After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on Earth. If the cement industry were a country, it would be the third largest carbon dioxide emitter in the world with up to 2.8bn tonnes, surpassed only by China and the US. According to the watchdog group Transparency International, construction is the world’s dirtiest business, far more prone to graft than mining, real estate, energy or the arms market.
One of the largest contributors to plastic waste? Cigarette butts.
Just 90 minutes from Toronto, residents of a First Nations community try to improve the water situation as the beverage company extracts from their land.
Humanity is waging a war of terror on wildlife across the globe, according to the head of a world-leading research institute who was previously a counter-terrorism expert for the UK government.
BBC Newsnight gets to the bottom of some important issues with Sir David Attenborough.
Previous studies have found an association between two commonly used agrochemicals (paraquat and maneb) and Parkinson's disease. Now a study has determined that low-level exposure to the pesticides disrupts cells in a way that mimics the effects of mutations known to cause Parkinson's disease.
Dewayne Johnson has terminal cancer, which a court found was caused by Monsanto products.
Similar to smoking, air pollution contains harmful toxins that can directly affect the kidneys.
The surging price of vanilla on global markets is connected to village crime and forest destruction. A more-than-tenfold surge in the value of the spice over the past five years has aroused dangerous passions.
Spain’s soaring pig population is a key factor in making livestock the fourth-largest generator of greenhouse gas emissions after transport, electricity generation and industry. Pig farming also consumes vast quantities of water in a country frequently affected by drought
Study finds that people who live in areas with high levels of air pollution also report higher levels of psychological distress.
The production of eggs, like other intensive farming activities, generates negative effects in nature, such as the emission of greenhouse gases or the contamination of soil and water.
With Australia’s beaches and oceans covered in rubbish, Tangaroa Blue volunteers spend days trying to clean things up.
Data centres and smartphones will be the most damaging information and communications technologies to the environment by 2040, according to new research.
The cow could be left as the biggest land mammal on Earth in a few centuries, according to a new study that examines the extinction of large mammals as humans spread around the world.
The funeral industry is catering for the growing number of people who want to deal with their mortal remains in an environmentally sound way.
Bird populations across the French countryside have fallen by a third over the last decade and a half, researchers have said. The primary culprit, researchers speculate, is the intensive use of pesticides on vast tracts of monoculture crops, especially wheat and corn.
If we managed urbanisation properly, we could nearly remove ourselves from a considerable percentage of the the planet’s surface. That would be good for many of the threatened species we share this planet with, which in turn would be good for us, because we are completely enmeshed in Earth’s web of life.
Study shows for the first time that exposure to green space during childhood is associated with beneficial structural changes in the developing brain.
To think about the coming invertebrate extinctions is to confront a different dimension of loss. So much will vanish before we even knew it was there, before we had even begun to understand it.