chelsea Clinton.” We …

Did you say ‘sea-level rise’? You liberal.

China asked foreign embassies to stop publishing air pollution data? Can you imagine! The nerve of repressing scientific knowledge. Meanwhile, in Virginia ...

Pollution

Tsunami debris on the West Coast could be ‘far worse than any oil spill’

Last year’s tsunami in Japan threw 1.5 million tons of debris into the ocean. It’s starting to show up on the West Coast — a soccer ball here, a motorcycle there, a 66-foot, 165-ton dock. According to the Associated Press, more might be coming. Or it might not. But when the debris arrives, if enough arrives, it could be dangerous enough to be a national emergency. No one knows for sure what’s going to happen next. The AP talked to “some experts” who thought most of that debris would chill out in the ocean, far from American shores. But they …

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