This stranded Venezuelan oil tanker is a potential disaster. Here's what we know

After the U.S. tightened sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil company, more than a million barrels of crude oil were abandoned offshore.
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Greta Thunberg reflects on living through multiple crises in a 'post-truth society'

In an exclusive interview with National Geographic, the teen climate activist considers the successes of the youth climate movement and the challenges it will face.
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Oil drilling, possible fracking planned for Okvanago region—elephants’ last stronghold

Hundreds of oil wells could come to cover a huge expanse in Namibia and Botswana, in what has been called possibly the “largest oil play of the decade.”
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Decades ago, the Donora smog disaster exposed the perils of dirty air

A survivor of the five-day smog crisis in Pennsylvania recalls: "We all knew the air was bad. We didn't realize it was going to kill people."
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Boulder, Colorado wakes up to the threat of worsening wildfires

The famously well-planned and livable city escaped last week. But it's especially vulnerable to fires from nearby forests, experts say.
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Hurricane track forecasting is great. Can it keep getting better?

Storm track forecasts are one of the great science successes of the past few decades, but how much better they can get is an open question.
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Drug-resistant superbug thriving in hospitals already hit hard by COVID-19

Doctors worry that a dangerous yeast, which can colonize a person’s skin without generating symptoms, is rising due to medical centers being overrun.
Climate

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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The ‘infodemic’ of COVID-19 misinformation, explained

False information about the pandemic is rampant, but seasoned defenders of climate science can offer tips for how to fight it.
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Poll: Black Americans see a health-care system infected by racism

As COVID-19 disproportionately devastates Black communities, seven in ten African Americans say people are treated unfairly based on race or ethnicity when they seek medical care.
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Massive marine die-off in Russian Far East threatens endangered species

Now believed to be caused by an unprecedented algae bloom, the decimation of bottom-dwelling sea life may have devastating ripple effects.
Toxics

The pandemic pushed cars out of this Scottish UNESCO site

The prettiest streets in Edinburgh are closed to motorized traffic. Is a pedestrian future afoot here and in other UNESCO sites?
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Farmers are facing a phosphorus crisis. The solution starts with soil.

Overuse of fertilizer has led to phosphorus shortages and water pollution. But farms might not need so much to grow healthy crops.
Climate

Wildfires show how climate change is transforming national parks

Drier landscapes, warmer weather, and intensifying fires may change America’s beloved landscapes forever.
Biodiversity

Mezcal is more popular than ever—why that’s bad news for bats

As consumption of the drink hits record levels in the U.S., wild agave plants are dwindling—but conservationists say there's a solution.
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

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.

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.

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.

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