Ocean Oil Slick Map Reveals Enough Greasy Patches to Cover France—Twice

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Ocean Oil Slick Map Reveals Enough Greasy Patches to Cover France--Twice

An algorithm-aided analysis of satellite images reveals the size, distribution and sources of oil slicks at sea

By Sasha Warren


How Antarctic Krill Coordinate the Biggest Swarms in the World

Video analysis in 3-D shows the tiny creatures' swarming rules

By Andrew Chapman


What Did COVID Teach Us about Preparing for a Plant Pandemic?

The question is not whether we'll experience such an event; it's whether we'll be ready when it strikes

By Jonathan Margolis

Endangered Species

Secret Polar Bear Population Is Found Living in a Seemingly Impossible Habitat

The discovery provides a glimmer of hope for the iconic white bears

By Harry Baker,LiveScience


Subverting Climate Science in the Classroom

Oil and gas representatives influence the standards for courses and textbooks, from kindergarten to 12th grade

By Katie Worth


Racism Drives Environmental Inequality--But Most Americans Don't Realize

Survey finds that most people think poverty is why pollution disproportionately affects Black people, despite evidence that racism is the major cause

By Brittney J. Miller,Nature magazine

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Fight over Damages Threatens to Derail Climate Negotiations

Small nations that have done little to cause global warming stand to suffer immeasurably and are increasingly vocal about receiving compensation

By Sara Schonhardt,E&E News

Fossil Fuels

If Electric Vehicles Don't Cut CO2 Fast Enough, These Fuels Might Help

Department of Energy researchers say gasoline might have to be substituted with biofuels to ensure that climate targets are achieved

By John Fialka,E&E News

Climate Change

How the U.S. Is Preparing for Europe's Carbon Tariffs

More products are being added to a proposed carbon border fee, affecting billions of dollars of American goods

By Sara Schonhardt,E&E News


Nearly 100,000 People Received Disaster Aid under a New Equity Policy

FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell says the agency has reduced barriers to cash assistance and other aid

By Thomas Frank,E&E News

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