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5 popular reads from our newsroom in 2021

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

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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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.
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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.
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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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