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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.

European drought dries up rivers, kills fish, shrivels crops | AP News
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European drought dries up rivers, kills fish, shrivels crops | AP News

LUX, France (AP) — Once, a river ran through it. Now, white dust and thousands of dead fish cover the wide trench that winds amid rows of trees in France’s Burgundy region in what was the Tille River in the village of Lux.
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Coastal erosion is the latest battle for the U.S. island caught in the crosshairs of climate change
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Coastal erosion is the latest battle for the U.S. island caught in the crosshairs of climate change

Puerto Rico, which is battered by hurricanes and threatened by sea level rise, is experiencing coastal erosion at an alarming rate, scientists warn.
How safe are nuclear power plants?
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How safe are nuclear power plants?

A new history reveals that federal regulators consistently assured Americans that the risks of a massive accident were “vanishingly small”—even when they knew they had insufficient evidence to prove it.
Infrared video shows widespread oil and gas Leaks in Los Angeles
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Infrared video shows widespread oil and gas Leaks in Los Angeles

The South Coast air district is investigating dozens of complaints about toxic emissions seen in the 'shocking' footage.
Why don't all parking lots have solar panels over them?
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Why don't all parking lots have solar panels over them?

Solar power and a covered parking spot seems like a great combination, but here's why many places are holding back.
Federal court reinstates ban on new coal sales on public land

Federal court reinstates ban on new coal sales on public land

A federal judge on Friday reinstated a moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands after finding flaws with the Trump administration's environmental analysis.
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Op-ed: Reflections on the Supreme Court’s Decision in West Virginia v. EPA

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