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How to Talk About Climate Change (and Combat Climate Doom)

For some climate activists, climate doom is the new climate denialism. Only about 10 percent of Americans deny human-made climate change is real, but many young people wonder if it’s too late to do anything about it. There’s a real danger the end result could be the same: inaction. “The doom-and-gloom narrative keeps people in despair orREAD MORE

An açaí harvester in the Amazon shows the fruits of his labor. 

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Meet the Environmental Scientist Who Wants to Decolonize Conservation

Jessica Hernandez found her way to conservation science and environmental justice through her grandmother—and her knowledge about the natural world, accumulated over generations. Maria de Jesus, a member of southern Mexico’s Zapotec community, showed her granddaughter how to tend the family milpa, the plot where they harvested beans, corn, squash, medicinal plants and even grasshoppers. SheREAD MORE

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Climate Anxiety Is Real. Here’s How To Cope.

If you find yourself despairing over recent reports that young people will live through "unprecedented" heatwaves, droughts, floods and other climate disasters, you’re not alone.  Nearly six in 10 young people, aged 16 to 25, are “very or extremely” worried about climate change, according to a study released earlier this month; four in 10 said thoseREAD MORE

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Climate Deniers Are Embracing QAnon

Naomi Seibt was supposed to be the right’s answer to Greta Thunberg — a charismatic, blonde, German teen who would challenge climate science, like a comic book nemesis who is endowed with the same powers and abilities as her foe. Her conservative backers at the Heartland Institute billed her as a much-needed voice of reason. Seibt,READ MORE

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How Oil Companies Are Trying to Win Back the Youth

This story is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. When he interned at Shell, José Gomez made $5,200 a month. That was before he had even graduated from the University of Texas. A high-performing student in the UT’s top-ranked petroleum engineering program, he could lookREAD MORE

In recent years, farmers in Central American countries such as El Salvador and Nicaragua, shown above, have reckoned with intense drought. Source: Neil Palmer/CIAT

Climate Refugees Face an Uncertain Future Under Trump

Belinda Osorio Hanzman chokes up at the thought of having to leave her two children behind in Florida if she is forced to go back to Honduras, the country where she was born, but one she no longer knows. “I’ll have to go back without them,” she said, pausing, in tears. “This is very difficult.” Hanzman,READ MORE

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How YouTube Promotes Conspiracy Theories and Climate Change Denial

Chances are, if you’re under 25, you’ve grown up using YouTube as a definitive source for everything from news to makeup tutorials to cooking how-tos. A study conducted last year shows that 85 percent of Americans ages 13 to 17 use YouTube, making it the most popular social platform for teens, and a survey published lastREAD MORE