The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5–4 decision today ruled that the Navy does not have to consider the effect of sonar on whales when training with sonar off the coast of California.
By tracing the unique chemical signature of corn, scientists have shown that most of the meat in fast food is raised on corn
The record in a stalagmite tells a tale of how previous changes in climate affected human civilization
The axolotl —a foot-long amphibian reputed by the Aztecs to be a transformed god (but eaten anyway)—is in danger of disappearing for good, like so many of its fellow amphibians...
If you care about global health, sanitation or just clean water, then you'll care about the eighth annual World Toilet Summit and Expo in Macau, China.
Among the many pressing issues that President-elect Barack Obama will face when he takes office in January is climate change, which he has called an “immediate threat” and warned has made Earth a “planet in peril.” In an effort to prevent and reverse the problem, he supports a so-called cap-and-trade scheme similar to one now in effect in the U.S...
It's been a long slog to get to this election day. We all know the campaigns spent millions to get their messages across. But Bob Grant at The Scientist wondered about the environmental cost (log-in required)—specifically how much the campaigns of Sens...
Narrowing the gene pool to enhance meat and egg production in chickens could provoke some unintended consequences
Yes, it's true. You can run a car on nothing but air, compressed air that is. Rather than burning gasoline to create the gases that drive a piston up and down (and provide motive to your motor), some automakers plan to use air compressed to around 4,500 pounds-per-square-inch instead...
It's official: The South Pole is also succumbing to human-induced climate change
From climate change to herbicide pollution, it's not easy being an amphibian
Xerox's rapid extraction technology removes harmful compounds from soil and water in days rather than years
Newly launched GreenGen seeks to reverse some of the damage from China's coal-fired facilities
A new plastic turbine can capture energy from the wind gusting over your roof
The tiny primitive plants can produce a lot of oil in a little space
The alternative-energy automobile company known as Better Place plans to bring the same electric car system already in the works for Israel and Denmark to Australia.
That's the subject of the second annual Algae Biomass Summit starting today in Seattle. The conference will explore the great question of whether microscopic plants could cut out the geologic middleman of time and pressure and just deliver fuel directly...
From the residue of mining to untreated sewage, the world is grappling with a host of environmental problems
New museum exhibits tackle explaining--and solving--global warming