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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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Sulfur dioxide pollution in the Bootheel breaks EPA rules. Regulators look to fix it

A coal-fired power plant must cut emissions and an aluminum smelter must spend millions to rid a community in Missouri’s Bootheel of sulfur dioxide pollution by 2026 under a deal with state environmental regulators.

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Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano eruption halts recording of key climate data

The Mauna Loa eruption on Monday cut power to the observatory where atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are measured, according to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The Salton Sea’s feral splendor

California's Salton Sea has long been regarded as an apocalyptic wasteland, but it's much more. It faces threats from drought and pollution.

COP27: The case for more fossil fuels in developing countries

Should coal, oil, and natural gas still be part of the answer for the world’s poorest in an era of climate change?

Caroline Lucas: Air pollution is killing children – where is the Government action?

Having a nice environment isn’t just a matter of ecology and science, it is a question of social justice. Every day must be a clean air day – and no person should suffer the consequences of Government inaction like Ella did.

Why are water thieves so hard to catch?

A short-staffed state agency struggles to catch rogue water users.
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WATCH: The latest evidence of widespread sperm count decline

WATCH: The latest evidence of widespread sperm count decline

"Pregnant women, and men planning to conceive a pregnancy, have a responsibility to protect the reproductive health of the offspring they are creating."

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