Emily J. Gertz

750 Million People at Risk as Scientists Discover Contamination of One of the World’s Biggest Freshwater Supplies

Three-quarters of a billion people across four South Asian nations rely on one vast water basin for much of their irrigation and drinking water. Called the Indo-Gangetic Basin, it stretches east to west over 618 million acres, sitting like a cap over the Indian subcontinent, and contains about 7,200 cubic miles of groundwater, roughly 20 times the annual flow of the region’s Brahmaputra, Ganges and Indus rivers combined.

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World’s Fourth-Biggest Oil Company Vows to Go Big on Green Power

One of the world’s biggest oil companies is factoring global goals for combating climate change into its multi-decade business plan.

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Your Next Hamburger May Come With a Side of Endangered Wolf

When it comes to valuable real estate, the square inches that comprise the official food nutrition label may be a hotter commodity than the most impressive street address in Manhattan. How consumers react to the label’s black-and-white facts about calories, fats, sugars, and vitamins is worth billions of dollars to the food industry.

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How Eating Tuna Can Weaken Your Immune System

Eating seafood tainted with a class of common, long-lasting environmental contaminants can weaken the human body’s ability to defend itself against toxic substances, a new study has found.

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The Obama Administration Puts Arctic Offshore Oil Drilling Back in Play

Environmentalists are hailing the Obama administration for removing the Atlantic coast from the list of areas approved for offshore drilling—but they aren’t too happy with other parts of the five-year plan released Tuesday.  

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Heartbreaking Photo of a Starving Polar Bear Has Become the New Icon of Climate Change

Even as researchers confirm another summer with near record melting of Arctic sea ice, a photo gone viral of an emaciated polar bear has become a new icon of climate change.

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Sounds Like Sci-Fi Horror, but It's Frighteningly Real: Giant Viruses May Be Unleashed by Arctic Thaw

It’s a scenario straight out of The X-Files: A prehistoric pathogen, isolated for millennia in Arctic ice, comes to light in the modern world.

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The U.S. and Russia Team Up to Save the Polar Bear

President Obama used his tour of Alaska last week to highlight the human faces of climate change in the Arctic.

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While You Were on Vacation, a Chunk of Ice the Size of an Asteroid Fell Into the Ocean

Imagine Manhattan buried under a thousand feet of ice. That’s how much of Greenland’s Jakobshavn Glacier fell into the Arctic Ocean last week, becoming a 7.8-square-mile iceberg.

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In Australia, a Lizard and a Snake Just Scuttled the World’s Most Dangerous Coal Mine

Two small, scaly critters have upended a $15.5 billion proposal to build one of the world’s largest coal mines, which if operational would add around 130 million tons of heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution into the air every year for six decades.

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