environmental destruction

UN Chief Scientist on Climate Change: “We Have Five Minutes Till Midnight”

UN Chief Scientist on Climate Change: “We Have Five Minutes Till Midnight”

During the Cold War, the board of directors for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago maintained the Doomsday Clock. Conceived in 1947 as relations between the US and USSR

Read More >

World’s Largest Polar Bear Puppet to Lead a Global Day of Arctic Action

World’s Largest Polar Bear Puppet to Lead a Global Day of Arctic Action

As the ice sheets melt from climate change, Shell is poised to begin a new drilling campaign in the Arctic. That is, if they can make their way past a polar bear the size of a double-decker bus.

Read More >

Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Photo via Shutterstock Locals in western Japan have been suffering their hottest summer to date. From June to August, thermometers consistently hit above average temperatures with a sizzling high of

Read More >

Japanese Government Pledges $470 Million for Fukushima Ice Wall and Other Cleanup

Japanese Government Pledges $470 Million for Fukushima Ice Wall and Other Cleanup

Recent revelations that the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant has been gushing radioactive water into the ocean have forced the Japanese government to step in amid concerns that the plant's

Read More >

Areas of the Amazon Rainforest are Shifting to Grassland

Areas of the Amazon Rainforest are Shifting to Grassland

Image via Shutterstock The Amazon rainforest is one of the largest, most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. According to new information published in Geophyscial Research Letters, protecting habitats

Read More >

Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant 18 Times Higher Than Thought

Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant 18 Times Higher Than Thought

Radiation levels at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan are 18 times higher than previously thought. The operator of the Japanese nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said

Read More >

Hong Kong Smog is So Bad Tourists are Getting Their Picture Taken with a Clean Backdrop

Hong Kong Smog is So Bad Tourists are Getting Their Picture Taken with a Clean Backdrop

Hong Kong has famously got one of the largest smog problems in Asia. This has proven to be problematic for tourists who have hoped to get pictures of themselves in front of the city's famous skyline.

Read More >

Holey Frack: Utah is Starting to Look Like Swiss Cheese

Holey Frack: Utah is Starting to Look Like Swiss Cheese

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracking. It’s a process that involves injecting gallons of water, sand, and chemicals at enormous pressure to extract oil and natural gas from shale rock formations.

Read More >

8 Years After Katrina Strikes, the Gulf Coast Shores up for Future Storms

8 Years After Katrina Strikes, the Gulf Coast Shores up for Future Storms

Thursday August 29, 2013 marks the eighth anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina's ripped into Louisiana, devastating the Gulf Coast and killing over 1,800 people. Nearly a decade later, as residents

Read More >

How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires Explained in 90 Seconds

How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires Explained in 90 Seconds

It may seem reasonable that higher temperatures and drought conditions caused by climate change fuel wildfires, and that's definitely a big factor in this year's summer blazes. But according to leading

Read More >

Japan Creates Sperm Bank to Save Endangered Animals

Japan Creates Sperm Bank to Save Endangered Animals

As iconic animals such as the West African lion and mountain gorilla reach the edge of extinction, scientists in Japan are working towards saving the genetics of endangered animals for future generations.

Read More >

Stanford University Robots Sniff Out Toxic Algae in Washington’s Puget Sound

Stanford University Robots Sniff Out Toxic Algae in Washington’s Puget Sound

Every summer it seems like news about a surge of poisonous red tides gets worse and worse. But in a ray of hope, Stanford researchers say they are wrapping up a successful test of toxic algae-detecting

Read More >

The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage

The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage

Thousands of firefighters have descended upon the "Rim Fire" blazing in Yosemite National Park. A new online tool launched by Southern California radio station KPCC allows visitors to monitor the progress

Read More >

24-Acre Louisiana Sinkhole Swallows Whole Trees in 30 Seconds (Video)

24-Acre Louisiana Sinkhole Swallows Whole Trees in 30 Seconds (Video)

On August 2, 2012, a salt dome operated by the petrochemical company Texas Brine collapsed near Bayou Corne, Louisiana, creating an acre-wide sinkhole that forced the entire town to evacuate. Since then

Read More >

Wildfire Spending Surpasses $1 Billion During Peak Fire Season

Wildfire Spending Surpasses $1 Billion During Peak Fire Season

Wildfire spending soared past $1 billion last week as over fifty fires blazed out of control across the Western U.S. When the U.S. Forest Service budget dwindled down to just $50 million during the peak

Read More >

State of Emergency Declared in San Francisco as Wildfire Threatens Power, Water

State of Emergency Declared in San Francisco as Wildfire Threatens Power, Water

As the 200 square mile 'Rim Fire' continues to grow across Northern California and into Yosemite National Park, Governor Jerry Brown has taken the unusual step of declaring a State of Emergency for the

Read More >

South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

  Image via Shutterstock. If you were to guess what feature South Florida was desperately lacking, sand would probably not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, the coastline is

Read More >

‘Zombie’ Pigeons are Falling from the Sky in Moscow

‘Zombie’ Pigeons are Falling from the Sky in Moscow

Living in a big city is difficult enough without having to worry about walking outside and getting hit in the face with a dying pigeon. The Russian capital of Moscow has become inundated with sick birds

Read More >

The US is Banned From Exporting Garbage to China Through the ‘Green Fence Initiative’

The US is Banned From Exporting Garbage to China Through the ‘Green Fence Initiative’

Photo via Shutterstock The US has a big trash problem. How big is it? So big that the country has to export rubbish to other nations in order to control the incredible volume of stuff tossed away each

Read More >

Massive California Wildfire Reaches the Border of Yosemite Park

Massive California Wildfire Reaches the Border of Yosemite Park

Although there are 50 massive wildfires raging in the US right now, the so-called Rim Fire in California is perhaps of greatest concern. Yesterday the fire nearly quadrupled in size and has only been

Read More >

UN Climate Panel Cites 95 Percent Certainty that Humans are Responsible For Global Warming

UN Climate Panel Cites 95 Percent Certainty that Humans are Responsible For Global Warming

A leaked draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's next big climate report finds near unanimous certainty that greenhouse gas emissions from humans are primarily responsible for global

Read More >

Infographic: the Costs and Benefits of Fracking

Infographic: the Costs and Benefits of Fracking

Photo via Shutterstock Natural gas is a growing industry, yet many people still aren't aware of what the process consists of or even that it could be happening right on your doorstep. Hydraulic

Read More >

Report Warns New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant is Vulnerable to Terrorist Attacks

Report Warns New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant is Vulnerable to Terrorist Attacks

A new report by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project warns that the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant located just 38 miles north of New York City is practically defenseless against terrorist

Read More >

Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

As the sea level rises and storms become more intense due to the effects of climate change, a new study predicts that damage to coastal cities will cost $1 trillion every year by 2050. The research, which

Read More >

Ferry Sinks in the Philippines, Killing More than 50 and Leaking Thousands of Gallons of Oil

Ferry Sinks in the Philippines, Killing More than 50 and Leaking Thousands of Gallons of Oil

Photo via Shutterstock A routine boat ride took a tragic turn on Friday, when a large ferry containing 750 passengers collided with a cargo ship and sank in the Philippines. The death toll has risen to

Read More >

Ecuador Approves Oil Drilling in the Amazon Rainforest

Ecuador Approves Oil Drilling in the Amazon Rainforest

Image ©Dallas Krentzel Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has announced that oil drilling will soon begin in untouched parts of the Yasuni National Park in the Amazon rainforest. Correa launched a

Read More >

Former TransCanada Employee: Keystone XL is Poorly Built, “Will Likely Leak”

Former TransCanada Employee: Keystone XL is Poorly Built, “Will Likely Leak”

Despite the best efforts of the fossil fuel industry, the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline expansion is still in a holding pattern. What many people don't realize is that the southern portion,

Read More >

Study Finds a Three-Decade Decline in the Reflectivity of Arctic Sea Ice

Study Finds a Three-Decade Decline in the Reflectivity of Arctic Sea Ice

Photo via Shutterstock The reflection of solar radiation by Arctic sea ice is critical to maintaining an overall stable global temperature. This phenomenon, known as "albedo," has decreased over the

Read More >

TransCanada’s “Shameless Ploy” to Fool Americans that the Keystone XL Pipeline is a Bunch of Solar Panels

TransCanada’s “Shameless Ploy” to Fool Americans that the Keystone XL Pipeline is a Bunch of Solar Panels

Were we wrong to peg the Keystone XL Pipeline as a ticking carbon bomb? That's what TransCanada seems to want us to think. In a puzzling Facebook ad released last week, the energy company responsible for

Read More >

Report Shows Greenland’s Ice Sheet is Melting from Above AND Below Due to Heat from the Earth’s Mantle

Report Shows Greenland’s Ice Sheet is Melting from Above AND Below Due to Heat from the Earth’s Mantle

Greenland's arctic ice sheet is in trouble - and it turns out that global warming isn't the only force at work. A new study in Nature Geoscience by the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences shows

Read More >

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >