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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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These congressional staffers helped clinch the historic climate deal

Dozens of congressional staffers worked around-the-clock and made personal sacrifices to clinch a deal on the package, which represents the largest climate investment in the nation's history.

Massachusetts passes massive climate and clean energy bill

Some cities and towns will be allowed to ban fossil fuel infrastructure in new and major construction projects.

Arctic warming 4 times as fast as the rest of the planet, new analyses find

The warming at the top of the globe, a sign of climate change, is happening much faster than previously described compared with the global average, scientists said Thursday.

Rachael Lyle: The federal government alone won't save us from climate change

In the face of a regressive Supreme Court and a slow-moving Congress, citizens must push states and cities to act.

Greece's islands are zero-waste laboratories

Even as mainland Greece struggles to meet its recycling goals, its islands are turning sustainability into a science.
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