Bird's-Eye View

Every day, people across the world will make decisions or innovations that affect the way Hoosiers live. We’ll track the changes so you’re ready for them.

With Climate Change, Animal-to-Human Disease Transfer May Worsen

Scientists have found that certain environments may make it easier for animals to infect humans with diseases like bird flu and Ebola.

Fungal Disease, Lethal to Ash Trees, Will Cost British Government £15 Billion

Ash dieback, an invasive fungal disease, is expected to kill 95% to 99% of the UK’s native ash trees if local governments do not intervene.

Fast Food Companies Begin Using Meat Substitutes

U.S. sales of plant-based meat substitutes increased 17% last year thanks in part to the fast food industry.

Synthetic Fibers in Clothing Contribute to Pollution

Clothing that contains synthetic materials such as polyester and nylon contributes to microplastic pollution, which can end up in the ocean and the seafood that humans eat.

Rising Sea Levels Force Relocation of Indonesian Capital

For the first time in Indonesian history, the city of Jakarta will no longer be the country’s capital due to environmental and infrastructural challenges.

Humans Have Been Influencing Drought for More Than a Century

Greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles produced by humans have influenced global drought since at least the early 20th century, according to a NASA study.

Thawing Arctic Soils Accelerating Global Warming

The permafrost layer in the Arctic is thawing and releasing greenhouse gases more quickly than predicted and is accelerating global warming.

Study: California Tap Water May Cause Cancer

A research team that analyzed California tap water during a five-year period concluded contaminants in the water could cause more than 200 cases of cancer each year.

Carbon Pollution to Deprive Tropical Forests of Iconic Clouds

Human-caused climate change could cause iconic clouds in tropical rain forests to disappear with the next 25 years.

Warmer Winters May Be Helping Rats Thrive

Complaints about rats in New York City almost doubled between 2010 and 2017, and one rat expert thinks the population explosion may be linked to climate change.

Biodegradable Bags Still Hold Groceries After Three Years

A study found that biodegradable bags in soil or marine environments were still able to hold a full load of groceries after being exposed to the natural environment for three years.

Record Year for Wildfires in the UK

The United Kingdom is experiencing record-breaking amounts of wildfires in a year just four months into 2019.

Emperor Penguins in Antarctica Struggling, Study Finds

After three years of breeding mishaps, Antarctica’s second-largest colony of emperor penguins is not recovering.

Cold Stress Threatens Honey Bees Used for Pollination Across the U.S.

Honey bee colonies are important pollinators, and in the U.S., millions of colonies are hauled across the country in semi-trailers to pollinate crops like California almonds. But some of these colonies don’t survive the trek due to cold temperatures.

Rising Sea Levels Will Make New Orleans Levees Inadequate in Four Years

Just 11 months after the completion of a $14 billion network of levees and flood walls in New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers says the system will stop providing adequate protection in as little as four years due to rising sea levels.

Microplastics Found Atop Pyrenees Mountains

Science hasn't yet proven that microplastics are everywhere, but they're sure showing up in some remote places. Scientists have found microplastics far away from urban sources, atop the Pyrenees in France.

The Great Barrier Reef is Struggling to Stay Alive

According to a new study published in Nature, there is a limit to the amount of damage the reef can withstand, and the coral is not doing well.

Air Pollution from Corn Causing Thousands of Deaths

According to a new study, corn production in the U.S. could be responsible for thousands of air pollution deaths annually.

Fungus Causing Amphibian Extinction

This fungus has massacred frogs and salamanders around the world for decades by eating their skins alive.