science
Aspirin, Strangely Enough, Might Protect Our Lungs From Air Pollution

A dose of aspirin can do more than just soothe your headache, a new study suggests – it might also protect your lungs from air pollution. Read More >>

environment
The Amazon Has Seen More Than 100,000 Fires This Year, Causing Spike in Air Pollution

The fires burning throughout the Amazon rainforest and the rest of Brazil are billowing all types of air pollutants into the atmosphere, new satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA) show. Read More >>

science
Plastics Could Mark the Start of a Geological Era

Take a look into the geological record, and you might just find...plastic? Read More >>

science
Dirty Air May Increase Your Risk for Depression and Bipolar Disorder

With every breath you take, you’re inhaling a lot more than just the oxygen your lungs crave. Particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, ozone—all pollutants known to damage the heart and lungs—probably enter your body, too. Read More >>

science
Even Low Levels of Air Pollution Can Damage Your Lungs as Much as Smoking a Pack a Day

Breathing polluted air could impact a person’s health just as much as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. Read More >>

microplastics
Microplastics Are Airborne, Polluted Arctic Snow Reveals

Microplastic pollution has become so ubiquitous, it’s almost easier to find places covered in the stuff than not. High peaks, low valleys, and even the air we breathe is filled with microscopic bits of plastic. Read More >>

health
Air Pollution Gets Into Your Brain, and Scientists Want to Know What It’s Doing to You

Outdoor air pollution causes millions of deaths each year—4.2 million premature deaths globally, according to the World Health Organization. Over time, fine particles of inhaled smog cause cardiovascular and lung issues, like lung cancer and stroke. Read More >>

environment
‘Ghost’ Fishing Gear Is a Bigger Threat to Sharks Than We Realised

Not even the oceans’ top predators can escape the ruinous embrace of humanity’s plastic waste, suggests new research. The study indicates that over recent decades, many hundreds of sharks have been reported falling victim to entanglement in fishing gear and other marine plastic debris. Read More >>

microplastics
We’re Eating a Whole Lot of Plastic… Uh, Is That Bad?

If you’re the type to get squeamish about the things you accidentally eat, you’re not going to like the new report released by the WWF (formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund) this Tuesday. According to the report, we might be eating a credit card’s worth of microplastic every week, thanks to widespread contamination of drinking water and seafood. But it’s still unclear how this consumption could be affecting our health. Read More >>

environment
One Welsh Street is So Polluted The Council Wants to Destroy it

The residents of Woodside Terrace in Crumlin, South Wales, could soon have their homes compulsorily purchased off them, as the council tries to come up with a quick method of reducing exposure to pollution in the area. Read More >>

plastic
Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds, and Stirrers Are Finally Getting Banned Next Year

It's time to embrace soggy straws, bendy buds, and wooden stirrers as the government is cracking down on plastics - for real this time. The only way to get yourself a plastic straw now is in a pharmacy, or to ask very nicely at your local. Read More >>

giz asks
Is the World Really Overpopulated?

The notion that we’re headed towards some kind of populational apocalypse—that there exists a line which, once crossed, will lead inexorably to mass starvation, and a whole planet like King's Cross at rush hour—has been used to stoke fear and sell books for more than a century. The discourse surrounding these concerns can be so toxic, that just wading into it can feel pointless, or futile, or worse. But it is, nonetheless, a question worth gaining clarity on. And so for this week’s Giz Asks we reached out to a number of experts—in sustainability, environmental studies, economics, geography, and more—to find out, once and for all, whether the Earth is overpopulated. Read More >>

science
This Fish Has Evolved to Thrive in Intensely Polluted Water

A small fish somehow evolved resistance to the heavily polluted water of the Houston Ship Channel by mysteriously acquiring genes from another fish from thousands of miles away, according to a new paper. Read More >>

science
Radioactive Carbon From Nuclear Tests Found in the Mariana Trench

Scientists found a radioactive signature of atomic bomb blasts in crustaceans living in the ocean’s depths, according to a new paper. Read More >>

music
This Electronic Group Made an Album Entirely With Plastic and It’s Not Total Garbage

The plastic pollution crisis of our own making may seem like an odd inspiration for album, doubly so when the item that sparks that inspiration is a 25-year old plastic fish jockstrap. But that’s exactly what put plastic on experimental electronic group Matmos’ radar. Read More >>