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Despite protests in Luetzerath, a German coal mine expands

Images of demonstrations in the village of Luetzerath, beside a gigantic coal-mine pit.
EVs noble up "rare earth" minerals as miners struggle to keep up

EVs noble up "rare earth" minerals as miners struggle to keep up

Arguably the biggest challenge to the rise of electric vehicles is their outsized demand for rare earth minerals. Cheddar's Alex Vuocolo does a deep dive into the struggle over securing supply chains for a green tech future.
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Top environment stories of 2021

While we were reporting on pollution, climate change and invasive and endangered species, many stories only raised more questions. We hope to answer some of them in the new year.

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More hurricanes likely to slam Connecticut due to climate change, Yale study finds

More hurricanes are likely to slam Connecticut as the planet continues warming due to greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study led by Yale University researchers.
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What's the difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming?

The 2015 Paris Agreement commits countries to limit the global average temperature rise to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to aim for 1.5°C. But what is the difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of warming?

san joaquin valley drought climate
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California town battles drought and contamination

The Western U.S. drought, the most severe in 125 years of record-keeping, is exacting a toll on communities throughout the San Joaquin Valley, where people living on the edge of farmland gather many of the crops but little of the largesse from California's $50 billion agricultural industry.
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U.N. warns of Madagascar 'climate change famine'

Madagascar produces less than 0.01% of global carbon dioxide emissions - but amid a fourth year of drought in the Grand Sud region the U.N. is warning of a 'climate change famine'.