Sophie Hirsh

Sophie is a New York-based journalist who loves the Earth, animals, and analyzing Taylor Swift's music.

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  • global ice loss
    Environment

    Global ice loss is catching up to worst-case scenario predictions

    The global ice loss rate — aka melting ice sheets — is higher than ever before.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • joe biden paris keystone
    Environment

    Biden to rejoin Paris Agreement on Inauguration Day, among 17 executive actions

    Biden will rejoin the Paris Agreement and cancel the Keystone XL pipeline.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • biden canceling keystone xl pipeline
    Environment

    Biden to reportedly cancel the Keystone XL pipeline

    President-elect Joe Biden plans to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline immediately upon assuming the role of president, multiple sources report.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • hottest year
    Environment

    NASA deems 2020 the hottest year in recorded history

    NASA found 2020 to be the hottest year on record, just barely edging out the previous record holder.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • Embedded Image
    Environment

    Dalai Lama sits down with Greta Thunberg: “there is real hope from our younger generation”

    The 14th Dalai Lama praised Greta Thunberg for renewing humanity’s hope surrounding climate action.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • amazon rainforest savanna
    Environment

    Humans could completely destroy the Amazon Rainforest by 2064

    The Amazon rainforest could dry up past the point of no return by 2064, and essentially collapse, according to a new study.
    By Sophie Hirsh
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    Environment

    Due to climate change, only 5 percent of U.S. rivers are still blue

    Climate change has affected rivers so much that a whopping one-third of long rivers across the U.S. have changed color over the past few decades.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • ossoff warnock democratic senate
    Environment

    The Democratic Senate could be groundbreaking for the climate movement

    What exactly would a Democratic Senate mean for the climate? Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff's victories could be huge for the environment.
    By Sophie Hirsh
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    Environment

    An Indian designer is upcycling leftover PPE fabric into hospital mattresses

    Indian designer Lakshmi Menon collected leftover fabric scraps from those making masks, gowns, and other PPE, and used the fabric to make much-needed mattresses for hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • ashaninka tribe
    Environment

    Amazonian indigenous community wins 24-year lawsuit against illegal loggers

    The Ashaninka tribe won a $3 million settlement from the company that deforested a quarter of its reserve in the 1980s.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • gina mccarthy nrdc epa
    Environment

    Climate groups applaud Biden's nomination of Gina McCarthy to key climate position

    Gina McCarthy and Ali Zaidi will reportedly advise Joe Biden on climate issues.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • vogue cover illustration
    News

    Vogue Italia skips photoshoots this month for the environment

    Vogue Italia is forgoing photographs this month to avoid the high environmental impact of photoshoots.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • aptera how does it work
    Environment

    This solar-powered electric car charges while you drive — on three wheels

    How does Aptera Motors’ solar electric vehicle work? Read on to learn all about this groundbreaking three-wheeled, solar-powered car.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • lab grown chicken
    Environment

    Singapore approves lab-grown chicken nuggets, a world's first

    Lab-grown chicken nuggets are finally set to hit the market, as Singapore has just become the first country to approve of them.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • biden harris transition climate
    Environment

    Biden declares climate a top four issue, reveals transition teams for environmental agencies

    President-elect Joe Biden has revealed his transition team, and declared climate as one of the top four issues of his transition.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • mink farming denmark
    Environment

    Denmark sentences all 17 million mink to death due to coronavirus mutation

    Denmark’s government is mandating the nationwide slaughter of all 17 million mink currently living on fur farms in response to the coronavirus.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • trump tongass national forest
    Environment

    Trump reverses protections for Alaska's Tongass National Forest, harming Indigenous Peoples

    The Trump administration just removed protections on the country's largest national forest.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • france wild animals traveling circus
    Environment

    France bans wild animal circuses and other cruel animal entertainment

    France is banning the use of wild animals in traveling circuses, marine parks, and mink fur farms.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • england straw ban
    Environment

    England’s straw ban finally goes into effect

    England’s ban on plastic straws, plastic stirrers, and plastic-stemmed cotton swabs is now law.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • electric vehicles california traffic
    Environment

    California bans sale of gas-powered cars by 2035, prioritizing electric vehicles statewide

    California will no longer sell new gas-powered cars come 15 years from now, as Governor Gavin Newsom just signed an executive order.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • thai national park litter
    Viral

    Thailand national park mails litter back to the tourists who left it behind

    A creative way to stop littering.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • glacier greenland
    Environment

    The Arctic's largest ice shelf loses massive glacier to the climate crisis

    A 44-square-mile chunk of the Arctic’s largest ice shelf in Northeast Greenland has broken apart and disintegrated.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • nasa wildfires
    Environment

    NASA took satellite images of the West Coast wildfires from outer space and it shows the full extent of the devastation

    NASA took satellite images from outer space of the wildfires currently ravaging the West Coast.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • obama wildfires
    Environment

    Obama highlights connection between West Coast fires and climate crisis

    President Barack Obama shared haunting photos taken of San Francisco this week, along with a caption blaming the fires on the climate crisis and encouraging followers to vote.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • trumps epa is letting power plants dump toxic waste
    Environment

    Trump’s EPA is letting power plants dump toxic waste into rivers and streams

    Yuck.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • wind turbines birds paint
    Environment

    Bird deaths by wind turbines could go down by 70 percent with this trick

     This could be game-changing. 

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • elephant poacher
    News

    Justice is served: Poacher who killed 500 elephants sentenced to 30 years in jail

    Guyvanho, a well-known poacher in the Republic of Congo, is going to jail for 30 years for killing hundreds of elephants, among other crimes.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • chicks dying mail
    News

    Day-old chicks are dying in the mail by the thousands due to USPS chaos

    Due to postal service chaos amidst the coronavirus pandemic, which is related to Trump’s new postmaster general appointment, live chicks sent in the mail have been dying at alarmingly high rates.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • seagull discarded face mask
    Environment

    Single-use face masks are hurting wildlife. Here's how to dispose of masks safely

    Face mask waste is a big threat to wildlife.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • microplastics detected human organs
    Viral

    Microplastics detected in 100 percent of human organs sampled

    A new study found microplastics in every human organ sampled.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • big sur land
    News

    After 6,000 years, Native American tribe finally wins Big Sur land back

    The Esselen tribe has finally won their land back thanks to a $4.5 million grant.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • australia fires
    Environment

    Australian bushfires killed almost 3 billion animals, new report finds

    Scientists found that the Australian bushfires likely killed nearly 3 billion animals and destroyed 11.46 million hectares of land.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • new york bans puppy mills
    News

    New York Senate passes bill banning pet stores from selling puppy mill dogs

    The bill would ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits!
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • mit reusable mask  press
    Environment

    New reusable N95 masks could reduce coronavirus medical waste, correct PPE shortage

    The masks can be manufactured using the common and affordable process of injection molding, so hopefully the product will be scaled up and widely put to use in the near future.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • greta thunberg prize
    Environment

    Greta Thunberg donates $1.15 million award to charities 'fighting for a sustainable world'

    “We’re in a climate emergency, and my foundation will as quickly as possible donate all the prize money of 1 million euros to support organisations and projects that are fighting for a sustainable world."
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • ocean voyages institute cleaup
    Environment

    An ocean cleanup crew just collected a record amount of ocean plastic from the GPGP

    A crew recently returned from a 48-day mission, where they rescued a record-breaking amount of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • trump guts nepa
    Environment

    Trump guts the historic National Environmental Policy Act

    This move means federal agencies can move forward with pipelines and other harmful projects without considering their environment impacts.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • grizzly bear yellowstone trophy hunting
    Environment

    Yellowstone grizzly bears safe from trophy hunters as court overrules Trump decision

    Grizzly bears are now protected under the Endangered Species Act once again.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • minkthumb
    Environment

    Sephora will stop selling mink fur eyelashes

    Sephora will no longer sell mink fur eyelashes, after customers demanded the makeup giant stop supporting the cruel fur industry.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • coronavirus mask
    Environment

    Every month, 200 billion face masks and gloves are going into the environment

    Humans are globally using and disposing of an estimated 129 billion face masks and 65 billion plastic gloves every single month that we deal with COVID-19.
    By Sophie Hirsh
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    Environment

    Cactus leather is the newest eco-friendly fabric

    Desserto is the first cactus-based leather on the market, and the material has the potential to make the vegan leather industry much more sustainable.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • dakota pipeline close
    Environment

    Dakota Access Pipeline is closing down, Atlantic Coast Pipeline project canceled

    They scored a major victory in court.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • grass straws
    Environment

    Compostable wild grass straws are Vietnam's newest zero-waste straw option

    A Vietnamese man found a clever way to combat the plastic straw problem.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • pigs flu
    Environment

    New strain of swine flu presents 'next potential pandemic' — here's how we can prevent it

    Researchers in China have observed this new strain of the swine flu in pigs as well as slaughterhouse employees.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • gm thumb commercialfishing
    Environment

    Trump opens marine national monument to commercial fishing, rolling back Obama-era protections

    President Trump is opening up the waters of a marine national monument to commercial fishing.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • litter hamptons
    Environment

    Beachgoers left major litter on Hamptons beaches throughout MDW reopening

    Beaches across Southampton reopened this weekend — and promptly shut back down due to excessive littering, among other issues.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • glove coronavirus
    Environment

    Gloves and masks are already polluting the Mediterranean Sea — watch a diver clean up COVID-19's mess

    Opération Mer Propre shared a powerful video of a diver cleaning up coronavirus-era masks and gloves from the ocean.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • gloves coronavirus store
    Environment

    Here's why you don't need to wear gloves to the grocery store

    Single-use gloves are not only wasteful, but also unnecessary for grocery trips. 

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • hurricane
    Environment

    Unfortunately, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season could be record-breaking

    Unusually high winds and warm water temperatures are indicate the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season could be one of the absolute worst on record.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • leatherback sea turtle
    Environment

    Rare turtles nest on Thailand beaches at record-breaking rate, due to coronavirus beach closures

    In Phuket, Thailand, rare leatherback sea turtles have been taking advantage of the tourist-free beaches, and are nesting at unprecedented rates.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • power plant
    Environment

    Two years early, Sweden shuts down its final coal-fired power plant

    Sweden just shuttered its last remaining coal-fired power plant, two years ahead of schedule.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • greta thunberg unicef
    Environment

    Greta Thunberg donates $100,000 award to help children affected by COVID-19

    Greta and UNICEF are starting a fund to help children in poverty who are affected by the coronavirus.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • luxembourg public transportation free
    News

    Public transportation is now free in Luxembourg

    Luxembourg just launched free public transport across the country, on buses, trains, and trams.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • koalas returning to wild
    News

    4 koalas and baby joey released back into wild following Australia bushfires

    These lucky koalas were rescued, and have just been released back into the wild.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • himalayas mountain range
    News

    Himalayas visible from 100 miles away as air quality improves during coronavirus lockdowns

    India's drastic air quality improvements have cleared up skies, making the Himalayan mountains visible from more than 100 miles away.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • pigs truck
    News

    Largest U.S. pig slaughterhouse shuts down after coronavirus infects 300 employees

    The U.S.'s largest pig slaughterhouse, owned by Smithfield Foods, closed due to employees contracting the coronavirus.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • yosemite bears
    Environment

    With Yosemite closed to visitors, bears and other animals take over

    Bear sightings have "quadrupled," according to employees who live at Yosemite National Park.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • wet market
    Environment

    Conservation groups and health experts ask WHO to permanently close live animal markets

    The coronavirus originated in a wet market in China, and experts want them shut down.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • dairy
    Environment

    The dairy industry is dumping truckloads of milk — and it’s hurting fish

    Unpasteurized milk entering the water system could kill fish.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • emissions coronavirus
    Environment

    COVID-19 could cause the greatest emissions dive the world has seen since World War II

     Experts predict emission drops could reach World War II levels. 

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • animal testing mexico
    News

    Mexico moves toward banning animal testing after unanimous Senate vote

    Mexico is on track to ban animal testing.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • venice canals coronavirus
    News

    Water in Venice canals goes crystal clear amidst coronavirus lockdown

    Venice is in lockdown due to the coronavirus, and the city's murky canals are now clear.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • coronavirus italy no
    Environment

    Coronavirus causes decline in air pollution across Northern Italy

    Italy is experiencing a significant decline in air pollution.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • greta thunberg climate strike coronavirus
    News

    Greta Thunberg launches #ClimateStrikeOnline amidst coronavirus: How to participate

    Greta Thunberg's weekly climate strike is going digital — and she wants you to participate.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • sea turtles plastic study
    News

    Turtles who eat 14 pieces of plastic have a 50 percent chance of dying, study finds

    A new study found that turtles who eat 14 pieces of plastic are 50 percent likely to die.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • carbon emissions dropped in
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    CO2 power sector emissions significantly dropped in 2019, thanks to slow shift away from coal

    Shifting away from coal and towards renewables helped the Earth's CO2 emissions go slightly down in 2019.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • starbucks mugs coronavirus
    News

    Starbucks bans personal mugs as precaution amidst the coronavirus

    Starbucks locations in the U.S. and Canada are preventing customers from getting drinks in their personal to-go cups to be safe during the coronavirus.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • seaworld california bill
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    California bill could shut down SeaWorld by banning dolphin and whale captivity

    “We should not rely on cruel and inhumane treatment of any creature simply for our entertainment,” said Senator Galgiani of California.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • nasa china map no
    News

    Coronavirus quarantine causes Chinese pollution levels to go down

    China's nitrogen dioxide pollution levels have temporarily gone down, partly due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • polar bear cannibalism
    News

    The fossil fuel industry is driving polar bears to cannibalism

    Polar bear cannibalism is being observed more frequently as of late — in large part due to oil and gas drilling in the Arctic.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • ride hailing study
    News

    Ride-hailing apps actually cause more emissions than they displace, according to new report

    Ride-sharing apps have actually created more pollution than they've displaced, a new report finds.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • eagle island
    News

    Antarctica heatwave melts 20 percent of snow on Eagle Island's ice caps

    Antarctica recently experienced a concerning heatwave, which melted 20 percent of snow on one island.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • donald trump jr hunt grizzly bear
    News

    Donald Trump Jr. granted permit to hunt grizzly bear in Alaska

    Donald Trump Jr. has been granted a permit to hunt an endangered grizzly bear in Alaska.
    By Sophie Hirsh
  • gretamalala
    News

    Greta Thunberg Meets Her "Role Model" Malala Yousafzai

    Greta and Malala have so much in common — including being fans of one another. 

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • tesla giga berlin factory trees
    News

    Tesla is cutting down 92 hectares of trees to build a new factory in Berlin

    Tesla has been granted absolute permission to complete its latest project: clearing trees to build a new factory in Germany.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • hungary plant trees climate policy
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    Hungary will plant 10 trees for every baby born as part of new climate plan

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that 10 trees will be planted for every baby born.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • boomers millennials gen z eco conscious
    News

    OK, Boomer: Are boomers actually more eco-conscious than Gen Z?

    Baby boomers tend to be more environmentally friendly than Millennials and those in Generation Z, according to a new survey.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • victorias secret bras dumpster
    News

    This Victoria's Secret trashed hundreds of bras and other goods

    Victoria's Secret recently closed a store in Colorado — and flooded the dumpster with unsold merchandise.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • tiger india
    News

    This couple bought 40 acres of forest near an Indian tiger reserve to preserve wildlife

    An Indian couple purchased 40 acres of land near a tiger sanctuary, and they encourage tigers to make themselves at home in their forest.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • fda lab animals
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    FDA lab animals can now be adopted instead of euthanized after experiments

    A new FDA policy will no longer require animals used for lab experiments to be killed after testing is complete.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • amazon rainforest
    News

    Brazil's Bolsonaro proposes bill to allow mining, agribusiness, and more on indigenous lands in the Amazon

    Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro is trying to open indigenous lands in the Amazon to mining and other projects that could cause harm.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • food rescue super bowl donate
    News

    Super Bowl donates 35,000 pounds of leftover food to people in need

    Food waste was avoided at the Super Bowl by diverting 35,000 pounds of leftovers to local shelters.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • botswana elephant
    News

    Botswana starts selling elephant-hunting licenses for the first time in five years

    Botswana re-legalized elephant hunting, and just sold six licenses in an auction.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • chinstrap penguins
    News

    Antarctic penguin colony populations have gone down by 77 percent — here's how to protect them

    Antarctic chinstrap penguin colonies are struggling to adjust to the climate crisis.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • greta thunberg bbc
    News

    A TV series about Greta Thunberg is coming to the BBC

    Greta Thunberg will be the subject of a new documentary TV series produced by BBC Studios.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • asthma barcelona
    News

    Childhood asthma in Barcelona often due to air pollution and social inequity, study finds

    Nearly half of Barcelona's asthma cases can be attributed to air pollution, according to a new study.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • antarctica temperature
    News

    Antarctica weather just hit a new high: Summer temperatures

    Antarctica may have just hit its highest temperature ever recorded.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • eco anxiety climate crisis survey
    News

    How eco-anxiety is inspiring Americans to make behavioral changes for the planet

    New research shows that more Americans are concerned about the climate crisis than you may think.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • donald trump jr hunting
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    Humane Society condemns $15,000 auction to hunt for deer with Donald Trump Jr.

    Donald Trump Jr. is auctioning off an expensive hunting trip with him and his son in Alaska.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • fireflies risk extinction
    Environment

    Fireflies at risk of extinction due to the climate crisis, light pollution, and more

    According to new research, fireflies could face extinction due to the climate crisis.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • beluga whale endangered
    News

    Oil drilling is killing endangered beluga whales in Alaska, lawsuit alleges

    The NOAA is being sued for authorizing oil and gas drilling in beluga habitats in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • flint michigan water poisoning
    News

    Flint residents can finally sue the city for water crisis thanks to Supreme Court ruling

    25,000 lawsuits from Flint, Michigan residents can now go to court, thanks to a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • greta thunberg world economic forum speech
    News

    Greta Thunberg speaks at World Economic Forum: "Act as if you loved your children above all else"

    "Our house is still on fire," Greta Thunberg said.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • plastic china
    News

    China is rolling out single-use plastic bans

    China is banning several kinds of single-use plastic gradually over the next five years.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • australian firefighters wollemi pine trees fires
    News

    Australian firefighters save secret grove of prehistoric trees from bushfires

    The Australian government sent firefighters on a secret mission to save the last remaining grove of Wollemi Pine trees, which were once though to be extinct.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • earth day strikes
    News

    For Earth Day, students will strike for 72 hours: 'Inaction is not an option'

    Students will strike for three days in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • california animal testing
    News

    Cosmetics tested on animals are now prohibited to sell in California — with a few exceptions

    California's Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act just went into effect.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • greta thunberg salt truck
    News

    Greta Thunberg inspires punny name for salt truck

    This salt truck would totally be Greta Thunberg-approved.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • joaquin phoenix fire drill
    News

    Joaquin Phoenix and Martin Sheen get arrested after passionate speeches at climate protest

    Joaquin Phoenix and Martin Sheen were both arrested for protesting climate inaction with Jane Fonda.

    By Sophie Hirsh
  • leonardo dicaprio australia fire
    News

    Leonardo DiCaprio's Earth Alliance donates $3 million to help Australia wildfires

    The Australia Wildfire Fund is a new charity to help with relief for the Australian bushfires. 

    By Sophie Hirsh
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