Environment

A stack of recycled aluminum cans are transported on a truck.

Is Hitting A 50% Recycling Rate Realistic?

The EPA set the national recycling rate to 50% by 2030, but what will it take for citizens and businesses to hit that goal?

 | Scripps News Staff

Smoke from a wind-whipped wildfire rises above neighborhoods in Arizona.

Arizona Wildfire Doubles In Size Overnight

The fire started Sunday afternoon 14 miles northeast of Flagstaff. Investigators don't know yet what caused it.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Endangered U.S. river

Some Of America's Largest And Most Important Rivers Are In Crisis

The nation's most endangered river is the Colorado River.

 | Scott Withers

The sun rises above power lines in California.

The World United To Fix The Ozone Hole, So Why Not Climate Change?

In the first installment of "Operation: Earth," Newsy's "In The Loop" dives into the ozone solution and its relation to climate change issues.

 | Scripps News Staff

Trees in the forest, as pictured in the documentary, "The Hidden Life of Trees"

The Hidden Life Of Trees

As Earth Day approaches, this documentary will have you looking at trees in a completely different way.

 | Constantin Film

Demonstrators protest climate change in London

Multiple People Arrested During U.K. Climate Protest On Oil Tanker

More than 600 people have been arrested over the past two weeks during environmental protests across the United Kingdom.

 | AP

volcanic ash covers roof tops and vegetation in an area of Tonga

Why Some Volcanic Eruptions Don't Have Bigger Climate Impacts

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano could have ejected more planet-cooling ash when it recently erupted. Scientists aren't sure why it didn't.

 | Scott Withers

Smoke and steam rise from a coal processing plant.

U.N. Warns Earth 'Firmly On Track Toward An Unlivable World'

The report found efforts to cut emissions require a swift end to fossil fuels and increase in renewable energy, among other measures.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A cargo ship

The Unique Climate Change Implications Of Maritime Law

In 2019, less than one percent of the 60,000 cargo ships sailing the oceans used any type of alternative fuel.

 | Scott Withers

Fire is shown in a forest.

Understanding The Fire Paradox: Why We Need Fire To Prevent Fire

A lab is disproving many theories about how fire spreads. It's studying fire to learn how changing climate conditions affect its behavior.

 | Maritsa Georgiou

A transportation digital message says a tornado warning is in effect.

Tornado Alley Is Expanding, Hitting More Southern States Than Ever

Scientists aren't completely sure what's causing the shift, but climate change could be partly to blame.

 | Scripps News Staff

A person holds a pack of water bottles.

Is Your Bottled Water Really That Much Different From Tap Water?

Bottled water goes through a long journey before it gets to you, and that process has multiple ethical and environmental impacts.

 | Scripps News Staff

Trashed

Trashed

Actor Jeremy Irons travels to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution to discover the extent and effects of the world's waste problem.

 | Blenheim Films

A grazer clearing vegetation in California

In California, Goats And Sheep Return To Firefighting Duty

For the second year in a row, the city deployed the herd to clear out hundreds of acres of open fields in and around the city.

 | Scott Withers

Smoke billows from a wildfire a few miles south of Boulder, Colorado.

Officials Lift Most Evacuation Orders On Colorado Wildfire

The flames are in an area where a fire destroyed 1,000 homes last year in unincorporated Boulder County and suburban Superior and Louisville.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.

Annual Cherry Blossom Colors Show Mounting Effects Of Climate Change

There are 3,200 cherry trees in the parks around the waterfronts in Washgington D.C. They're feeling the effects of a warming climate.

 | Scott Withers

A woman feeds stray cats at the marina in Kuwait City

Kuwait, Among World's Hottest Places, Lags On Climate Action

By the end of the century, scientists say being outside in Kuwait City could be life-threatening.

 | AP

Newsy national correspondent Sam Eaton.

In Real Life: Living With Wolves

Wolves are returning to the American West a century after they were nearly eradicated. But can they co-exist on a landscape now reshaped by humans?

 | Sam Eaton and Scripps News Staff

An image shows Washington nature.

New Infrastructure Package Could Help Reduce Damage To Wildlife

Six-lane highways can be deadly for animals, and federal investments could prevent some of this harm.

 | Sam Eaton

Polar bear cub and its mother

U.N. Climate Change Report Warns Of Mass Animal Extinctions

The report predicts tens of thousands of species of animals could go extinct by 2035 due to warming temperatures and rising sea levels.

 | Scott Withers

Young boys get off boat in flooded Australian street

500,000 People In Australia Told To Evacuate Due To Historic Flooding

People in Sydney and surrounding areas have been told to prepare to flee floodwaters as torrential rain lashes the Australian coast.

 | Scott Withers and AP

Coors Light six-pack with cardboard wrap instead of plastic rings

Coors Light To Ditch Plastic Rings For Cardboard Wrap

The beer brand will be packaged in cardboard carriers that are recyclable and sustainably sourced.

 | Alex Livingston and Scripps News Staff and Jay Strubberg

Organizers with the Build Back Fossil Free campaign stand in front of the White House.

Climate Crisis Accelerates As Pres. Biden's Plans To Tackle It Stall

As a candidate, President Biden said fighting climate change would create jobs. But as president, there hasn't been much action.

 | Clayton Sandell

A man watches embers fly over his property as the Bond Fire burns through the Silverado community in Orange County, CA

United Nations Releases Dire New Climate Change Report

Large numbers of people are being displaced by worsening weather extremes. But some of these risks can be prevented or lessened with prompt action.

 | AP and Scott Withers

Large iceberg in eastern Greenland.

Study: Greenland's Ice Is Melting Faster Than Previously Thought

Some parts of the Greenland ice sheet are melting at rates up to 5 or 6 centimeters a day.

 | Scripps News Staff

A no trespassing sign

Quapaw Nation Aims To Clean Up One Oklahoma Town

The Quapaw Nation in Oklahoma are hoping that with renewed sovereignty they can rehab and clean up some of the land within their reservation.

 | Allison Herrera

Scientist cuts a hole in ice to sample lake water

What Is The 'Winter Grab' Along The Great Lakes?

For the first time, scientists are collecting lake samples jointly during the winter to better understand global warming.

 | Ben Schamisso

Workers build a sand berm to prevent flooding.

U.S. Could See 100 Years' Worth Of Sea Level Rise In Just 3 Decades

Scientists warn that these higher seas from climate change will mean more coastal floods on sunny days when it isn't storming.

 | Scott Withers and AP

Parts of the old village of Aceredo emerged due to drought.

Dry Winter Drains Reservoirs, Ruins Crops In Spain, Portugal

In Portugal, 45% of the country is now enduring “severe” or “extreme” drought.

 | AP

Navy and civilian water quality recovery experts through the tunnels of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.

U.S. Military Faces Crisis In Hawaii After Fuel Leak Poisons Water

Military medical teams have examined more than 5,900 people complaining of symptoms like nausea and rashes since last November.

 | AP