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Our top 5 good news stories of 2021

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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Banner photo: Metalmark Butterfly. (Credit: Andreas Kay/flickr)

It's not all doom and gloom.

Incentives for biking are missing from the climate deal

A pair of provisions designed to supercharge the sale and use of both traditional bikes and battery-powered ones were dropped from the surprise climate deal.
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Judge rejects massive BLM coal mining proposal in Montana, Wyoming

A federal judge in Montana has rejected the Bureau of Land Management's plan to allow mining for more than 6 billion tons of coal.

Appalachian Voices sues Virginia over release of carbon market document

The nonprofit aims to force the release of a document allegedly containing a legal opinion that Gov. Youngkin can't pull Virginia out of RGGI.
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New law creates $45M electric school bus program

State officials say electrifying New Jersey's school buses — a big source of pollution — will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Huron River testing does not detect hexavalent chromium after spill

No-contact recommendation remains in effect as continued testing takes place along the river and within the Wixom wastewater treatment facility.

'It's very bad': GOP hones climate attacks before elections

In public comments and private conversations, Republican lawmakers and strategists appear to be settling on a climate and energy message that they’ll use leading up to the November elections. They are framing policies to reduce emissions as the cause of high gasoline prices, a driver of inflation and a form of taxation on working Americans.

A dirty scandal for a clean energy leader

A wave of revelations about Florida Power & Light begs a question of parent company NextEra Energy: will a sullied reputation seep into its clean-energy efforts?

From our Newsroom
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How Colorado is preventing PFAS contamination from the oil and gas industry

And how other states, including Pennsylvania, could do the same.

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PFAS: The latest toxic concern for those near fracking

The “forever chemicals” are used by the oil and gas industry, but a lack of transparency and accountability makes it impossible to know how widespread contamination could be.

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Op-ed: Reflections on the Supreme Court’s Decision in West Virginia v. EPA

Danger resides in the majority’s having invoked a sweeping “Major Questions Doctrine” to justify its decision in this relatively narrow case.

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Derrick Z. Jackson: Children will suffer the consequences of recent Supreme Court rulings

A rash of recent decisions by the high court will irreparably impact our children's health.

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Our annual summer reading list, 2022 edition

Happy 4th of July! Here's some summer reading picks from our staff.

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Centering biodiversity and social justice in overhauling the global food system

“The food system is the single largest economic sector causing the transgressing of planetary boundaries.”

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