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Buses Go Electric

December 31, 2021

Thomas Built Buses is a company in High Point, North Carolina. Workers at its school-bus factory are thrilled about a new plan by the United States government: the infrastructure bill, which President Joe Biden signed into law on November 15.…

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Big Tree

December 2, 2021

A worker studies a burned-out sequoia on November 19. The tree stands in Redwood Mountain Grove, in California’s Kings Canyon National Park. The grove was dev…

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Fighting for Change

November 12, 2021

Government officials from 196 countries gathered for the United Nations Conference of the Parties in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 to November 12. The conference brings world leaders together every year to address climate change. Officials had several goals. One…

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Restoring Forests

October 22, 2021

Aadya Joshi looks out at a landscape near Mumbai, India, and sees a line of eucalyptus trees. They were planted to replace forest that was cleared for timber. The view doesn’t make Joshi happy. Eucalyptus trees don’t grow naturally in…

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Major Oil Spill

October 8, 2021

A faulty underwater pipeline has leaked at least 126,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean. The leak happened off the coast of California on October 2. The spill may be the largest to occur in California since 2015. An…

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Giants in Danger

September 24, 2021

California’s KNP Complex wildfire forced the evacuation of Sequoia National Park on September 14. The blaze threatened the park’s giant sequoia trees. These trees are some of the largest in the world. By September 17, the fire had reached the…

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Mapping Coral Reefs

September 17, 2021

Scientists have completed the first detailed online map of the world’s coral reefs. The Allen Coral Atlas was made using more than 2 million satellite images. It provides data for conservationists working to protect these delicate ecosystems. Coral reefs are…

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Crowd Control

September 3, 2021

Hugh Kim, of New York City, started planning his family’s summer vacation in March. One destination topped the list: Glacier National Park, in Montana. Kim reserved tickets online. He had to do it quickly. “There were around 4,000 tickets available…

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Water Shortage

August 27, 2021

The United States government announced on August 16 that it has declared a water shortage on the Colorado River. The shortage is the result of a drought in the Southwest. Scientists say it is one of the worst droughts in…

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Ready, Set, Sail!

July 23, 2021

This spring, 12 sailing teams from around the world competed in the first-ever Ocean Race Europe. The race set off from Lorient, France, on May 29. Teams of six to 10 people spent 22 days sailing the Atlantic Ocean and…

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