The pattern is increasingly familiar. Black, Indigenous, and Latinx groups are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, police brutality and chronic illness. These groups are also more likely to live near polluting infrastructure or in areas affected to a greater extent by climate change and are less likely to be awarded resources to solve these issues.
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While the environmental consequences of the coronavirus may not be far reaching in terms of emissions, behavioral changes in our societies may prove powerful in fighting against a future climate emergency.
Read More What COVID-19 Means for the Environment
As we infringe on our natural habitats, zoonotic diseases, or those that spread from other animals to humans, may become more common in our society. Here, we explore how common wildlife consumption is in China, rules and regulations, and why the outbreak probably didn’t start by someone eating bat wing soup.
Read More Environmental Degradation Creates Opportunity for Future Pandemics
While forest fires are important to the growth and reproduction of tree species as well nutrient replenishment of the soil, recent fires spread faster and wider than in years past. The problem will only get worse. Here’s why.
Read More Wildfires: A Growing Threat
Invasive species are everywhere and do damage to our world’s ecosystems. The lionfish is the first successful invasive marine vertebrate and has spread far past the S. Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
Read More A Master Invader: The Lionfish
This year, it may seem shark attacks are on the rise. Mass media coverage of recent attacks, such as those in North Carolina and Florida, support this idea. The reality of injuries and fatalities due to shark attacks is much different. An individual’s risk of being attacked by a shark has decreased by 91% in the past 63 years.
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Happy Earth Day. Plastic pollution in our oceans seems to pose the biggest threat to marine life. A startling statistic from the Ellen McArthur Foundation predicts that plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050. While some of us have started to make attempts to reduce our individual plastic usage, we may be ignoring an […]
Read More Overfishing is Worse than Plastic Pollution
It’s easy to focus on bad news concerning the environment. More coverage of climate change, reusables, and pollution have created heightened concern worldwide. The IPCC’s Climate Report warned of grave and possibly unavoidable consequences. Fortunately, governments and organizations across the planet have proved that change is possible. Here’s some of what they accomplished in 2018: ‘Single-use’ […]
Read More Environmental Wins in 2018
This year, however, I began to wonder what this seemingly harmless and fun tradition could be doing to the environment. Is it worse than that of a artificial tree or do they too have downsides?
Read More The Lesser Evil: Christmas Trees
We typically think of the energy industry, pollution, and transportation as some of the most dangerous sources of environmental degradation. But what if one of the top contributors to climate change was common in our homes and a regular part of our day to day lives? The meat industry uses an incredible amount of resources and […]
Read More Science Made Simple: Animal Agriculture