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Research shows unplugged oil wells are exacerbating climate change

Amy Townsend-Small has been chasing methane her entire professional life. The quest has taken her from Southern California freeways to sewage pla...
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Projected surge of lightning spells more wildfire trouble for the Arctic

A major climate shift in the high north is sparking fires that can release huge amounts of greenhouse gases from tundra ecosystems, where fires h...
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Decreasing your carbon footprint through abandoned farmland restoration

Different approaches to restoring abandoned farmland to carbon sinks include restoring native vegetation, establishing tree plantations, introduc...
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The wage gap that threatens Biden's climate plan

Workers in the greener side of the energy industry earn significantly less than those who extract fossil fuels and run power plants, new data sho...
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White House climate advisor sees a path to clean energy through coal country

President Biden's National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy says she wants to act on climate and to help those communities left behind.
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Inside the dirty, dangerous world of carbon flooding

Energy companies use a greenhouse gas to force out more oil in a little-known process that can bring headaches to rural communities.
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Oil and gas jobs are disappearing—with or without renewables

New analysis shows the number of workers required per project will soon fall by 20 to 30 percent, even without a transition to renewables.
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Texas oil and gas regulators defended industry’s image during winter storm

Members of the Texas Railroad Commission were quick to blame renewable energy for power outages across the state. All sources of energy struggled...
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The coming diseases: As the climate warms, Alaska faces new threats from zoonotic illnesses

The warming climate in Alaska and across the circumpolar North is creating new health and safety risks for people, animals and ecosystems.
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Drought may bring more arsenic to Michigan's private wells

Arsenic is a problem for many private wells in Michigan. Now a study from the US Geological Survey finds a drought could make things even worse.
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Meet Arizona's water one-percenters

In Phoenix, two cities are emerging: one is water-rich, the other water-poor.
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Biden wants to cut off fossil fuel subsidies in his infrastructure plan

One of the great ironies of climate politics is that America continues to subsidize - to the tune of billions of dollars a year - the very indust...
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