Environment

NYC launches new ad campaign to fight against fatbergs

New York City officials want the city’s sewer system to be fatberg free, and they need your help. Trouble is brewing in the city’s sewer system in the form of “fatbergs,” a portmanteau of the words “fat” and “iceberg” to describe deposits of grease, wipes and other debris that clog up sewers and...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:21pm

Blind animal that buries head in sand named for Donald Trump

A newly discovered blind amphibian that buries its head in the ocean floor has been named Dermophis donaldtrumpi, to reflect President Trump's denial of climate change. The caecilian, a small legless creature, was discovered in Panama. It was named after Trump by the head of EnviroBuild, a...

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 3:54pm

Boston Harbor flounder now tumor-free after decades of environmental cleanup

Boston Harbor flounder are now tumor-free thanks to a multi-billion dollar remediation effort, proving that investment from the federal government can positively impact the environment. But this proof makes the Trump administration’s disregard for environmentally-friendly policies even more...

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 3:57pm

Climate change will kill thousands, tank economy, government report warns

A new government report has stark warnings about the effects of climate change: Warming of the earth could kill thousands of people and capsize the economy, potentially reducing the GDP by more than 10 percent. The study was supposed to come out in December, but the Trump administration released...

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 6:24pm

Asbestos imports up 2,000% after Trump deregulates cancer-causing material

As the Trump administration loosens regulations on the commercial use of asbestos, a building material linked to cancer and lung disease, federal data shows that asbestos imports soared 2,000% last summer. According to an analysis of the data conducted by the Asbestos Disease Awareness...

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 5:44pm

Leaked memo shows Trump administration hiding policy on endangered animals

According to a leaked memo, the Trump administration is instructing the Fish & Wildlife Service to be quiet about changes to the Endangered Species Act. The memo, obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity, says that the Service should limit, withhold or delay releasing the information it...

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 4:35pm

Here's what you need to know about that big UN climate report

The United Nations released a climate report this week, which states that the threat from global warming is worse than originally thought: The world has just a decade to make "unprecedented" changes to prevent a catastrophic warming of the earth. The report, produced by the UN...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 3:09pm

Ex-Koch engineer to lead scientific research for the EPA

A former chemical engineer for Koch Industries will head the Environmental Protection Agency's main office for scientific research. David Dunlap has been named deputy chief in the EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD). He does not need Senate confirmation. According to his...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 6:54pm

Reebok debuts first cotton and corn shoe in new sustainability effort

Looking to lead a more environmentally-friendly life? You can take a step toward sustainability with a new cotton and corn shoe from Reebok. Reebok, which is headquartered in Boston, has officially launched the first product in its new Cotton and Corn program, the sneaker company’s...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 2:34pm

What would you give up to end climate change?

Sure, you may be worried about how climate change is affecting our planet, but what are you willing to sacrifice to save it? According to a new survey from GeekWrapped, many respondents would give up daily showers, Donald Trump’s presidency and pizza before handing over their cellphones....

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 4:06pm

How Clean the World reduces hotel waste — and saves lives — with soap recycling

One perk of staying in a hotel is the complimentary bathroom products, but have you ever thought about how much waste they create, especially on a one-night stay? Clean the World does, and it's doing something about it. Florida-based Clean the World not only collects discarded soap and shampoo...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:25am

Earth Overshoot Day: How safe sex can reduce your ecological footprint

There are countless very-good reasons to practice safe sex, but on Earth Overshoot Day, which this year falls on Wednesday, one of them will be to highlight how safe sex can reduce your ecological footprint. This Earth Overshoot Day, the Center for Biological Diversity and Global Footprint Network...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:41am

McDonald's will start making the switch from plastic straws to paper

Earth Day was in April, but people are striving to treat Mother Earth better every day — whether it’s a brewery making beer out of wastewater, a Florida startup creating biodegradable six pack rings or cities, like NYC, banning styrofoam. Now, McDonald’s has announced it will be...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 10:50am

City ban on Styrofoam products to begin in January, mayor says

Take-out is a quintessential part of New Yorkers’ lives, but come January, they can expect to start seeing a lot less of its bulky, non-recyclable aftermath as the city’s Styrofoam ban is slated to go into effect by Jan. 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. The announcement came...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 3:23pm

Gov. Baker gets 'C' in environmental report card

A coalition of environmental groups, for the third year in a row, has awarded the Baker administration a passing but average grade for its environmental protection efforts, knocking officials for not moving the needle from year to year. Grades in the report card, issued by six groups, range from...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 9:44am

Walsh, big-city mayors launch major renewable energy plan

Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities have joined Boston and other cities to explore a potentially massive renewable energy procurement, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday at a climate summit. At the International Mayors Climate Summit in Boston, Walsh urged other mayors to...

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 2:08pm

Being indigenous peoples in the age of Trump

Those who think New York City’s connection to its indigenous peoples may have ended in 1626 when they sold Manhattan to the Dutch for trade goods might be surprised to know there are, according to Census data, 110,000 New Yorkers who self-identify as Native Americans. Many of them seek out...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 2:42pm

Circular economy: What is it and why are people talking about it now?

In discussions of sustainability and the environment, the term "circular economy" is popping up more and more. It is as it looks: "circular" relates to recycling. But a truly circular economy goes a bit further than separating your paper trash from your glass and thinking of yet...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 3:08pm

‘Ecological City’ uses the arts to inspire environmental action in New York City

For nearly three decades, Felicia Young has made it her life’s work to use the arts to raise awareness for the ecological issues facing New York City, from climate change and conservation to sustainability. New Yorkers are encouraged to become part of Young’s mission on Saturday, when...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:59pm

Community solar garden coming to the South Bronx

A local startup is offering New Yorkers a way to help the environment and get a discount on their electric bill, all without actually putting solar panels on your roof. PowerMarket, a software company in the community solar industry, has launched a new solar project in the South Bronx, for which...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 4:11pm