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Top U.S. and European officials coming to Pittsburgh for trade meeting

The initiative formed earlier this year as part of a larger commitment to work together on efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for public health crises, as well as fight against climate change, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.

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Report: Solar could power 40% of US electricity by 2035

Solar energy has the potential to supply up to 40% of the nation's electricity within 15 years — a 10-fold increase over current solar output, but one that would require massive changes in U.S.

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UN: Weather disasters soar in numbers, cost, but deaths fall

Weather disasters are striking the world four to five times more often and causing seven times more damage than in the 1970s, the United Nations weather agency reports. But these disasters are killing far fewer people.

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Auden Schendler: Worrying about your carbon footprint is exactly what big oil wants you to do

Becoming carbon neutral means cutting greenhouse gas emissions as much as you can, then offsetting what you can't avoid with measures like tree planting. Seems admirable. Well, not exactly.

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For France, American vines still mean sour grapes

French authorities have tried to outlaw hardy American hybrids for 87 years. But climate change and the natural wine movement are giving renegade winemakers a lift.
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How widespread are PFAS chemicals? Connecticut officials are about to find out

Connecticut's health and environmental agencies believe there are pockets of contamination hiding throughout the state.

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Toxics

Opinion: If we stop burning fossil fuels, will we end up with more plastic and toxic chemicals?

Shifting away from using fossil fuels for energy is essential for our climate future, but if we aren't careful we may unintentionally encourage a shift that is also unsafe and unsustainable.

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Nebraska takes steps to fight climate change alongside Biden's new executive order

The Biden administration is taking a new step to fight climate change with an executive order aimed at making half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 electric.

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The latest IPCC report is a catastrophe

Climate change is here, it’s a crisis, and it’s caused by fossil fuels.
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Biden-backed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passes key hurdle

In a rare example of bipartisanship in Washington, a $1.2 trillion bill aimed at improving the US' roads, highways, bridges, and high-speed internet gained the support of 18 Republican senators and 49 Democratic senators.

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Federal judge orders USMC to pay state fine for excessive air pollution at Cherry Point

A federal appeals court has ruled that the U.S. Marine Corps must pay a fine to the state of North Carolina for emitting excessive levels of air pollutants at MCAS Cherry Point

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Toxics

Is this the end of summer as we’ve known it?

The season Americans thought we understood — of playtime and ease, of a sun we could trust, air we could breathe and a natural world that was, at worst, indifferent — has become something else, something ominous and immense.

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They waited, they worried, they stalled. This week, they got the shot

The U.S. vaccine rollout has plateaued and the course of the coronavirus pandemic in this country may depend on how many people are ultimately swayed to get vaccinated.
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Merkel admits her efforts to counter climate change ‘not sufficient’

The chancellor acknowledged that her efforts to counter climate change were "not sufficient" and gave a cautious welcome to an agreement with the Biden administration to avoid US sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

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Susan Joy Hassol, Kristie Ebi and Yaryna Serkez: Extreme heat is deadly. Here’s how to limit its toll

Yes, it is getting hotter. And while you might be able to escape the intensifying tropical storms, flooding or droughts by moving elsewhere, refuge from extreme heat is no longer easy to find. Even in Siberia.

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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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