Lost or discarded fishing gear known as 'ghost nets' float unsupervised in today's oceans, and they're trapping fish and disturbing underwater ecosystems. Volunteer divers are working to retrieve an estimated 640,000 tons of gear from the ocean floor.
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is providing scientists with new insights on how volcanoes work and the patterns they follow. Scientists are now predicting volcanic activity, especially eruptions, more accurately, which will help nearby residences evacuate to safety earlier.
The International Mayors Climate Summit, being held at Boston University, is where officials will meet to discuss how their cities will adapt to climate change. Boston is working to develop new policies and structures that can stand sturdy against a changing environment.
On the eve of the United Nations World Environment Day, which is being hosted by India this year, citizens are addressing their country's garbage problem. Many are coming together to cut down on plastic – from simply recycling waste for a profit, to engineering biodegradable bowls from palm leaves.
In China a team of 30 people has managed to clear Mount Everest of 9.4 tons of waste since April. The amount of waste has continued to grow with an increasing number of visitors to the world's tallest mountain even as warmer temperatures reveal decades of frozen garbage.
In order to reach its goal of 5 million zero-emission cars by 2030 the state of California, along with multiple energy corporations, will spend a combined total of $786 million toward sustainable energy for transportation.
Extensive drought has forced farmers in the Texas Panhandle to rely more heavily on water drawn from the Ogallala Aquifer, raising concerns that they may be mortgaging their grandchildren's futures.
As rising seas threaten parts of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, many worry that visitors who generate numerous jobs in the area could go elsewhere. Young trees like coconut palms are being planted to create a barrier and halt erosion.
In Britain, chefs have started concept restaurants, soup kitchens, and social enterprises turning waste into meals. With no national food waste program, nonprofits have been taken the lead to redistribute food and change the way people think about kitchen scraps.
The nation hopes to feed its growing population and diversify its oil-based economy by tapping the huge aquifers beneath the Sahara to develop fish farms. Its goal: double annual fish production by 2022.
The Volvo Ocean Race spans 12 ports and 45,000 miles and for the seven competing crews, it provides direct insight into the state of pollution in the oceans. For both the sailors and spectators, the competition has become a rallying cry for sustainability.
With groundwater levels dropping, collecting water is a tedious and dangerous chore for many rural Moroccan women. But the world's largest fog collection project, headed by a mathematician, is seeing success and could offer a roadmap for other drought-stricken regions.
Beekeeping has been recognized as an alternative way for farmers to make money as climate change brings harsher weather and unpredictable growing seasons. However, even honey yields are down as parched trees offer little nectar during droughts.
Longer droughts, population growth, and growing water consumption by farming and industry has lead Zambia to impose fees on groundwater use. The measures aim to create more shared wells, which will improve water conservation and raise funds to address water pollution.