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Energy

Polar bear moms stick to their dens even faced with life-threatening dangers like oil exploration

A new study has found that mother bears are unlikely to abandon their dens when they are disturbed - for example, by fossil fuel companies' exploration for new sources of oil - even if the disturbance is life-threatening.

www.theguardian.com
Toxics

Coronavirus: World treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN

The number of "zoonotic" epidemics is rising, with the root cause being the destruction of nature by humans and the growing demand for meat, according to the authors of a UN report.

Biodiversity

Discover the planet’s last few ‘naturally quiet’ places

From Taiwan to Washington state, peaceful places remind us that quiet has the power to heal, especially in these pandemic times.
www.theguardian.com
Toxics

Pandemics result from destruction of nature, say UN and WHO

Pandemics such as coronavirus are the result of humanity's destruction of nature, according to leaders at the UN, WHO and WWF International, and the world has been ignoring this stark reality for decades.

Biodiversity

Prince Harry: Coronavirus may be 'linked to our exploitation of nature'

Prince Harry says becoming a father has given him a new drive to save the planet.

www.nytimes.com
Justice

For a day, scientists pause science to confront racism

Scholars said they would not hold classes or lectures on Wednesday, and leading journals and scientific associations said they would not announce most breakthroughs.
www.nytimes.com
Biodiversity

Hear 13 birds flourishing in a newly quiet New York

When the pandemic collided with the spring migration, the sounds of the city changed overnight.
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Climate

Climate change is already impacting sharks

Scientists have identified that climate change is altering the bull shark distribution along the east coast of Australia.
www.nytimes.com
Biodiversity

The birds are not on lockdown, and more people are watching them

Bird-watching has surged in popularity during the pandemic. It’s easy to start, and you can do it anywhere — even from inside, and even in urban spaces.
13wham.com
Plastic Pollution

Researchers at RIT to study pollution of microplastics on Lake Ontario

Plastic debris has been accumulating in bodies of water around the world for decades, impacting wildlife, commerce, and the entire ecosystem. As part of a newly-funded research effort, a team of Rochester Institute of Technology researchers will study how microplastics are affecting Lake Ontario.

Justice

The toxic intersection of racism and public space

For black men like Christian Cooper, the threat of a call to police casts a cloud of fear over parks and public spaces that others associate with safety.
ensia.com
Toxics

Heather Grady: From today's tragedy, let’s shape a new and valuable trajectory for people and our planet

2020 was poised to be a "Super Year for Nature," and it's turned into a super year for pandemic instead. We can't change what is - but with systemic thinking and action, we can change what will be.

www.politico.com
Toxics

How the pandemic has changed the natural world, illustrated

The coronavirus pandemic's effect on human health has become clear. But changes to the earth's ecological balance - and how we relate to nature - are only beginning to appear.

From our Newsroom

Big Oil flows a little bit backward

Pipelines have had a very bad July (so far).

Join the “Agents of Change” discussion on research and activism

Four of the fellows who participated in the program this year will discuss their ongoing research, activism, and experiences with publishing their ideas in the public sphere.

The dangers of opinion masquerading as fact in science journals: Jerrold J. Heindel

A call for unbiased, honest science in peer-reviewed journals.

Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

With job loss and stifled development in the renewable energy sector, economists, politicians, and advocates say policy action is necessary to stay on track.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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