I Can’t Eat Much Meat on the Planetary Health Diet—But I'm Feeling Better When I Do

Like many other Americans, I love meat. But as a climate reporter, it’s one of my biggest struggles, because I know that our love affair with meat takes a huge toll. The planetary health plate diet I’ve been eating for the past few weeks, however, has really helped me put in perspective what less conspicuous animal…

The Green New Deal Includes a Powerful Pledge to Indigenous People

The Green New Deal is no perfect solution to climate change. It’s already facing backlash from Republicans and centrists, but it’s all we’ve got right now to realistically address the existential crisis at a national level. And despite its imperfections—it lacks explicit language around ending fossil fuels, for…

EPA Wants to Remove Cancer-Linked Chemicals From Drinking Water, One Day, Maybe

A number of common items—from certain pots and pans to your fast food wrapper—get their non-stick properties from synthetics substances that may increase a person’s risk of cancer. This group of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively called PFAS, lack stringent federal regulation, but in 2016, the EPA made…

A Giant Atmospheric River Is About to Dump Loads of Rain on California's Snowpack, Threatening Floods

California gets most of its rain during the winter, but this wet season has proven especially juicy so far. The moisture parade continued on Wednesday with a major atmospheric river descended on the Golden State, raising concerns of flooding and mudslides as it dumps heavy rain and snow across a wide region through…

This Man Traveled 10,000 Miles to See America's Trash Birds—and Loved Every Minute of It

20-year-old Tasmanian George Vaughan had three main goals for his trip to the United States last month: see a Metallica concert, visit Niagara Falls, and go to a landfill in southern Alabama. The landfill, he hoped, would help him realize a dream he’d held for six years: to see a laughing gull, a “seagull” generally…

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