Biden delays Trump rule that weakened wild bird protections

The Biden administration said Thursday it was delaying a rule finalized in former President Donald Trump's last days in office that would have drastically weakened the government's power to enforce a century-old law protecting most wild birds.

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Apaches' fight over Arizona copper mine goes before US court

A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday from a group of Apaches that has been fighting a proposed copper mine in eastern Arizona.


Wildfire smoke may carry 'mind-bending' amounts of fungi and bacteria, scientists say

When wildfires roar through a forest and bulldozers dig into the earth to stop advancing flames, they may be churning more into the air than just clouds of dust and smoke, scientists say.

Paul Crutzen, who shared Nobel for ozone work, has died

Paul J. Crutzen, a Dutch scientist who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry for his work understanding the ozone hole and is credited with coining the term Anthropocene to describe the geological era shaped by mankind, has died.

Judge gives preliminary OK to $641M Flint water deal

A judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $641 million deal that would benefit thousands of Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water.

EU leaders agree to reduce emissions after all-night talks

European Union leaders reached a hard-fought deal Friday to cut the bloc's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by the end of the decade compared with 1990 levels, avoiding a hugely embarrassing deadlock ahead of a U.N. climate meeting.

The stormy, fiery year when climate disasters wouldn't stop

Nature struck relentlessly in 2020 with record-breaking and deadly weather- and climate-related disasters.

Mario Molina, Mexico chemistry Nobel winner, dies at 77

Mario Molina, winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1995 for his work on how industrial chemicals caused the ozone hole, threatening all life on Earth and the only Mexican scientist to be honored with a Nobel, has died in his native Mexico City.

ASU scientists warn plastic pollution will only increase over time

A new study by ASU's School of Life Sciences found that the amount of plastic pollution will continue to outpace its reduction well into the future.

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Rarely have so many Californians been exposed to such gloomy, unhealthy air

As fires rage up and down the West Coast, the skies over California have taken an apocalyptic turn - choking the air with ash and smoke in some regions, while snuffing out sunlight in others. Rarely have so many Californians breathed such unhealthy air.

Oahu beach has first Hawaiian green sea turtle hatchlings

Hawaiian green sea turtle hatchlings appeared for the first time on an Oahu beach owned by the U.S. military, which wildlife experts believe may be partly a result of the coronavirus.

Kamala Harris’s stance on fracking could be liability in Pennsylvania

Fracking has turned Pennsylvania into the nation’s second-largest producer of natural gas. Joe Biden’s pick of fracking-foe Kamala Harris as his running mate could be a hurdle in the state for the Democrats.

Sunscreen Chemicals Accumulate in Body at High Levels - WSJ

For the second time in less than a year, a study of common sunscreen ingredients has established that the chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream at concentrations far greater than the Food and Drug Administration’s safety threshold.
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Governor backs petrochemical tax break bill in Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he supports legislation that extends millions of dollars in tax breaks to turn natural gas into fertilizer and other chemicals as it speeds through the Legislature after emerging from closed-door negotiations with top Republican lawmakers.

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Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

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