TheChernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986transformed the city of Pripyat into a ghost town. Other towns have also been abandoned after nuclear disasters, and each is…Read More Haunting photos reveal what nuclear-disaster ghost towns look like years after being abandoned
Power plants need water to generate electricity, but electricity is also usually required to filter or desalinate water. This reciprocal relationship — known as the…Read More A new solar-power device can turn salt water into clean drinking water and produce electricity at the same time
More than 320 million metric tons ofplastic are produced every year, with much of it accumulating inoceans. At age 16, Dutch innovator Boyan Slat set…Read More The massive plastic-cleaning device invented by a 25-year-old may finally be catching trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Take a look at its difficult journey.
25-year-old inventor Boyan Slat is on a mission torid the world’s oceans of harmful plastic pollution. His organization, The Ocean Cleanup, hasdeveloped a tool that…Read More A massive plastic-cleanup device invented by a 25-year-old may finally be catching trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Afloating nuclear power plant in Russiahas begun a 4,000-mile journey across the Arctic Ocean. Construction of the plant started more than a decade ago. In…Read More A floating nuclear plant in Russia features a gym, bar, and pool. An expert calls it 'Chernobyl on ice.'
A new report estimates that 210,000 children in England are homeless and another 375,000 are at risk of becoming homeless. The number of homeless children…Read More England's housing crisis has gotten so bad that children are living in shipping containers, doing homework on the toilet, and eating on floors. Nearly 400,000 more kids could be homeless soon.
Tests over the last two years have foundelevated lead levels in the drinking water in Newark, New Jersey. Some Newark residents have received free water…Read More New Jersey’s largest city just handed out expired bottles of water to residents affected by the lead contamination crisis
Typhoon Lekimamade landfall in China on August 10, resulting in widespread blackouts and some damaged property. Ahead of the storm’s arrival, 1 million people were…Read More Devastating photos show the damage of Typhoon Lekima, which killed at least 18 people and forced 1 million to evacuate in China
An environmental coalition recently discoveredchemicals called phthalates in vinyl gloves used at certainMcDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s locations. Phthalates are part of theplasticizer family, which…Read More Vinyl gloves used at certain McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s locations may contain toxic chemicals linked to reproductive issues
In 2017, a group of scientists known as the “Ring of Five” detected “an unprecedented release” of radiation in Europe and Asia. At the time,…Read More A group of scientists called the 'Ring of 5' found evidence of a major nuclear accident that went undeclared in Russia
Pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha rose to fame in 2015 when she revealed an uptick in blood-lead levels among children in Flint, Michigan. Her findings led to…Read More A water crisis outside New York City has surpassed Flint, according to a pediatrician who helped uncover the Flint disaster
When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrinbecame thefirst humans to land on the moon, they weren’t treated to culinary delicacies on board theApollo 11 spacecraft. Their…Read More From applesauce in a tube to 'space noodles,' here's how astronaut food has evolved from the 1960s to today
For decades, engineers have been using a technology called base isolation that can protect buildings from earthquakes. The system isn’t common in the US, but…Read More A critical 'base isolation' system could keep California buildings from crumbling during an earthquake, but few structures have it
California cities like Los Angeles, Stockton, and San Jose and have seen their homeless populations skyrocket in recent years. As the crisis become more severe,…Read More California's homelessness crisis is spiraling out of control. These mayors want to solve it with tiny homes, trailers, and floating apartments.
Many dogs were exterminated following the1986 Chernobyl disaster to prevent the spread of radiation. Those who survived continued to reproduce in the wild. Today, hundreds…Read More Chernobyl workers are adopting the site's contaminated dogs, but not all of them are safe to pet
Anew round of tests from the Environmental Working Group found traces of the weed-killer glyphosate in 6 types of Cheerios, 14 Nature Valley products, and…Read More An environmental watchdog found traces of weed-killer in Cheerios and Nature Valley products. Here's how worried you should be.
Multiple cities and towns in the US have seen their land dip lower, which could damage infrastructure and make them more vulnerable to flooding. The…Read More 7 places that are sinking faster than anywhere else in the US
The chemical acrylamide is found in fried, baked, and roasted foods like coffee and french fries. Because acrylamide was discovered in food somewhat recently, we…Read More A chemical found in burned, charred, and toasted foods has been linked to cancer. Here's how worried you should be.
A number of US cities have resorted to burning or trashing recyclable items as a way to save money. Prior to 2018, much of the…Read More China is refusing to take 'foreign garbage' from the US, so these 6 cities are burning or throwing away your recycling
The HBO series, “Chernobyl,” gets plenty of things right about the nuclear power plant disaster that likely exposed hundreds of thousands of people to radiation.…Read More What HBO's 'Chernobyl' gets right (and wrong) about the world's worst nuclear power plant accident
A small town in Malaysia is teeming with nearly 19,000 tons of plastic waste. Ever sinceChina banned the import of plastic in 2017, Malaysia has…Read More Staggering photos show one small town covered in 19,000 tons of plastic waste
More than 320 million metric tons ofplastic are produced every year, with much of it accumulating inoceans. At age 16, Dutch innovator Boyan Slat set…Read More The massive plastic-cleaning device invented by a 24-year-old has run into problems in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Take a look at its difficult journey.
Explorer Victor Vescovo has almostreached the end of his mission tovisit the deepest corners ofall five oceans. On his fourth major dive, Vescovo founda plastic…Read More An explorer who dove to the deepest point in the ocean found a plastic bag and candy wrappers at the bottom
NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge finally revealed a winner this month after four years of competition. Designers were asked to create a printable 3D habitat that…Read More NASA held a contest to design a 3D habitat on Mars, and the winner is a vertical pod that can be printed in 30 hours
Brad Pitt’s plan to rebuild New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina has run into a slew of problems. The actor’s Make It Right…Read More Brad Pitt's post-Katrina housing project is under fire after homes started rotting and collapsing. Here's everything that's gone wrong.
Nearly 80% of the world’s plastic waste ends up in landfills or gets thrown away as trash instead of being recycled. In thinking about new…Read More Architects designed a fin-shaped skyscraper made entirely of plastic. It's inspired by the Tower of Babel.
Many Rust Belt cities are littered with empty properties after the decline of the US manufacturing industry. To save themselves from decay, a few cities…Read More Cities across the US are selling abandoned homes for $1, and it's a sign that the wealth gap is getting worse
I attended the TED conference in Vancouver, Canada, whereattendees pay $10,000 to learn the next big ideas. The theme this year, “Bigger Than Us,” encouraged…Read More After watching over 100 TED talks, these insights have stuck with me the most
Ashton Kutcher’s nonprofit company, Thorn, is one of eight organizations to receive money from the Audacious Project, aTED-backed fund giving away $280 million this year.…Read More Ashton Kutcher's nonprofit wants to abolish child sex abuse on the internet with backing from a $280 million TED-sponsored fund
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey spoke about harassment and misinformation on his platform at TED 2019 on Wednesday. A day earlier, the reporter who broke the…Read More Jack Dorsey says Twitter makes it 'super easy' to harass and abuse others, and addressing the problem is his biggest worry