Intensifying hurricanes are helping invasive species spread across the U.S.

More than a hundred species—including Asian swamp eels and zebra mussels—hitched a ride on Hurricane Isaias' floodwaters, scientists say.
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Greensburg, Kansas rebuilt without carbon emissions after a tornado nearly destroyed it

As communities around the country decimated by fires and floods also face rebuilding, and a country stalled by a pandemic reimagines life after a vaccine, the city on the prairie offers some lessons in green living.

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Climate

In the West, lightning grows as a cause of damaging fires

In the West, wildfires caused by lightning have been growing bigger and occurring more frequently. With climate change, other parts of the country may feel the effects, too.
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Climate

She was in labor. Floodwaters were rising. Then the boat tipped over

A pregnant woman who drowned in Vietnam was one of at least 114 people killed in record-breaking floods that have pummeled the country’s central coast.
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Toxics

Will climate change increase the presence of pathogens in drinking water?

As storms grow more severe and temperatures climb, contamination of groundwater by animal and human waste could be on the rise as well.

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How escalating climate change fuels California’s infernos

Scorching heat, a thirsty atmosphere and relentless winds: How the North Complex Fire spread so far, so fast.
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Justice

After 2 hurricanes, Lake Charles fears its cries for help have gone unheard

The city was shredded by Hurricanes Laura and Delta. But the needs of Lake Charles have been overlooked in a year of disaster and unrest.
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Justice

Homeless in LA face heat, wildfires, and COVID-19

Residents without housing in Los Angeles now also have to contend with Covid-19, record heat, and smoke-filled air from wildfires.
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Toxics

How extreme weather can affect children

They can't protect themselves, so they must rely on adults to care for them.
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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.

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Deadly bacteria lurk in coastal waters. Climate change increases the risks

Health workers see Vibrio as a rare danger, if they’ve heard of it at all. But it’s already causing more cases of flesh-eating disease. And it’s poised to get worse.
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Justice

How should the media talk about climate change?

Genevieve Guenther, a former Renaissance scholar, studies how we discuss global warming—and how we don’t.
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Vietnam floods and landslides displace 90,000 people as new cyclone nears

Floods and landslides in Vietnam are reported to have left at least 102 people dead or missing, while tens of thousands of people have lost their homes to rising water.

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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.

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.

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.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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