This is what illegal gold mining looked like in southeast Peru's Madre de Dios region in 2019. (Photo: Cris Bouroncle, Getty Images)

Gold Mining Is Hurting the Amazon’s Ability to Store Carbon

Gold mining is becoming an increasingly dangerous threat to the Amazon. A new study has found that barely any trees or plants grow where mines once sat. This is bad news for the wildlife that depends on vegetation for habitat. Without trees or vegetation, though, the Amazon also can’t store…

If plants can absorb nanoplastics through their roots, scientists worry what these plastic coverings may be doing to our food supply. (Photo: Yann Schreiber, Getty)

Plants Can Absorb Tiny Plastic Pieces Through Their Roots, Study Finds

Nothing seems safe from the grips of plastic these days. Not national parks, not oceans, and, according to new findings, not even plants. The study, published in Nature Nanotechnology on Monday, found that plants can absorb the tiniest bits of plastic through their roots. It shows the wide-ranging ways that plastic…