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Now Is Our Last Best Chance to Confront the Climate Crisis

Now Is Our Last Best Chance to Confront the Climate Crisis

By Jeff Goodell The Earth’s climate has always been a work in progress. In the 4.5 billion years the planet has been spinning around the sun, ice ages have come and gone, interrupted by epochs of intense heat. The highest mountain range in Texas was once an underwater reef. Camels wandered in evergreen forests in […]

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    The New River Gorge: Ancient River, Old Mines, New National Park

    The New River Gorge: Ancient River, Old Mines, New National Park

    By Mary Caperton Morton The only thing “new” about West Virginia’s New River Gorge is its national park status: In 2021, the New River Gorge became our latest national park, but in geologic terms, the New River is anything but new. Dating back to the days of the supercontinent Pangaea, it is one of the […]

    Climate Crisis Could Rob Liquors of Their Flavor

    Climate Crisis Could Rob Liquors of Their Flavor

    By Stacy Kish Many of the botanicals used in traditional medicines and to flavor spirits, from absinthe to eau de vie, grow in alpine regions near the toes of glacial ice. As the planet warms and glacial ice retreats, this unique environment is changing and altering the diversity of the plant community. An Italian team […]

    Assessing Social Equity in Disasters

    Assessing Social Equity in Disasters

    By Eric Tate and Christopher Emrich Disasters stemming from hazards like floods, wildfires, and disease often garner attention because of their extreme conditions and heavy societal impacts. Although the nature of the damage may vary, major disasters are alike in that socially vulnerable populations often experience the worst repercussions. For example, we saw this following […]

    Tree Rings Reveal How Ancient Forests Were Managed

    Tree Rings Reveal How Ancient Forests Were Managed

    By Katherine Kornei Clear-cutting a forest is relatively easy—just pick a tree and start chopping. But there are benefits to more sophisticated forest management. One technique—which involves repeatedly harvesting smaller trees every 30 or so years but leaving an upper story of larger trees for longer periods (60, 90, or 120 years)—ensures a steady supply […]

    Wildfires May Worsen Asthma in the Western United States

    Wildfires May Worsen Asthma in the Western United States

    By Alison Gold Wildfire activity has increasingly threatened life in the western United States over the past several decades. Many of this year’s record-setting wildfires raged over hundreds of thousands of acres. However, one of their most dangerous and understudied effects is too small to perceive with the naked eye: the tiny particles that can […]

    How Joe Biden’s Climate Plan Compares to the Green New Deal

    How Joe Biden’s Climate Plan Compares to the Green New Deal

    By Jeff Berardelli At the first presidential debate on Tuesday night, former Vice President Joe Biden said point-blank that he does not support the Green New Deal — a progressive plan which not only aims to aggressively tackle climate change but also encompasses many other issues like social justice, jobs, housing and health care. In […]

    1.8 Billion Tons More Greenhouse Gases Will Be Released, Thanks to Trump

    1.8 Billion Tons More Greenhouse Gases Will Be Released, Thanks to Trump

    By Karen Charman When President Donald Trump visited California on September 14 and dismissed the state Secretary of Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot’s plea to recognize the role of climate change in the midst of the Golden State’s worst and most dangerous recorded fire season to date, he gaslighted the tens of millions of West Coast […]

    What Does Equitable Climate Policy Actually Look Like?

    What Does Equitable Climate Policy Actually Look Like?

    By Sharon Zhang Back in March, when the pandemic had just planted its roots in the U.S., President Donald Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to do something devastating: The agency was to indefinitely and cruelly suspend environmental rule enforcement. The EPA complied, and for just under half a year, it provided over 3,000 […]