Just what is the black ring in Leamington Spa?
On the blocks surrounding Calumet Specialty Products’ Shreveport Refinery the stench of rotten eggs is nearly constant. It’s a sign that hydrogen sulfide is in the air, and residents say the chemicals they’ve come to associate with that smell are responsible for a host of health issues — from cancers to lung disease to nerve damage — that plague families in the area.
Air quality regulators, embarking on a bold new strategy to reduce smog in Southern California, want to hold the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach responsible for their pledges to cut pollution.
Drilling operations at several natural gas wells in southwestern Pennsylvania released methane into the atmosphere at rates that were 100 to 1,000 times greater than federal regulators had estimated, new research shows.
Enthusiastic Seattle Seahawks fans have actually caused earthquakes large enough that they might set off alarms under the new special permitting rules the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued on hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells, prompting concerns that a Seahawks visit to Cleveland could have geological and political implications.
Throughout the last two centuries, cities across the globe – as you might view them from space – have expanded in a relatively uniform way: first incrementally, then at a breakneck speed.
An investigation by Democratic members of Congress into the marketing practices of electronic cigarette companies has found that major producers are targeting young people by giving away free samples at music and sporting events and running advertisements during youth-oriented programs.
Efforts to develop materials that stand up to damaging radiation were the focus of a symposium in the Nuclear Chemistry & Technology Division at the American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas last month.
Kumamoto prefectural government workers began destroying thousands of chickens on April 13 to prevent an outbreak of a highly pathogenic subtype of the H5 avian flu virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 12 people in the U.S. have asthma. Experts believe early life exposure to allergens such as dust or pollen, maybe even exposure before birth, could be a reason why so many people have the disease.
The first patient with pneumonia resistant to all antibiotics was recorded in South Africa last year, raising the terrifying possibility of a "post-antibiotic era". Without antibiotics, people could once again start dying from infections, and procedures such as organ transplants would be impossible.
Hunting, deforestation and habitat degradation have pushed one in eight bird species to the edge of extinction, according to top scientists from the UK and US.
The rotting corpses of dead cows and wild capybaras line the road that leads from Paz de Ariporo to Hato Las Taparas in the Colombian province of Casanare. And many fear this year's drought is only heralding a future of increasingly harsh summers and even more severe water shortages in Colombia's plains.
Quantifying how resilient a city is to climate change and its attendant threats can be difficult, but a London-based property company might have performed the most comprehensive analysis to date. Topping the list were three Canadian cities, led by Toronto.
The critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle has few sanctuaries left in the world, and Costa Rica is one of them. But in 2012 only 53 nests were counted on the beaches of a national park in Costa Rica. And there is an enemy that conservation efforts can’t fight: the beaches themselves are shrinking.
Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards according to a UN report, which concludes that the transformation required to a world of clean energy is eminently affordable.
Aggressive efforts to tackle climate change have repeatedly collided with political reality in Washington, where some Republicans question the underlying science and lawmakers' ties to the fossil fuel industry have made them resistant to change.
March 2014 was the fourth-warmest March on record globally, according to recently released NASA data, making it the 349th month — more than 29 years — in which global temperatures were above the historic average.
Recent research suggests that precisely how green hybrid vehicles are may depend on traffic levels, road design and, perhaps most intriguingly, national driving styles.
There is an old joke in the energy business that advanced biofuels are the fuel of the future, and always will be. A Spanish company, Abengoa Bioenergy, has bet $500 million on robbing that joke of its punch line.