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The 60-year-old scientific screwup that helped Covid kill

All pandemic long, scientists brawled over how the virus spreads. Droplets! No, aerosols! At the heart of the fight was a teensy error with huge consequences.
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Why California’s super bloom is under siege

Despite their popularity and ecological importance, wildflower blooms across California are in peril due to a pile-on of human-caused stressors.
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17 young people on the moment the climate crisis became real to them

From watching ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ to living through Superstorm Sandy.
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Google’s head of sustainability wants you to see the Earth in a new way

Google Earth Timelapse is a new tool that illustrates how the planet has changed over 37 years. Kate Brandt hopes it moves us to action.
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Pandemic lockdowns did cut air pollution—but with a catch

Studies from all over the globe show short-term improvements in urban air quality, but experts are skeptical about how long they’ll last.
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The moms who are battling climate change

A new initiative seeks to tap into mothers’ concern for the world their children are inheriting.
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Narwhal tusks tell a troubling tale

An analysis of the 10-foot-long teeth shows that as the Arctic warms, narwhal diets are changing, and their bodies are accumulating more mercury.
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How to kill a zombie fire

Underground peat fires refuse to die, even when flooded with water. So scientists developed a new weapon to put them down for good.
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Biden restores climate change page to EPA website, reversing Trump

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency restored a page containing key climate change information to its public website on Thursday, four years after the Trump administration had removed it as part of a strategy to downplay global warming threats.
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Climate change will reshape Silicon Valley as we know it

The next entrepreneurial revolution will arise to combat the crisis of our lifetime.
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When the kids started getting sick

After pressure from families, Pennsylvania has launched studies into whether fracking can be linked to local illnesses.
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Cameron Dezen Hammon: We survived the disaster in Texas, but climate change makes us wonder if we can live here anymore

Though climate change is coming for us all, it might be time for our family to think about finding somewhere to live where its effects are less immediate, less terrifying.

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The enormous risk of atmospheric hacking

Solar geoengineering is the ultimate, break-the-glass response to the climate crisis—and one we should back away from for now.
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The activists who embrace nuclear power

In the face of climate change, some environmentalists are fighting not to close power plants but to save them.
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Zero Grocery: The sustainable online supermarket that aims to make your life less plastic

Eco-friendly totes, reusable glass jars, compostable containers—Zero Grocery wants to help you rid single-use plastics from your life.
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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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