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Our top 5 good news stories of 2021

It's not all doom and gloom.

As we reflect on the past year, let's remember the good — the people, communities, ideas, and science that are creating a more healthy and sustainable planet.


The environment can be a depressing beat. But here are the top five good news stories from our newsroom over the past year that remind us there is hope.

1. The pesticide ban movement gains momentum

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Cities and counties are increasingly banning toxic pesticides—and some are taking aim at fertilizers.

2. A Listen Into Landscape

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A series of audio postcards spotlighting peace, place, and connection to landscape from the perspective of those working in nature.

3. How artificial intelligence can help save us from air pollution

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Researchers find AI may outperform traditional models, which could give more advance warning of bad air days, and reduce harmful exposures and hospital visits.

4. From butterfly wings to shrimp claws: Mimicking nature on the nanoscale

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Innovators look to biomimicry to address sustainability challenges.

5. Planting a million trees in the semi-arid desert to combat climate change

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Tucson's ambitious tree planting goal aims to improve the health of residents, wildlife, and the watershed.

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World's biggest offshore wind developers eyeing Louisiana for Gulf's first turbines

The Texas coast may have better winds for offshore wind development, but it’s Louisiana’s political winds that are drawing the interest of the industry’s two biggest players.
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Drought-resistant farming catching on in New Mexico

More farmers are using cover crops, soil additives and crops suitable for drip irrigation in order to weather the drought.
Norco adventure game exemplifies global warming

Mapping climate grief, one pixel at a time

Norco, an indie adventure game about an oil town menaced by global warming, is a striking contribution to American landscape art.
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The simplest way to sell more electric cars in America

Decades-old laws that protect car dealers are keeping the U.S. stuck in the gas-powered past.
Arctic oil barges go aground in icy Kara Sea

Major disaster averted in icy Kara Sea after two oil barges ran aground

Russia’s Marine Rescue Service describes the unprecedented salvage operation as "extremely difficult" as ice was rapidly building up on the structures of the barges in the freezing cold polar night.

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ConocoPhillips’ plan for extracting half-a-billion barrels of crude in Alaska’s fragile Arctic presents a defining moment for Joe Biden

After the Trump administration rushed through the Willow Project in its waning days, a federal judge temporarily halted development pending additional review. Environmentalists want Biden to kill Willow once and for all.

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Lisa Goddard, 55, dies; brought climate data to those who needed it

Lisa Goddard helped show government agencies around the world how to predict upcoming droughts, flooding and other extreme weather events.

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What do new cookstoves in Ghana and air conditioners in NYC have in common? Energy justice.

Combating energy poverty and energy insecurity are critical elements to achieving environmental health equity for billions worldwide.

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Peter Dykstra: Life imitates climate politics—again.

Personal, misinformed attacks on Dr. Fauci are reminiscent of climate spats over the decades.

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Hollywood’s third strike on climate change?

"Don't Look Up" is ambitious—but trips over its subject matter.

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