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Rare 90-foot blue whales spotted in Monterey Bay - and humpbacks are jumping, too

In a rare spectacle last week, a boat of sightseers on Monterey Bay spotted 90-foot blue...
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Study links East San Jose airport to high lead in children, but can it be closed?

East San Jose residents and community leaders gathered Tuesday to demand answers and action following a study that detected high levels of lead in thousands of children living near Reid-Hillview Airport.

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Toxics

A vaccine side effect leaves women wondering: Why isn't the pill safer?

Scientists were alarmed by blood clots possibly linked to the J&J vaccine. Some women wondered if there shouldn’t be more concern about oral contraceptives.
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Toxics

$11.9M settlement reached over PFAS contamination in Parchment, MI drinking water

A $11. 9 million settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed over high levels of PFAS contamination in Parchment drinking water. Jesika Sage,Parchment resident, said her family of nine, like many others in Parchment, have been dealing with contaminated waters for years. “I think it’s a step in the right direction but how do you put a price tag on a community that’s been poisoned for years on end for profit," Sage said.
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Biodiversity

Twitter is turning birds into celebrities and birders against one another

A Twitter account helped spread the word about rare birds in New York City, but publicizing their locations exposed a rift among birders.
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Climate

Shell asked Twitter how they will address climate change. Twitter told Shell to go screw itself

On Monday, seemingly on its high-horse and feeling like a world leader in environmental activism, Shell took to Twitter to ask others what exactly they plan to do to lower their emissions. The overwhelming sentiment of the response was, essentially, "lol, fuck off."

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Climate

Newsom calls for California to conserve land, coasts to capture carbon and fight climate change

Gov. Gavin Newsom said California will enlist its natural resources in the state’s fight against climate change by establishing new land conservation and carbon sequestration goals over the next decade.
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Toxics

Behavioral contagion could spread the benefits of a carbon tax

It’s not too late to fight climate change with a long-overdue policy that would have surprisingly broad impact, an economist says.
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Biodiversity

Twitter posts show that people are profoundly sad – and are visiting parks to cheer up

Research that measures the public mood based on Twitter posts shows that it's currently at its lowest point in a decade. One exception: when people visit parks and green spaces.
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Toxics

Misleading coronavirus video, pushed by the Trumps, spreads online

Social media companies took down the video within hours. But by then, it had already been viewed tens of millions of times.
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With coronavirus antibodies fading fast, vaccine hopes fade, too

Recent studies indicate that the human body does not retain the antibodies that build up when people are infected with the coronavirus, meaning there may be no lasting immunity to the virus, even with a vaccine.

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Climate

SF, other California cities permitted to sue oil industry over climate change, judge rules

Eight California cities and counties, including San Francisco and Oakland, want billions of dollars from fossil fuel companies, alleging they caused major climate problems, like rising seas and extreme weather.
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Toxics

California sues EPA for suspending pollution enforcement during coronavirus pandemic

California, along with eight other states, sued the EPA for suspending enforcement of air and water pollution monitoring and reporting during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Toxics

Pollution returns to Houston, as coranavirus restrictions loosen

Houston's air pollution is returning to normal levels, following a period of cleaner skies during the stay-at-home orders put in place to slow the spread the coronavirus.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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