City flights: birds flocked to urban areas as Covid kept people home, study finds

Birds, and perhaps other animals too, benefitted from a respite in human activity in North America, research suggests.

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Hawaii to remove forbidden staircase due to ‘rampant trespassing’

The Haiku Stairs, a nearly 4,000-step trail across Oahu's Ko'olau mountain range, has drawn tourists despite being prohibited from use.

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US research points to lower milk yield from cows exposed to wildfire smoke

A team at the University of Oregon has begun a three-year study looking at the effects of air quality and other stress factors on dairy cattle.


A Black town’s water is more poisoned than Flint’s. In a white town nearby, it’s clean

Activists in Benton Harbor say it's been an uphill battle getting the city, county and state to take action.

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Tiger trafficking: the murky world of America’s big-money big cat trade

US backyards are home to more tigers than India with experts drawing a line between the popularity of cubs as pets and the market in tiger products for traditional Chinese medicine.

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‘They screwed up our lake’: Tar sands pipeline is sucking water from Minnesota watersheds

Minnesota is weathering an historic drought, but there is another problem beyond the weather: Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands pipeline has taken a substantial toll on watersheds in the state.


‘Overwhelming’: hundreds of migrating birds die after crashing into NYC glass towers

A volunteer with the New York City Audubon found nearly 300 carcasses littering the sidewalks below the World Trade Center.


World’s largest tree wrapped in fire-resistant blanket as California blaze creeps closer

Efforts underway to protect General Sherman and other giant trees from wildfires threatening Sequoia national park.


‘Dramatically more powerful’: World’s first battery-electric freight train unveiled

The world's first battery-electric freight train was unveiled at an event in Pittsburgh, amid a fresh attempt by some US lawmakers to slash carbon emissions from rail transport in order to address the climate crisis.

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A historically Black town stood in the way of a pipeline – so developers claimed it was mostly white

When residents in Union Hill, Virginia, decried the pipeline as a form of environmental racism, the energy company insisted it wasn't.

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Tropical Storm Nicholas soaks Houston area as it crawls towards Louisiana

The slow-moving system has knocked out power to half a million home, drenching Texas area hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

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Ancient sequoia trees threatened by growing wildfire in California’s Sierra Nevada

The Paradise and Colony fires have combined to create the KNP Complex fire which is burning through Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks.

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First Thing: Biden says wildfires highlight climate emergency

The president surveys wildfire damage in California and rallies support for his $3.5tn spending plan. Plus, the much-delayed Met Gala goes ahead.


Texas on alert as Tropical Storm Nicholas upgraded to hurricane

Heavy rains could lead to streets and homes being flooded with Hurricane Nicholas expected to make landfall early Tuesday.

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When Wall Street came to coal country: how a big-money gamble scarred Appalachia

The long read: Around the turn of the millennium, hedge fund investors put an audacious bet on coal mining in the US. The bet failed – but it was the workers and the environment that paid the price.

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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

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

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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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