New research shows why some people get the common cold more easily

Bless you!

Nine streets in London ban diesel and gasoline cars in “pioneering” ultra-low emission scheme

An intriguing policy.

England’s meager 5p plastic bag tax did wonders — and it’s about to increase to 10p

A small step that goes a very long way.

Contact lenses break down into microplastics — so don’t flush them down!

Just throw them in the trash if you don’t want them on your plate later on.

Nanoparticle treatment developed to scrub water clean of oil pollution

Nobody likes oil in their water.

France trains birds to pick up the litter

It’s an interesting man-animal collaboration.

Scientists manage to keep proteins ‘alive’ outside cells

The discovery paves the way for advanced materials that have the same functionality as living organisms.

Curbing climate change: carbon storage is good, forests are oft-times better

If it ain’t broken, don’t replace it with a powerplant.

Human activity is causing cancer in many species of wildlife — and this effect is greatly underestimated

Humans a bringing about cancer to a staggering amount of wild species.

How a design and culture revolution could help us tackle our plastic problem

It’s not a simple problem and it doesn’t have a simple answer — but here’s what we can do.

Long-term exposure to sunscreen chemicals disrupts zebrafish embryo development

Sunscreen is good for us, not so good for sea creatures.

The anti-plastic straw movement: What it is, Why it matters, and Is it a good thing?

We need to talk about plastic straws — and about banning plastic straws.

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.