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5 popular reads from our newsroom in 2021

Try as we may, it sure is hard to know what story is going to resonate with readers. From forests to fertility to fish farming, here are five of our most popular reads from 2021.


1. WATCH: Fertility crisis leaves little time for solutions

Worldwide, sperm counts in men have declined 50 percent in 50 years, with no sign of easing soon.

2. The push for standing forest protections in US climate policy

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Researchers say "proforestation" policies are the fastest and most effective way to draw excess CO2 out of the atmosphere.

3. Use of disinfectants has soared, sparking new examination of ingredients

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Regulators are considering whether disinfectant ingredients called quats are safe and effective in light of increased use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

4. Fish farming has a plastic problem

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Microplastics in fishmeal are contaminating farmed fish—impacting their health, the nutrition they provide, and leaving consumers potentially exposed.

5. A disability should not be a death sentence during a natural disaster

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"I have the privilege of studying wildfires—but I often don't have the privilege of escaping them when it matters most."

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Check out what sparked readers' interest over the past year.

Airliners powered by sustainable fuel remain a distant goal

A planned “net-zero” trans-Atlantic flight is hardly the groundbreaker being touted, with alternative fuels in short supply and few other restrictions on air travel.
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At least 1 dead after heavy rain in Austria

About 5.5 inches of rain fell over seven hours, a meteorologist said, swamping villages in the southern part of the country.
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United Nations

Centering biodiversity and social justice in overhauling the global food system

STOCKHOLM—With new evidence that human activity has pushed beyond limits needed to preserve ecosystems, the impact of food systems across the globe needs to be reassessed, according to scientists.

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How does climate change affect hurricanes?

Scientists are confident that the warming of the planet is changing the way storms behave. Here’s how.

Will carbon capture help clean N.M. power?

A virtually unknown company has a $1.4 billion plan to extend the life of New Mexico’s largest coal-fired power plant by installing carbon capture.

New Mexico’s landmark coal transition law faces an uncertain timeline

Despite momentum in 2017, drought and supply chain problems are complicating the shift from fossil fuels.

Vietnam′s climate credentials come under scrutiny after activist jailing

The Vietnamese government's commitment to action on climate change is in the spotlight after a leading environmental activist was sentenced this month to two years in prison on murky charges of "tax evasion."
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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.

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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.

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