The U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on whether to overturn the Chevron doctrine, a landmark precedent that has stood for 40 years. Scrapping the doctrine could have major impacts on regulation in such areas as pollution, climate change, and endangered species.

By Jody Freeman


Can a California Oilfield Be Retrofitted to Store Solar Energy?

The transition to renewables requires batteries that can store energy for long periods of time. To meet that demand, engineers in California’s Kern County are aiming to revamp depleted oil wells to hold concentrated solar energy in super-heated water underground.

By Stephen Robert Miller

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Farmer Kaunga Ngoma in his drought-devastated maize field in Mazabuka, Zambia, on March 20.


How an El Niño-Driven Drought Brought Hunger to Southern Africa

A record-breaking drought, fueled by the El Niño weather pattern, has caused widespread crop failure and national emergency declarations in Zambia, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Without harvests of maize, the staple food, millions in the region are facing a severe hunger crisis.

By ​Jenipher Changwanda and Freddie Clayton

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    In Seawater, Researchers See an Untapped Bounty of Critical Metals

    Researchers and companies are aiming to draw key minerals, including lithium and magnesium, from ocean water, desalination plant residue, and industrial waste brine. They say their processes will use less land and produce less pollution than mining, but major hurdles remain.

    By Jim Robbins


    Tracking Illicit Brazilian Beef from the Amazon to Your Burger

    Journalist Marcel Gomes has traced beef in supermarkets and fast food restaurants in the U.S. and Europe to Brazilian ranches on illegally cleared land. In an e360 interview, he talks about the challenges of documenting the supply chains and getting companies to clean them up.

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    In a Dammed and Diked Mekong, a Push to Restore the Flow

    Facing increasing land subsidence, saltwater intrusion, and flooding linked with development, Vietnam has committed to changing its approach to managing the Mekong Delta. New initiatives call for retrofitting dikes and dams to restore flood regimes, using nature as a guide.

    By Stefan Lovgren

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