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Water firms are main source of microplastics in UK rivers, study says

Water companies are causing high levels of microplastic contamination in UK rivers by discharging untreated sewage and wastewater into the water system, new research reveals.

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Crackdown on emissions ‘defeat devices’ has amateur racers up in arms

You might think Volkswagen's $14.7 billion dirty diesel settlement in 2016 served as a warning not to tamper with vehicle emission systems. Apparently not.

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Burlington's PCB problem could impact other schools across Vermont

Vermont's stringent PCB air-screening levels — the lowest in the country — could complicate a future statewide testing initiative.

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Climate

Gas pipeline hack leads to panic buying in the Southeast

The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline rose 2 cents on Tuesday, and some airlines began to take small measures in response to the shutdown.
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Global renewable energy industry grew at fastest rate since 1999 last year

The world's renewable energy industry grew at its fastest pace since 1999 last year, despite the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and may have established a standard for growth in the future, according to the International Energy Agency.

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For clean energy, buy American or buy it quick and cheap?

President Biden says slowing climate change will create jobs. Tension between unions and environmentalists shows it’s not so simple.
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Lab-grown meat firms attract sixfold increase in investment

The nascent industry growing real meat in bioreactors had a record-breaking year in 2020, with investment growing sixfold and dozens of new companies being founded.

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China's census shows population barely grew in 10 years as births plummet

Only 12 million babies were born last year, the lowest number of births since 1961, providing fresh evidence of a looming demographic crisis that could complicate Beijing’s ambitions.
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How the Colonial Pipeline became a vital artery for fuel

Reliance on the pipeline has grown as rising domestic production of oil and gas has led to reduced refining capacity in the Northeast.
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Electric cars ‘will be cheaper to produce than fossil fuel vehicles by 2027’

Ask professional acquaintances about acting EPA air chief Joe Goffman, and adjectives like "smart" are accompanied by qualifiers like "careful," "cautious" and "strategic."

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Hacked pipeline may stay shut for days, raising concerns about fuel supply

While the impact has been limited so far, some energy analysts warned of possible shortages and higher prices as the suspension continues.
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Biden's plan would boost conservation of US lands, waters

The Biden administration on Thursday detailed steps to achieve an ambitious goal to conserve nearly one-third of America's lands and waters by 2030, relying on voluntary efforts to preserve public, private and tribal areas while also helping tackle climate change and create jobs.

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Justice

The lithium gold rush: Inside the race to power electric vehicles

A race is on to produce lithium in the United States, but competing projects are taking very different approaches to extracting the vital raw material. Some might not be very green.
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Airlines must reduce emissions instead of offsetting, say experts

Airlines should focus on reducing emissions from flights instead of using carbon offsets for climate commitments, experts and environmental campaigners have warned.

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Pandora will switch to all lab-made diamonds

The move by the world’s biggest jeweler reflects consumer demand for sustainability and ethical sourcing.
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Planting a million trees in the semi-arid desert to combat climate change

Tucson's ambitious tree planting goal aims to improve the health of residents, wildlife, and the watershed.

“Allow suffering to speak:” Treating the oppressive roots of illness

By connecting the dots between medical symptoms and patterns of injustice, we move from simply managing suffering to delivering a lasting cure.

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.

Living near fracking wells is linked to higher rate of heart attacks: Study

Middle-aged men in Pennsylvania's fracking counties die from heart attacks at a rate 5% greater than their counterparts in New York where fracking is banned.

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