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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.

'The three climateers' represent a new type of climate hawk on Capitol Hill

Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) are relatively young — at least by Senate standards — and also come from parts of the country that are facing different climate disasters.
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Why buying an electric car just became more complicated

The new climate, tax and health law signed by President Biden extends a credit for electric vehicle buyers. But there are new strings attached that kick in at different times.

‘We've been sold out’: Enviro justice advocates slam Biden's climate compromise

Even members of one of the president's advisory councils say communities burdened by pollution are being shortchanged by Democrats' grandest achievement on climate change.

Kentucky coal company faces federal charges for faking coal dust tests

A federal court issued an indictment against a coal company for falsifying coal dust tests. It could mean penalties and jail time.

Big changes are coming for the Colorado River soon—and they could get messy

The seven states that rely on the river for water need to come up with a way to cut about 25 percent of their use next year. That’s an enormous task.

This Dutch design swaps one car parking space for 10 bikes

A ‘fietsvlonder,’ or bicycle platform, lets a neighborhood trial the change from car parking to bike parking to get used to the switch—and see if there’s a demand—before it’s made permanent.

In Northern Mexico, harsh drought compounds water inequality

Poor residents in Monterrey are buying bottled water from companies that extract groundwater from beneath their feet.
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How Colorado is preventing PFAS contamination from the oil and gas industry

And how other states, including Pennsylvania, could do the same.

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PFAS: The latest toxic concern for those near fracking

The “forever chemicals” are used by the oil and gas industry, but a lack of transparency and accountability makes it impossible to know how widespread contamination could be.

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Op-ed: Reflections on the Supreme Court’s Decision in West Virginia v. EPA

Danger resides in the majority’s having invoked a sweeping “Major Questions Doctrine” to justify its decision in this relatively narrow case.

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Derrick Z. Jackson: Children will suffer the consequences of recent Supreme Court rulings

A rash of recent decisions by the high court will irreparably impact our children's health.

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Our annual summer reading list, 2022 edition

Happy 4th of July! Here's some summer reading picks from our staff.

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Centering biodiversity and social justice in overhauling the global food system

“The food system is the single largest economic sector causing the transgressing of planetary boundaries.”

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