States in the western United States are having one of the worst wildfire seasons in history. The blazes have burned massive amounts of forest, forced tens of thousands from their homes, and killed dozens.
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Researchers report that there is 10 times more plastic in the Atlantic Ocean than previously thought. The scientists got their results by collecting samples of "invisible" microplastics below the ocean's surface.
California is battling hundreds of wildfires caused by lightning strikes, and is asking nearby states for help. Already the state has lost more area to wildfires this year than it did in all of 2019.
Several large companies have begun creating paper bottles to replace glass and plastic ones. Paper bottles aren’t quite ready to go yet, but you may see them appearing on shelves over the next few years.
Scientists have discovered that massive amounts of microplastics are falling into remote areas in protected US national parks every year. The tiny bits of plastic are carried there by winds and rains.
After days of heavy rains, high waters have caused two dams to collapse in central Michigan. The waters released by the dams have flooded Midland, and forced around 11,000 people to leave their homes.
Early Thursday morning, a deadly gas leak from a chemical factory in Visakhapatnam, India spread over a sleeping neighborhood, killing several and sending hundreds more to the hospital.
With billions of people on lockdown worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic, the natural world has been given a taste of life with fewer people around. Many animals seem to be making the most of this human-free time.
Recently, researchers have reported on two different ways to break down different kinds of plastic. The new advances could lead to easier, high-quality recycling, and help deal with toxic plastic pollution.
Earth Day is a day set aside to remind people to protect our planet. Earth Day is held on April 22 and was first started in 1970. This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, Earth Day has moved online.
Scientists are worried about Western monarch butterflies and are trying to understand why they're struggling. To answer their questions, they're asking people in the western US to send in any pictures of monarchs they take this spring.