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Facing a Health Crisis, Cities Implore Courts to Limit Pollution

The coronavirus is a case study in the limits of federalism. Where the federal government has declined to gather and distribute masks, gloves and ventilators, states and cities have been forced to compete for medical supplies, paying exorbitant prices to secure needed equipment. Where the federal government has been slow to ramp up testing, states andREAD MORE


A 2017 rally against shipments of fracked natural gas in Kalama, Washington. Source: Rick Rappaport

The Making of the ‘Thin Green Line’

This story is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. One afternoon in 2012, members of the Lummi Nation called a public gathering on the beach at Cherry Point, near their Bellingham, Washington reservation. They met at the site where SSA Marine was planning to buildREAD MORE


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This Man Wants to Make You a Tower Climbing Grease Monkey

Neal Gyngard scales 300-foot-tall wind turbines for a living. He loves his job, and he wants you to come along for the ride. Gyngard (far right) with the Flat Top Wind Farm crew in Priddy, Texas. Source: Neal Gyngard Thanks to the coronavirus, we are rapidly heading toward a recession. Lawmakers are scrambling for ways to keep theREAD MORE


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Want to Stop Climate Change? Educate Girls.

Greta Thunberg, who famously missed school to protest climate change, recently met Malala Yousafzai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize fighting to make sure girls could get an education. The photo op quickly went viral. Quipped Yousafzai, “She’s the only friend I’d skip school for.” Behind the banter was a telling truth — the battle to stem climateREAD MORE


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Fossil Fuel Drilling Is Making Texans Sick (VIDEO)

Methane released from fracking is terrible for the climate. In Texas, it’s also hurting people’s health. In the summer of 2018, Nexus Media took part in Freedom to Breathe, a cross-country tour that explored how climate change intersects with the racial, social and economic challenges that Americans face every day. We saw firsthand how fossil fuel pollutionREAD MORE


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Redlined Neighborhoods Are Way Hotter Than Other Neighborhoods

Extreme heat often kills more people in this country than hurricanes, floods, lightning and tornadoes. But heat is not an equal opportunity killer. “It’s very selective in the way it kills people,” said Vivek Shandas, professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University in Oregon, whose new study, published in the journal Climate, evaluatedREAD MORE


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Extreme Heat Threatens Farms and Farm Workers (VIDEO)

Organizers shine a spotlight on “the invisible ones.” In the summer of 2018, Nexus Media took part in Freedom to Breathe, a cross-country tour that explored how climate change intersects with the racial, social and economic challenges that Americans face every day. We saw firsthand how fossil fuel pollution and extreme weather are damaging communities acrossREAD MORE


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Fighting Floods and Fossil Fuels in Port Arthur, Texas (VIDEO)

“Can you imagine a world without environmental activists pushing for change?” In the summer of 2018, Nexus Media took part in Freedom to Breathe, a cross-country tour that explored how climate change intersects with the racial, social and economic challenges that Americans face every day. We saw firsthand how fossil fuel pollution and extreme weather are damagingREAD MORE


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Where Rising Seas Are Raising Rents (VIDEO)

Coastal flooding is driving up the cost of housing in high-elevation Miami neighborhoods like Little Haiti. In the summer of 2018, Nexus Media took part in Freedom to Breathe, a cross-country tour that explored how climate change intersects with the racial, social and economic challenges that Americans face every day. We saw firsthand how fossil fuel pollutionREAD MORE


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The Politics of a Green New Deal (VIDEO)

Workers are pushing for a sweeping plan to fight climate change and inequality. Here’s what that means. In the summer of 2018, Nexus Media took part in Freedom to Breathe, a cross-country tour that explored how climate change intersects with the racial, social and economic challenges that Americans face every day. We saw firsthand how fossil fuelREAD MORE


A new study finds heat and humidity can aggravate the symptoms of lupus. Source: Pixabay

Worsening Weather Could Make Life Miserable for Lupus Patients

Rheumatologist George Stojan says that many of his lupus patients know their joints are going to swell or go stiff when the weather shifts, particularly when the temperature or humidity changes. It got him thinking about how climate change could exacerbate their disease, and prompted him to take a closer look at the possible connection. Stojan,READ MORE


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Obama’s EPA Chief: ‘Sometimes You Need to Listen to the Kids’

Former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy on inequality, corruption, and the young Americans who have had enough. Former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. Source: EPA As EPA administrator under former president Barack Obama, Gina McCarthy crafted a slate of ambitious policies to curb planet-warming carbon pollution. But since Trump took office, she has seen much of her work undone. McCarthyREAD MORE


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Americans Say It’s Okay to Report On Climate Change

Polls find most Americans think it’s appropriate for reporters to talk about climate change during or right after a storm. The eye of Hurricane Dorian as viewed from the International Space Station, September 2, 2019. Source: NASA Earlier this month Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas, delivering winds upwards of 180 miles an hour and widespread flooding,READ MORE


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Meet Kick-Ass Teen Climate Activist Xiye Bastida

She saw her home town in Mexico devastated by drought and floods. Now the 17-year-old New Yorker is at the vanguard of the climate movement. Xiye Bastida (second from right) and climate change youth leaders outside the United Nations. Source: Photo by Felix Kunze Xiye Bastida grew up in the Mexican town of San Pedro Tultepec embracingREAD MORE


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As the Coal Industry Falls Apart, Miners Face Losing Their Pensions

The Trump administration continues to tout its commitment to coal, but it has failed to protect miners from the industry’s inexorable collapse. A miner holds a piece of coal. Source: Peabody Energy In June, the Trump administration unveiled one of its largest environmental rollbacks to date: replacing the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan rule, which regulated carbonREAD MORE


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The Radical Philosophy of Extinction Rebellion

“When it’s a fight for your life, you’re willing to throw down.” An Extinction Rebellion protest on Blackfriars Bridge in London, November 17, 2018. Source: Julia Hawkins New York police recently arrested 66 protestors who rallied outside The New York Times building to compel the newspaper to make climate change a front-page issue. The demonstrators belonged to ExtinctionREAD MORE


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New Research Shows Malaria Can Spread In Cooler Climates

Researchers warn a small rise in temperatures could mean a giant leap for malaria. Mosquito on skin. Source: Pixabay For nearly a century, scientists thought that malaria could only spread in places where it is really hot. That’s because malaria is spread by a tiny parasite that infects mosquitoes, which then infect humans — and this parasite loves warm weather.READ MORE


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GE’s Investment Mistake Could Cost Billions

A new report says the industrial giant misread the tea leaves on clean energy — and should serve as a warning to businesses worldwide. Last week, General Electric announced it would close a California gas plant 20 years ahead of schedule. The Inland Empire Energy Center in California, the company said, was “uneconomical to support further” in partREAD MORE


Fighting Sea Level Rise

Fighting Sea Level Rise with Elegant Barricades (PHOTOS)

Engineers are fighting sea level rise with dikes, altered rivers and massive pumping stations, and guard against ever-worsening floods. The inhabitants of the Netherlands have been fighting floods for thousands of years. Eight-hundred years ago, they began to create local councils called “waterschappen” that were tasked with preventing floods. The rich provided the money and theREAD MORE


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Fossil Fuel Protesters Push a Coal Plant to Become a Solar-Powered Data Center

How activists turned around a plan for more fossil fuels. Lisa Marshall isn’t your typical activist. For one thing, she’s not into crowds and didn't originally see herself among the legion of fossil fuel protesters. “I don’t really like rallies,” Marshall, a mom of three from upstate New York, said. “They’re a little stressful — not my favorite thing.”READ MORE


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How to Make More Electric Cars Without More Destructive Mining

Experts call for recycling EV batteries to meet the growing demand for rare earth metals. Climate warriors like to imagine a future where electric cars put oil companies out of business. Firms would stop injecting known carcinogens into the ground to break up the layer of hard, shale rock hiding stores of fuel, and they wouldREAD MORE


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Invisible Heroes of the Sea (PHOTOS)

For nearly two centuries, scientists have pondered “Darwin’s Paradox,” the enduring mystery of why coral reefs thrive in tropical waters, which are woefully short on nutrients. Reefs are teeming oases in aquatic wastelands, and researchers have puzzled endlessly over how they flourish. One answer may come from the thousands of species of tiny colorful fish, rarelyREAD MORE


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Offshore Drilling Has Become a Liability for the GOP

Every year, the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce puts out an advocacy agenda. Much of it reads like Mitch McConnell’s to-do list — cut regulations, lower taxes, rein in the minimum wage — with one notable exception. Coastal businesses are a hard “no” on offshore drilling. “The number one priority for us is protecting our natural resources, our beachREAD MORE


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This Year, Graduating Seniors Will School the Country on Climate Change

In June of 1968, Dartmouth valedictorian James Newton devoted his commencement speech to the foremost issue of his time: the Vietnam war. Calling the conflict a “vast international atrocity,” Newton urged his fellow classmates to resist the war and avoid the draft, earning “energetic booing and walk-outs by parents” and criticism from the follow-up speaker, asREAD MORE


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The Killer Argument for a Profoundly Dangerous Climate Fix

The UN Environment Assembly recently considered a proposal to research solar geoengineering, as it’s known, an outlandish scheme to cool the Earth by blanketing the heavens with aerosols — chemicals that would reflect a small measure of sunlight back into space, lowering the average global temperature. The measure failed, not because countries were wary of investigating geoengineering, butREAD MORE


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Kids Give ‘Em Hell About High Water

Lorenzo de Simone, 13, isn’t old enough to vote, but he’s old enough to lobby Massachusetts state lawmakers, seeking their support for a carbon pricing bill that would impose fees on fossil fuel companies. The Boston 8th grader plans to show up at the state capital in Boston on Tuesday. “My house could be underwater inREAD MORE


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Climate Change Is Costing the Air Force Billions

Greg Brudnicki, mayor of Panama City, Florida, has lived in the community for 55 years and said he has never seen a storm like Hurricane Michael. The cyclone barreled through the Florida panhandle in October, flattening beach neighborhoods and piling 20 years’ worth of debris on Panama City alone. Tyndall Air Force Base, located 12 milesREAD MORE


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Thirty Years After Exxon Valdez, Fossil Fuel Dangers Remain

Shortly after midnight on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez — an oil tanker carrying 53 million gallons of North Slope crude oil — hit a reef in the Gulf of Alaska, ripping half a dozen holes in the hull of the ship. More than 11 million gallons of crude oil leaked into the pristine waters and vibrant ecosystem ofREAD MORE


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The Food Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Five Black farmers and researchers share their thoughts on how to change the food system to work for everyone. New York farmer Frances Perez-Rodriguez. Source: Nexus Media This is part of a series for Black History Month on Black scientists, activists and entrepreneurs who are tackling the greatest problem of our time. Half a century ago, theREAD MORE


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Leading Black Advocates Speak to Diversity in the Climate Movement

This is part of a series for Black History Month on Black scientists, activists and entrepreneurs who are tackling the greatest problem of our time. The mainstream environmental movement is overwhelmingly white — and it’s only getting whiter. Black people are a small minority in big green groups, despite the fact that environmental issues disproportionately affect people ofREAD MORE