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Ocean Plastic Pollution Meets Its Match: A 19-Year-Old

Kids these days. Texting with one hand, solving the world’s problems with the other. Meet Boyan Slat, a 19-year-old Dutch student who has plans to remove more than 7 million tons of plastic waste currently polluting the world’s oceans. Slat created the Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a non-profit organization that’s helping […]

Oil Spills, Ecology, and the Food Chain

While we become sick to our stomachs watching the spreading plumes of oil in the gulf, viewing photos of oil slicked birds, and footage of oil covered beaches in Florida and Alabama, let’s take a step back and think about the cycle of life. The reason disasters like this happen […]

How Green Is the Birth Control Pill?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the FDA’s approval of the birth control pill. The pill was first envisioned by family planning crusader Margaret Sanger as a remedy to the debilitating cycle of perpetual pregnancy for married women. Sanger’s own mother died at the age of 50 after 18 […]

Scape-Goating BP Lets Big Oil Off Scot-Free

I’ve been watching the growing condemnation of BP from all sides of the political spectrum and it’s making me mad as hell! Now, don’t get me wrong – BP is no friend of mine. Some days I can’t bear to read the news coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, […]

Our Water Has a Drug Problem

Last year, it was widely reported that drinking water in many major metropolitan areas was contaminated with trace amounts of drugs. All types of drugs – everything from over-the-counter pain medications to antidepressants to prescription medication for high blood pressure and heart disease. The drugs we ingest pass right through […]

Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death: YOUR Plastic Footprint

  It’s been an interesting few weeks. UN meetings, talks with major film and television networks about filming my nonprofit’s expeditions as we sail around the world studying plastic in our oceans. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the concept of global pollution in terms of scale. The scale of problems […]

Let’s Learn About Environmental Justice [Video]

Sometimes you just need a crash course in racism and poverty, and how these subjects relate to pollution and climate change. The following video from Grist explains how certain people in cities and nations are more impacted by pollution. Because, after all, social justice is an environmental issue. Now, on […]

The 20 Most Influential Women in Green

They’re building national parks, protecting endangered species, revealing environmental injustice and making crucial decisions that will affect the future of our planet. Or, maybe they’re just making it cool to be vegan. But in all their varied contributions, these 20 women – from global environmental leaders to community activists – […]

The Crochet Reef: A Phenomenal Stitch in Time

My eccentric Aunt Lorraine could crochet better than most, her intricate hooded baby sweaters ideal for keeping my little ones bundled in warmth. Isn’t that the heartfelt purpose of most woolen handiwork? Yet the magical forms you see here, resulting from thousands of hours of labor, are a commentary on […]

A Look Back at Women and the Environment in 2010

It’s the end of June already, and the earth’s half-spin around the sun has brought us ladies plenty to wring our delicate little hands about. From Iranian clerics blaming earthquakes on our breasts to oil spills wreaking havoc on our pregnancies, 2010 has made us reach for the smelling salts […]

Pimp My Wildlife Vehicle

I was sitting in traffic recently, when I noticed that the license plate in front of me featured a majestic bald eagle, its wings spread in flight above a caption that instructed me to “Conserve Wildlife.” Clearly this is a worthwhile sentiment, although I was surprised to see it on […]

3 Ways China Is Working To Clean Up Its Air Pollution

China’s urban air pollution went off the charts this past winter, and the world took notice. With aggressive policies on the books, is this industrial giant finally admitting that health is more important than production?  In a list of the world’s most polluted nations, China is a shoe-in. An accelerated pace […]

China Gets The Blues, Literally

Guess what? Jeans aren’t really green. The most sustainable pair you’ll slip on are the blue jeans that feel like cardboard boxes on your legs or the pair you find at the thrift shop; otherwise it’s a crapshoot as to how they get distressed like you want them to be. […]

Plastic Surgery: Where Will Japan’s Tsunami Garbage Go?

SeriesEnvironmental cleanup in the wake of Japan’s twin disasters. Part 4 in a special series. A surreal and compelling mix of headlines (read: Royal weddings, Osama bin Laden) may be dominating this week’s news, but the unfolding events in Japan after the March earthquake and tsunami – compounded further by […]

Eco Links to Green Your Weekend

“Nature Knows Best” is a safe rule of thumb – hence the exciting field of biomimicry. For more examples of ideas that we’ve borrowed from the best, have a look at this fifteen-strong list over at Brainz. Have you used vinegar to clean your coffee-maker, or chalk to keep ants […]

Robo Fish to the Rescue

British scientists have come up with a colourful and creative way to detect pollution in the sea. They have created a carp-shaped robot that looks like a fish, acts like a fish, but of course, isn’t a fish. Each “Ëœrobo fish’ is capable of navigating around without human intervention and has chemical sensors […]

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Let’s Learn About Environmental Justice [Video]

Sometimes you just need a crash course in racism and poverty, and how these subjects relate to pollution and climate change. The following video from Grist explains how certain people in cities and nations are more impacted by pollution. Because, after all, social justice is an environmental issue. Now, on […]

China’s Synthetic Natural Gas: Is It Really Clean Energy?

China is doubling-down on synthetic natural gas in hopes of reducing air pollution. But is this new natural gas any cleaner? A study published in Nature last month investigated the finer details of China’s recent approval of nine synthetic natural gas power plants (with plans to build 4o more). As you may […]

3 Ways China Is Working To Clean Up Its Air Pollution

China’s urban air pollution went off the charts this past winter, and the world took notice. With aggressive policies on the books, is this industrial giant finally admitting that health is more important than production?  In a list of the world’s most polluted nations, China is a shoe-in. An accelerated pace […]

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