environmental news

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

forests climate change

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

covid

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

plastic pollution

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

wildfires climate change

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

Banner photo credit: Keith Seiffert/flickr

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

Climate protesters in Australia face harsh new penalties
www.nytimes.com

Climate protesters in Australia face harsh new penalties

As of April, people in New South Wales who disrupt business activities can face up to two years in prison. Some climate activists say this law is aimed at them.
Sunrise in the woods

Get our Good News newsletter

Get the best positive, solutions-oriented stories we've seen on the intersection of our health and environment, FREE every Tuesday in your inbox. Subscribe here today. Keep the change tomorrow.

EPA retains tools to cut power sector GHG emissions despite Supreme Court curbing its authority: attorneys
www.utilitydive.com

EPA retains tools to cut power sector GHG emissions despite Supreme Court curbing its authority: attorneys

However, the court’s use of the “major questions doctrine” indicates challenges to future regulations are likely, according to lawyers.

Peter Dykstra: American Invasive Species Hall of Fame, part 2

Sequels are rarely as good as the original. But here are five more invasive species for the American Invasive Species Hall of Fame.

You can see last week’s first five here.
Keep reading...Show less
Biden releases five-year offshore leasing plan Friday

Biden releases five-year offshore leasing plan Friday

President Biden’s administration opened the door Friday to offshore oil and gas drilling in federal waters over the next five years.
Meat, monopolies, mega farms: how the US food system fuels climate crisis
www.theguardian.com

Meat, monopolies, mega farms: how the US food system fuels climate crisis

From a beef-heavy diet to growing crops that don’t feed people – the biggest challenges facing the agriculture industry
Mustafa Santiago Ali:  Supreme Court's Clean Air Act decision weakens EPA, worsens injustice
www.usatoday.com

Mustafa Santiago Ali:  Supreme Court's Clean Air Act decision weakens EPA, worsens injustice

This grievously wrong decision should be understood first and foremost as a clarion call and invitation for action.
From our Newsroom
environmental injustice

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.”

Global Warming: Why the problem is worse – and solutions simpler – than you thought

Global Warming: Why the problem is worse – and solutions simpler – than you thought

Noted ecologist John Harte offers a fresh take on the dire topic of climate change.

Colorado fracking

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.

gun control

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.

Op-ed: An engine for social justice leads the way to change

Engine for social justice leads to change

Virginia Organizing's 27-year history as a role model for The Daily Climate

Using comedy to combat climate change

Using comedy to combat climate change

The Climate Comedy Cohort aims to help comedians infuse climate activism into their creative work.

Stay informed: sign up for The Daily Climate newsletter
Top news on climate impacts, solutions, politics, drivers. Delivered to your inbox week days.