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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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A pumpjack on May 7, 2021, near Huerfano, New Mexico. Hannah Grover / NM Political Report

Methane pollution from oil and gas extraction operations on Navajo Nation lands harms the health of local residents and robs the tribe of critical income, writes Hannah Grover for the New Mexico Political Report.

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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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Dry boat docks are seen at Folsom Lake on May 10, 2021 in El Dorado Hills, California, as the lake is currently at 38 percent of normal capacity. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

California governor Gavin Newsom expanded an emergency drought declaration from two to 41 of the state's 58 counties on Monday.

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A bulldozer moves scrap metal at General Iron Industries in Chicago, Illinois. Raymond Boyd / Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot indefinitely delayed a permitting decision on the relocation of a highly polluting metal shredding and recycling facility after the U.S. EPA said doing so could violate the civil rights of Black and Latino people who live there.

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The Department of Transportation declared a state of emergency for 17 states plus DC on Sunday to help ease fuel shortages. Pramote Polyamate / Getty Images

The largest U.S. fuel pipeline remains shut down following a massive ransomware cyberattack on Friday.

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Smoke billows from an unauthorized steel factory on November 4, 2016 in Inner Mongolia, China. Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

China now emits more greenhouse gas pollution than the 37 member nations of the OECD combined, a new report from the Rhodium Group says.

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A single burning giant sequoia in Board Camp Grove from the 2020 Castle Fire in the southwestern area of Sequoia National Park. National Park Service / Tony Caprio

A giant sequoia is still smoldering after last year's Castle Fire, an illustration of the severity of last year's fire season and an indication of California's drought, The Associated Press reports.

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"New normal" data from NOAA reflects a warming climate. Xurzon / Getty Images

Describing hotter temperatures and altered weather as the "new normal" under climate change has become cliché, and updated NOAA data makes it official.

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Indigenous youth, organizers with the Dakota Access and Line 3 pipeline fights and climate activists march to the White House to protest against pipeline projects in Washington, DC on April 1, 2021. Lenin Nolly / NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Biden administration told a federal judge on Monday that the Dakota Access Pipeline should be allowed to continue pumping oil despite lacking a key federal permit.

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Locals have been betting on when ice will melt on Alaska's Tanana River since 1906. Dee Carpenter Photography / Getty Images

A tradition begun more than a century ago is now an important part of the Alaskan climate record — and it shows spring river melt is happening earlier, Reuters reports.

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German climate activist from the Fridays for Future movement Luisa Neubauer, Swedish founder of the School Strike for Climate movement Greta Thunberg, and climate activists from Belgium Adelaide Charlier and Anuna de Wever cross a footbridge from Berlin's main railway station towards a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Aug. 20, 2020. TODD ANDERSEN / AFP via Getty Images

Germany's highest court ruled Thursday that the country's 2019 climate law unconstitutionally saddles young people with the burden of fighting climate change by "irreversibly offload[ing] major emission reductions burdens onto periods after 2030."

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Oil and chemical refinery plants pollute the air near Black communities south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Andrew Lichtenstein / Corbis via Getty Images

People of color in the U.S. are disproportionately exposed to particulate pollution and have been left behind by overall pollution reductions compared to white Americans, a new study published by researchers from five universities shows.

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