Articles by

Matt Simon

The Planet Desperately Needs That UN Plastics Treaty

This week in Uruguay, scientists, environmentalists, and government representatives—and, of course, lobbyists—are gathering to begin negotiations on...

Tiny Aerosols Pose a Big Predicament in a Warming World

Fossil fuels are rapidly warming the planet, and the aerosols from their combustion kill millions of people...

Your Phone Can Determine If a Bridge Is Busted

Because you’re a very responsible person who doesn’t text and drive, when you roll over a bridge...

Scientists Are Uncovering Ominous Waters Under Antarctic Ice

It’s not a tremendous amount of melt per square foot. But over an area that’s the size...

The World Is Drowning in Plastic. Here’s How It All Started

In the early 2010s, brands began phasing out the plastic microbeads they’d been adding to toothpaste and...

Rats Are Invasive Menaces. These Cameras Spy on Them

Off the coast of Southern California, amid a literal sea of troubles—warming waters, microplastic pollution, overfishing—is a...

If You Don’t Already Live in a Sponge City, You Will Soon

Like anything else, water is great in moderation—urbanites need it to survive, but downpours can flood streets...

Cities Need More Native Bees—Lots and Lots of Them

The goal of this scientific project is to better understand which native bees are pollinating which crops...