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Category: Environmentalism


Meet Bear 747: Champion of Fat Bear Week

Perhaps the bears at Katmai National Park in Alaska have somehow sensed that 2020 is a stressful year to be hibernating through, or so their legendary weight gain over the past 7 days of Fat Bear Week seems to suggest. This year’s iteration of the completely real holiday that we brought to you last week drew widespread public enthusiasm and […]


Global Carbon Emissions Have Dropped by 17% During COVID-19 Shutdowns

It has been nearly nine weeks since Michigan schools shut down, and many other countries around the world shut down well before that. Since the beginning of quarantine, scientists have been predicting that the shutdowns will have a significant effect on the environment, but a new study in the journal Nature provides concrete evidence for those claims. Scientists have discovered […]

Current Events

What is a Murder Hornet?

2020 is beginning to seem a bit cursed. Our recent headlines have been a bit doom and gloom, first a global pandemic, then increasing quarantines and shutdowns, then desperate koalas, and so much more. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that we now have something new to worry about, “murder hornets”. As the name suggests, these insects are […]


Turns Out Koalas Lick Trees

With all the worries of our personal COVID-19 quarantine, it can be easy to forget how the pandemic is affecting the wider world. Last week we talked about the Forgotten Role of Plants, so this week we are checking in with animals. Weird stuff has been happening in the animal kingdom since long before the COVID-19 pandemic set in. Even […]


The Forgotten Role of Plants

We are excited to announce that, although the Earth Week edition of the City Voice is over, the environmental column will continue. Ecology, and economicology, is a big part of academic life at City High Middle. Teachers often discuss issues surrounding invasive species that attack local areas, like Sea Lamprey and the Emerald Ash Borer, but we often forget about […]


What Can We Do To Beat Climate Change and Pollution?

We at the City Voice are excited to announce that, even though the Earth Week edition is over, the environmental column will continue with regular articles. Ecology, and economicology, is a big part of academic life at City High Middle and we are excited to continue to cover these topics. – The Scrivener Despite the pandemic crisis we are currently […]

Earth Week

Earth Day Read: Will COVID-19 Have a Lasting Impact on the Environment?

Air pollution and carbon emissions have fallen significantly in the past year, which is great news for the environment, but the question of what comes next is still disputed. Although there are many hopeful signs about pollution, the Center for International Climate and Environment Research in Oslo has estimated a drop in carbon emissions by only 0.3%, and some experts […]

Earth Week

Earth Day Read: Harvard publishes a study linking air pollution to COVID-19 mortality in the United States as the EPA resists tighter stricter controls on fine particulate matter (PM2.5)

Xiao Wu, Rachel C. Nethery and Francesca Dominici of Harvard University published the first national study conducted on COVID-19 and air pollution in the United States on April 7, 2020. Due to the fact that many pre-existing conditions identified to potentially increase risk of death for COVID-19 are the same diseases affected by air pollution, they “investigate whether long-term average […]

Earth Week

Earth Day Read: Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, the EPA continues to advocate proposed “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” Rule

Proposed by the leaders of the Environmental Protection Agency, under Andrew Wheeler, on April 30, 2018, this rule would determine the research taken into account in future environmental decision making in the United States. The proposal states that “This action provides that EPA will ensure that the regulatory science underlying its actions is publicly available in a manner sufficient for […]

Earth Week

Earth Day Read: Becoming Wild During a Pandemic

Orion Magazine is a wonderful source to learn about the natural world and how people perceive and connect to it. This article describes an ecologist, Carl Safina, and his work encouraging us to look at the world around us and realize that for most life on earth, life has not slowed down as ours has. In the article, he responds […]

Earth Week

Earth Day Read: Sustainability in the Time of COVID-19

We are in a time of uncertainty and anxiety, but there is still much we should and can do for the environment. This includes volunteering with environmental efforts (safely) -remotely can be a good option. Many sustainability groups are providing virtual events and opportunities. There are lessons to be learned about climate change from understanding this pandemic. First, early action […]

Earth Week

Earth Day Read: Animals take back the cities

Animals have taken advantage of the lack of people in the streets due to the world wide quarantines. Generic animals that we are accustomed to seeing, such as wild turkeys, raccoons, and squirrels are especially prominent, but more interesting animals have also been spotted. A brazen fox has been seen in San Francisco near the Golden Gate Bridge and a […]