When wildfires and a pandemic coincide

As smoky summers become the new normal, cities were learning how to handle them. Then COVID-19 came along.

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Why aren’t solar water heaters more popular in the U.S.?

Despite widespread global success and huge opportunity for reducing fossil fuel demand, solar water heating is virtually unheard of in the U.S. Evidence suggests our demand for simple fixes is to blame.


How climate change is affecting the record-breaking seasonal wildfires

In this episode of This Green Earth Dr. Gary Yohe talks about the influence climate change is having on the record-breaking wildfires occurring in Colorado and the Pacific West Coast.


Silverado fire in Irvine prompts thousands of Californians to evacuate

Two firefighters were injured and about 90,800 people ordered to evacuate near Irvine, Calif., the authorities said, as strong winds fanned new blazes.

Could crate-free pork become the new industry standards?

California’s tough animal welfare law bans gestation crates for pork production—and producers are bracing for the 2022 deadline.

California's lakes are not 'magic ponds'

Young environmental activists from Extinction Rebellion rally for clean water in downtown Los Angeles.

This wildlife crossing helps mountain lions cross the 101 in LA

The project will break ground in 2021 and let the city’s mountain lions access more habitat without risking getting hit by cars.

The FDA wanted to ban some hair straighteners. It never happened

In 2016, agency scientists deemed hair straighteners containing formaldehyde to be unsafe, according to newly obtained emails.

California's mega-fires have arrived 30 years early

Scientists predicted climate change would fuel the kind of devastating wildfires that California has seen this year. Except it wasn't expected to happen for decades.


With nearly 1 million homes at risk, Washington is losing the wildfire fight

Many forests are growing more combustible by the year because of climate change and a century of misguided fire suppression, as well as too little prescribed fire and thinning of forests.


Colorado wildfire grows into largest in state history

Left vulnerable by dry conditions, more than 430,000 acres have burned so far in what has been one of the worst years ever for wildfires in the state.
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Eximen a una multinacional responsable de la contaminación de varios barrios en Los Ángeles

Tras declararse en bancarrota, Exide Technologies no deberá descontaminar las zonas aledañas a una de sus plantas de fabricación de baterías, afectadas por plomo, arsénico y otros químicos tóxicos.

Dying birds and the fires: scientists work to unravel a great mystery

Nobody knows precisely how wildfire smoke affects birds' health and migratory patterns. Now, citizen birdwatchers are stepping in.


Why Trump flip-flopped on California disaster relief

Despite his quick reversal, Trump's initial refusal to approve the California disaster declaration is in line with his longtime posture toward the state.


Groundbreaking study finds 13.3 quadrillion plastic fibers in California’s environment

Exclusive: report reveals as many microfibers as there are stars in the Milky Way – and they can easily enter oceans and waterways
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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