Most popular stories of 2020

Our 5 most read stories of 2020

It's always something of a mystery to see what most touches readers. Black food sovereignty, DuPont's pollution, fracking and horses—this year's most read stories from our newsroom reflect true diversity in the world of environmental health.


We were delighted to see that whether essay, straight science reporting, explainer piece, or investigative feature, our work can reach millions.

Don't miss out, see what others have been reading. Below are our top five most read stories from the past year.

1. We don't farm because it's trendy; we farm as resistance, for healing and sovereignty

For more than 150 years, from the rural South to northern cities, Black people have used farming to build self-determined communities and resist oppressive structures that tear them down.

2. A lasting legacy: DuPont, C8 contamination and the community of Parkersburg left to grapple with the consequences

"We all have stories of friends and family, neighbors, dying too young or being diagnosed with various medical problems"

3. Coronavirus, climate change, and the environment

A conversation on COVID-19 with the director of Harvard University's Center of Climate, Health and the Global Environment.

4. Fracking linked to rare birth defect in horses: Study

A new study has uncovered a link between fracking chemicals in farm water and a rare birth defect in horses—which researchers say could serve as a warning about fracking and human infant health.

5. Organic diets quickly reduce the amount of glyphosate in people’s bodies

A new study found levels of the widespread herbicide and its breakdown products reduced, on average, more than 70 percent in both adults and children after just six days of eating organic.

Banner photo: Tracy Danzey grew up in polluted Parkersburg, West Virginia. (Courtesy Seth Freeman Photography)

Revisit the stories and words that most resonated with our readers.

How the final journey of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira ended in tragedy
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How the final journey of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira ended in tragedy

The journalist and Indigenous expert travelled upstream in Brazil’s far western Amazon region, a trip from which they did not return alive
Sunrise in the woods

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14 new environmental books to kickstart your summer reading list
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14 new environmental books to kickstart your summer reading list

Kim Stanley Robinson, Barry Lopez, Sy Montgomery and others celebrate the fragile beauty of this modern world — and address how to save it.
Biden announces new initiatives to curb methane during international climate meeting
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Biden announces new initiatives to curb methane during international climate meeting

The Major Economies Forum is the largest climate meeting of world leaders in the run-up to COP27 in November.
U.N. crowdfunds to prevent oil spill from FSO Safer tanker off Yemen

U.N. crowdfunds to prevent oil spill from FSO Safer tanker off Yemen

After years of trying to get the warring parties to agree to a plan to salvage the massive tanker, the U.N. now doesn't have the funds to implement it.
Wind and solar power are 'bailing out' Texas amid record heat and energy demand
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Wind and solar power are 'bailing out' Texas amid record heat and energy demand

Energy experts told CNN the Texas electric grid is holding up well this week in large part to strong performances from renewable energy.
U.S. agency ordered to reassess glyphosate's impact on health, environment
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U.S. agency ordered to reassess glyphosate's impact on health, environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was ordered by a federal appeals court on Friday to take a fresh look at whether glyphosate, the active ingredient in Bayer AG's Roundup weed killer, poses unreasonable risks to humans and the environment.

Will climate change help hybrid grapes take root in the us wine industry?

Winemakers around the country are working to bring back indigenous and hybrid grape varieties that are better adapted to extreme weather and the new pests and diseases that come amid climate change.
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Colorado fracking

Colorado is the first state to ban PFAS in oil and gas extraction

The toxic “forever chemicals” are used in fracking wells across the country.

gun control

Peter Dykstra: Gun and climate change delusions

Millions here suffer from twin hallucinations: Guns don’t cause our mass shootings, and the climate isn’t changing.

Op-ed: An engine for social justice leads the way to change

Engine for social justice leads to change

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Using comedy to combat climate change

Using comedy to combat climate change

The Climate Comedy Cohort aims to help comedians infuse climate activism into their creative work.

roe v. wade

Derrick Z. Jackson: Roe v. Wade draft bodes ill for air, wetlands and the EPA

Justice Alito’s longstanding consistency in wanting to restrict EPA authority makes it transparent where he wants the court to go.

solar power schools

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.”

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