Causes

Major pipelines hit legal snags. But it’s business as usual in Texas.

As courts stall or stop some major pipelines, the Permian Highway Pipeline in Texas is plowing ahead—and fears over water pollution have already become reality.

BLANCO, TX—Teri Albright and Milton Shaw, a couple living near Blanco, Texas, were bracing themselves as the coronavirus began appearing in the state. Both doctors working in long-term care facilities, the couple was busy learning new procedures to protect patients from the novel virus.

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Andy Samson at his ranch in Texas' Hill Country. (Credit: Madeleine Turner)
Impacts

The battle over pipelines, population and property rights in Texas’ Hill Country

GILLESPIE COUNTY, Texas—On a mid-morning in August, Andy Samson plods up a steep hill, wading through thigh-high grass.

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Impacts

Nutrient runoff starves corals in the Florida Keys

Rising ocean temperatures, a consequence of climate change, are known for bleaching and killing corals. But a study, published today in Marine Biology, reveals another overlooked culprit: excess nitrogen.

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Corals in American Samoa region that survived a 2015 bleaching event. (Credit: Stephen Palumbi)
Impacts

“A friend is gone:” Handpicking hardy corals to save them from warming waters

When Steve Palumbi and a group of scientists arrived in American Samoa in 2017, they saw a grim scene. Acropora hyacinthus, a charismatic coral shaped like large plates, was dying out.

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Solutions

What’s in a name? Legislatures labor over lab meat label

Last Christmas, South Carolina State Representative Randy Ligon happened to read an article about cell-cultured meat. He asked his daughter, a biology graduate student, what she thought.

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From our Newsroom

The push for standing forest protections in US climate policy

Researchers say "proforestation" policies are the fastest and most effective way to draw excess CO2 out of the atmosphere.

In defense of all species

From manatees to Labradoodles, let's treat them all with respect and dignity.

Moving forward after four years of fights and falsehoods

As the US turns the page on a skeptical and openly hostile administration, environmental science and journalism face continued obstacles—but there is some optimism.

Mercy, Mercy Me

Measuring a 50 year-old plea from a legendary singer.

On to 2021. And not a moment too soon.

Here's hoping the new year brings the climate change coverage we need.

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