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Massive reforestation might be the moonshot we need to slow down climate change

Trees, among their many other superpowers, help absorb some of the excess carbon dioxide humans have been adding to Earth’s atmosphere lately. That’s a valuable service, considering we still release about 2.57 million pounds of CO2 every second, on average,…

What are chemtrails, and are they dangerous?

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a chemtrail! The persistent high-altitude contrails are more than stripes in the stratosphere. They are the stuff of conspiracy theories on par with Area 51, the Roswell UFO…

National park poster artist aims to inspire a new generation of nature lovers

Rob Decker visited his first national park when he was 6 years old. That trip to Yosemite made an impact. Two years later, on a 10,000-mile cross-country trip with his family, Decker visited five more national parks. He photographed them…

Why California dumped 96 millions plastic balls into a reservoir

They’re hypnotic and incredibly odd. Thousands of black plastic “shade balls” float and bob on the surface of the Los Angeles Reservoir, looking like a kind of dark playground ball pit. Roughly 96 million plastic balls now reside in the…

Why hydrangeas and the Azores are inextricably linked

Every summer, Portugal’s Azores islands, an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, become awash in pillowy, colorful hydrangeas. The bushes, which bloom in shades of blue, pink, purple and white, have become a symbol for the region — and a hit…

Why is a spill that started in 2004 still leaking oil in the Gulf of Mexico?

Oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon and the Exxon Valdez are embedded in the environmental consciousness, so much so that they’re essentially shorthand for any other spills that occur. But there are spills that don’t get as much attention —…

Florida Everglades fire spreads to 32,000 acres

[embedded content] The Sawgrass Fire in the Florida Everglades has almost doubled in the course of one day. It now covers 32,000 acres. The brush fire is just south of Interstate 75. Smoke from the blaze is also drifting across…

The Ozark chestnut, thought to be long gone, is making a comeback

The Ozark chinquapin (Castanea ozarkensis), also called the Ozark chestnut, was once a common species found in the Ozark forests. The tree, which bloomed in late May to early June, was native to mountain regions of Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma…

Huge freshwater aquifer found under the ocean

Scientists have found a giant aquifer under the Northeastern U.S., estimated to hold at least 670 cubic miles of freshwater. If it was on the surface, they say, it would create a lake spanning 15,000 square miles, which is twice…

A new material that's part plastic and part rock is forming on this Portuguese island

Ignacio Gestoso first found signs of plastic-infused rocks during a 2016 visit to Madeira. (Photo: Ignacio Gestoso) You know we have a problem when our plastic pollution starts becoming a permanent fixture of the planet’s geology. And that seems to…