De-icing salts help us get around in winter, but they corrode cars, crack roads and contaminate rivers and lakes. Scientists are working to develop better options by imitating natural antifreezes.
Jan. 29, 2021 • ~8 min
A recent US study found tyre chemicals were polluting rivers and poisoning migratory salmon.
Jan. 8, 2021 • ~5 min
Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires - it's a risk in urban fires, too
A new study shows how toxic chemicals like benzene are leaching into water systems after nearby fires. The pipes don't have to burn – they just have to heat up.
Dec. 14, 2020 • ~9 min
Fish farms feed millions of people around the world, but they also consume a lot of fish that are dried or ground up to make aquafeed. Researchers are developing more sustainable alternatives.
Dec. 14, 2020 • ~7 min
Black Friday sales reveal fast fashion extremes. But how does it affect the planet?
Nov. 30, 2020 • ~7 min
Ministers visited the scene of a huge peat slide on the Tyrone Donegal border.
Nov. 20, 2020 • ~3 min
Secondhand clothing sales are booming – and may help solve the sustainability crisis in the fashion industry
Fast fashion is far from green. But the rapid expansion of online clothing resale platforms could help shrink the garment industry's negative impact on the environment.
Nov. 16, 2020 • ~7 min
The Trump administration has used executive orders, deregulation and delays to reduce environmental regulation. Biden administration officials will use many of the same tools to undo their work.
Nov. 12, 2020 • ~6 min
Healthy seagrasses form underwater meadows teeming with fish and shellfish. A successful large-scale restoration project in Virginia could become a model for reseeding damaged seagrass beds worldwide.
Oct. 20, 2020 • ~11 min
PFAS 'forever chemicals' are widespread and threaten human health – here's a strategy for protecting the public
PFAS chemicals are toxic, widespread and persistent in the environment, and the federal government has been slow to regulate them. A scientist explains why evaluating them one by one isn't working.
Oct. 9, 2020 • ~9 min