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Will restoring wolves restore the landscape? Maybe not

The notion that returning wolves can repair decades of ecosystem damage is immensely popular — and, some scientists say, woefully misguided.
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Toxics

Tunnel vision: Lessons in the impermanence of permafrost

In a tunnel beneath the frozen soil of Fox, Alaska, scientists are racing to understand the earth's dwindling permafrost before it is forever gone.
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Climate

To fight locusts, historical rivals India rivals India and Pakistan team up

The nations are cooperating to combat the crop-killing insects. But cross-border conflict has the potential to disrupt economies and food security.
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Justice

Pollution kills nine million people a year. How is that okay?

Opinion | Recent studies put the vast human and economic toll of global pollution into sharp relief. Will lawmakers respond?
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Justice

Air pollution could make people more vulnerable to COVID-19

Air pollution hits harder in communities of color. Such exposures could lead to increased risks for those infected by the novel coronavirus.
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Toxics

The mysterious demise of freshwater mussels

Mass mussel casualties, like those in Ohio's Big Darby Creek, are relatively new, and they are now happening worldwide.
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Toxics

The long-term effects of Covid-19 on field science

As scientists wait, worry, and hunker down, they’re also looking ahead to how their projects will need to adapt.
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Biodiversity

Even with DNA detection, Asian carp continue to evade scientists

Traces of genetic material in the environment can help researchers track the invasive species. But a positive detection doesn't always mean live fish.
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Biodiversity

Book Review: The 'Pablo Escobar' of bird egg poaching

Book Review | In "The Falcon Thief," Joshua Hammer recounts the outlandish tale of a notorious smuggler of endangered bird eggs.
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Climate

The disappearing songs of Hawaii's endangered native birds

New research finds that different species of honeycreepers on the island of Kauai are singing the same songs. What does this mean for their survival?
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Justice

Pollution is in your blood. Is that a form of battery?

With PFAS contamination cases on the rise nationwide, some attorneys are arguing that people affected have been battered. Will that argument work?
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Toxics

A reality check on regenerative agriculture

This month: Farmers and researchers are testing the environmental and economic claims about a new type of agriculture.
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Justice

Undone science: When research fails polluted communities

Did a factory near Avalon, Pennsylvania make residents sick? The science is lacking — and there are many more places just like Avalon.
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Climate

The Amazon lost 24,000 square miles of land this decade

Opinion | The dizzying loss of forest land in the Amazon is the Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Decade.
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Climate

Opinion: Climate change is a political crisis, not a reproductive one

Asking millennials to forego children in the name of climate change only lets the fossil fuel industry off the hook.

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