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In a digital space where news is often distilled into bite-sized headlines and 280-character tweets, can long-form stories still find an audience? These articles prove that they can.

See how the best long-form stories of 2018 kept readers’ attention spans:

Losing Earth

Spanning a decade of climate history, this epic two-part article is the result of a year and a half of reporting, and over a hundred interviews. Nathaniel Rich’s article spawned a series of articles-in-response, most notably from Naomi Klein.

Fuel to the Fire – ProPublica

This piece tells the ten-year story of palm oil. And why is that important? Abrahm Lustgarten writes, “NASA researchers say the accelerated destruction of Borneo’s forests contributed to the largest single-year global increase in carbon emissions in two millenniums, an explosion that transformed Indonesia into the world’s fourth-largest source of such emissions.” Trust me, you won’t regret this read.

Sitting Down to Take a Stand for Real Climate Action

It’s been an inspiring year for youth activism, from the Parkland gun control teen activists to the 21 youth suing the US government for destroying their climate future. Add to that list Greta Thunberg, the 15 year old Swedish girl who captured the hearts and minds of negotiators at COP24. Hans Nicholas Jong, Climate Tracker fellow, explores Greta’s activism, and the presence of youth climate activists at COP24.

India Will Aim To Reduce Air Pollution By 20% To 30% By 2024

Malavika Vyawahare, a Climate Tracker fellow, covered India’s decisions and statements during the WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health. In this article, which sparked national debate, she exposes the Indian government’s air pollution reduction plan.

How environmental justice is shaping a new civil rights movement in the South

In this inspiring article, Katherine Webb-Henn reveals how communities in the rural south are taking climate change into their own hands. Using a rich tradition of civil rights activism, leadership, and organising, these communities are responding to the rise of poverty-related diseases in the face of climate change.

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