Michael Casey

environment

This Canadian Company Wants to Mine for Gold on the Bottom of the Ocean

Nautilus Minerals is looking to go where few companies have gone before — but those living in nearby Papua New Guinea aren't sure it's worth the risk.
Michael Casey
5.24.16
Business

Ships Are Bypassing the Suez and Panama Canals Because Oil Is So Cheap

Container ships and oil tankers are reverting to 19th century shipping routes, traveling several thousand extra miles around the Horn of Africa rather than paying canal fees.
Michael Casey
3.22.16
environment

Here's Why It's a Very Bad Idea to Wipe Mosquitoes Off the Face of the Earth

For humans, it's likely the most lethal animal in the world, spreading malaria, Zika, dengue, and other fatal diseases, but killing off all the world's species of mosquitoes would likely have far reaching consequences.
Michael Casey
2.23.16
environment

Millions Face Food Shortages as El Niño Fuels Africa's Worst Drought in Decades

From Somalia to South Africa, nearly a dozen countries struggle to cope with food shortages, crop failures, and dwindling water supplies.
Michael Casey
2.10.16
tipping point

Here's the Most Detailed Picture Yet of How Much the World's Oceans Are Warming

New research published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows a massive amount of warming in the deep ocean over the past two decades, which has far reaching consequences.
Michael Casey
1.18.16
Food

Extreme Weather Wiped Out a Tenth of the World's Cereal Production

New research reveals that drought and heat waves can have severe impacts on cereal production, while floods and cold spells don't — and rich countries, not developing ones may be the most impacted.
Michael Casey
1.7.16
tipping point

Get Used To Blackouts and Higher Electric Bills As the Climate Changes

International attention has largely focused on how climate change is caused by power plant emissions but new research quantifies the likely impacts droughts and heat waves will have on power plant capacity around the world.
Michael Casey
1.4.16
environment

Your Birth Control Pills and Hamburgers Might Be Making These Fish Intersex

Researchers from the US Geological Survey and the US Fish and Wildlife Service found that a whopping 85 percent of smallmouth bass and 27 percent of male largemouth bass were intersex in 19 wildlife preserves in the northeastern US.
Michael Casey
12.24.15
tipping point

Drastic Reductions in Meat Consumption Worldwide Could Help Fight Climate Change

Meat consumption among growing middle classes in Asia is projected to rise dramatically — 116 percent in China between 2006 and 2050 and 138 percent in India — and that's causing an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
Michael Casey
11.26.15
tipping point

Norway Is Building an Environmentally Friendly Fleet of Ships

The international shipping industry is coming under increasing pressure to cut down on planet-warming emissions, as traffic is projected to increase by 250 percent by mid-century.
Michael Casey
11.25.15
tipping point

Those Plumes of Methane Leaking Off the Coast of Washington Are Really Bad News for the Oceans

The methane contributes to ocean acidification, which is impacting the shellfish industry in the Pacific Northwest, but is probably not a big contributor to climate change — yet.
Michael Casey
10.26.15
environment

Chernobyl's Exclusion Zone Is Now a Thriving Wildlife Habitat

A recent study concludes that the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is starting to look more like a de facto nature reserve, teeming with elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar, and wolves.
Michael Casey
10.9.15