The demise and potential revival of the American chestnut

Before a disastrous blight, the American chestnut was a keystone species in eastern forests. Could genetic engineering help bring it back?
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Brazil has weakened dozens of environmental laws during the pandemic

Since President Jair Bolsonaro took office in January 2019, Brazil has approved 57 pieces of legislation that weaken environmental laws, from relaxing forest protections to declassifying the toxicity of dozens of pesticides, according to a new analysis.


′Making peace with nature′

A new UN blueprint offers an integrated 'peace plan' to tackle three interlinked environmental emergencies — the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and pollution — that cannot be solved in isolation.

Carl Safina: Avoiding a 'ghastly future': Hard truths on the state of the planet

A group of the world's top ecologists have issued a stark warning about the snowballing crisis caused by climate change, population growth, and unchecked development.


Mangrove forests at serious risk of disappearing, loss of species

Although existing laws prohibit any destruction and pollution of wetlands and forests, the mangrove ecosystems in southern Iran are in serious danger due to the construction of roads and shrimp farming sites.


Chinese environmentalists up in arms over forest destroyed to make way for vineyards

The destruction of a forest in China's arid northwest to make way for vineyards has triggered an investigation by the local authorities as environmentalists warned it could cause an ecological disaster.


Worried about Earth's future? Well, the outlook is worse than even scientists can grasp

Humanity is destroying Earth’s ability to support complex life. But coming to grips with the magnitude of the problem is hard, even for experts.

Many overheated forests may soon release more carbon than they absorb

New research suggests that, sooner than expected, trees may become carbon sources rather than carbon sinks, as a feedback loop of rising temperatures drives them to release more greenhouse gases.


New studies confirm insects are vanishing at an alarming rate

Insects aren’t just pests. They’re crucial for the planet and our food supply, and scientists say we can all pitch in to help.

Global leaders agree to scale up response to biodiversity collapse

Commitment to protect land and marine ecosystems made at One Planet Summit hosted by French president Macron.


Meat Atlas: It′s time to rethink what we eat

Meat has become cheap to buy in the supermarket. But that comes at a cost to the environment and human health.

Agribusiness giants ADM, Bunge trading in ‘conflict’ palm oil, report says

A report by Global Witness has found that more than 100 Indonesian palm oil mills supplying agribusiness giants ADM and Bunge have been accused of land and human rights violations and environmental destruction.


Illegal deforestation rises in South America’s Indigenous territories, parks

Between 2010 and 2020, South America lost an average of 2.6 million hectares of forest per year, according the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


How the pandemic impacted rainforests in 2020: a year in review

Like virtually everything in 2020, COVID-19 defined the year for tropical rainforests. Conservation was particularly hard hit in tropical countries.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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