How mushrooms can help deal with water pollution

RistoArnaudov | Getty Images Research into the humble mushroom — an important dietary staple for many of us — suggests that the waste left over from growing fungi could have a surprising sustainable use. A study by researchers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands found that the residual waste from the cultivation of white button … Read more

Japan’s government issues ‘rules of life’ to help foreigners fit in

Japan recently introduced a Digital Nomad Visa that allows foreigners from 49 countries to live in the country for six months. But before they pack their bags, they may want to read Japan’s “Life and Work Guidebook,” which is aimed at helping foreigners fit in. The guidebook, published by Japan’s Immigration Services Agency, provides advice … Read more

The World Is Ignoring the Other Deadly Kind of Carbon

Once again, vast expanses of Canadian wilderness are on fire, threatening towns and forcing thousands to flee. It appears to be a breakout of “zombie fires”: wildfires from last year that never actually went out completely but carried on smoldering underground, reigniting ground vegetation again this year. They’ve been pouring smoke—once again—into northern cities in … Read more

Tesla Sued For Spewing Toxic Pollutants From California Plant

An environmental non-profit group is suing Tesla, alleging CEO Elon Musk’s automaker violated the federal Clear Air Act hundreds of times because its factory in Fremont, California was emitting harmful pollutants. This lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, adds to mounting pressure on Tesla to improve the air quality around its flagship Fremont … Read more

World’s happiest countries are looking beyond net zero

People sit on an unusually high bench at the sunset in Copenhagen, on May 9, 2023. The height of a dozen public benches across Denmark was increased by 85 cm to draw attention to climate change. According to the World Climate Research Programme, the high-end global mean sea-level rise is now projected to be up … Read more

1 in 3 Americans Live in Areas With Dangerous Air Pollution

For Gaddy, who is African American, the report’s findings confirm what she and her neighbors in Newark’s predominantly Black South Ward have experienced for years. Gaddy and her three children were all diagnosed with asthma; her eldest child died of a heart attack in 2021 at the age of 32. “It’s just the cumulative impacts … Read more

Tough new EPA rules would force coal-fired power plants to capture emissions or shut down

WASHINGTON — Coal-fired power plants would be forced to capture smokestack emissions or shut down under a rule issued Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency. New limits on greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired electric plants are the Biden administration’s most ambitious effort yet to roll back planet-warming pollution from the power sector, the nation’s … Read more

forever chemical, PFAS, PFOS regulation to cost $1.5 billion annually

Signage is seen at the headquarters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 10, 2021. Andrew Kelly | Reuters The Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, released long-awaited regulations Wednesday on some toxic “forever chemicals” found in drinking water. Known as PFAS, the chemicals are per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances. They are … Read more

Profits over pipes: who should own our water? – podcast | News

Thames Water, the UK’s biggest water company, which services 16 million people across the south of England, is facing criticism over its management. Kemble, the parent company of Thames Water, told its creditors last week that it had defaulted on its debt. Amid fears that the company will collapse, the government is considering options for … Read more

Tenth consecutive monthly global heat record shocks climate scientists

An excavator drives past a dried-up pond in Vietnam’s southern Ben Tre province on March 19, 2024.  Nhac Nguyen | Afp | Getty Images Scientists on Tuesday confirmed that last month was the hottest March on record, extending an extraordinary run of global heat that has renewed calls for an urgent reduction in planet-warming greenhouse … Read more