Everything has a history, including the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the environments we inhabit—as well as the ways we think about, understand, and confront waste, pollution, and climate change.
How Two Outsider Scientists Saw Inside Climate Change
Eunice Foote and Guy Callendar showed the warming effects of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Our current exhibition explores more than 200 years of water analysis and protection in the United States.
Rare Earths: The Hidden Cost to Their Magic
There are plenty of these essential elements, but getting them out of the ground leaves behind massive environmental damage.
Our new outdoor exhibition explores the intersections of environmentalism, education, and fun through board games from the 1970s.
Ruth Patrick’s Lovely Creatures
The groundbreaking ecologist showed that the biological diversity within a stream can be used to diagnose its health.
In 1986 the atmospheric chemist provided the most conclusive evidence that CFCs were destroying the Earth’s ozone layer.
River Gods, Lake Monsters, and the Abiding Power of Myth
How ancient (and not so ancient) cultures thought about water purity and contamination.
Whatever Happened to the Ozone Hole?
An environmental success story.
CSI: Gowanus—Cleaning up the Canal
Take a trip down Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal with cartographer and citizen scientist Eymund Diegel.
Oral History: Mario Molina
Interview with the Nobel Prize-winning chemist who first discovered the dangers of CFCs to the Earth’s ozone layer.
Environmental Board Game Collection
Educational board games focused on water, pollution, and climate.
Smith Griswold Sells the War against Smog
To fight air pollution, officials first had to convince Californians that carmakers were the enemy, not cars.
The marine biologist’s book Silent Spring marked a turning point in society’s understanding of the environment.
How Philadelphia’s Water Pollution Problems Shaped the City
Hear how Philly became an unexpected water pollution pioneer.
In the mid-20th century, tensions between humans and mosquitoes reached fever pitch.