Oceans Deeply—Imagine the weight of 80 million blue whales, the largest animal to ever roam the planet. That’s how much plastic has been produced over the past seven decades, growing from 2 million metric tons in 1950 at the dawn of the era of petroleum-based plastic, to more than 400 million metric tons annually in 2015.
Men's Journal—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have released a proposal to rollback the "Waters of the U.S." rule, or WOTUS. Finalized by the Obama administration in 2015, the rule tackled a longstanding ambiguity in the original Clean Water Act — where state, local, or private oversight of a wetland or small waterway ends, and federal jurisdiction begins.
Arctic Deeply—The World Wildlife Fund spent 18 months scoring how well Arctic nations are meeting their environmental goals. But as the WWF Arctic Programme’s communications chief Clive Tesar explains, the grades are just part of a bigger picture.
Arctic Deeply—By including $1.8 billion in oil and gas revenues from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in its 2018 budget, the Trump administration has set out to dismantle former president Barack Obama’s conservation and climate legacies in the American Arctic.
Oceans Deeply—An international study finds that protecting huge swathes of the ocean offers the best chance to save coral reefs, marine life and coastal areas vital to human health from the impacts of global warming.
Men's Journal — Gregg Treinish, the 35-year-old founder of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), is shocked at how far micro-plastic pollution has spread into the environment. His group has found tiny plastic beads and fibers in samples from the most remote tropical seas and glacial meltwaters.
Arctic Deeply—As climate change ushers new plants and animals into the Arctic, new conservation models are needed, and we’d be wise to learn from the region’s original inhabitants, says Finnish geographer Tero Mustonen.
Men's Journal – On Friday President Trump signed an executive order mandating a review of the latest five-year plan for offshore natural gas and oil leasing, which the Obama administration finalized in November, as well as all regulations related to leasing energy development, including wind, in federal waters. The order also reverses President Obama’s ban on offshore drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off northern Alaska.
Arctic Deeply – For decades, wind, river and ocean currents have carried DDT, PCBs and other persistent organic chemical pollutants into the Arctic from industrial and agricultural production elsewhere in the world, creating serious health problems for humans and wildlife as they accumulate in the food chain.
Arctic Deeply – The 2015 Paris agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions may not prevent as much as half of the permanently frozen soils at the Earth's highest latitudes from thawing, according to a new study.
Men's Journal – On March 29 Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed an order to end the Obama administration’s 2016 moratorium on new leases to mine coal on federal lands. The order also killed an ongoing analysis of the program’s impacts on the environment, particularly how the carbon dioxide created by burning that coal would hinder U.S. efforts to blunt the worst impacts of climate change.
Men's Journal – President Donald Trump has begun to make good on his vow to dismantle President Obama’s climate and energy policies. On Tuesday, March 28, Trump signed a sweeping executive order that unmakes Obama administration efforts to slash emissions from coal-fired power — the greatest source of climate-altering greenhouse gas pollution — and prepare communities for the effects of global warming. Here's a breakdown of what it means for the country's energy and climate policy.
Men's Journal — A congressional move to rescind the Bureau of Land Management’s “Planning 2.0” rule is on its way to President Trump’s desk.
Arctic Deeply – Strangely warm temperatures are sending the Arctic Ocean's sea ice on a downward spiral that could have far-reaching implications for the region's people and wildlife. The strange winter of 2016-17 has closed with air temperatures over the Arctic Ocean still several degrees above freezing, and sea ice poised to set a record low not seen over nearly four decades of satellite tracking.
Men's Journal – The monks of Tiger Temple are touting a new big cat attraction. Even as the government of Thailand continues to investigate allegations of animal abuse and illegal tiger breeding and trafficking at the Buddhist monastery, a legal offshoot of the temple is constructing a 10-acre, $3.4 million zoo facility near the original temple.
Men's Journal – During the Obama years, hundreds of Republican-backed bills aimed at weakening the Endangered Species Act were introduced by Congress, and proceeded to go nowhere. But now that the Trump White House shares their anti-regulatory zeal, the Republican majority in Congress is moving fast to curb a half-century of protection for the country's most vulnerable wildlife.
Men's Journal - Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, can turn any conversation toward science. That's the premise of his show Star Talk (the season finale runs on National Geographic Channel tonight), where he invites non-scientist celebrities - from Bill Maher to Whoopi Goldberg - on to talk about how science rules their world.