It’s a perfect year for a non-Thanksgiving

Amid the pandemic, a recent documentary about Native American food culture asks audiences to reexamine the origins of this strange holiday.
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Italy’s doctors face new threat: Conspiracy theories

Amid fear and anger, pandemic-skeptics are accusing doctors of lying about the virus.

Major shift at Supreme Court on COVID-19 orders

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to bar New York state from reimposing limits on religious gatherings.

The pandemic is generating tons of discarded PPE. This entrepreneur is turning them into bricks

Binish Desai has already made more than 40,000 bricks for projects including homes and factories, and is gearing up to produce 15,000 a day.

Sewage may offer early signs of coronavirus outbreaks

People infected with the coronavirus may shed extremely high amounts of virus in their stool even before they show symptoms — if they ever do. Testing wastewater may offer health officials a way to spot budding community outbreaks early.


Karen Attiah: Why Black Americans are hesitant about a vaccine

For many Black Americans, generations of systemic medical racism and predatory experimentation on Black bodies have generated deep distrust of a system that was never built to serve them.

Outdoor heaters seem like a huge waste. Are they really?

Here are facts about heaters (for outside and inside) and climate change.

Coronavirus: Can we make our masks fully eco-friendly?

With face masks littering the environment, the search is on for sustainable solutions. Could they be recycled into new products? Or might masks made from organic materials cut pandemic pollution?

Could a new CCC save the economy and environment?

In the first month of his presidency, FDR created a government program that changed lives and the land forever. Could it be time for a new CCC?

Airlines tout COVID-19 safety measures. Is flying actually safe?

While airlines promote holiday deals and encourage travel, a nationwide Covid-19 surge makes getting on a plane risky.

Biden to spotlight CDC officials shunned by Trump

Nancy Messonnier, who enraged the president with her public warning of “severe” Covid-19 consequences, is slated to reemerge as a key adviser.

Study links increased COVID-19 transmission to poultry plants allowed to operate faster

A study published Thursday in a prestigious scientific journal links significant increases in COVID-19 transmission rates to meatpacking plants, especially those facilities that the federal government has allowed to speed up processing lines.

Beth Blauer, Jennifer Nuzzo: COVID-19 data is a mess. We need a way to make sense of it

The government needs stringent standards for how states report Covid-19 testing.

Covid-19 shutdowns were just a blip in the upward trajectory of global greenhouse gas emissions

Emissions will drop by 4 to 7 percent for 2020, but carbon dioxide will continue to increase, the annual world meteorological association bulletin finds.

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UN: Despite the pandemic, greenhouse gases are at an all-time high

During the pandemic, when people stayed inside and traveled less by car or plane, greenhouse gas emissions slowed down. But despite that, we're still facing record-breaking concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

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Two things to be thankful for...

2020 is almost gone. And we are lucky to have prescient environmental reporters.

Major oil and gas companies join program to cut methane emissions

62 oil and gas companies from around the world signed on to a UN-led partnership aimed at bolstering monitoring and reductions of the potent climate-warming gas.

Q&A: A young environmental justice leader on the value of getting youth of color into nature

"Before decisions are made we need to practice what we preach when we say that we stand for justice and equity. In any decision-making process, youth need to be involved from the get-go."

Agents of Change: New fellows seek to reimagine science communication

Breaking through the echo chamber with new voices grounded in science, community, and equity.

10 tips for cleaner grocery shopping

Picking ingredients for a better lifestyle.

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