Planned burns can reduce wildfire risks, but expanding use of ‘good fire’ isn’t easy

A U.S. Forest Service employee using a drop torch during a planned burn in Arizona’s Coconino National Forest. USFS/Ian Horvath, CC BY-SA As spring settles in across the United States, western states are already preparing for summer and wildfire season. And although it may seem counter-intuitive, some of the most urgent conversations are about getting […]

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Sea creatures store carbon in the ocean – could protecting them help slow climate change?

A sperm whale goes down for a dive off Kaikoura, New Zealand. Heidi Pearson, CC BY-ND As the prospect of catastrophic effects from climate change becomes increasingly likely, a search is on for innovative ways to reduce the risks. One potentially powerful and low-cost strategy is to recognize and protect natural carbon sinks – places […]

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Top EPA advisers challenge long-standing air pollution science, threatening Americans’ health

Fine particle pollution in Denver exceeded federal health standards on March 6, 2019, triggering a citywide alert. AP Photo/David Zalubowski Americans rely on the Environmental Protection Agency to set pollution control standards that protect their health. But on April 11, an important scientific advisory group submitted recommendations to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler that propose new […]

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This small Mexican border town prizes its human and environmental links with the US

Lucia Orosco holding her daughter, Arely, in Boquillas. Much of the embroidery created here reads ‘no el muro’ (no wall). Matthew Moran, CC BY-ND The tiny Mexican town of Boquillas del Carmen sits nestled between the Sierra del Carmen Mountains and the Rio Grande. Its Chihuahuan Desert location is strikingly beautiful, with green vegetation along […]

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A defeat on offshore drilling extends the Trump administration’s losing streak in court

A polar bear crosses ice In Alaska’s Chukchi Sea area, where a recent court ruling bars the Trump administration from greenlighting offshore drilling. NOAA/OER/Hidden Ocean 2016:The Chukchi Borderlands The Trump administration’s push to boost fossil fuel extraction has received a major setback. On March 29, Judge Sharon Gleason of the U.S. District Court for Alaska […]

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