Biden set to restore Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante to pre-Trump size

Little on-the-ground damage to the Utah public lands has been seen since they were shrunk in 2017. But conservationists say the sooner they can be properly protected again, the better.

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WATCH: A natural substitute for polystyrene

A scientist in Germany is using popcorn as a replacement for polystyrene.

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Toxics

Toyota to pay a record fine for a decade of Clean Air Act violations

Toyota’s $180 million settlement with the federal government follows a series of emissions-related scandals in the auto industry.
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Climate

Biden swells the ranks of his White House climate team

President-elect Joe Biden added more than a half-dozen climate staffers to his White House team Thursday, drawing from the ranks of green groups, environmental justice advocates and former Democratic administration officials to grow an inner circle that will help him try to slash the nation's greenhouse gas emissions.

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Climate

Ocean acidification affecting California mussels

A UC San Diego researcher says an increasingly acidic ocean is having an impact on shellfish that live in the nearshore environment.

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Justice

UN warns of major economic damage without more action

Nearly 75% of nations have adopted some form of climate adaption. But major gaps remain in financing for developing countries, which are most vulnerable to rising temperatures, the report said.

www.al-monitor.com
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Iran’s capital suffocating amid blame game over pollution

For nearly a month, residents of the Iranian capital have been exposed to record-high air pollution amid the government’s confusing explanations and failure to work out a solution.
www.theguardian.com
Biodiversity

And then there were two: Can northern white rhinos be saved from extinction?

There are only two remaining rhinos of this species, a mother and daughter, but scientists see new hope in stem cell breakthroughs.

www.theguardian.com
Climate

NGOs seek to convict French state of failing to tackle climate crisis

The legal case, which is being brought by four environmental groups after a petition was signed by more than 2 million citizens, seeks to hold France responsible for ecological damage and its detrimental health and social effects.

www.nationalgeographic.com
Toxics

Enormous pigeon-eating catfish wreaking havoc on Europe’s ecosystems

The continent’s largest freshwater fish, native to Eastern Europe, is an invasive species that threatens native fish already in decline.
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Climate

Trump opens habitat of a threatened owl to timber harvesting

Going far beyond expectations, the Trump administration eliminated protection from more than three million acres of northern spotted owl habitat in the Pacific Northwest.
Climate

As the Arctic melts, scientists say a regime shift is taking place

The Arctic is changing faster than any environment on Earth. The old, established order is being swept away, leaving scientists to ask: What's coming in its place?
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Climate

Biden will fight climate change like no US president has before

Joe Biden is preparing to deal with climate change in a way no US president has done before—by mobilizing his entire administration to take on the challenge from every angle in a strategic, integrated way.

www.independent.co.uk
Climate

Trump officials removed from White House after faking approval for papers which downplay climate crisis

Two controversial scientists appointed by the Trump administration have been removed from their posts at the White House after publishing papers downplaying the climate crisis with an unapproved use of the presidential seal and claim of federal copyright.

www.theguardian.com
Climate

BlackRock holds $85bn in coal despite pledge to sell fossil fuel shares

BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, holds investments worth $85bn in coal companies, a year after it promised to sell most of its shares in producers of the fossil fuel.

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Op-ed: A push for answers about the environmental causes of child cancer

A first-of-its kind study aims to tease out the link between pollution and cancer in children.

Moving forward after four years of fights and falsehoods

As the US turns the page on a skeptical and openly hostile administration, environmental science and journalism face continued obstacles—but there is some optimism.

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"There needs to be more intentionality around working with communities that are experiencing environmental inequities."

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The Gulf of Mexico is littered with tens of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells, and toothless regulation leaves climate warming gas emissions unchecked.

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