Australia fires: Agency responsible for emergency management shuts over smoke
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Australia fires: Agency responsible for emergency management shuts over smoke

The Australian federal government department responsible for managing emergencies shut its Canberra office due to poor air quality on Monday as the nation's capital choked on smoke from deadly bushfires.

Uruguay, amid severe drought, adds saltwater to public drinking supply

The amount of sodium coming out of the tap is now more than twice the World Health Organization recommendation and 10 times normal levels.
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Senator Whitehouse puts climate change on budget committee’s agenda

For more than a decade, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gave daily warnings about the mounting threat of climate change. Now he has a powerful new perch.
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The Supreme Court is crippling environmental protections. Where is Congress?

Will lawmakers allow what one justice called the court’s “appointment of itself as the national decision maker on environmental policy”?

Flood-battered Italian region may see more violent and frequent storms

Experts have linked recent deadly rains in the north of the country to climate change, but decades of urbanization and neglect helped lay the groundwork for a calamity.

The UN wants to drastically reduce plastic pollution by 2040. Here’s how

As plastic waste piles up in the world’s landfills, sewer systems and oceans, the United Nations has set a goal to reduce plastic pollution by 80 percent by the year 2040. The head of the United Nations Environment Programme discusses the upcoming negotiations.

'Murderers and criminals:' Meteorologists face unprecedented trolling from conspiracy theorists

“Murderers.” “Criminals.” “We are watching you.” These are just a handful of the threats and abuse sent to meteorologists at Spain’s national weather agency in recent months. The harassment of meteorologists by conspiracy theorists and climate deniers is not confined to Spain.

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Worries mount about misinformation in science

It's diminishing public trust in science and becoming an existential threat to the planet, researchers warned this week.
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FBI launches investigation into Thanksgiving Day chemical release from Martinez Refinery

The flare-up sent ash containing potentially hazardous chemicals over homes, and residents were warned not to eat produce grown in their yards.
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Paul Ehrlich: A journey through science and politics

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