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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.

'We are waiting for rain, for winter, for God'. Fighting a megafire in France

Hervé Trentin, a 34-year veteran of the Gironde fire department, stood on the edge of a charred section of forest wiping tears from his cheeks. It was the second time he had cried that morning.

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Europe on course for new wildfire record this year: EU monitor

Flames have destroyed an area more than twice the size of Luxembourg this year so far.

Los Angeles homeowners are removing lawns during drought

Southern California residents are beginning to accept that lush lawns are unsustainable when reservoirs and rivers run low in a drought era.

Fossil fuels make inflation and climate change worse

Americans have had to spend more on gasoline, on natural gas for stoves, water heaters, and furnaces, and on any electricity derived from oil and gas. But the impact from fossil fuels is bigger than that — energy prices indirectly affect virtually every part of the economy.

A detailed picture of what's in the Democrats' climate and health bill

The climate policies are the most ambitious passed by any Congress, but an entire set of family policies was left out.

Congress passes Inflation Reduction Act: Its climate promise relies heavily on carbon capture, thousands of miles of pipeline

One estimate suggests at least a sixth of all emissions cuts expected from the Inflation Reduction Act would come from carbon capture.
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