Electric Vehicles May Not Be Able to Avoid Road Maintenance Taxes for Much Longer
The federal government's purse for road maintenance depends on the 18 cents per gallon gasoline tax that the growing population of EVs has been evading.
The Largest Dam Ever Built in India Could Cause More Harm Than Good
The government-backed project is aimed at preventing flooding in downstream areas but the possible environmental impact on local communities could outweigh the dam's benefits.
Investigating the Development of the Modern-Day Zoo
Zoo scholar Natascha Meuser reflects on the connection between zoo architecture and the natural environment, the balance between science and slick branding, and the zoo building's hybrid role as a prison, theater, and museum.
Papua New Guinea's Road Expansion Plan Would Escalate Deforestation
In a new paper, a team of scientists cautions that plans to add more than 3,700 miles of roads in the next few years could seriously endanger biological wealth.
Deforestation in Colombia Finally Dips Three Years After FARC Peace Deal
The country's historic 2016 peace deal with former FARC guerrillas closed a chapter on a half-century of armed conflict but also caused rapidly accelerating forest loss in remote regions of the country.
The Arctic Ocean's Sea Ice Hit Record Low Levels This June
Researchers at the Polar Science Center recently released their monthly PIOMAS model of the sea ice volume average in the Arctic for the month of June—and it revealed a grim decline.
Tree-Planting Efforts Could Curb Humanity's Carbon Emissions
The need to restore forest, both to protect biodiversity and to stabilize the climate, is urgent, experts say.
Men With Highly Masculine Faces and Voices Are Less Likely to Care About the Environment
Those rugged looks may be attractive, but a new study links them to anti-environmental attitudes.
'Flint Is the Urban Crisis of the Century': A Conversation With Anna Clark
The Michigan journalist talks about her new book, the state of Flint's water, and how we reckon with a negligent government.
The Great, Chaotic Biochar Experiment
Australian plant ecologist Brenton Ladd wants to reengineer the notoriously nutrient-poor soils in the Amazon, and, in the process, save the world's trees. But first, he has to convince Peruvian farmers and non-profits—and occasionally, his own research team—that he's not just another gringo with a strange idea.
The FCC Wants Nearly $1 Billion to Help Aid Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed the package, which allocates $64 million to immediate rebuilding efforts to restore existing communications networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Inside Myanmar's Incendiary and Illegal Charcoal Trade
A year-long investigation into the multi-million-dollar charcoal market and how it moves from the villages of Myanmar into Chinese smelters.
Why Is the 'Pacific COP' Being Held in Germany, and Does It Matter?
The country presiding over the United Nations climate summit rotates every year, but experts say location matters less than leadership.
How Do We Stop Ships From Fatally Striking Migrating Whales?
Fatal collisions between ships and blue whales are far too common. Luckily, there are scientists creating new technology to fix that.
Can a Team of Architects and Planners Fix New York City's Trash Problem?
The Zero Waste Guidelines are aimed at helping the city reach its goal of sending no garbage to landfills by 2030.
'The Fear of Dying' Pervades Southern California's Oil-Polluted Enclaves
As the state wins praise for its progressive climate policies, refinery emissions vex people in low-income communities. Things may get worse.
A Short Sequence of Fish DNA Could Change Our Understanding of Virus Reproduction
Researchers in Tokyo discovered a strain of herpes contained in a "jumping gene" found in fish and humans—the implications are still unknown.
There's a Major Coastal Storm Bearing Down on New England
The National Weather Service says the storm could be among the strongest ever recorded during the month of October in New England.