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A cyclist rides through the flooded street during heavy rain and wind as tropical storm Eta approaches the south of Florida, in Miami, Florida on November 9, 2020. CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP / Getty Images

By Julia Conley

Although more than 90% of cities around the world report facing risks of flooding, drought, extreme weather, and other hazards due to the climate crisis, nearly half of the cities in a new survey reported that they have no plans in place to adapt to the planetary emergency, with one in four citing budgetary constraints for their inability to confront the crisis.

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Palm fruits stored on the road in Tomé-Açu municipality, northern Amazon's Pará state, on Nov. 12, 2019. Karla Mendes / Mongabay

During 18 months, Mongabay investigated allegations challenging the "sustainable" status of the Brazilian palm oil supply chain, revealing impacts including deforestation and water contamination, and what appears to be an industry-wide pattern of brazen disregard for Amazon conservation and for the rights of Indigenous people and traditional communities in northern Pará state.

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white bed with throw pillows

The contents of our mattresses are often an afterthought. That's a mistake, as research shows that the quality of your sleeping surface can significantly impact your health.

As consumers gain awareness about the health effects of sleeping on potentially toxic compounds, mattress companies are responding with new beds made from better materials. Today, you can choose from a broad range of mattresses made from all-natural components, including organic wool, cotton, and latex. Here's a summary of the best non-toxic, eco-friendly mattresses available today and how to decide between them.

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An intact female Pacific Footballfish washed up on the shores of Laguna Beach. Ben Estes and Crystal Cove State Park

Last week, an amazing and unusual fish washed up on the beach in Southern California.

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View of the Lusk fracking facility in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania, on October 22, 2020. NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP via Getty Images

By Kristina Marusic

Living among fracking wells is linked to higher rates of hospitalizations and deaths due to heart attacks, according to a new study.

The study, published in the Journal of Environmental Research, compared heart attack rates in Pennsylvania counties with fracking to demographically similar counties in New York where fracking is banned.

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In the national park of Axios Delta near Thessaloniki city in Greece, there are 295 species of birds, 350 species of plants, 40 species of mammals, 18 species of reptiles, 9 species of amphibians and 7 species of invertebrates. Nicolas Economou / NurPhoto via Getty Images

The problem of biodiversity loss is not simply a matter of funding, a new report examining the failures of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has warned.

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An aerial view of a fire burning next to the Transpantaneira, a road that crosses the Pantanal on Sept. 25, 2020 in Pocone, Brazil. The main cause of induced fires in the region is livestock activity to transform the region into pastures. Photo by Buda Mendes / Getty Images

By Giuliana Viglione

Current estimates of land-use change may be capturing only one-quarter of its true extent across the world, new research shows.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks at a rally on Oct. 31, 2020 in Detroit. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

By Julia Conley

Indigenous rights and climate action groups are set to hold an "Evict Enbridge" celebration on Wednesday and Thursday to mark Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's deadline for Canadian oil and gas company Enbridge to shut down its Line 5 pipeline.

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Customers wait in line to fill their vehicles with gas at a Costco gas station on May 12, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. Brett Carlsen / Getty Images

Long lines of drivers waited at gas stations across the South yesterday — except for the stations that had already run out of gas — as the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline caused panic buying and chaos.

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An offshore wind farm at Block Island, Rhode Island on Aug. 14, 2016. Mark Harrington / Newsday RM via Getty Images

By Erin Baker and Matthew Lackner

The United States' offshore wind industry is tiny, with just seven wind turbines operating off Rhode Island and Virginia. The few attempts to build large-scale wind farms like Europe's have run into long delays, but that may be about to change.

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American chestnut hybrid bur. Photolangelle.org

By Anne Petermann

On August 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a petition by researchers at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) seeking federal approval to release their genetically engineered (GE) Darling 58 (D58) American chestnut tree into U.S. forests. Researchers claim the transgenic D58 tree will resist the fungal blight that, coupled with rampant overlogging, decimated the American chestnut population in the early 20th century. In fact, the GE American chestnut is a Trojan horse meant to open the doors to commercial GE trees designed for industrial plantations.

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Electric car registrations were up 41% in 2020. Reza Estakhrian / Getty Images

By Walé Azeez

While global car sales took a pandemic-related hit last year, electric vehicles (EVs) bucked the trend.

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Coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean are the most threatened by the climate crisis, according to a new study. Wild Horizons / Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Unless we act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the world's coral reefs will stop growing by the end of the century.

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