Megan McLaughlin

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Va. voters to decide Statehouse control, with climate on the line

Republicans have a chance in about seven weeks to take full control of the Virginia state government for the first time in a decade.

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Life expectancy in U.S. is falling amid surges in chronic illness

The United States is failing at a fundamental mission — keeping people alive.

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Enbridge: Federal review of Line 5 tunnel permit is ‘inexplicably lethargic’

The Canadian energy giant pleads with Michigan officials to intervene, saying federal authorities are slow-walking their review of a key permit needed to build a tunnel in a pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.

Abandoned lands: a hidden resource for restoring biodiversity

Abandoned farmland has been increasing, with a billion acres — an area half the size of Australia — lost globally. Ecologists are increasingly pointing to the potential of these lands and of degraded forests as neglected resources for rewilding and for capturing carbon.

Malaysia to seed clouds to combat smoke from fires in Indonesia

Malaysian authorities have prepared a series of measures, including seeding clouds and closing schools, to combat air pollution from hundreds of fires raging in neighboring Indonesia.

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NC State study looks to shine light on urban birds and light pollution

Artificial light is known to be a hazard for migratory birds. But a new NC State study finds it can also have consequences for common backyard birds.

Tree-planting schemes threaten tropical biodiversity, say ecologists

Monoculture tree-planting schemes are threatening tropical biodiversity while only offering modest climate benefit, ecologists have said, warning that ecosystems like the Amazon and Congo basin are being reduced to their carbon value.

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Can Arizona revive its bipartisan clean power mandate?

Two years ago, Arizona was on the cusp of showing how a quintessential purple state could go green. Politics, however, tanked the plan before a final vote.

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Severe flooding increasingly cutting people off from health care

Many more Americans will find themselves regularly cut off from essential services — long before water actually reaches their homes, a recent study predicts.

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Agents of Change in Environmental Justice program accepting applications

Do you find that public voices in science are lacking diversity and want to help create change? We want to hear from you.

Heat, air pollution and climate change … oh my! Was summer 2023 the new normal?

Heat, air pollution and climate change … oh my! Was summer 2023 the new normal?

Intense heat waves induced by climate change create favorable conditions for air pollution to worsen. Scientists say this isn’t likely to change unless action is taken.

BADGE BPA chemical

BPA's evil cousin

An ongoing series examining BADGE — an unregulated danger in epoxy resins.

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Opinion: Protecting Indigenous children means protecting water

We need to stop compartmentalizing the environment, family and culture as separate problems.