Orangutans and other rare species on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo are endanagered, in large part due to commercial plam oil cultivation. In the last decade alone, orangutan populations have declined by 50 percent as the result of habitat loss and smoke-related deaths.
Deciduous trees along rivers and streams provide protection from damaging solar radiation and valuable foliage every autumn. Fallen leaves act as a vital food source for insects, and keeping insect populations healthy could ultimately help river ecosystems combat climate change, researchers reveal in a new study.
Climate change, land use and population growth are threatening the availability of water sources in the Himalaya Mountain basins.
Using a combination of orange peels and industrial waste products, researchers from Flinders University have developed a material that could help clean the world's oceans by sucking up contaminates like mercury.
Beaver dams are helping restore natural ecosystems throughout the U.S. Essentially, a beaver dam blocks off water in one section of the stream, which then creates a pond or lake. Using this, researchers may have found a way to remove excess nitrogen from local estuaries.
With heavier rainfall sweeping through the African savanna, one would expect to see more thriving populations of trees. However, it turns out trees' deep roots are actually disadvantageous and don't allow the plants to suck up abundant water resources.
Using a water-resistant sponge material that absorbs contaminants, designers have created a 3D-printed bathing suit that cleans the water as you swim.
The recovery and conversion of urban waste could become a valuable source of electricity that benefits millions of Africans, say energy and sustainability experts.
Marine food chains may crumble in the wake of warming oceans and acidification, according to a global marine analysis. Even the slightest environmental change could have a much broader impact on a wider range of species than we realize.
Toxic stormwater has been linked to the death of coho salmon along the U.S. West Coast. Now, using a simply filtration system, researchers may be able to save them from extinction.
Managing the Earth’s environment based on predicted outcomes can be tricky and preventative measures often backfire. Researchers suggest taking an adaptive management approach.
Open University researchers have been working to create a new type of biodegradable single-use plastic carrier bag compossed of cornstarch that aims to reduce the amount of gardbage filling landfills each year.
A new study suggests that a nutrient-rich, balanced diet can boost coral resilience under thermal stress, which can be caused by climate change.
Stanford researchers recently discovered that mealworms happily munch on and then convert Styrofoam waste into a usable soil, with no associated health risks. The study has the potential to help reduce the significant amounts of plastic that are annually discarded.