Home Tags Environment

Tag: Environment

An undated photo of the former glacier Okjökull in Iceland, taken before the glacier shrunk due to rising temperatures.

People in Iceland are erecting a plaque to eulogize the country’s first glacier lost to climate change

Okjökull lost its status as a glacier in 2014 due to ice melt caused by climate change. The plaque eulogizing it carries a message for the future.
A view of Arcosanti in 2011.

Hippies have taken over the ‘city of the future’ in an Arizona desert

Arcosanti was supposed to represent a sustainable urban utopia. Today, it looks more like a hippie commune.
Kids and adults cool off in a fountain on the Rose Kennedy Greenway on the first day of a forecasted summer heatwave in Boston, Massachusetts, July 19, 2019.

The dangerous heat wave sweeping the US isn’t just high temperatures. Heat index is all about how you sweat.

In a heat wave, the danger lies in both temperature and humidity. Here's what heat index is and why it's so important.
A rift created when an iceberg broke off from Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier.

Antarctica is melting so fast that scientists are proposing shooting artificial snow out of cannons to slow it down

Two glaciers in Western Antarctica are on the verge of collapse. Scientists say dumping trillions of tons of artificial snow could stop the melt.
Scientist Zachary Cooper climbs down a ladder into a tunnel leading to a cryopeg, a pocket of super-cool water suspended in the Alaskan permafrost, May 2018. Researchers are harnessed to a rope for safety.

Deep below Alaskan ice, tiny life forms went untouched for 50,000 years. Scientists are probing them to improve the hunt for aliens.

Scientists found bacteria in liquid pockets under Alaskan permafrost. The microbes may offer clues about what life looks like on other planets.
Sunny-day flooding on a residential street in Miami, Florida.

‘Sunny-day flooding’ is projected to put parts of the US underwater for at least 100 days per year. Here’s what the Gulf and East c...

Tidal flooding is becoming more frequent as sea levels rise. It's expected to get much worse, especially along the US' Gulf and East coasts.
The biologist Lizzie Daly near a giant barrel jellyfish in the English Channel.

A human-sized jellyfish with frilly tentacles has been caught on camera — the largest researchers had ever encountered

Divers swimming in the English Channel near Cornwall came face-to-face with a barrel jellyfish about their own size.
A woman drinks from a water bottle in Portland, Oregon.

‘Forever chemicals’ have been found in bottled water brands sold at Whole Foods and CVS, and it’s part of a larger contamination pro...

Massachusetts recommended that pregnant women and bottle-fed infants avoid drinking the bottled water "out of an abundance of caution."

Hurricane Barry is hitting Louisiana as the first hurricane of 2019. Here’s why storms are getting stronger, slower, and wetter.

Hurricane Barry is moving over the Louisiana coast. Here's how climate change is making storms stronger, wetter, and more frequent.
A view from the top of the levee that protects the Ninth Ward from the Industrial Canal is pictured as Tropical Storm Barry approaches land in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Hurricane Barry could breach New Orleans’ river levees. Here’s how the levee system works and how much it can withstand.

Hurricane Barry could raise the Mississippi River 19 feet in New Orleans. The levee system might not be able to hold it. Here's how it works.