Alexander von Humboldt was one of the most influential scientists of the 19th century. His discoveries have profoundly impacted modern science and medicine. Humboldt’s exploration of South America between 1800 and 1804 inspired seminal ideas about the interrelationship of nature, climate, and human activities, as described in historian Andrea Wulf’s book, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World.
The Ocean is the vast body of salt water that covers nearly three-fourths of the earth. It is one continuous expanse of water surrounding the continents.
Although the ocean is one continuous body of water, Geographers have given it different names according to where it is divided by the continents. The main sections of the global ocean, from largest to smallest, are the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and Arctic Oceans.
The story behind the beef we eat is less than savory. Consuming meat comes at considerable cost to the environment and threatens our ability to feed the world’s growing population.
Starbucks strives to serve great coffee – and to serve the myriad of communities it impacts. Follow us on a journey from coffee plantation to coffee shop, with stops along the way to improve the human condition and help ensure a sustainable planet.
We must take action today to help ensure the health and well-being of future generations. As an outcome of the Rio+20 Conference, the Sustainable Development Goals are part of The Future We Want Resolution, which is in pursuit of achieving tremendous goals by 2030 to promote sustainable development.
These 17 goals set out to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. This requires participation from everyone, including governments, the private sector, civil society, and even people like you.
A 3-D tour of our planet’s highest and lowest spots.
Climate change is already displacing thousands of people. There is little doubt that the coming decades will see a vast increase in the number of people forced from their homes by global warming.
Every Earth Day, we remind ourselves that it is our duty to protect the planet for future generations to enjoy and exist in. We should strive to do what we can to limit the harmful impact upon nature.
But there are locations where nature does’t care for existing peacefully with us. In fact, there are some places so dangerous or extreme that simply going there will kill us!
This magnificent oak spreads its moss-draped fingers in obscurity on a nameless trail on the Isle of Mull in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides.
Our planet has countless millions of such wonders, a tiny proportion of which have gained fame as sacred or historic sites, or as specimens of unusual size, shape, or age. In celebration of Arbor Day (April 28) we feature a gallery of botanical hall-of-famers.
When the lights go out, people feel more than just powerless. Stress, anxiety – even hostility – can grip those left in the dark as minutes turn to hours and hours to days.
It’s no small secret—people the world over are now generating gargantuan amounts of garbage. According to a 2011 World Bank report, the United States alone produces nearly 625,000 metric tons of solid waste every single day. China produces more than 520,000; Brazil and Japan each produce nearly 150,000.
Since 2011, those numbers have only increased. The World Economic Forum has estimated that by 2025, the amount of annual urban waste produced worldwide will be more than three times what it was in 2015. That’s a lot of trash, and it has to go somewhere.