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Second atmospheric river hits California amid ‘life-threatening’ flooding warning

The National Weather Service warned continuous rainfall would hit over a 48-hour period in some already sodden areas across the state, including the central coast, the Los Angeles basin and in the mountain ranges.

Fat, sugar and trash may all fuel planes by 2050
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Fat, sugar and trash may all fuel planes by 2050

To meet their climate goals, airlines will have to start burning sustainable aviation fuels made from unconventional raw materials.

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Anxiety, mood swings and sleepless nights: Life near a bitcoin mine

Pushed by an advocacy group, Arkansas became the first state to shield noisy cryptocurrency operators from unhappy neighbors. A furious backlash has some lawmakers considering a statewide ban.

Clean air: Professor outlines ways to get people active and reduce pollution

Better community engagement can encourage more people to use modes of “active transport” – such as walking and cycling – and reduce air pollution in high risk areas, a University of Manchester expert has argued.
The Oregon timber industry won huge tax cuts in the 1990s. Now it may get another break thanks to a top lawmaker
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The Oregon timber industry won huge tax cuts in the 1990s. Now it may get another break thanks to a top lawmaker

As the cost of fighting wildfires increases, state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner has proposed a bill — developed in consultation with the logging industry — that would shift millions in expenses away from the biggest landowners and onto taxpayers.
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How ancient cork forests could help solve the world’s plastic problem

Cork oaks are making homes warmer, cars lighter and clothes biodegradable — while still feeding the birds and absorbing carbon.
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Heat and wildfire smoke are even more harmful when combined, a study says

The health effects of the two climate threats are compounded when they occur in tandem, according to research focused on California.
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Environmental justice advocates find hope, healing and community in Pittsburgh

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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