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Tis' the season for summer travel — let's take a look at four U.S. stops steeped in history and lingering pollution.

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Thousands of synthetic substances have leaked into ecosystems everywhere, and we are only just beginning to realise the devastating consequences
The state is not expected to have to pay back the $383 million that was transferred from a restricted conservation fund to balance budgets.

The population of eastern monarch butterflies has been dropping steadily for decades, with some estimates suggesting their numbers are just 20 percent of what they once were. According to a new study, climate change is the biggest driver.

Under President Jair Bolsonaro, illegal miners, loggers and ranchers are invading and occupying ever-larger amounts of Indigenous territory. Brazil’s original inhabitants are increasingly opposing these incursions, leading to conflicts and a surge in killings of local activists.
Gene-editing technology may prevent farmed salmon from interbreeding with their wild counterparts. But will consumers embrace these new fish?
State auditors found that an agency intended to educate the public about forestry presented biased information favoring the timber industry and possibly violated state law. The audit was prompted by our investigation last year into the agency.

Sweltering baby hawks threw themselves out of nests, and mussels baked to death in their shells as record heat brought crisis to the Pacific Northwest.

A proposal to lay cables beneath the Columbia River is met with skepticism from an Indigenous activist and the river's advocates.

Insect populations appear to be experiencing sharp declines — and we still don't know precisely why.
What does it mean if we can't protect even our protected land from climate change?
“This,” proclaimed an editorial in The Tampa Bay Times last week, “is what climate change smells like.”

Enforcement against forest destruction has been undermined at the federal level, thanks to budget cuts and loosened restrictions by the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro.

A virulent and fast-moving coral disease that has swept through the Caribbean could be linked to waste or ballast water from ships, according to research.

If the permafrost continues to thaw, the huge amount of carbon it currently contains will be released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and methane, creating a horrendous feedback loop that will serve only to accelerate the already quickening impact of global warming.

While there is no question that climate change is affecting coral, the level and type of impact is not uniform.

At five millimetres or smaller, microplastics are a growing problem in the world’s waters. They harm the food chain, showing up in plankton, the digestion systems of mammals, and seafood consumed by humans.
In Costa Rica, Panama, and elsewhere, COVID-19 lockdowns caused suddenly desperate people to begin poaching sea turtle eggs and meat, threatening hard-won conservation achievements.

The Australian government pushed back fiercely against Unesco's recommendation – and the world is watching.

A 100-mile stretch of coral reef in Mexico is now insured just like any other valuable asset. Is this the future of conservation?
New research suggests that farmers who over-fertilize grassland crops like corn and wheat could face significant problems in dry conditions.
The farmer and author of 'The Living Soil Handbook' talks about reducing labor, repairing ecosystems, and boosting photosynthesis by cutting out tillage on produce farms.
Humans are terrible at finding bats and birds killed by wind turbines. Dogs are great at it.
Scientists trawled thousands of volunteer surveys over 25 years to understand what imperils the insects. Scientists suspect climate change is taking a toll on monarch butterflies.
As a graduate student in the 1980s, Tracy Stone-Manning was linked to a tree-spiking effort by environmentalists. Republicans say that makes her unfit to lead the Bureau of Land Management.

I come from an island that basks under the watch of a life-giving sun. Her Sunday mornings shake in the wake of a boisterous chinchorreo, or quiver to the rhythmic chants of worship and prayer.

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Thousands of volunteers are looking for the invasive, bee-killing insect, leaving officials optimistic about keeping the hornets at bay.

Modified switchgrass can sop up weapons chemicals on military ranges.

Australia's global lobbying offensive to keep the Great Barrier Reef off the world heritage "in danger" list has secured support from at least nine of the 21-member committee that will make the decision.

One scientist says the slimy mess suffocating life in the Marmara Sea could be replicated along "overburdened" U.S. coastlines if action isn't taken.
Pinellas County has removed 1,277 tons of dead marine life and debris as calls for Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency grow.
A new study supplies more evidence that oyster restoration efforts are having the desired impact in Maryland’s tidal rivers, forming better reefs than those set aside as sanctuaries or regularly
A decade of conflict and instability in the North African country has not only taken its toll on people but also on nature. Will environmentalists succeed in protecting Al-Jabal al-Akhdar, a forest surrounded by desert?

The climate in the Amazon has been changing over the last few decades.

With the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, world leaders pledged to end poverty and hunger, protect biodiversity and the climate, and get all children into schools by 2030. How have researchers and funders responded? Has there been a shift in research priorities?