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In Coronavirus, Industry Sees Chance to Undo Plastic Bag Bans

Backers of single-use plastic bags, battered by a series of bans nationwide, are using the health scare to argue their bags are cleaner and safer.


Traffic and Pollution Plummet as U.S. Cities Shut Down for Coronavirus

By Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich

A satellite that detects pollution linked to cars and trucks shows declines over major metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York.


As Natural Disasters Strike, a New Fear: Relief Shelters May Spread Virus

The Red Cross has issued new guidelines for its shelters, screening people for symptoms and keeping bed six feet apart. That strategy will soon be tested.


Expect a Soggy U.S. Flood Season, but Less Severe Than Last Year’s

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects major to moderate flooding for 23 states, but not as bad as last year’s ruinous spring.


Climate Voters Still Want More From Biden

By Lisa Friedman Photo: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Joseph R. Biden Jr. keeps winning, and winning voters who say they care about climate change. But some of the most ardent climate activists still are not with him.


A Storm Expert’s View: What Lessons Can We Apply From Hurricanes to the Coronavirus?

A fierce hurricane and a deadly pandemic are very different disasters, but there are common elements that can guide our response to the current crisis.


Fires Left These Wallabies Nothing to Eat. Help Arrived From Above.

Tons of carrots and sweet potatoes have been dropped from a helicopter in Australia to feed the threatened marsupials.


Coronavirus Restrictions Force Cancellation of Arctic Research Flights

The Mosaic expedition has canceled a series of research flights after the Norwegian government imposed travel restrictions related to coronavirus. 


Riding the Rails With the Man in Seat 61

For train travelers, Mark Smith’s website is the go-to source for timetables, maps and booking details in more than 100 countries.


Climate Change Has Lessons for Fighting the Coronavirus

The slow global response to climate change shows the cost of inaction in global crises.