Reading Time: 2 minutes A British diver found himself swimming amid a cluster of trash so dense it could be mistaken for a seaweed colony.
Reading Time: < 1 minute About half the fruits and vegetables grown in America are not pretty enough to fetch a good price, so they end up in landfills where they rot — releasing large amounts of greenhouse gases. In the meantime, millions starve. This video examines the causes, and offers solutions.
Reading Time: 11 minutes Acadamy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) discusses how the changing climate is already contributing to global injustice.
Reading Time: 4 minutes What you may not know about China and the remarkable events unfolding there — and why it is a problem for us all.
Reading Time: 9 minutes In 2010, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa became the first national leader in the world to rule out drilling for oil in a major petroleum field for ecological reasons. Less than five years later, however, he has backtracked on his promise, and the future of the environmentally important Yasuni National Park is up in the air, as the debate rages on.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Why did the president back away from a commitment that federal agencies use green electronics? Buried in a recent Executive Order on sustainability is recycled rhetoric that undermines long-standing federal policy.
Reading Time: 5 minutes A 2014 ruling that all but absolved Chevron for one of the worst oil spills in South American history is being challenged in a New York appeals court. Video tapes showing Chevron officials laughing at the environmental destruction they caused in the rainforest—tapes that were not permitted as evidence in the 2014 trial—may be the long-sought “smoking gun.”
Reading Time: 6 minutes From time to time, WhoWhatWhy will bring you unusual perspectives you probably won’t find elsewhere. You may agree or disagree, but you can be sure it’ll be thought-provoking. This piece from Victor Wallis, who teaches history and politics at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, argues that putting forth a token person or effort to mark progress in issues of gender, race or environment may hamper advancement.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Washington won’t act to slow the chaos of climate change, even as the Navy prepares to patrol an open Arctic Ocean and the oil industry pushes to be able to start drilling in newly ice-free Arctic waters.
Part two of a three-part WhoWhatWhy investigation.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Every ten years or so, the nuclear establishment trots out a proposal to offload some of its so-called low-level waste—radioactive metals, concrete, soil, plastics, and other materials—onto the public. In the past, this idea was met with outrage and was stopped. But as the nation’s nuclear garbage pile continues to grow, the pressure to release some of it into commerce—and thus our daily lives—mounts.