Good News

Our top 5 good news stories of 2020

Because we could all use a little more cheer.

We can all agree that 2020 was a challenging year.


Good news feels hard to come by lately. And when you work in environmental news, it can seem even more rare.

Yet, the year was not without progress (yes, seriously!). Check out five good news stories from our newsroom that you may have missed below.

1. A Northeast US climate initiative has had a major side benefit—healthier children

Researchers estimate a climate effort in the Northeast U.S. helped the region reduce toxic air pollution and avoid hundreds of asthma and autism cases, preterm births, and low birth weights.

2. Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

3. Solar power on the rise at US schools

Report finds an 81% increase in K-12 schools using solar power over the last 5 years.

4. Pittsburgh’s Black farmers work to grow a new future

A small group of new farmers have seeded a movement to change the local food industry.

5. Derrick Z. Jackson: A Rhode Island city gets serious about climate justice

In its climate action plan, Providence, Rhode Island, is giving frontline residents' health equal billing with carbon reduction. Other cities should pay attention.


Banner photo: Ebony Lunsford-Evans, owner of FarmerGirlEB in Pittsburgh, helps a customer. (Credit: Brian Cook)

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Solar power at Pennsylvania schools doubled during the pandemic

“If this growth continues, schools could set Pennsylvania up as a clean energy leader and not just the fossil fuels we’re known for.”

NORTH BRADDOCK, Penn.—On Wednesday evening, 10th grader Abby Wypych stood in front of Woodland Hills School District’s board and urged them to approve a feasibility study on installing solar panels.

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Clothes that fight climate change: Researchers test aprons that capture CO2 from air

Researchers are testing a potential "game-changer" when it comes to fighting global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions: carbon-capturing clothing.

Judge: BLM underplayed climate risk in Colorado fracking plan

A federal judge last week blocked hydraulic fracturing over 35,000 acres on Colorado’s Western Slope after finding federal officials had failed to do enough to account for climate risk.

How is AI changing the environment for the better?

Here’s how AI is expected to impact the environment and usher in positive changes for a more sustainable future.

Deadly Indian heatwave made 30 times more likely by climate crisis

Extreme temperatures and low rainfall in Southeast Asia have caused widespread suffering, including deaths, crop losses, forest fires, and cuts to power and water supplies.

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Texas runoff to settle moderate, pro-oil Democrat's fate

Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar is the most conservative Democrat in the House on a number of issues and one of the oil and natural gas industry’s top congressional allies.

Gas appliances cost Nevadans money and clean air, study says

A sustainability group is pushing for Nevada to embrace cleaner, more efficient alternatives as natural gas price in the state hit a 12-year high.

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