Madeleine Turner

Permian Highway Pipeline Texas

Major pipelines hit legal snags. But it’s business as usual in Texas.

As courts stall or stop some major pipelines, the Permian Highway Pipeline in Texas is plowing ahead—and fears over water pollution have already become reality.

BLANCO, TX—Teri Albright and Milton Shaw, a couple living near Blanco, Texas, were bracing themselves as the coronavirus began appearing in the state. Both doctors working in long-term care facilities, the couple was busy learning new procedures to protect patients from the novel virus.

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The battle over pipelines, population and property rights in Texas’ Hill Country
Andy Sansom at his ranch in Texas' Hill Country. (Credit: Madeleine Turner)

The battle over pipelines, population and property rights in Texas’ Hill Country

GILLESPIE COUNTY, Texas—On a mid-morning in August, Andy Sansom plods up a steep hill, wading through thigh-high grass.

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Nutrient runoff starves corals in the Florida Keys

Rising ocean temperatures, a consequence of climate change, are known for bleaching and killing corals. But a study, published today in Marine Biology, reveals another overlooked culprit: excess nitrogen.

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“A friend is gone:” Handpicking hardy corals to save them from warming waters
Corals in American Samoa region that survived a 2015 bleaching event. (Credit: Stephen Palumbi)

“A friend is gone:” Handpicking hardy corals to save them from warming waters

When Steve Palumbi and a group of scientists arrived in American Samoa in 2017, they saw a grim scene. Acropora hyacinthus, a charismatic coral shaped like large plates, was dying out.

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What’s in a name? Legislatures labor over lab meat label
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What’s in a name? Legislatures labor over lab meat label

Last Christmas, South Carolina State Representative Randy Ligon happened to read an article about cell-cultured meat. He asked his daughter, a biology graduate student, what she thought.

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