Plastic has become ubiquitous in our home and work lives, but is a pollutant that won't break down. Mushrooms may provide a sustainable alternative.
Most people treat animals as tools for improving human lives. But recent reports reveal (mis)treatment of animals is harming the planet as a whole.
The official “fashion month,” September has concluded its parade of gorgeous outfits. These contain harmful dyes, though. Can microbes make safer colors?
Confront nature's mysteries, scientists find mutant sea stars surviving in warming waters and that sexual competition forces ducks to grow longer penises.
All over the world, researchers are trying to better understand a world in constant flux and to prevent species from extinction as they battle for survival.
The southern resident killer whales of the northeast Pacific are in trouble. As habitats and food dwindle, they increasingly miscarry and lose their babies.
The recent series of hurricanes has demonstrated, climate change is no longer a nebulous futuristic menace, but an existential threat.
Will cutting fewer forests, where tick hosts and their predators live, help curb Lyme disease? Scientists debate.
Packrat nests, preserved by a combination of the chemistry of urine and the desert air, open a window into centuries of local climate change.
From household plastic to industrial waste, anthropogenic activity has created compounds that poison ecosystems from water to air.