pri.orgLawsuits took down Big Tobacco. Can they make oil companies accountable for climate change?Large cities like San Francisco and New York, along with smaller cities and counties in California, want the big oil companies to pay for the harm their products have caused in the form of rising seas, floods and drought. Better science and clear evidence of deception give these lawsuits far more traction than in the past.
pri.orgEngineers compete to detect methane leaks, a powerful climate pollutantLeaks of methane from gas and oil wells are a major source of climate pollution but it's tough to detect the odorless and colorless gas. Now, a new competition is spurring inventors to come up with cheaper and more effective methane detectors. The World's Jason Margolis profiles two of the inventors.
pri.orgMountains of US recycling pile up as China restricts importsMuch of the world's recycling gets shipped to China for processing. But starting Jan. 1, China is enacting much tougher standards for the purity of recycling imports, standards most American, and European, recyclers simply can't meet. And that has recycling piling up throughout the United States.2
pri.orgThese intricately designed glass sea creatures served an important educational purposeOver course of almost 30 years, a father-son duo created a vast array of sea creatures out of glass. Their purpose wasn't art, though they certainly are beautiful, but rather to help scientists on land get a look at what these undersea creatures are like.
pri.orgWe’ve been here before: Historians annotate and analyze immigration ban's place in historyThe US government has in the past excluded immigrants on the basis of nationality, religion, political beliefs and in the name or national security. Immigration historians annotated the executive order President Trump signed on Friday.