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Emergency responders examine the scene at a steam pipe explosion in Midtown Manhattan

A steam pipe explosion in New York City has sparked fears of asbestos contamination — here’s why that’s concerning

On Thursday, a steam pipe exploded on 5th Avenue in New York City, spewing muck, steam, and asphalt into the air. The incident also generated fears of asbestos contamination.

A 23-year-old dropped out of college to make meatless burgers using fungus — and got $100,000 from Peter Thiel

Kimberlie Le dropped out of UC Berkeley to found Terramino Foods, a startup that aims to create the world's first fish-less "salmon" burgers. Their "seafood" is all plant-based and aims to reduce the waste and environmental footprint of eating fish.
The giant iceberg, seen perched behind an Innaarsuit settlement in Greenland on July 12, 2018.

A 300-foot-high iceberg is approaching Greenland, and this photo is the latest sign that Mother Nature has had it

A massive iceberg soaring nearly 300 feet into the air is threatening Innaarsuit, Greenland. Locals are used to seeing ice flows drifting in, but nothing this big and this close. Take a look.
A number of factors may make the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season calm compared to last year.

The remnants of Hurricane Chris are headed out to sea, and now expectations for hurricane season are changing

Early signs of activity aside, projections for the rest of the hurricane season are changing, with experts now projecting a year that's average or even below average in terms of activity, according to CSU's most recently updated forecast.
A photo of Antarctica's A-68 iceberg in September 2017.

Antarctica’s monster iceberg is still alive 1 year after its birth — but the Maryland-size ice block is floating toward its doom

One year after breaking off from Antarctica, the continent's sixth-largest iceberg in recorded history is still floating in the open ocean. Iceberg A-68 weighs about 1 trillion tons, is about the size of Maryland, and broke off the Larsen Ice Shelf in July 2017. Relatively little of it has melted.
Each iPhone contains 31 grams of aluminum.

How much raw material it takes to make 11 everyday foods and products, from sugar cubes to iPhones

You'd be surprised by how much raw material goes into the everyday items you use. If you drink at least one cup of coffee per day, you'd need at least 9 coffee trees producing full-time to give you a year's supply.

13 rare animals that are teetering on the brink of extinction

Here are 13 species at risk of extinction, including some that you probably didn’t even know existed.
Smog obscures a view of the George Washington Bridge in New York City, May 1973.

Vintage EPA photos reveal what New York City looked like before the US regulated pollution

Soon after the EPA's founding, the agency dispatched photographers to capture America's environmental issues. As the Trump administration rolls back several environmental regulations, some worry that the country's water and air could return to this state.

Vintage photos taken by the EPA reveal what America looked like before pollution was regulated

Here's what the US looked like before the Environmental Protection Agency. President Trump's EPA wants to kill the Clean Power Plan and other regulations. Now that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced plans to retire, it could become easier to overturn environmental rules.

Here’s why certain sunscreens are so dangerous for coral that Hawaii plans to ban them — and what you should use instead

Hawaii's coral reefs are worth $33.57 billion, according to a study. Hawaiians hope to protect all that value by banning the sale of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which can kill coral.