Biogen puts $250 million toward goal of going fossil fuel-free by 2040

Cambridge-based biotech giant announces plan to become first Fortune 500 company to eliminate fossil fuels by 2040.

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Northernmost Russian town is epicenter in unprecedented Arctic heatwave

Average temperatures in Dikson were more than 5°C above normal this summer.

Arctic wildfires emit 35% more CO2 so far in 2020 than for whole of 2019

The amount of carbon dioxide emitted by Arctic wildfires this year is already 35% higher than the figure for the whole of 2019.


Who looks after city trees? Why we need them more than ever

As city populations soar, it might seem like there isn't much room for trees. But ecologists say these climatic powerhouses are an often overlooked solution to the health and environmental issues greater density brings.

A new solution to climate science’s biggest mystery

For the first time in 41 years, researchers have provided a new answer to one of the thorniest—and most fundamental—questions in Earth science.
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Japan ministry warns electricity industry it will miss CO2 cut target

Japan's environment ministry warned that the electricity industry, which accounts for 40% of its carbon emissions, will miss its target for cutting carbon dioxide by 2030, calling for it to take further measures.


Bringing coal back

Alberta has reshaped a decades-old balance in the Rockies and Foothills, opening the door to more open-pit mines in the mountains.

Will climate change upend projections of future forest growth?

New research indicates that elevated CO2 concentrations do not necessarily boost forests and that higher temperatures could reduce tree growth.


‘They took it over by force’: Corruption and palm oil in Sierra Leone

The day they came, Margaret Fascia was in her forest garden of cocoa trees, pineapple plants, palms, ferns and cassavas. And when they came, they came with a bulldozer.


It will take years to undo the damage from Trump’s environmental rollback

Even if Democrats win back the White House and the Senate, it will be a long struggle to restore the regulations the Republican-controlled EPA has erased.

Denmark to introduce green taxes on carbon emissions

Government will negotiate green tax reform later this year, which will see companies pay a levy on the amount of CO2 they emit.


Climate change, rainforests, volcanoes and carbon dioxide explored in Costa Rica

An expedition to steamy northwestern Costa Rica searches for clues to climate change and how carbon dioxide seeping from a volcano might affect trees in the tropical jungle.

CO2 levels in atmosphere hit new highs despite coronavirus crisis

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere hit a new record in May, as the accumulation of the warming gas increased despite the brief environmental respite caused by coronavirus and the global recession.


These office features could help save the planet - and your mental health

There are improvements that could be done at the office that will not only reduce energy use and CO2 emissions, but improve the health and well-being of workers. Environmentalists reveal the most prominent solutions.

Global CO2 has risen for a century. That appears to be over

Climate researchers increasingly believe 2019 may represent the world's peak output of carbon dioxide. It's driven by the coronavirus pandemic and a rapid expansion of renewable energy.
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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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