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Beach debris along the north side of Direction Island in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Scientists found 414 million pieces of trash on these tiny islands in the Indian Ocean — more proof that the plastic problem is out of control

Researchers have discovered that the beaches of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are drowning in trash. They found 414 million pieces of plastic debris.
A male polar bear waits patiently for the sea ice on Hudson bay to freeze. These bears are vulnerable to extinction.

Up to 1 million species are facing extinction, according to a new UN report. Without them, we could run out of food.

A new United Nations report on the world's biodiversity found that between 500,000 and 1 million species face extinction due to habitat destruction.
Species around the world are experiencing a "biological annihilation."

Up to 1 million animal species may be at risk of disappearing — yet another sign we’re in the middle of a 6th mass extinction

The AFP has obtained an early draft of a United Nations report that suggests up to 1 million species are at risk of extinction, some within decades.
Gammarus roeseli is a type of freshwater shrimp found in European rivers like the Czech Republic's Morava river.

Cocaine has been found in some European shrimp, and it’s part of a disturbing trend of drug-filled shellfish

Shrimp in five UK rivers have tested positive for trace amounts of cocaine. This is just one example of drug-filled shellfish around the world.
"Plastic Babel" won honorable mention in Evolo's 2019 Skyscraper Competition.

Architects designed a fin-shaped skyscraper made entirely of plastic. It’s inspired by the Tower of Babel.

In thinking about new ways to reuse plastic, a pair of architects designed a plastic skyscraper that also serves as a 3D manufacturing center.

11 fascinating environmental protections and laws around the world

From banning single-use plastics to working to eliminate food waste, some fascinating environmental protections are popping up worldwide.

13 photos that show how humans have changed the world’s forests

Deforestation, pollution, climate change, and old fashioned human carelessness are wreaking havoc on the world's forests.
The average lifespan of a plastic bag is 12 minutes.

In some countries, people face jail time for using plastic bags. Here are all the places that have banned plastic bags and straws so far.

New York is the third US state to ban plastic bags. But the concept is already quite popular around the world.

19 types of pollution you might encounter every day that could hurt your health, from radioactive toxins to cancer-causing chemicals

Many of our activities pollute the land, air, and sea — often to the detriment of our health.
A rescue ship works to extinguish the fire on the stricken Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea.

12 of the most devastating man-made ocean disasters in history, from Exxon Valdez to Deepwater Horizon

Disasters like oil spills pollute the ocean and kill marine life. Since 1967, there have been more than 9,500 tanker oil spills around the globe.