What were the biggest environmental stories in 2010?

By: David Biello

Ah, 2010, how the environment shall miss you. This year, the Gulf of Mexico hosted an unprecedented months-long oil spill. At the same time, fracking for natural gas polluted water wells from Pennsylvania to Texas—but delivered a fuel that produces half as much CO2 as burning coal.

Speaking of which, the U.S. did not pass legislation to combat climate change, though President Obama did institute new auto efficiency standards. And California implemented its own cap-and-trade plan. Climate change didn’t wait though, with 2010 the hottest year on record, according to NASA, and chock full of extreme weather like floods from Pakistan to the U.S. and record heat in Russia. Yet, smears against climate scientists continued.

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