April 16, 2020
/ by Marisa Abeyta
See the original post on Beyond Bylines.
April 22, 2020, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and this year's theme is #ClimateAction.
As the world battles against the COVID-19 pandemic, a sudden decrease in human impact on the environment hasn't gone unnoticed. Gas is now less than $2/gallon in some places in the U.S., carbon emissions are falling sharply, and there's even been a reduction in seismic noise.
Humans can have a positive impact on the environment, but it's going to take a lot longer than just a few months for climate action to cause real change. Although pollution and carbon emissions have decreased within a short amount of time, the battle to protect and conserve our environment is not over.
Check out these seven environmental news sites to educate and inspire your inner environmental scientist on Earth Day.
Living on Earth is tailored for people who prefer listening to radio shows and podcasts over reading news articles. As “public radio’s environmental news magazine," Living on Earth broadcasts every week, providing listeners with environmental news on a range of environmental issues from climate change to pandemic disruption.
If you still prefer to read an article over listening, a transcript is included with every news post.
Stories to read right now: Cheap Oil and the Climate; and The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age.
National Geographic, or NatGeo, is a longstanding leader in the field of environmental science journalism.
NatGeo always includes professional photos with its news stories, which is why readers find it to be engaging for people of all ages. NatGeo regularly posts content on climate change, global warming, and environmental threats.
Stories to read right now: Carbon emissions are falling sharply due to coronavirus. But not for long.; and Creating harmony between energy and the environment.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) covers topical research on categories like land, air, climate, hazards, water, oceans, and ice. It also has a news category dedicated to showing you exactly how NASA's space explorations and Earth data benefit society.
NASA is most often a primary source because its content is credible and includes crucial data on its official Earth expeditions and research. Stay up to date on some of the best environmental science research news in the world with NASA's Earth Science news site.
Stories to read right now: New NASA Radar Looks to Monitor Volcanoes and Earthquakes from Space; and Greenland, Antarctica Melting Six Times Faster Than in the 1990s.
Nonprofit news site The Energy News Network is dedicated to informing the public and policymakers about the changes in the transition to a clean energy system.
Divided by U.S. regional categories, The Energy News Network publishes environmental and energy policy news from the Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, and West.
Stories to read right now: Efficiency businesses consider an uncertain future with COVID-19; and PG&E Case Study: Burying Lines to Prevent Wildfires is Cost Effective.
Grist's mantra is "Don’t freak out. Figure it out." Grist has adjusted well to the COVID-19 pandemic by staying up to date with climate news during this unprecedented time. It knows that climate action is urgent but also understands that doom-and-gloom headlines don't always tell the whole story.
A quote that stood out to me in one of the articles below is, “Coronavirus is Earth’s vaccine. We’re the virus.” It's a dark ideology, but Grist points out that most are embracing the positive side of quarantine. For example, people are posting social media images of the clear Venice canals during the COVID-19 outbreak. Grist stands out because its writers are experts on finding reasons for hope and optimism in climate action, but also know how to simultaneously sound the alarm on those who impede progress.
Stories to read right now: ‘We’re the virus’: The pandemic is bringing out environmentalism’s dark side; and Farmworkers are risking their lives to feed a nation on lockdown.
Nature offers readers around the world peer-reviewed research in science and technology. Nature serves scientists and the public with quick dissemination of authoritative news, results, and trends affecting science.
Have you noticed the streets have been eerily quieter since COVID-19 has spread rapidly throughout the world? Nature offers insight on the reduction in seismic noise due to human inactivity.
Stories to read right now: Coronavirus lockdowns have changed the way Earth moves; and The oceans’ twilight zone must be studied now, before it is too late.
ScienceDaily is a reliable source of research news featuring the latest content from research organizations, scientific journals, and leading universities.
The website covers environmental science categories on plants and animals, earth and climate, and fossils and ruins. There are more than 30 subcategories under the umbrella of environment, such as oceanography and biotechnology.
Stories to read right now: As the ocean warms, marine species relocate toward the poles; and COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin.
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