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Lava flows from a fissure in the aftermath of eruptions from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, May 22, 2018. Andrew Richard Hara/Ena Media Hawaii via Getty Images

Why can’t we throw all our trash into a volcano and burn it up?

Volcanoes might seem like nature’s incinerators, but using them to burn up trash would be dangerous and disrespectful to indigenous people who view them as sacred.
Wildfire smoke creates an orange glow over San Francisco, Sept. 9, 2020. Burak Arik/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Coping with Western wildfires: 5 essential reads

How climate change and other human actions have combined to create conditions for explosive wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington state.
Washington state has passed a measure to cover college tuition for students from low- and moderate-income families. VDB Photos/Shutterstock.com

Washington state’s big bet on ‘free college’

A new law in Washington state that makes college mostly free for many students is meant to prepare more residents from the state for jobs in the local economy. Whether it will work remains to be seen.

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