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By John R. Platt

As I sat in a pharmacy chair for the required 15 minutes after my first vaccine dose, my mind turned to animals.

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By Amanda Fong

Eating produce with the seasons can help consumers access fresher, more nutritious while directly supporting their local farmers and economies.


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There are many different CBD oil brands in today's market. But, figuring out which brand is the best and which brand has the strongest oil might feel challenging and confusing. Our simple guide to the strongest CBD oils for pain, anxiety, and sleep will point you in the right direction.

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By Rich Collett-White

Facebook is "fuelling climate misinformation" through its failure to get to grips with misleading content, according to a new report that calls on companies to boycott the platform until significant action is taken.

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People swim at the west side of Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge where hundreds of oil deposit substance from an oil spill washed up on the beach in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Saturday, March 20, 2021. Salwan Georges / The Washington Post / Getty Images

By Reynard Loki

A controversial oil refinery on St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is in the government's crosshairs after a third incident in just three months has sickened people. On May 5, after gaseous fumes were released from one of the oil refining units of Limetree Bay Refining, residents of the unincorporated Caribbean territory reported a range of symptoms, including burning eyes, nausea and headaches, with at least three people seeking medical attention at the local hospital. At its peak in 1974, the facility, which opened in 1966, was the largest refinery in the Americas, producing some 650,000 barrels of crude oil a day. It restarted operations in February after being shuttered for the past decade.

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A woman offers prayers for one of the 18 elephants found dead in Assam, India. Anuwar Ali Hazarika / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Authorities in India are investigating after at least 18 Asian elephants died mysteriously in a protected area in the northeastern state of Assam.

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The Sydney Opera House has had an Environmental Sustainability Plan in place since 2010. Johnny Bhalla / Unsplash

Coronavirus and the climate crisis are inspiring change at some of the most traditional venues in the world: opera houses.

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Dry conditions across the West follow a hot, dry year of record-setting wildfires in 2020. Communities were left with scenes like this, from California's Creek Fire. Amir AghaKouchak / University of California Irvine

By Mojtaba Sadegh, Amir AghaKouchak and John Abatzoglou

Just about every indicator of drought is flashing red across the western U.S. after a dry winter and warm early spring. The snowpack is at less than half of normal in much of the region. Reservoirs are being drawn down, river levels are dropping and soils are drying out.

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Cocos Island Atoll in the Indian Ocean, part of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands group. PalawanOz / Wikimedia Commons

The Australian government has moved to create two new marine protected areas that cover an expanse of ocean twice the size of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline passes under the environmentally-sensitive Straits of Mackinac. Michael Barera / Wikimedia Commons
Enbridge continued operating its Line 5 oil pipeline through the environmentally ultra-sensitive Straits of Mackinac, defying an order by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to shut down the pipeline.
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By Reynard Loki

A federal appeals court has ruled that unless the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can prove that the pesticide chlorpyrifos is safe, it must be banned. The chemical, which has been widely used on agricultural crops for more than 50 years, has been linked to neurological development issues in children, with mounting evidence implicating its role in autism, ADHD, motor skills and loss of IQ. In the 2-to-1 ruling on April 29, judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit gave the federal government 60 days to either rescind all uses of chlorpyrifos related to food or to show evidence that in certain cases it is safe for public health.

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Forever chemicals are present in breast milk, a new study has found. SDI Productions / E+ / Getty Images

Forever chemicals are everywhere, even in breast milk.

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A Tesla car in Dublin, Ireland on Feb. 27, 2021. Artur Widak / NurPhoto via Getty Images

The U.S. electric car manufacturer Tesla suspended its plans to accept Bitcoin as a payment method, CEO Elon Musk announced in a Twitter statement late Wednesday.

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