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Cremated remains lie in the incineration chamber at the Paradise Memorial Crematory in Scottsdale, one of the state’s largest. Partly fueled by the pandemic, the U.S. cremation rate reached 56% in 2020; it was 67% in Arizona. (Kevin Pirehpour/Cronkite News)

Arizona State University
In Arizona, where 16,842 have died in the pandemic, the smoke and the hum of crematoriums working overtime have left some neighbors desperate for relief from the odor and pollution.
Columbia University
The pandemic should be a golden opportunity to change the way we think about mental illness. So far, it hasn’t been.

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Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin’s future may be warm, wet and insect-ridden, a new climate change study released by University of Wisconsin researchers finds.
Salamander embryo development (Credit: Dee Ann Chamberlain)
Salamander embryo development (Credit: Dee Ann Chamberlain)
Planet Forward Correspondent | Dartmouth College
In the heart of Austin, Texas, lies a salamander sanctuary that exists as a backup, in case the wild population were to be wiped out — but is it enough to save the species?
sunflower bed in a field at sunrise

Sunflower bed in bloom in the fall of 2019 at Homefields Incorporated, a 23-acre community-led farm. (Max Sano/Franklin & Marshall College)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | Franklin & Marshall College
The U.S. food supply chain needs a complete makeover in light of the COVID-19 crisis. A new plan should incorporate several areas of focus, including expanding funding into current organic and regenerative agriculture.
A Fowler's toad resting on beach sand.

A Fowler’s toad rests on the sand in Fire Island, New York. (Skylar Epstein/George Washington University)

George Washington University
Dr. Karen Lips hypothesized that the collapse of the amphibian populations was sweeping through Central America like a wave. So, in order to gather evidence for the theory, she would have to get out in front of this wave. 

When people walk down the street, rarely do they ponder the subsurface infrastructure beneath their feet — including hidden waterways. (Yeshi Kangrang/Unsplash)

Franklin & Marshall College
When people walk down the street, rarely do they ponder the subsurface infrastructure beneath their feet. In recent years, there has been a trend to uncover these rivers — a process known as daylighting.
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
This short film presentation provides a narration bringing back to light some of the greatest environmental disasters caused by humankind.
Ithaca College
Local farms provide communities not only with nutritious food, but also a way towards environmental sustainability by working directly with their local community.

One of the bottle refilling stations on campus. (Alexander Welling/The Hatchet)

George Washington University
A task force aiming to eliminate the use of single-use plastics on campus produced a report in October 2020 recommending plans like cutting plastic bottles from vending machines and installing more water bottle fillers in residence halls.

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