Rivers and lakes are the most degraded ecosystems in the world. Can we save them?

We rely on fresh water for drinking, food, and sanitation, and they’re in trouble. But freshwater issues are becoming a higher priority for conservationists.
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Climate

Miami Beach to cut back on famous palm trees over climate concerns

As a poster child for the climate emergency, Miami Beach has become a world leader in mitigating the effects of sea-level rise. Now the subtropical Florida city is cutting back on its famous swaying palm trees as it seeks shadier alternatives to preserve its environment and try to keep residents and visitors cool.

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Climate

For travel, a sustainable comeback?

From a newly certified Whale Heritage Site to scenic byways for electric cars, five new initiatives suggest the travel industry may be envisioning a more responsible future.
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Climate

Arctic ice loss forces polar bears to use four times as much energy to survive - study

Polar bears and narwhals are using up to four times as much energy to survive because of major ice loss in the Arctic, according to scientists.

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Climate

As extreme weather events increase, what are the risks to wildlife?

Last year the United States racked up nearly $100 billion in damages from weather and climate disasters. These events are starting to take their toll on wildlife, too.
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Global freshwater fish populations at risk of extinction, study finds

Freshwater fish are under threat, with as many as a third of global populations in danger of extinction, according to an assessment.

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Very few of world’s rivers undamaged by humanity, study finds

Rivers are biodiversity hotspots but pollution, dams and invasive species have caused havoc.

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Climate

‘It's in our DNA’: Tiny Costa Rica wants the world to take giant climate step

The tiny Central American nation is aiming for total decarbonisation by 2050, not just a "net zero" target.

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Human destruction of nature is 'senseless and suicidal', warns UN chief

UN report offers bedrock for hope for broken planet, says António Guterres.

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Kristen Wolfe: Arizona rivers are drying up. This change could help sustain them

Arizona water law essentially forces us to use all the water we are given, not conserve some of it in our rapidly drying rivers. This must change.
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The extinction crisis: Coming to a dinner table near you?

Wild plants related to our main agricultural crops are important to future food security. But more than half are endangered, a new study finds.
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Digging in: a million trees planted as villages and schools join climate battle | Trees and forests | The Guardian

Community forest projects have seen a surge in volunteers keen to reduce CO2 emissions by creating new woodlands
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Justice

At least 331 human rights defenders were murdered in 2020, report finds

At least 331 human rights defenders promoting social, environmental, racial and gender justice in 25 countries were murdered in 2020, with scores more beaten, detained and criminalised because of their work, analysis has found.

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Justice

How do you create the conservationists of tomorrow? Get kids outside

A new initiative seeks to improve outdoor access for underrepresented youth.
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Biden commits to ambitious 30x30 conservation target

In a new executive order, the president promised to protect 30 percent of U.S. land and 30 percent of U.S. oceans by 2030.
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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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