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The Biggest Organism on Earth Is Dying, and It's Our Fault The Biggest Organism on Earth Is Dying, and It's Our Fault

The heaviest organism on Earth isn’t a whale or an elephant. It’s a tree—or rather, a system of over 40,000 clonal trees, all connected by their roots. Pando, a 13 million pound organism in central Utah, is believed to have sprouted toward the end of the last Ice Age.

Lake Erie's Water Crisis Is So Bad This Brewery Is Putting Algae in Beer Lake Erie's Water Crisis Is So Bad This Brewery Is Putting Algae in Beer

TOLEDO, OHIO—The staff at Maumee Bay Brewing Company swear that the brewery’s 150-year old building is haunted. A bartender is sure she saw a glass floating on its own. Another swears she saw a woman with a skeletal hand who vanished when she turned around. The janitor, at least, thinks the ghosts are friendly.…

Florida Evacuates 4,000 Inmates From Prisons Damaged by Hurricane Michael Florida Evacuates 4,000 Inmates From Prisons Damaged by Hurricane Michael

Not even a week has passed since Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm, obliterating much of the infrastructure in its path. Despite the fair warning before impact, the state Department of Corrections failed to evacuate most of its prison facilities.

Drink Beer While You Can Still Afford It Drink Beer While You Can Still Afford It

The climate apocalypse wants to strip us of everything sacred in this world. There are concerns about chocolate (though it isn’t going extinct), the future of wine, and even the potential loss of our prized Tabasco sauce!

Trump's EPA Scraps Expert Advisory Committee Focused on Deadly Air Pollution Trump's EPA Scraps Expert Advisory Committee Focused on Deadly Air Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency killed a panel responsible for providing scientific expertise on particulate matter Thursday, according to an internal email the agency sent former panel members, which Earther obtained. This class of pollutants isn’t always on the public’s mind, but it should be.

These Award Winning Photos Capture Nature's Most Mesmerizing Patterns These Award Winning Photos Capture Nature's Most Mesmerizing Patterns

Nature hides patterns everywhere. The key is knowing where to look.

Captain Green Is the New Superhero Who Could Convince Your Kid to Ditch Plastics Captain Green Is the New Superhero Who Could Convince Your Kid to Ditch Plastics

They say not all superheroes wear capes. Well, our newest superhero does, and it’s the color of a shallow sea. That’s only fitting because this hero, Captain Green, is after one of the world’s greatest villains: ocean plastic pollution.

These Prisons Sit Directly in Michael’s Path—And Florida Didn't Evacuate Them These Prisons Sit Directly in Michael’s Path—And Florida Didn't Evacuate Them

The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) has evacuated six of its facilities, amounting to about 850 prisoners, in wake of historic Hurricane Michael. However, 13 counties across Florida have mandatory evacuations in place. That leaves 15 other facilities in those counties that are still potentially in harm’s way.

Hurricane Michael Is Headed Toward Florida's Poorest Region Hurricane Michael Is Headed Toward Florida's Poorest Region

Hurricane Michael is on track to create an especially dreadful situation for Florida’s poorest. The Category 4 storm is set to make landfall in northwest Florida, a region of the state that has never seen the hurricane conditions Michael is bringing.

The Clean Water Act Is Reaping Benefits Nobody Has Calculated The Clean Water Act Is Reaping Benefits Nobody Has Calculated

The Clean Water Act has really helped the U.S. get its shit together. In fact, between 1972 and 2001, the share of U.S. waters clean enough to be fished increased 12 percent. That’s according to a study published in September that took the most comprehensive look yet at the outcome of this landmark rule. A partner…

Activists Who Shut Down Pipelines Win an Unlikely Victory: A Judge Who Will Hear Them Out [Update: And Acquit Them] Activists Who Shut Down Pipelines Win an Unlikely Victory: A Judge Who Will Hear Them Out [Update: And Acquit Them]

In 2016, five activists decided to do what they could to stop climate change: They all headed to one of four sites across the U.S. where they turned some valves and illegally shut down five key pipelines shipping crude oil across U.S.-Canada lines. They are known as the Valve Turners.

Thousands of North Carolina Students Are Still Missing School Weeks After Hurricane Florence Thousands of North Carolina Students Are Still Missing School Weeks After Hurricane Florence

For some kids in North Carolina, the school year started only to be abruptly halted. Hurricane Florence tore through their communities three weeks ago, but the situation has yet to return to normal.

Trump's Plan to Scrap Mercury Regulations Won't Save Coal But It Will Cost Lives Trump's Plan to Scrap Mercury Regulations Won't Save Coal But It Will Cost Lives

President Donald Trump is down with more mercury in the air if that’ll help the coal industry. According to the Washington Post, the Environmental Protection Agency sent a proposal to the White House Friday that suggests altering a rule regulating emissions of mercury—a potent neurotoxin—because the current…

Trump Wants to Roll Back Safety Regulations That Could Have Helped Prevent Deepwater Horizon Disaster Trump Wants to Roll Back Safety Regulations That Could Have Helped Prevent Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Nearly 10 years ago, an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, spilling millions of gallons of crude into the water. The notorious Deepwater Horizon, or BP, oil spill left 11 people dead and tens of thousands sick. But apparently, the disaster’s lessons haven’t hit home for the Trump administration.

Ominous New Art Exhibit Shows Coral Reefs Transformed by Trash

Corals are some of the most stunning organisms to have graced the planet, but they’re almost incredibly threatened. Now, an artist has re-created their bright colors and squiggly formations in a manner that’s ominously appropriate for the 21st century: with plastic garbage.

Latin American Countries Sign Landmark Treaty to Protect Environmental Defenders Latin American Countries Sign Landmark Treaty to Protect Environmental Defenders

Latin America and the Caribbean finally have a treaty to help protect defenders of the environment.

A New Doll Celebrates Flint's Biggest Little Activist A New Doll Celebrates Flint's Biggest Little Activist

As a young girl I was obsessed with dolls. They’re all I wanted for birthdays and Christmases. These days, though, dolls have hit a whole new level. And oh, how I wish I could still enjoy endless hours playing with them, because a new doll is available for pre-order today—and she’s inspired by 11-year-old Mari Copeny,…

The Trump Administration Is Rolling Back Safety Regulations for Explosive Oil Trains The Trump Administration Is Rolling Back Safety Regulations for Explosive Oil Trains

In Trump’s America, requiring flammable, oil-toting trains employ better braking systems apparently isn’t worth it.

Carbon Emissions Could Be Costing the US 8 Times What Trump’s EPA Estimates Carbon Emissions Could Be Costing the US 8 Times What Trump’s EPA Estimates

The largest contributors to climate change also stand to lose the most, according to a new study that looks at the so-called “social cost” of carbon. Current U.S. leaders may think our country can withstand anything, but emitting carbon dioxide at the rate we do comes at a price.

South Carolina Coast Braces For Worst Flooding Yet More Than a Week After Florence South Carolina Coast Braces For Worst Flooding Yet More Than a Week After Florence

South Carolina has been dealing with flooding since Florence arrived at the coast on September 13. More than a week later, the situation is only worsening for some coastal residents. Potentially record-breaking flood waters are set to inundate areas that didn’t see much flooding last week along the northeastern coast…

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