"The Story of Plastic" is a moving film that reveals where plastic comes from – and where it goes

The film exposes a global catastrophe driven by corporate interests.

Sweden’s famous white moose in all his mystical glory

When the rare leucistic moose appeared before his camera, photographer Anders Tedeholm captured the magic.

Rampant death for hermit crabs who confuse plastic trash for shells

New research finds that on just two remote islands alone, nearly 600,000 crabs are killed every year by plastic debris.

Photo: Misty path announces autumn

It may still feel like summer, but our photo of the day begs to differ.

Grand funeral for a tree to be held in NYC

Actor Matthew Morrison will preside over services for the felled “Will O. Baum,” in what promises to be quite a celebration, complete with gospel choirs, poetry, music, & more.

These caterpillars build their own mobile homes

Tiny home on wheels, caterpillar-style.

Bald eagles are littering Seattle backyards with gory landfill trash

Some 200 bald eagles are scavenging the goods at Cedar Hills Regional Landfill and dumping the leftovers in suburban backyards.

Planes, slaves (!) and tree loss: 3 new science stories you should know about

Three recent studies by Conservation International shed light on how humans can stop harming the environment, and help people in the process.

New Zealand bemoans water pollution, but won’t limit dairy

It’s uncomfortable to face the source of the pollution.

Here’s a dash of hope for climate change

This speech cheered me up, so I thought I’d share.

626 organizations back legislation to address climate change

A modest proposal

As emissions rise, UN climate talks take on greater urgency

Shyla Raghav, CI’s climate change lead, discusses the importance of the UN climate talks in the face of a new report.

Watch zebras being released in Tanzania after 50-year absence (video)

Half a century ago zebras were hunted to extinction in the region, now the area is being re-wilded and the zebras are leading the charge.

In global climate change fight, half a degree could make all the difference

Scientists say if Earth’s temperature were to warm any more than 1.5°C, we would experience devastating losses.

Wealthy philanthropists wage war. On cats.

With a $1 million donation, Andrew and Jane Cliffordhope to double the size of the world’s largest cat-free sanctuary.

Two cute videos teach kids about climate change and smog

Explaining climate science to kids is challenging, which is why clever animated videos can help.

10 of the tallest trees in the world

These skyscraping superstars are the stalwart examples of their species.

The Lush Spring Prize celebrates social and environmental regeneration

The £200,00 prize fund, jointly held by Lush Cosmetics and Ethical Consumer, redefines what environmental and social responsibility should look like.

Lobsters to get a slightly less horrific death in Switzerland

Live crustaceans will no longer be forced to lounge on ice or be thrust into boiling vats of water without being stunned first.

Meet the man who flies with the birds in order to save them (video)

A former meteorologist, Christian Moullec flies an ultralight to guide vulnerable birds on safe migration routes.

Reefs are losing recovery time between bleaching events, experts say

A recent study finds that warmer waters are causing an increase in coral bleaching events.

With Science Under Siege in 2017, Scientists Regrouped and Fought Back: 5 Essential Reads

By Maggie Villiger 2017 may well be remembered as the year of alternative facts and fake news. Truth took a hit, and experts seemed to lose the public’s trust. Scientists felt under siege as the Trump administration purged information from government websites , appointed inexperienced or adversarial individuals to science-related posts and left important advisory positions empty. Researchers braced for cuts to federally funded science. So where did that leave science and its supporters? Here we spotlight five stories from our archive that show how scholars took stock of where scientists

Photo: Ring in the new year with this serene American dipper

Our photo of the day reveals North America’s only truly aquatic songbird.