The rapid depletion of Earth’s biodiversity indicates that the planet is in the early stages of its sixth mass extinction of life since becoming habitable 3.5 billion years ago, according to a new study published in Science.
If the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs had hit a couple of million years earlier or later, they might have survived and humans might never have existed, a new study says, suggesting dinosaurs were particularly vulnerable at the time of the impact.
A river in China deemed clean enough to drink has turned red overnight, mystifying the city’s residents and officials alike. Locals claim the phenomenon has never happened before and industrial contamination has been dismissed as a viable option.
California is shutting down 11 oil and gas wastewater injection sites and reviewing over 100 others in the state’s drought-ravaged Central Valley as officials fear companies have pumped toxic fracking fluids into needed drinking water aquifers.
The Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s east coast is “in the worst state since records began” and in 40 years large swathes of coral structures will be replaced by seaweed and algae, scientists told a senate inquiry.
The Obama administration has announced it is reopening the US Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, clearing the way for the use of sonic cannons to locate energy deposits - despite the threat to sea life.
The small city of Denton, Texas, which sits on a huge natural gas reserve, lost a bid to halt fracking after many hours of public testimony. The oil and gas companies are now threatening litigation if a ban goes into effect.
California is facing one of its most severe droughts on record, which is hurting farmers and recreation alike. But despite water restrictions, Nestle is bottling spring water from the state and selling it, creating controversy alongside profits.
The site of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history will be turned into a “biosphere radiologic reserve,” a Ukrainian minister has announced. The plan comes as a result of EU demands to expand reserve territories in the country.