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Past articles by Sabrina:

As Biden Eyes a Conservation Plan, Activists Fear Low-Income Communities and People of Color Could Be Left Out

President-elect Joe Biden has said that one of his first steps upon taking office will be to pass an executive order to conserve 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. The plan is being applauded throughout the conservation world, but it has left some environmental justice groups asking: Which lands will be conserved—and […] → Read More

In Maine, Many Voters Defied the Polls and Split Their Tickets

Mainers’ reputation for independent thinking may help explain why both Joe Biden, a Democrat, and Republican Susan Collins prevailed on Election Day. → Read More

Senate 2020: In Alaska, a Controversy Over an Embattled Mine Has Tightened the Race

Republican Dan Sullivan’s Senate seat seemed secure, but ties to the Pebble Mine scandal has hurt him. Meanwhile, Al Gross is racking up donations and support. → Read More

Fuzzy Math: How Do You Calculate Emissions From a Storage Tank When The Numbers Don’t Add Up?

For over a year, this Maine city has worried about toxic fumes from a tank farm. But figuring out whether they’re harming people is not an easy task. → Read More

‘Mom, are We Going to Die?’ How to Talk to Kids About Hard Things Like Covid-19 and Climate Change

In a crisis that even for adults feels out of control, experts say parents can help their children cope. → Read More

3 Arctic Wilderness Areas to Watch as Trump Tries to Expand Oil & Gas Drilling

Once land is leased, it's a complicated process to undo. Environmental groups are fighting to stop lease sales in ecologically sensitive areas before it's too late. → Read More

Sea Level in the Gulf of Maine Is Rising. Is This Port City Ready?

Residents already worried about fumes from their waterfront's giant oil tanks want to know what happens in the event of a disaster— and what about sea level rise? → Read More

The Climate Change Health Risks Facing a Child Born Today: A Tale of Two Futures

The latest Countdown report from the medical journal Lancet lays out the risks ahead, from the womb to adulthood. → Read More

From Antarctica to the Oceans, Climate Change Damage Is About to Get a Lot Worse, IPCC Warns

Dangerous shifts are already underway. If fossil fuel use continues at this pace, the world will see sweeping consequences for nature and humans, report authors say. → Read More

Air Pollution Particles Showing Up in Human Placentas, Next to the Fetus

Black carbon, also known as soot, comes from fossil fuel-powered vehicles and wood stoves. This is another health concern from the short-lived climate pollutant. → Read More

House Votes to Block Arctic Wildlife Refuge Drilling as Clock Ticks Toward First Oil, Gas Lease Sale

The effort to protect one of the nation’s last wild places from drilling still faces major hurdles. It may take legal action to stop Trump's lease sale. → Read More

What Is Nitrous Oxide and Why Is It a Climate Threat?

Despite its increasing role in global warming and effect on the ozone layer, little has been done to rein in this climate pollutant. One big reason: agriculture. → Read More

BP's Selling Off Its Alaska Oil Assets. The Buyer Has a History of Safety Violations.

BP has a long history on the North Slope and deep pockets to respond to disasters. Privately owned Hilcorp has a long list of safety and environment violations. → Read More

Alaska's Hottest Month on Record: Melting Sea Ice, Wildfires and Unexpected Die-Offs

Arctic sea ice is at a record low for this time of year, and the usual buffer that helps keep Alaska cool is gone. → Read More

Greenland's Melting: Heat Waves Are Changing the Landscape Before Their Eyes

The ice sheet is in the midst of one of its most extreme melts on record, with worrying consequences for Greenland's people and the planet. → Read More

Fumes from the Petroleum Tanks in this Port City Never Seem to Go Away. Are They Dangerous?

As South Portland, Maine, embarks on an air monitoring program, day care providers, the mayor and our reporter begin the search for answers. → Read More

Louisiana's New Climate Plan Prepares for Resilience and Retreat as Sea Level Rises

People are already migrating inland as the ocean rises with global warming and the delta sinks. The state's new plan looks at ways to ease the transition. → Read More

Humanity Faces a Biodiversity Crisis. Climate Change Makes It Worse.

People are destroying the world’s natural wealth so fast that society must change radically to meet development goals, the UN says in a landmark scientific report. → Read More

Losing Arctic Ice and Permafrost Will Cost Trillions as Earth Warms, Study Says

Thawing permafrost releases greenhouse gases in a climate change feedback loop that worsens over time, fueling more warming and costly damage around the world. → Read More

Saving Ecosystems to Protect the Climate, and Vice Versa: a Global Deal for Nature

A new study explores how to prevent a sixth great extinction and stop climate change at the same time. Forests, tundra and other ecosystems play critical roles. → Read More