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How air pollution could be harming your brain nbsp; Feature How air pollution could be harming your brain  
How effective are China’s attempts to reduce the risk of wildlife spreading disease to humans? nbsp; Feature How effective are China’s attempts to reduce the risk of wildlife spreading disease to humans?  
Legionella and other dangerous pathogens still lurk in U.S. drinking water nbsp; Feature Legionella and other dangerous pathogens still lurk in U.S. drinking water  
In the face of a global pandemic, how can conservation efforts reduce the chance that poaching will spread disease? nbsp; Feature In the face of a global pandemic, how can conservation efforts reduce the chance that poaching will spread disease?  
How do climate change, migration and a deadly disease in sheep alter our understanding of pandemics? nbsp; Feature How do climate change, migration and a deadly disease in sheep alter our understanding of pandemics?  
Tackling a notorious waste problem in Africa’s largest informal community nbsp; Feature Tackling a notorious waste problem in Africa’s largest informal community  
Heads up, America: Animal-borne diseases are closer than you think. nbsp; Feature Heads up, America: Animal-borne diseases are closer than you think.  
Our old cellphones, computers and appliances are a bigger problem than ever. Here’s what we need to do.   Our old cellphones, computers and appliances are a bigger problem than ever. Here’s what we need to do. Notable
Cobalt is critical to the renewable energy transition. How can we minimize its social and environmental cost? nbsp; Feature Cobalt is critical to the renewable energy transition. How can we minimize its social and environmental cost?  
“We don’t know what else is out there.”  Five ways new diseases emerge — and what we can do about them nbsp; Feature “We don’t know what else is out there.” Five ways new diseases emerge — and what we can do about them  
Everyday products are full of harmful chemicals. Can green chemistry lead the way to safer alternatives? nbsp; Feature Everyday products are full of harmful chemicals. Can green chemistry lead the way to safer alternatives?  
The surprising link between our consumer habits and deadly diseases ranging from malaria to the novel coronavirus nbsp; Feature The surprising link between our consumer habits and deadly diseases ranging from malaria to the novel coronavirus  
Opinion: We need to keep our water systems — and workers — safe as the novel coronavirus ravages the world nbsp; Voices Opinion: We need to keep our water systems — and workers — safe as the novel coronavirus ravages the world  
Opinion: To reduce the risk of future pandemics, we need to move from domination to partnership with nature nbsp; Voices Opinion: To reduce the risk of future pandemics, we need to move from domination to partnership with nature  
Opinion: To reduce the likelihood of future pandemics, we need to rethink our relationship with wild animals and wild places nbsp; Voices Opinion: To reduce the likelihood of future pandemics, we need to rethink our relationship with wild animals and wild places  
Opinion: In a pandemic, we need green spaces more than ever nbsp; Voices Opinion: In a pandemic, we need green spaces more than ever  
This little-known principle has harmed millions of people. What are we doing to change it? nbsp; Feature This little-known principle has harmed millions of people. What are we doing to change it?  
Destruction of habitat and loss of biodiversity are creating the perfect conditions for diseases like COVID-19 to emerge nbsp; Feature Destruction of habitat and loss of biodiversity are creating the perfect conditions for diseases like COVID-19 to emerge  
Opinion: Climate change is the new disease of despair. Psychologists need to step up to help. nbsp; Voices Opinion: Climate change is the new disease of despair. Psychologists need to step up to help.  
5 things we can do now to reduce the threat of drugs in our environment   5 things we can do now to reduce the threat of drugs in our environment Notable
As the world’s garbage piles up, controversy over waste-to-energy incineration continues nbsp; Feature As the world’s garbage piles up, controversy over waste-to-energy incineration continues  
As tick-borne illness spreads across the U.S., so does grassroots education to prevent it nbsp; Article As tick-borne illness spreads across the U.S., so does grassroots education to prevent it  
Reusing wastewater in agriculture could reduce water scarcity. Can you stomach it?   Reusing wastewater in agriculture could reduce water scarcity. Can you stomach it? Notable
What three generations of California families can tell us about the links between our health and our environment nbsp; Feature What three generations of California families can tell us about the links between our health and our environment  
How a team of researchers and high school students in California are working together to reduce pesticide exposure in children nbsp; Feature How a team of researchers and high school students in California are working together to reduce pesticide exposure in children  
Scientists are using bacteria to remove harmful contaminants from our water. Here’s how. nbsp; Article Scientists are using bacteria to remove harmful contaminants from our water. Here’s how.  
Health departments are on climate change’s front lines nbsp; Feature Health departments are on climate change’s front lines  
Looking to fungi, spiders and other natural insect killers for less toxic alternatives to synthetic pesticides nbsp; Article Looking to fungi, spiders and other natural insect killers for less toxic alternatives to synthetic pesticides  
A soil microbe saved my life nbsp; Feature A soil microbe saved my life  
Watch: Who holds the solution to microfiber pollution? nbsp; Video Watch: Who holds the solution to microfiber pollution?  
As synthetic microfibers infiltrate food, water and air, how can we prevent future release? nbsp; Feature As synthetic microfibers infiltrate food, water and air, how can we prevent future release?  
Humans, fish and other animals are consuming microfibers in our food and water nbsp; Feature Humans, fish and other animals are consuming microfibers in our food and water  
What if U.S. fuel economy standards went away? nbsp; Feature What if U.S. fuel economy standards went away?  
You know clean air is good for your health. It’s good for the economy, too. nbsp; Feature You know clean air is good for your health. It’s good for the economy, too.  
Could venomous snails be part of the solution to the opioid epidemic? nbsp; Feature Could venomous snails be part of the solution to the opioid epidemic?  
In search of safe replacements for harmful chemicals used in cookware, carpets, clothing, cosmetics and more nbsp; Feature In search of safe replacements for harmful chemicals used in cookware, carpets, clothing, cosmetics and more  
New life for toxic land nbsp; Feature New life for toxic land  
OPINION: Here’s a way you probably haven’t thought of to reduce allergies and asthma nbsp; Voices OPINION: Here’s a way you probably haven’t thought of to reduce allergies and asthma  
The biggest problem with e-waste? What we don’t know.   The biggest problem with e-waste? What we don’t know. Notable
The surprising way fumes from farms are harming our health nbsp; Feature The surprising way fumes from farms are harming our health  
Ozone pollution remains a problem around the world. But solutions exist. nbsp; Feature Ozone pollution remains a problem around the world. But solutions exist.  
Meet the plants and animals that help scientists keep an eye on the environment nbsp; Photo Meet the plants and animals that help scientists keep an eye on the environment  
Fighting deadly toxins in the developing world   Fighting deadly toxins in the developing world Notable
As emerging diseases spread from wildlife to humans, can we predict the next big pandemic? nbsp; Feature As emerging diseases spread from wildlife to humans, can we predict the next big pandemic?  
Most Americans drink fluoridated water. Is that a good thing? nbsp; Feature Most Americans drink fluoridated water. Is that a good thing?  
Could this one simple idea be the key to solving farmer–environmentalist conflicts? nbsp; Article Could this one simple idea be the key to solving farmer–environmentalist conflicts?  
What does the environment have to do with autism? nbsp; Feature What does the environment have to do with autism?  
Are hazardous vapors seeping into your home? nbsp; Feature Are hazardous vapors seeping into your home?  
Atlanta’s visionary BeltLine is a model for the future of urban green space nbsp; Article Atlanta’s visionary BeltLine is a model for the future of urban green space  
We can no longer outrun antibiotic resistance. So, here’s what we need to do instead. nbsp; Feature We can no longer outrun antibiotic resistance. So, here’s what we need to do instead.  
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