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Garden Guidance: Turn Your Yard Into a Pollinator Paradise

Garden Guidance: Turn Your Yard Into a Pollinator Paradise

Did you know that almost all of the world’s plants need to be pollinated? Birds, beetles, bees, butterflies, wasps, moths, and bats all perform this essential function and play a crucial role in the reproduction of three-quarters of all crop species. But many pollinators are in rapid decline. More than a decade ago, beekeepers in the United States and abroad […]

Community Climate Resilience

Community Climate Resilience

Stopping climate change is the top environmental priority, but it’s too late to focus exclusively on prevention. From heat waves to hurricanes, communities are already experiencing the extreme weather impacts of our changing climate. Around the world, civic leaders are working to make their communities more resilient in the face of climate change and increasingly common environmental disasters. Resilience planning […]

Industry & Big Greens Stomp on Frontline Communities & Environmental Justice … Yet Again

Industry & Big Greens Stomp on Frontline Communities & Environmental Justice … Yet Again

Nationwide, communities are coming together to demand constitutional recognition of their rights to a clean, safe, and healthy environment, including a stable climate, in the form of state Green Amendments. Green Amendments include explicit protection for environmental rights, including the rights to pure water, clean air, a safe climate, and healthy environments. They empower environmental justice protections through constitutional mandates […]

Earth911 Podcast: The Global Water Partnership’s Dimitris Faloutsos Sets the Stage for a Global Plastics Treaty

Earth911 Podcast: The Global Water Partnership’s Dimitris Faloutsos Sets the Stage for a Global Plastics Treaty

A new global plastics treaty due to take effect in 2025, will reset the world’s strategy for reducing and reversing the environmental and health impacts of plastic. Take a look at the politics and issues that will define the agreement with Dimitris Faloutsos, head of Transboundary Waters at the United Nations’ Global Water Partnership (GWP). The GWP and London-based policy […]

Better Beach Habits

Better Beach Habits

Few experiences in life are as carefree as a day at the beach. But carefreeness can cross the line into carelessness. And careless beachgoers can really hurt the seaside they enjoy so much. Taking care of the beach where you play doesn’t have to be a buzzkill. With a little bit of planning and basic respect, you can pull an […]

Earth Is at a Tipping Point: Take Action for a Sustainable Future

Earth Is at a Tipping Point: Take Action for a Sustainable Future

Over the past few weeks, the planet, atmosphere, and ocean have hit historically high temperatures. July 4, 2023, was the hottest day in recorded history. It’s time to make changes that have been talked about too long. Earth911 is taking a step to help accelerate the development of the circular economy, which can reduce the need to extract raw materials […]

Understanding the Population Problem

Understanding the Population Problem

When the global population reached 5 billion in 1987, that number seemed almost inconceivable. But today, there are more than 8 billion people on the planet and by 2056, we could reach 10 billion humans. Without technical innovation and changes in human behavior, Earth’s ecosystems may not be able to support that population. Many people think that overpopulation is a […]

Killer Threats to Killer Whales

Killer Threats to Killer Whales

Recent news of killer whales sinking boats may bring to mind Jaws or Moby Dick. But before we decide that orcas are sadistic jerks out for personal revenge, consider another possible explanation. The behavior could be symptomatic of environmental stresses, like loss of prey, that orcas are experiencing around the world. The orcas also might just be playing around. We […]

Helping Wildlife During Heat Waves

Helping Wildlife During Heat Waves

For humans and animals alike, surviving the winter used to be the challenge. In summertime, the living was easy. But with climate change, average temperatures are rising so much that animals’ natural ranges are shifting and record-breaking heat waves are becoming life threatening. These days, even in summertime, wildlife gardening is less about attracting wildlife and more about helping them […]

Making the Seas Safe for Sharks

Making the Seas Safe for Sharks

Last year, Earth911 encouraged readers to take action by signing a petition to protect endangered shark species. And it appears that world leaders listened. At the CITES Convention in Panama last November, delegates elected to greatly expand the number of shark and ray species protected under CITES. The international treaty now covers more than 100 endangered and threatened species of […]