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Poverty and climate change weigh heavily on the lives of many people in El Salvador. Droughts, floods and storms frequently destroy livelihoods. The organization CESTA works to ensure a more sustainable future.

The warming of the planet is taking a deadly toll on seabirds that are suffering population declines from starvation, inability to reproduce, heat waves and extreme weather.

With west coast salmon populations withering, these researchers are heading for the Great Lakes.

Some scientists suspect Venus was once much like Earth, with a liquid water ocean like the ones that support life on our planet. So what happened?

Santa Ana’s industrial water pollution issue is once again spilling into the spotlight, as sheet metal workers take action against their factory over safety complaints and water contamination that’s exceeded allowable levels under the Clean Water Act for years.

An 11th hour attempt has been launched to try to halt plans by Shell to explore for oil in vital whale breeding grounds along the Wild Coast of eastern South Africa.

Great Sitkin Island, once the site of a military refueling station, was abandoned in 1963. Workers spent 65 days over the summer investigating the extent of contamination there.
The global shipping industry is coming under increasing pressure to cut the pollution created by the world's merchant fleet. The effort to reduce ship emissions isn't going well.

This year, the oxygen-deprived “dead zone” that plagues the Chesapeake Bay every summer was much larger than in 2020, but similar in size with those of other recent years.

Amid pesticide contamination and land evictions, tribal leaders say their villages in Paraguay are at a crisis point.

Here’s what I’ve learned being up close and personal with the debate.

Internal government documents show Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia worked in opposition to proposed regulations to crack down on contaminated wastewater from coal mines.

A troubling report finds that one third of sharks are threatened with extinction. How did the team perform this analysis during the pandemic?
A conservation foundation in Costa Rica is trying to help the tree-dwelling mammals survive rapid urbanization by building road crossings. 
Parts of the Arctic could become dominated by rain rather than snow during certain seasons by 2060 or 2070, according to new findings published in the journal Nature, particularly if the Earth continues to warm at its current rate.
Mycorrhizal fungal networks are a major global carbon sink. When we destroy them, we sabotage our efforts to limit global heating

A new study projects how climate change will affect the oceans, and protected areas in particular. The scientists used a series of different warming scenarios to determine how climate change might alter the oceans.

A small, willfully misunderstood earmark in the Build Back Better Act is in fact a response to a mortal threat.

WIRED sat down with climate scientist Kate Ricke to talk about the allure and potential pitfalls of geoengineering, what makes it so politically perilous, and how scientists can make sense of it—for the good of humanity and the planet.

Billions of these tiny plastic pellets are floating in the ocean, causing as much damage as oil spills, yet they are still not classified as hazardous.

Every year, a group of scientists and conservation practitioners led by William Sutherland, professor of conservation biology at the University of Cambridge, creates and publishes a “horizon scan” of global trends with impacts for biodiversity.

Record-breaking drought along the Wasatch Front forces tough decisions about water supply.
Scottish cooks and diners are putting sustainable fish and shellfish on the plate in a tangible (and delicious) move to curb the effects of climate change.
Birdsong is the soundtrack of life in the country, and a coalition of conservation groups aims to keep it that way.

A movement to add “Green Amendments” to state constitutions could help protect environmental rights around the country.

Bali’s Penyaringan village was hit by flash floods in September, which some have linked to the ongoing loss of its forest.

Sims is in the vanguard of young land stewards who embrace farming not just as a means of production, but to cultivate sustainable relationships with the natural world.
Playing recordings of a healthy ocean attracts animals to degraded habitats, suggesting that sound could be used to help restore marine ecosystems.

Billions of tiny plastic pellets are floating in the ocean, causing as much damage as oil spills, yet they are still not classified as hazardous.

This September a team of dozens of scientists announced grim news: Around one third of the world’s 1,199 known sharks and related species, they assessed, are now threatened with extinction.

Wildfire season has come to be a defining experience of living in the Western United States during the 21st century.

Thor Hanson does not despair in his latest book, Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid. Though he outlines the many ways that global warming is changing life on our planet, his tone is not one of hand-wringing.

The evidence is clear: Climate change is turning forests into scrublands across large swaths of the Western U.S. after wildfires.

Parts of the Great Barrier Reef would be hit with extreme levels of coral bleaching five times each decade by the middle of this century if global heating was kept just below 2C, according to ‘“confronting” new research.

Artificial light at night disrupts the cricket mating process and ultimately may compromise the survival of the entire species.