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Past articles by Darryl:

Biden wants the sun to provide nearly half the nation’s electricity by 2050

The Biden administration announced a plan Wednesday to use solar energy to produce nearly half of the nation’s electricity by mid-century, part of its ambitious bid to address climate change. → Read More

A Black community in Northeast D.C. is surrounded by industrial pollution. The city plans to add more.

Brentwood residents are opposed to a school-bus terminal in the area, and the city has denied the neighborhood’s request for an environmental impact assessment → Read More

A small farm is fighting racism in farming and climate change

Leah Penniman is teaching people of color to work the land without tilling and pesticides that harm the land and air. Hundreds are on a waiting list to learn. → Read More

Four more bodies identified in collapsed Florida condo as hope for rescues begins to fade

A veteran engineer hired by the town of Surfside plans an autopsy of the tower examining the foundation, concrete, leaks, groundwater and possible intrusion of salt water. → Read More

American birders have their own racial reckoning. Audubon is at the center of it.

A debate is underway in ornithology on whether to retain bird names honoring men who were enslavers, grave robbers and supremacists who defended the Southern cause. → Read More

Trump weakened an iconic law that protects birds. Biden just moved to restore it.

“The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is a bedrock environmental law that is critical to protecting migratory birds and restoring declining bird populations,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement. “Today’s actions will serve to better align Interior with its mission and ensure that our decisions are guided by the best-available science.” Days before President Donald Trump left the White… → Read More

A poultry plant, years of groundwater contamination and, finally, a court settlement

Residents in Millsboro, Del., sued the local Montaire facility, which they suspect is linked to their cancers and other serious health problems. → Read More

Limetree Bay refinery on St. Croix will test Biden’s environmental justice promises

On the island of St. Croix sits one of the first major tests for President Biden's commitment to environmental justice: a major oil refinery coaxed back to life in the final days of the Trump administration. → Read More

Haaland confirmed by Senate as first Native American to lead Interior

Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico and whose family ties in the country can be traced back 35 generations, will take control of a department that also oversees Indian Country, 574 federally recognized Native American and Alaskan Native communities. Monday’s close vote, largely along party lines, reflected broad support from Democrats and opposition from Republicans. Many… → Read More

Brood X cicadas are about to put on one of the wildest shows in nature. And D.C. is the main stage.

Cicadas, insects that dwell underground and emerge every 17 years, are about to burst on the scene by the billions in the eastern United States. Scientists say the D.C. region will be the epicenter of this year's insect class, known as Brood X. → Read More

A silent march and symbolic coffin on the eve of the trial in George Floyd’s killing

“When will the police killings end?” asks one man at the Minneapolis vigil. → Read More

‘I...really struggled through this one’: A Republican senator chose history over oil and gas

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) cast a surprise vote in favor of Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, becoming the only Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to support her. → Read More

Something to sing about: Shingle Mountain, a giant pile of pollution, finally gone

The mountain of pollution is gone, replaced today with the sound of music. → Read More

First Native American picked to run Interior Dept. says: ‘It’s not about me.’ It’s about ‘all of us.’

The leaders of the Senate Energy Committee, both from oil-producing states, are expected to grill Deb Haaland on her opposition to new drilling leases on federal land. → Read More

Deb Haaland’s nomination to lead Interior is a historic first for Native Americans. The GOP wants Biden to cancel it.

Republicans have called Haaland radical over her support for the Green New Deal. But her views align neatly with President Biden’s climate plan. → Read More

A new bat was discovered in Africa — and it’s orange and black like Halloween

Scientists have confirmed discovery of a new species of bat, welcome news at a time when the United Nations has warned that one million species of different types of flora and fauna are facing extinction. → Read More

A new Trump rule says it’s okay to unintentionally kill scores of birds. Biden can overturn it.

The administration finalized the rule in spite of a federal judge’s rejection of a legal opinion on which it is based. → Read More

It could take years for Biden to restore wildlife protections erased by Trump

Environmentalists say President-elect Biden needs has no time to waste when it comes to restoring protections for endangered wildlife that were removed under President Trump. → Read More

A new Trump rule could shrink protected habitat for endangered wildlife

Opponents say new rules will make it more difficult for threatened populations to recover. → Read More

Spotted owls could go extinct without more federal protection. But they’re not going to get it, Trump officials say.

In a Federal Register notice, Fish and Wildlife identified habitat loss as the primary factor behind its determination that spotted owls are endangered and nearing extinction. “It continues to be a stressor on the subspecies due to the lag effects of past habitat loss, continued timber harvest, wildfire, and a minor amount from insect and forest disease outbreaks,” the notice said. Conservation… → Read More