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All signs point to an active 2020 hurricane season

Though the Atlantic cyclone season begins in June and usually doesn't ramp up until August, environmental conditions in the ocean currently point to an above-normal season, meaning more storms.

Republican House Science chair seeks to make NOAA an independent agency

NOAA plays an outsized role in American daily life, since it is responsible for forecasting the weather and issuing warnings for severe storms. The agency also regulates fisheries and runs some of the top climate change research centers in the world.

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South Sudan’s four-year flood could spell ‘a permanent change’ in climate

Unrelenting rain is keeping rivers and wetlands at record highs throughout the year, with devastating consequences.

Climate change could turn Seattle into an umbrella city

Seattle has long been known for its umbrella-shunning ways, but more extreme weather and heavier rain may put that ethos to the test.

Cold water fish can adapt to climate change by breeding with warm water relatives

New research suggests an evolutionary shortcut to adaptation: breed with closely related species that can better stand the heat.

How water finally became a climate change priority

A collaboration helped convince policy makers at COP27 to finally prioritize water as a critical resource affected by climate change. It was a win long in the making

Hertz partnership in Denver provides data on EV charging needs

A new partnership with Hertz will allow residents to try electric vehicles before they buy. It will also provide Denver with data on where chargers are needed.

‘A colossal giveaway’: A tax break for big polluters is also starving public schools in Texas

In less than a decade, the northern coastline of Corpus Christi Bay, in San Patricio County, Texas, has been developed from a greenspace of wetlands and dunes into a miles-long corridor of petrochemical and industrial facilities.

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What happens if the largest owner of oil and gas wells in the US goes bankrupt?

Diversified Energy’s liabilities exceed its assets, according to a new report, sparking concerns about whether taxpayers will wind up paying to plug its 70,000 wells.

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Paul Ehrlich: A journey through science and politics

In his new book, the famous scientist reflects on an unparalleled career on our fascinating, ever-changing planet.

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Will California’s new oil and gas laws protect people from toxic pollution?

California will soon have the largest oil drilling setbacks in the U.S. Experts say other states can learn from this move.

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Our 5 most popular reads from 2022

A corpse, woodworking dangers, plastic titans ... revisit the stories that stuck with our readers this past year.

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What I learned reporting on environmental health in Pittsburgh in 2022

For a lot of people, 2022 felt like the first “normal” year since 2020. It didn’t for me.

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