They may not have brooms, mops or even arms, but bivalves - such as clams, mussels and oysters - make good underwater maids, a new study suggests.
A newly developed sponge-like plastic that is capable of soaking up the notorious greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) could ease our transition away from harmful fossil fuels and toward cleaner energy, according to a new study.
A drug popularly used to treat anxiety has been found to produce a pollutant that can reduce mortality rates in fish. While this sounds like good news, ecologists are worried that this bizarre consequence of pollution could have a very negative impact on some of the ocean's ecosystems.
Researchers have found that shale-gas extraction across the globe is severally outpacing an understanding of the industry's environmental impact. Because of this, explores claim that the industry is "fracking in the dark," choosing locations for extraction without considering all the environmental consequences.
Humanity's influence on the world reached the South Pole even before the first explorers first set foot on the region's untouched ground, according to a recent study.
Researchers are using pollution to help in their search for alien life on other worlds, as described in a study published in The Astrophysical Journal. By observing exoplanet atmospheres, scientists can look for gases like oxygen and methane that only coexist if replenished by life.
Scientists are taking to the skies to measure air pollution along Colorado's northern Front Range as a way to help identify the sources and levels of harmful ozone, researchers said Tuesday.
The world's oceans need saving from overfishing and pollution, a new report says, as this "failed state" is rapidly declining, and an independent panel behind the report announced Tuesday that urgent action is needed within the next five years.
Plastic pollution is a worldwide problem - about 32 million tons of US plastic waste was generated in 2012, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Now, researchers have discovered an unexpected way that some plastic waste is persisting: as a stone.
A Chinese environmental group launched a smartphone app Monday that tracks and exposes polluting companies, acting on the country's inclination to make such data more available and welcoming public monitoring of breaches in environmental safety.
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has called for a state-wide ban of soaps containing microbeads, citing recent studies that show how harmful the tiny cosmetic abrasives can be to the environment.
Only about one in 10 urbanites across the world are breathing air that can meet the recommended safety levels set by the World Health Organization (WHO). Indian city-dwellers have it the worst, according to newly released statistics.
Chinese carmakers are luring in customers amidst a smog-infested nation with their new air purifiers, South China Morning Post reported.
People of color tend to live in neighborhoods that expose them to higher levels of air pollution when compared to Caucasians, a new nationwide study indicates.
Wildfires, with their "witch's brew" of carbon-containing particles, may be responsible for more climate change than previously thought, say scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Michigan Technological University who have determined that the actual particles emitted by fires are very different than those used in current computer models.