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Climate

Mass die-offs in marine mammals are accelerating, and climate change will only make it worse

As the seas warm, marine mammals may struggle to survive the heat or become malnourished because their prey has left for more hospitable waters; both situations can leave the mammals with weakened immune systems.

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Climate

Climate change may not claim as many species as we thought

A new study looks to the past to understand how over 500 species have responded to the warming climate so far, then uses those patterns to project future declines.

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Toxics

Decades of U.S. air quality improvements may be slowing, and these areas have it the worst

For decades, America has made progress on air quality. With emission regulations and advances in clean air technologies, the days of smog so thick it burned your eyes and lungs are virtually over. But even with our gains, air pollution still contributes to one in every 25 early deaths. And our progress seems to be leveling off.
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Climate

How many people can the planet actually hold?

As populations boom and emissions rise, scientists are asking how many humans this rock can support.
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Climate

What’s big, lives underwater, and fights climate change with its body and booty? Whale give you one guess.

A new report from the International Monetary Fund finds that each whale could be worth millions of dollars when priced for how much carbon it sequesters.

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Climate

This deadly fungal disease could use climate change to mobilize

As the climate changes, temperatures will increase and rain patterns will change - and along with those changes, by 2100, the fungus's range will expand causing the number of Valley fever cases to increase by 50 percent, according to a new model published in the journal, GeoHealth.

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Water

The EPA's roll back of the Clean Water Act could impact drinking water for millions of Americans

The original definition of “waters of the United States" mainly covered large rivers, their tributaries, and adjacent wetlands. Thursday's repeal will soon be followed by a rule change, and the replacement text would basically revert to the '70s-level protections.

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Climate

Elephants and monkeys are fighting climate change in ways humans can't

Recent research warns that losing the creatures that nurture trees puts forests in danger. This, by extension, is helping to accelerate dangerous climate change.
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Climate

Scientists are putting antibiotics into the ocean—on purpose. And it's our only hope

A mysterious new coral epidemic is ravaging reefs across the Florida Keys. Antibiotics are just one part of a massive rescue operation with little time to spare.
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Toxics

Wildfire smoke is particularly bad for you—here's why

When it comes to health, not all fires are created equal, according to a preliminary study published this week—which found that smoke from prescribed burns affects children’s health less than smoke from wildfires.
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Toxics

Eco-friendly packaging could be poisoning our compost

After a study uncovered PFAS in compost, regulators in Washington moved to ban this class of synthetic compounds.

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Toxics

Meet the 'Oyster Wench' - a single mom fighting pollution with the power of clams and kelp

Catherine Puckett drives a pink boat to her ocean farm, where she harvests food that's restoring the environment.
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Justice

The UN's devastating extinction report, explained in 5 charts

A report by the UN IPBES says human activity is threatening the existence of over a million plant and animal species—more than ever before in human history.
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Children

California’s tap water could be a cancerous cocktail of pollutants

A new analysis, published this week in the journal Environmental Health, estimated the number of additional cases of cancer that could be attributed to tap water in California between 2011 and 2015.
From our Newsroom

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.

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.

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.

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.

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