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As climate change fears grow, a real fight over fake turf

A city’s decision to replace actual grass with a synthetic version sets off a conflict over the possible environmental and health risks of the move.
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Trump rule reversal expands protections for Montana waterways

Many of Montana's streams and wetlands lost Clean Water Act protections after the Trump administration passed a federal rule in 2020, but those pollution protections were restored following a recent decision by a U.S. district court judge.

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Boston ranks 6th for the intensity of its heat islands

In some of Boston’s heat islands, conditions are so oppressive that on the hottest days, residents are more likely to experience heat stroke, asthma, and in some cases, death.
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Opinion: If we stop burning fossil fuels, will we end up with more plastic and toxic chemicals?

Shifting away from using fossil fuels for energy is essential for our climate future, but if we aren't careful we may unintentionally encourage a shift that is also unsafe and unsustainable.

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Shannon Gority: Deadline looms for state, federal officials to save PA and Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is optimistic that seizing current opportunities can put Pennsylvania back on track toward its goals for cleaner local rivers and streams and saving the Bay. But time is running out.

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Chlorpyrifos will no longer be allowed on food crops

The agency will reverse a Trump-era decision to keep chlorpyrifos, one of the most common pesticides, in use. The ban is base upon science that links the pesticide to neurological damage in children.

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Biden, in a push to phase out gas cars, will tighten pollution rules

The president is expected to restore and strengthen tailpipe emissions regulations from the Obama era and set a target that half of all vehicles sold in the United States be electric by 2030.
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A brain drain among government scientists bogs down Biden’s climate ambitions

Hundreds of scientists and policy experts left the government during the Trump administration. The jobs remain unfilled nearly six months into President Biden’s term, slowing his climate agenda.
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EPA proposes listing PFAS as drinking water contaminants

The EPA is proposing to include PFAS in its list of water contaminants, and that lays the groundwork for potential regulation down the road.

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EPA approved toxic chemicals for fracking a decade ago, new files show

The compounds can form PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” which have been linked to cancer and birth defects. The E.P.A. approvals came despite the agency’s own concerns about toxicity.
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Daniel F. Becker: Biden must get tough on carmakers to slow climate change

Trump gutted emissions reductions. The president must make up for time lost.
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Here’s how Biden aims to increase electric car sales

The president wants to use pollution rules to rapidly lift sales, but there are hurdles ahead.
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Ireland’s waterways face increasing levels of nitrogen pollution

Nitrogen is crucial for life, but it's now so overused that it suffocates rivers, streams, and estuaries and threatens drinking water safety.

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EPA watchdog says Trump appointees kept fired employees on payroll

The improper payments were directed by former chief of staff Ryan Jackson and carried out by former White House liaison Charles Munoz.
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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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