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Will restoring wolves restore the landscape? Maybe not

The notion that returning wolves can repair decades of ecosystem damage is immensely popular — and, some scientists say, woefully misguided.
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Toxics

Tunnel vision: Lessons in the impermanence of permafrost

In a tunnel beneath the frozen soil of Fox, Alaska, scientists are racing to understand the earth's dwindling permafrost before it is forever gone.
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Toxics

Researcher weighs in on coal ash rule redo

Duke University researcher Avner Vengosh says the Trump administration's proposed rewrite of coal ash disposal rules shifts the burden from utilities to the public.
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Biodiversity

The uncertain fate of Death Valley's wild donkeys

The National Park Service is trying to rid the park of burros. But new research suggests that they may actually benefit native species.

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Climate

Envisioning and designing the floating future

A prototype deployed in San Francisco Bay may signal what's to come: floating buildings, or whole communities, built to withstand sea-level rise.
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Climate

A second look at that bird population decline study

A recent paper in the journal Science documented declines in some bird populations, but did the packaging and coverage paint a skewed picture?
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Toxics

The honeybee's most fearsome enemy

Facing the scourge of a parasitic Asian mite, commercial beekeepers are trying to breed a resistant strain of honey bee. But other threats loom.
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Biodiversity

A second look at that bird population decline study

A recent paper in the journal Science documented declines in some bird populations, but did the packaging and coverage paint a skewed picture?
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Justice

For India's cast-based sewer cleaners, an uncertain robot rescue

Sewer robots and other new technology aim to end caste-based scavenging, which regularly costs lives. But are they enough?
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Justice

As droughts spread across India, so does water budgeting

Community-level water budgets are the latest effort to solve an increasingly chronic problem in parts of rural India: water scarcity caused by recurring drought and unregulated extraction.
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Toxics

Has science let radiation scare us to death?

Some critics argue that our current approach to regulating radiation does more harm than good. But many scientists say it's the best method we've got.
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Climate

Are we overestimating how much trees will help fight climate change?

By using imaging techniques to measure internal decay in trees, researchers are finding that forests may store far less carbon than we think.
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Climate

In elephants and whales, valuable cancer clues

The loss of vulnerable mammals means scientists could miss out on key quirks in their genetics — including some that might be useful in cancer research.
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Climate

Visible change: Alligator River 'ghost forests'

The effects of climate change on the N.C. coast are especially pronounced at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, where the rising sea level is visibly transforming habitats.
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The Weekend Reader

The threat of pseudoscience in India

Advocates for scientific rationalism are pushing back against a wave of conspiracies and superstitions being promoted as legitimate science.
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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.

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.

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.

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