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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Reddit’s former CEO is now in the forest-planting business

Yishan Wong is building a system that can transform desert land into fertile ground for the trees we need to help stop climate change.

ADSE's Young Researchers Conference 2021

The Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE) is hosting its 9th Young Researcher Conference from January 28-30th, 2021. Read more about the conference and how to register here.

The Climate Question: Does Africa have a voice on climate?

Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate is on a mission to make sure Africa is listened to.

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Can the world break up with fossil fuels? Watch the conversation

The Times is hosting a series of virtual events ahead of global climate talks in November. This month’s topic: the demand for energy and what can be learned from the pandemic.
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Biden to cancel Keystone XL pipeline in inauguration day executive order

The project had already been languishing, but the action by Mr. Biden would signal his determination to undo President Trump’s environmental legacy.