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New Zealand calls for thousands of new 'green' jobs in bold comeback plan

There's plenty of speculation over the origins of the pandemic that has ground much of the world to a halt. But there's little doubt about who caused it.

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Climate

Climate change outruns evolution, studies find

Most vertebrates would need to evolve 10,000 times faster than their normal rates to survive climate change over the next century.
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Food

Humans make up a sliver of life on Earth, but our negative impact is massive

When it comes to all the living things on our planet, humans make up a minuscule fraction. Yet we've made a mighty impact.

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In memory of species declared extinct in 2018 - plus one we've already lost in 2019

Earth is losing wildlife at an alarming pace, a crisis many scientists now describe as a mass extinction event. The planet has seen several mass extinctions before, but this is the first in human history — and the first with human help.

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All-women film team takes on border wall on behalf of all at-risk wildlife

When you think about the border wall, it's easy to slip into the economics of it, the culture clashes, the racial tensions, and sadly, even the flame wars on Twitter among politicians. But have you stopped to consider what else is deeply harmed and irreversibly altered by the border wall?

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Plastic Pollution

Dutch inventor launches ocean cleanup mission

Boyan Slat’s trash-collecting booms head towards the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world's largest offshore plastic trash heap.
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Population

In 1972, a computer model predicted the end of the world — and we're on track

In the early 1970s, a computer program called World1 predicted that civilization would likely collapse by 2040.

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Climate

Cigarette butts are the biggest source of ocean garbage

Plastics straws have been public enemy No. 1 for a while now, as companies, cities and even a couple of states have made strides to ban them. However, there's a new villain on the scene.

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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.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

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

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.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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