As China continues to reduce its emissions, scientists call for “cautious optimism”

It’s good news, just not *very* good news.

Air pollution seems to promote diabetes — even at officially ‘safe’ pollution levels

Don’t breathe too hard.

The U.S. oil and gas industry is leaking a lot of methane — again

The emissions total around 13 million metric tons.

Japanese fans clean up stadium after World Cup game

We interrupt our regular science broadcast for some wholesome news.

Coral havens might bring worldwide hope for reefs

The overall situation is still very bleak, but there are a few very bright spots.

Injection Wells of Hydraulic Fracking Causing More Earthquakes and Other Damage

Things are shaking up for the fracking industry.

European Union considers total ban on plastic straws and cutlery

We can only hope this comes to fruition.

Black lung disease makes resurgence among US coal miners

Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), commonly called black lung disease, is caused by long exposure to coal dust and can have devastating consequences.

This April was Earth’s 400th consecutive warmer-than-average month

A bad record to set.

Atmospheric readings show someone is producing illegal, ozone-depleting industrial gases

Please stop.

Plastics are ubiquitous in the deep ocean — even in the Mariana Trench

Plastic is everywhere — literally.

Average atmospheric CO2 levels last month were the highest we’ve ever recorded, ever

Yikes.

Hawaii moves to ban common sunscreen mixes in a bid to safeguard its corals

Worry not — alternatives are readily available, so don’t cancel your vay-cay just yet.

Arctic sea ice chock-full of microplastics, with over 12,000 particles per litre of ice

It should basically be called Arctic sea plastic by now.

Roughly 95% of people live in areas with ‘unsafe’ levels of air pollution

Don’t breathe too hard.

A Sperm Whale Found Dead in Spain Had 30 Kilos of Plastic in Its Stomach

There’s just too much plastic in the oceans.

Researchers ‘accidentally improve’ a plastic-munching enzyme

Failing upwards!

Efforts to fight plastic pollution are working: Fewer plastic bags found around UK waters

Taxing plastic bags or coffee cups works — and the rest of the world should follow suit.

Carbon conversion could make power plants emission-free within the next century

Can power plants be carbon neutral?

Almost 40% of childhood asthma cases are caused by air pollution

Let’s make the air cleaner!