environment

Wearable Air Quality Sensors Could Help Us All Breathe Easier

Imagine if you could locate the healthiest route for your afternoon jog, the fresh airiest one that would keep you from breathing the pollutants that cars barf out into the atmosphere. It might change every day as these pollutants move around. But you’d be ready, because you’d be wearing an air quality sensor.


Nazca Lines: Greenpeace Damages One Of World's Most Sacred Places

Greenpeace can get a little aggressive with its tactics. That doesn’t mean that it’s not fighting for a good cause! But after the organisation marched through the sacred Nazca Lines etched into the Peruvian desert for a climate protest, capturing it all on camera with a drone, you have to wonder what the hell they were thinking. Greenpeace isn’t the best at thinking things through though.


Cruise Ships Dump Billions Of Litres Of Sewage In The Ocean Every Year

Cruise ships are not the most environmentally friendly holiday destinations on the planet. In fact, according to the latest Cruise Ship Report Card by Friends of the Earth, they might be about the worst. These floating resorts dump billions of litres of sewage into the open ocean every year. In a sense, every cruise is a poop cruise.


Bureaucracy and Bad Design Killed The World Trade Center's Green Dream

Once upon a time, One World Trade was a trumpeted as the future greenest skyscraper in the world. It turned out to be anything but, and today Mother Jones has obtained documents explaining what the hell happened. The short answer is money, bureaucracy, bad design. Oh, and Hurricane Sandy.


Your Set-Top Box Is An Energy-Sucking Monster (But It Doesn't Have To Be)

An innocent little cable box can suck up more electricity than your actual TV. The most galling part though? Up to two-thirds of its power-hogging actually happens in “idle” mode, when you’re not even using it. The good news is device makers have the technical ability to make cable boxes that don’t waste so much electricity. They just need to actually do it.


Some Of Canada's Lakes Are Turning Into Jelly Thanks To Acid Rain

It’s a real bummer to hear that 150 years of industrialisation wrecked the Earth so bad that it will take thousands to recover. It’s a much bigger bummer to see the situation in real life. That’s exactly what’s happening in a large number of Canada’s lakes, which are turning into jelly thanks to acid rain.


What Would Happen If Every Human On Earth Died?

Let’s cross our fingers and hope that we never experience this, but what would happen if every human on the planet was eradicated?


These Decoy Insects Zap The Nasty Bugs That Try To Mate With Them

As they say, sex has consequences, even for male beetles. In their quest to eradicate an invasive beetle, scientists have created “femme fatale” decoys that lure the males in and zap ‘em dead — just as the unsuspecting males think they might be getting it on.


The Plan To Turn California's Ageing Oil Rigs Into Skyscraper-Sized Reefs

Off the coast of Southern California, there’s an underwater city. A thicket of almost 30 enormous steel oil rigs, each as large as a skyscraper, bolted to the floor of the ocean. Most of them are elderly, ageing giants — and soon, the state will need to make a decision about whether to rip them up or let them stand. Either option comes with huge risks.


This Biodegradable Plastic Is Made From Corn Husks And Rice Stems

We all know what havoc plastic wreaks on our environment. When it’s not running off into our lakes and choking fish, it’s fusing with sand, wood and natural debris and forming permanent litter that will far outlast us. Wouldn’t it be great it we could make biodegradable plastic out of agriculture waste? Turns out we can.