President Obama supports billions of dollars in ethanol subsidies, arguing in part that it boosts rural economies. But the evidence shows it only benefits large-scale industrial production and cornbelt politicians — not local American farmers.
Environment & Health
Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, is home to remote Indian tribes. It also sits atop a billion barrels of oil.
One of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles, the annual wildebeest migration, is jeopardized by plans to build a highway right through the Serengeti.
A politically connected waste management company operates a radioactive waste dump in Texas that sits atop one of North America’s largest aquifers — a recipe for environmental disaster.
US forces in Afghanistan may be facing another enemy: toxic sand. A new Navy study has found returning soldiers have memory loss and difficulty concentrating, which can’t be attributed to brain injuries.
New evidence has emerged that using chemical flame retardants, especially in baby products which are in little danger of catching fire, can do more harm than good.
Would you like some deforestation with your organic sugar? Federal organic standards have no problem with that.
EPA staffers have been forced to ignore relevant science, have lacked key monitoring data on human health and environmental impacts and more, according to the findings of a scientific advisory board.
Are today’s much-touted “green” products — carbon offsets, organic food, biofuels, and eco-friendly cars and homes — really saving the environment?
As Washington dithers, sites long slated for clean up continue to threaten human health, coating homes and yards with poisonous dust and saturating the air near schools.
To Western consumers, carbon offsets sound good on paper — but the devil is in the details. On the ground, many of these enterprises are dubious at best.
Nanoparticles are used in medicine, cosmetics, sunscreen, and electronics. Yet safety studies are nearly non-existent.
Ever worry that that gadget you spend hours holding next to your head might be damaging your brain? Well, the evidence is starting to pour in, and it’s not pretty.
On the cluster of Pacific islands that make up Micronesia, global warming is no distant threat, with sea levels up four inches over the past fifteen years.
For some, gold conjures images of a wedding band. For others, like this community in Ghana, it means cyanide contamination in a vital local river.
On one small Pacific island, homemade concrete walls are the most affordable tool for fending off the threat of rising waters due to global warming.
On the remote islands of Micronesia, the devastation of climate change is arriving at the same time as washing machines, freezers and photocopiers.
Community activists say locals sent petitions to the capital and blocked the mining by the Canadian firm Golden Star Resources
What does global warming look like in the tiny frozen town of Eagle, Alaska, nearly lost to massive floods?
A close look behind the cool image of Fiji Water, a celebrated symbol of purity that depends for its profits on environmental plunder and a military dictatorship. Plus a special animated video.