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There’s Petroleum Hidden in Your Jeans

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of its famous 501 jeans, Levi’s announced the release of a new plant-based 501 Jean.  If you’re slightly confused by this, you’re not alone. After all, a typical pair of 501s isn’t made of leather or any other animal product. It’s cotton. In fact, its label says, “100% cotton.”  But whileREAD MORE

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How to Stop Funding the Climate Crisis

There’s a good chance that the money you have sitting in the bank generates more carbon than anything else you do.  According to the activist Bill McKibben, who analyzed a 2021 report on fossil-fuel finance, “It works out that $62,500 in one of the big American banks could produce as much carbon (about 8 tons) asREAD MORE

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All Talk and —Yes — Action

In 2020, artist Nicole Cooper was conducting research for a painting series when she stumbled upon a NASA chart showing temperature rise throughout history. “I had this realization of, ‘Look at how fast temperatures are rising — and what are we going to do about it?” she said. Cooper experienced what she described as an existentialREAD MORE

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Is Fast Fashion Making Us Sick?

On a recent spring afternoon, journalist Alden Wicker was examining a neon orange purse at H&M. The price tag read $14.99, but instead of listing materials, it simply said “vegan.” She raised an eyebrow. At Wicker’s request, a store clerk looked up the materials: polyurethane and polyester. Plastics. For the last decade, Wicker has been coveringREAD MORE

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Polluting Plant in L.A. Charged With 22 Felonies

A scrap metal recycling facility is facing criminal charges in connection with allegedly contaminating the grounds of a Los Angeles high school with lead and other toxic pollutants.   Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón filed 22 felony and two misdemeanor counts against Atlas Metals, alleging the plant illegally disposed of hazardous waste, some of which wasREAD MORE

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FireGeneration Wants Young People to Help Shape Wildfire Policies

Ryan Reed spent much of his childhood outdoors, absorbing the knowledge of his Karuk, Hupa and Yurok ancestors through activities like hunting and fishing in the forests of Northern California. As he grew older, he began participating in cultural burns, an ancient practice also known as prescribed or controlled burns that involves igniting and tending toREAD MORE

Can We Laugh at the Climate Crisis?

When David Perdue applied to be part of a climate comedy program, he felt a little out of his element: “I couldn’t recall one time I’d ever had a conversation with my friends about climate change,” said the Atlanta-based comic. Purdue, who is Black, added, “But I knew it was an issue that was going toREAD MORE

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

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

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

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

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

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