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China just entered a major international climate agreement. Now comes the hard part

Under the Kigali Amendment, Chinese chemical companies must stop emitting a super-pollutant called HFC-23. The challenges are enormous.

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Fires fuel new risks to California farmworkers

As climate change amplifies the health risks of extreme heat and pollution from wildfires, researchers scramble to protect farmworkers.


Global methane pledge offers hope on climate in lead up to Glasgow

An international effort to slash methane emissions could quickly address climate change if the US and EU can stick to their pledges and get other countries to join.


Does nature have rights? A burgeoning legal movement says rivers, forests and wildlife have standing, too

Climate change and environmental destruction have inspired court cases around the country—and the globe—aimed at protecting the natural world.

The rate of global warming during next 25 years could be double what it was in previous 50, renowned climate warns

James Hansen, a climate scientist who shook Washington when he told Congress 33 years ago that human emissions of greenhouse gases were cooking the planet, is now warning that he expects the rate of global warming to double in the next 20 years. While still warning that it is carbon dioxide and methane that are […]

In the Democrats' budget  package, a billion tons of carbon cuts at stake

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was explaining why he opposed his Democratic colleagues’ $3.5 trillion budget plan, but his words summed up the Congressional response on climate change for the past 30 years. “What is the urgency?” asked Manchin in an appearance on CNN on Sunday. With climate action advocates now in a race […]

In Illinois, an energy bill passes that illustrates the battle lines of the broader energy debate

If you want to understand the politics of the clean energy transition, I could give you a stack of books to read and a list of experts to consult. Or, you could just watch the debate on the floor of the Illinois Senate.


The rate of global warming during next 25 years could be double what it was in the previous 50, a renowned climate scientist warns

Former NASA climate scientist James Hansen urged Congress decades ago to act on climate change. Now he says he expects reduced aerosol pollution to lead to a steep temperature rise.


Killings of environmental advocates around the world hit a record high in 2020

A record number of environmental activists were killed in 2020, according to the latest accounting by a U.K.-based advocacy group that puts the blame squarely on extractive industries, including agribusiness and logging.

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Florida’s majestic manatees are starving to death

Deprived of once plentiful seagrass, more than 900 have died this year. Some experts contend they were taken off the endangered species list prematurely.

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Farming without a net

Farmers have always labored at the mercy of the elements, but climate change has brought overlapping calamities of wildfires, drought, prolonged heat waves and power outages.

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Moving water in the Everglades sends a cascade of consequences, some anticipated and some not

A half century after the Everglades were drained, the region's population has soared to 8 million, and South Floridians are realizing they could run out of water very soon.


After a clash over costs and carbon, a Minnesota utility wants to step back from its main electricity supplier

The largest electric cooperative utility in Minnesota has announced that it wants to end its membership with the power plant operator Great River Energy, a move that follows a clash over whether to sell, or close, a large coal-fired power plant in North Dakota.

Judge’s order forces Interior Department to revive drilling lease sales on federal lands and waters

The oil and gas industry claims the Biden administration is dragging its feet on resuming new leases, while climate activists fear Biden might be backtracking on his promise to stop new drilling.


Warming trends: Best-smelling vegan burgers, the benefits of short buildings and better habitats for pollinators

Which brand of plant-based meat alternative best imitates the fatty aroma of cooked beef? A new study tested it out.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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