Derrick Z. Jackson

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Speaker of the House Mike Johnson. (Credit: Gage Skidmore)
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Opinion: House Speaker Mike Johnson’s climate change playbook — deny the science, take the funding

The two-faced charade of climate denial while diving into the pot of federal renewable incentives and tax breaks.

It took no time for Mike Johnson to establish a hefty carbon footprint as new Speaker of the House.

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Down to a pair of puffins in the entire state in 1902, there are now more than 1,300 pairs across several islands in the Gulf of Maine. (Credit: Derrick Z. Jackson)
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In the Gulf of Maine, scientists race to save seabirds threatened by climate change

Project Puffin is celebrating its 50th anniversary of launching the world’s first successful restoration of a seabird to islands where humans killed them off.
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Yosemite National Park sunrise. (Credit: Derrick Z. Jackson)
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National Parks' grandeur degraded by global warming

My window into global warming ruining a rite of summer came 16 years ago.

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Will toxic haze and the 2023 danger season make a difference?

The year is only half done and the United States has already been enveloped by acrid orange skies in the East, battered by winter rains and floods in California, seared by record winter temperatures in the South, soaked by a record 26-inch April deluge in Fort Lauderdale, and broiled by record spring heat in the Pacific Northwest, Texas, and Puerto Rico.

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New study confirms: Structural racism in STEM programs needs fixing

A groundbreaking paper published last month in PNAS Nexus, a sibling journal to the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, offers stark quantitative data showing the continued blight of structural racism in academic STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs in the United States.

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EPA's chemical safety rule tests the Biden administration’s commitment to environmental justice

In christening a new office of environmental justice, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan proclaimed on Sept. 24 that “underserved and overburdened communities are at the forefront of our work.”

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Solving the climate crisis will help both ‘sacrifice zones’ and ‘cute’ puffins
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Solving the climate crisis will help both ‘sacrifice zones’ and ‘cute’ puffins

When I tell bird-loving audiences what puffins mean to me, I start with the expected.

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Environmental justice advocates find hope, healing and community in Pittsburgh

For mental health awareness month, advocates and researchers gathered to not only discuss ongoing fights but victories, self-care and cautious optimism about the path ahead.

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Amidst a controversial international sale, U.S. Steel falls behind in cleaner steelmaking

U.S. Steel’s proposed sale to Nippon Steel stokes concerns over labor rights and national security, all while the company continues to break clean air laws in Western Pennsylvania.

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Spanish-speaking residents feel left out of permitting process at massive Exxon petrochemical plant in Houston-area

“It is important to ensure meaningful engagement efforts are inclusive and accessible to all diverse members of our communities.”

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"Our lives might be on the line"

Eighth graders reflect on the state of the planet.

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After 13 years, no end in sight for Caribbean sargassum invasion

Thousands of people were hurt by sargassum blooms last year in the Caribbean.

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“We should take care of what is precious to us"

Eighth graders reflect on the state of the planet.

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