France and UK lead push for climate finance to restore nature

France and the UK are encouraging donor countries to channel more climate finance to protect and restore nature, starting with Africa's Great Green Wall.

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Shoshana Meira Friedman: Teaching my child to love a dying world

My toddler son and I spoke about the trees as people — and indeed, for the first month of quarantine, they were the only people besides us he got to see up close.

Marine toxicologists call for chemical monitoring to be expanded on Great Barrier Reef

Marine toxicologists call for expanded testing of pharmaceuticals, as well as thousands of mystery chemicals, after a report cites "staggering" levels of contamination on the Great Barrier Reef.

Michael Camp: The Biden administration should restore the Endangered Species Act to full strength

Trump has weakened the Endangered Species Act again and again. Biden can undo all that at once.


Accessible parks for kids and families

Many federal and state park systems offer inexpensive access for children and their families.

Corona, climate, chronic emergency; what would nature do?

A bromide-laden view of the threats to the planet, by Ruth DeFries, is less convincing than Andreas Malm's call for an urgent reform of capitalism.


The newest challenge for Europe's parks: A surge in new nature lovers

Lockdown-weary city dwellers across the continent are visiting parks and other protected areas for the first time, overwhelming staff and generating pleas for more support.

EU-wide ban would save nature from 500,000 tonnes of microplastics

Banning the use of microplastics in products such as cosmetics and detergents across the European Union would prevent 500,000 tonnes of microplastics from polluting the environment over 20 years, the EU Chemicals Agency ECHA says.


Shrinking world leaves less room for wild creatures

Thanks to climate change and to the human colonization of the natural landscape, the world's wild creatures have vanishing space in which to roam.


The thaw of the Third Pole: China's glaciers in retreat

Glaciers in China's bleak, rugged Qilian mountains are disappearing at a shocking rate as global warming brings unpredictable change and raises the prospect of crippling, long-term water shortages, scientists say.

Nigeria: Ogoni 9 activists remembered 25 years on

On November 10, 1995, nine Nigerian environmental activists accused of murder were executed by Sani Abacha's military regime. Their deaths sparked an international outcry that lingers to this day.

Mining must not come at cost of environmental degradation

Mining is among the most destructive activities in the environment. Although there are some laws in place that are intended to minimize the damage, they are not enough to prevent the irredeemable footprint of mining on nature, especially in cases where the regulations are difficult to enforce.


What to wear when battling the venomous Asian giant hornet

The suits worn by Washington state entomologists aren't "official" hornet-fighting armor. But they were affordable—and came up in an Amazon search.

Tree cover in Stanley Park has increased significantly since 2006 windstorm, study shows

A 10-year study by the Stanley Park Ecology Society shows a significant increase in the tree canopy of Vancouver's biggest park, which, its authors say, highlights a recovery from the windstorm of 2006, when thousands of trees were destroyed.

California heat wave prompts power shutdowns, fire danger

More than 50,000 California utility customers are without power because of a fall heat wave that has brought another round of extreme wildfire danger.
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The push for standing forest protections in US climate policy

Researchers say "proforestation" policies are the fastest and most effective way to draw excess CO2 out of the atmosphere.

Op-ed: A push for answers about the environmental causes of child cancer

A first-of-its kind study aims to tease out the link between pollution and cancer in children.

In defense of all species

From manatees to Labradoodles, let's treat them all with respect and dignity.

Moving forward after four years of fights and falsehoods

As the US turns the page on a skeptical and openly hostile administration, environmental science and journalism face continued obstacles—but there is some optimism.

Unplugged: Abandoned oil and gas wells leave the ocean floor spewing methane

The Gulf of Mexico is littered with tens of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells, and toothless regulation leaves climate warming gas emissions unchecked.

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