The year the West was burning: How the 2020 wildfire season got so extreme

More than 4 million acres of California went up in flames in 2020 – about 4 percent of the state's land area and more than double its previous wildfire record.

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Can local food feed big cities? Yes, if we cut down on neat

New research shows that shifting to lower-meat diets would allow cities to source more—or all—of their food locally.

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It’s time for the US to carry its fair share on climate change

Domestic emissions reductions aren’t enough—the US needs to help speed the climate transition in poor countries
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Experts calculate future ice loss and the extent to which Greenland and the Antarctic will contribute to sea-level rise

The major international project ISMIP6 offers new estimates of how much melting ice sheets will contribute to global sea-level rise by 2100 Ice-sheet
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Study: Decarbonizing U.S. electricity by 2035 could cost less than expected | Energy News Network

Fossil fuel plants with nearly three-fourths of current generating capacity will reach the end of their typical lifespan by 2035.
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The long-lasting mental health effects of wildfires

Across the West, fire season lasts longer and has become more intense than any time in history—tens of thousands of structures burn every year, and dozens of people die. But new research is highlighting a different problem: those who survive are never the same.

Trump to sell Arctic oil rights days before Biden sworn in

The Trump administration is racing to sell oil drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before Joe Biden takes office so the president-elect can’t revoke the contracts.
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Pennsylvania DEP advancing new rules for conventional oil wells after veto of industry-backed bill

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is pushing ahead to strengthen regulations specific to the state's conventional oil and gas industry. But first it is trying to win back the industry's confidence.

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Michael Gerrard: How Biden can put the U.S. on a path to carbon-free electricity

Even without strong action by Congress, President-elect Joe Biden will have a wide array of tools that could put the U.S. on a trajectory to decarbonizing its electricity sector by 2035.

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5 things to know about plastic pollution and how to stop it

Researchers continue to find new information about how widespread plastic pollution has become, but also how we can help stem the tide.

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