Environment

As climate change melts away frozen landscapes, scientists rush to discover all they can about the tiny organisms that thrive on ice.
James Gaines, Contributor
First-of-its-kind study shows how human-generated sound could harm the ability of seagrass to store energy and detect gravity.
Karen Kwon, Contributor
Scientists study how some microorganisms deep on the ocean floor affect our climate.
Inside Science Contributor
New research shows how oil spills and their cleanup harm water striders, raising questions about the broader ecological impacts of even small spills.
Brian Owens, Contributor
The accuracy of the next season's weather forecast dives every spring, because of the volatility of Pacific Ocean conditions.
Carolina Cuellar, Contributor
Bacteria found around a Brazilian mine could improve copper harvesting.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
There’s now a microscopic plastic cycle that works like any other environmental cycle -- moving from oceans to sky to land and back again.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
The new approach can separate different metals in electronic waste using only air and high temperatures.
Meredith Fore, Contributor
Steers that ate small amounts of seaweed produced far less of the greenhouse gas methane.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
A better understanding of past rainfall swings may help scientists better predict future ones.
Nikk Ogasa, Contributor
New research links cloud top appearance to the unusual phenomenon of lightning during a snowstorm.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
Pollution estimates in India highlight the need for some countries to more closely monitor the problem in nonurban areas.
Benjamin Plackett, Contributor