6 Things That Happened To The Environment In 2020 That Were Actually Good


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The curated news page contains a roundup of the most compelling current and/or timeless news stories about climate change, pulled from the most significant sources— newspapers, scientific studies, magazines, books, films, available video and audio streams, universities and organizations. 

  • If you are curious about last year’s top stories: here’s a link to the most pertinent climate change stories from the New York Times in 2021
  • If you are interested in how the media understood and covered the incredible heat oppressing the Pacific Northwest in June and July, 2021, take a look at this very well analyzed and synthesized piece by Carbon Brief. 
  • If you are wondering about how climate change change was discussed as part of the television media coverage on the devastating Hurricane Ian, you might be interested in what Media Matters discovered as they explored that issue. 
  • To start with, the scientific facts: "Scientists have repeatedly warned that global warming is making storms like Ian stronger and wetter and even proved the extent to which human-caused warming has increased the damage caused by specific storms. Already, a study has suggested that Ian dumped 10% more rain than it would have otherwise due to climate change. Compounding the intensity of the storm are rising sea levels which multiply what can be the most dangerous aspect of storms on the coast: storm surge. 
  • With few exceptions, the relationship between our warming planet and the characteristics of Hurricane Ian were not part of national TV news coverage. MSNBC aired the most connections to climate among the cable networks, with 17, followed by CNN with 15. MSNBC and CNN combined aired 32 segments that mentioned climate change in relation to Hurricane Ian, or 4%. More on Fox News climate mentions below. “Media Matters explored the 57 hours of media coverage (including 1,020 segments) focused on Hurricane Ian between September 24-28 and found that only 4% of coverage connected the storm to climate change. Of the 46 times climate change was discussed, 7 of those mentions, all appearing on Fox News, were in the context of climate denial.

6 Things That Happened To The Environment In 2020 That Were Actually Good

By Amanda Schupak
The planet didn’t chalk up a lot of wins during the coronavirus pandemic, but we made some climate progress.
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Is nuclear fusion the answer to the climate crisis?

By Oscar Schwartz
Promising new studies suggest the long elusive technology may be capable of producing electricity for the grid by the end of the decade
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The Gospel of Hydrogen Power

By Roy Furchgott
In December, the California Fuel Cell Partnership tallied 8,890 electric cars and 48 electric buses running on hydrogen batteries, which are refillable in minutes at any of 42 stations there. On the East Coast, the…
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Survey: Voters support bold actions on transportation, climate issues

The post Survey: Voters support bold actions on transportation, climate issues appeared first on Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
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David Attenborough Still Has Hope for Our Future

By Etan Smallman
At 94, the beloved British naturalist remains curious and optimistic. He talked about his new docu-series, “A Perfect Planet,” and why the coronavirus may prove to have some positive consequences.
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The island where everyone owns the wind

On Denmark's carbon-negative Samsø Island renewable energy is collectively owned, which means that the greener the island gets, the more everyone benefits.
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The boldest polar expedition of modern times

Two of the greatest living polar explorers went to investigate the extent of the melting Arctic for themselves. It almost killed them.
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Eagles imperiled, again

Forty years ago, bald eagles were endangered in this country due to lost habitat, illegal shooting and contamination of their food. While the national has made a comeback, it still faces a mortal threat, lead…
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Climate-change action is now moving ahead through states and companies

In the four years since the U.S. federal government last paid serious attention to climate change, the problem has become a top priority across states and corporations.
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The ski company that wants to sell fewer skis

Season Equipment is trying to break the cycle of new gear every year.
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