Scenes From The World's Northernmost Big City—A Polluted Hell On Earth

Located in Siberia, Norilsk is the world's northernmost city with a population of more than 100,000, and it's not just one of the coldest cities of the world—it's also one of the filthiest. Nickel ore smelting has transformed the landscape into one of the ten most polluted places on Earth. » 6/24/14 3:00pm 6/24/14 3:00pm

Latest Survey Shows That Our Ocean Floors Are Covered In Garbage

A major new survey of the seafloor has found a shocking amount of litter. This garbage, which consists of bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets, and whatever else you can think of, was found throughout the Mediterranean and reaching all the way to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge — a distance of over 2,000 miles. » 5/01/14 9:00pm 5/01/14 9:00pm

How military sonar may be harming endangered blue whales

Scientists have known for years that mid-frequency sonar can harm deep-diving toothed whales, such as by driving them from feeding grounds. Research now shows that the naval noise even elicits stark behavioral changes in blue whales, which communicate at frequencies far below sonar frequencies, suggesting that the… » 7/03/13 1:45pm 7/03/13 1:45pm

Traces of anxiety drug in rivers make fish braver and less social

Swedish researchers have discovered that the anti-anxiety drug oxazepam is having a noticeable effect on the behavior of aquatic life. Traces of this popular pharmaceutical get flushed into rivers and other waterways where they remain biochemically active. But until this new study, it wasn't known if these chemicals… » 2/15/13 6:20am 2/15/13 6:20am