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Summer 2023 Was Hottest Summer in the Northern Hemisphere in 2,000 Years, Study Finds

After studying tree rings from the past 2,000 years, researchers have found that the Northern Hemisphere experienced its hottest summer in 2023 in the past two millennia. By Paige Bennett The researchers used both observed and modeled surface air temperatures…

World’s Largest CO2 Removal Plant Opens in Iceland

Swiss company Climeworks has opened the biggest operational direct air capture (DAC) plant in the world to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. By Cristen Hemingway Jaynes The Mammoth plant, located in Iceland, is nearly ten times bigger than Orca, its second-largest plant. “Starting operations…

Conservation Efforts Are Succeeding Overall at Slowing Biodiversity Loss, Global Study Confirms

“When it works, it really works,” said Penny Langhammer, co-author of the study and executive vice president of Re:wild By Paige Bennett A first-of-its-kind study that analyzed hundreds of conservation actions around the world has confirmed that efforts toward preserving…

‘A Massive Win for All Generations’: European Human Rights Court Rules Switzerland Violated Rights With Climate Inaction

In a historic ruling, the European Court of Human Rights has found that Switzerland’s inadequate efforts to tackle climate change violated the human rights of its country’s citizens, represented by more than 2,000 older Swiss women. By Cristen Hemingway Jaynes The landmark decision…

Carbon Emissions Reduction Rate in U.S. Has Doubled Since Passage of Inflation Reduction Act, Report Finds

The rate of carbon emissions cuts in the United States has doubled since the passage of President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), according to a new report by Clean Investment Monitor. By Cristen Hemingway Jaynes Since the IRA was passed in 2022, more than…

U.S. Has Produced More Oil Than Any Country in History for Six Consecutive Years

According to a new analysis by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the United States has produced the most crude oil globally for six years in a row — more than any nation in history during that time. In 2023, the daily average crude…

1 Million-Acre Wildfire Moves Across Texas Panhandle, Destroying Homes, Ranches and Grasslands

The landscape scorched, houses gone. Texas’ Smokehouse Creek fire has spread to more than one million acres, the largest in the state’s history. It is bigger than the 2006 East Amarillo Complex fire and the second-largest in United States history.…

125 Millions Americans Could Breathe Unhealthy Air Regularly by Mid-Century, Report Finds

A new report from the nonprofit First Street Foundation finds that many Americans are exposed to unhealthy levels of pollution regularly and predicts the number of people exposed to unhealthy air could rise further by the middle of the century.…

Grocery Chains to Ban Use of Neonics by Suppliers, in Move to Protect Pollinators

Some grocery chains are moving to help protect pollinators by requiring their suppliers to stop using nitroguanidine neonicotinoids, or neonics. Chains including Whole Foods and Kroger have recently outlined policies that will ban the use of neonics in crop production.…

Scientists Create Artificial Worm Gut That Breaks Down Plastic

News of plastic-eating enzymes and insects has been making headlines in recent years. Take, for example, fungi that digests plastic in coastal salt marshes, or the greater wax moth caterpillar that can live on polyethylene in its larval stage. However, to utilize these plastic-eating…

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