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As climate change alters our world, Michigan's bounty of fresh water — if managed smartly — could be the foundation of a thriving state economy and superior quality of life.

Despite slower population growth, we are still speeding toward environmental catastrophe, with greenhouse gas emissions all over the planet rising steadily.

Results from the 2020 population censuses in the United States and China recently made headlines. But rather than recognizing the social, economic and environmental benefits of slower rates of population growth for the U.S., China and the planet, much of the media stressed the downsides of slower growth.

A combination of the climate crisis, the destruction of wild areas for minerals, timber and food, and human population growth is on track to decimate their ranges by 2050, scientists said.

Climate migrants don’t fit neatly into the legal definitions of refugee or migrant, and that can leave them in limbo. The Biden administration is debating how to identify and help them.

There are alternative routes that would solve vehicle congestion problems in the fast-growing area of southern Utah, and the decision to cut through protected land sets a dangerous precedent.

Countries need to fulfill their commitments to restore 1 billion hectares of degraded land by 2030 to avert dangerous climate change, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Women are disproportionately exposed to deadly substances—and may be getting disproportionately sickened by them.
Reports of a decline in male fertility rely on flawed assumptions, a new study contends.

Actress Alexandra Paul has been courageously educating people about human overpopulation for over thirty years. Her most notable effort is a TEDx Talk, Overpopulation Facts - The Problem No One Will Discuss.

This year and next, Arizona and California intend to draw on water they banked in the big reservoir, even as water levels drop.

The higher the chemical levels found in a woman's blood, the fewer eggs they had left in their ovaries.
As the Colorado River Basin enters yet another year of drought, global companies are worsening the water crisis.
A national push to build urban parks is transforming Chinese cities, as the country tries to improve the quality of daily life.
For years, people most wanted to live in places where it was the hardest to build. Now, with a rise in remote work, exurban areas look more appealing.
The move is the Communist Party’s latest attempt to reverse declining birthrates and avert a population crisis, but experts say it is woefully inadequate.
Kentucky is a major beef producer, with the most cattle east of the Mississippi. Now a KY company is joining the "alternative meat" business.

The cultivation of palm oil, found in roughly half of U.S. grocery products, has devastated tropical ecosystems, released vast amounts of C02 into the atmosphere, and impoverished rural communities. Efforts are underway that could curb industry abuses.

Electric car batteries contain critical minerals like cobalt and lithium. We'll need to recycle them unless we want to keep mining the earth for new ones.

Experts agree that cities need diverse water supplies, but desalination plants remain controversial.
Highways radically reshaped cities, destroying dense downtown neighborhoods. Now, some cities are starting to take them down.

Scientists say overheating could render animals — including humans — increasingly infertile.

Bowery just raised $300 million from investors, just the latest in a string of further investments into the sector. Is it ready to break out in a big way?
There's a good reason the birthrate is declining in California and the U.S.. We've made parenthood way harder than it should be.
In PNAS commentary, experts say we need better ways to detect, track and stop outbreaks of such diseases.

In our era of rapid climate change, many of our planet's lifeforms will struggle to survive the increased heat stress that comes from warming global temperatures, provoking concern about looming biodiversity losses.

Fewer babies’ cries. More abandoned homes. Toward the middle of this century, as deaths start to exceed births, changes will come that are hard to fathom.

After more than four agreeable decades in California, my wife and I became climate migrants — highly privileged ones, to be sure — and moved to Vermont.

A study of ancient pollen reveals that millennia of human activities transformed Earth's ecosystems as quickly as when the Ice Age ended.

Storms, floods, wildfires and to a lesser degree, conflict, uprooted millions globally in 2020 — the largest human displacement in more than a decade.