What will it take for electric vehicles to create jobs, not cut them?

When President Biden announced his multitrillion-dollar jobs plan in March, it included nearly $175 billion in spending to encourage Americans to buy electric vehicles to help ensure "that these vehicles are affordable for all families and manufactured by workers with good jobs."

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California looking to ban sales of gas-powered yard tools

The sale of gas-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers, trimmers, chain saws and other yard equipment may soon be illegal in California in response to growing concern over air and noise pollution.


The end of plastic bags in Berkeley? City studies banning them from grocery stores and restaurants

Berkeley is studying how to ban non-compostable plastic bags from grocery stores, restaurants and city-sponsored events.


Arctic Refuge oil program, in legal limbo, targeted for repeal in budget bill

The Republican-led Congressional act that in 2017 opened up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil leasing would be reversed by a new budget bill introduced in the Democratic-led U.S. House.

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Wisconsin hires California law firm to go after PFAS polluters

The DNR is monitoring more than 40 PFAS contamination sites across Wisconsin, including in Madison, where they have resulted in health advisories for fish.


What's in the Senate infrastructure bill?

From a clean energy makeover to upgrades on public transit, here are the major elements of the Senate's bipartisan bill.

Kate Brown: The West is on fire. It’s past time to act on climate change.

The infrastructure deal is a good start. But much more must be done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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$1 trillion infrastructure bill pours money into long-delayed needs

The sprawling, 2,702-page bill includes historic investments in traditional projects as well as broadband expansion and funds for some climate projects.

Plastic Free July press conference highlights important legislation

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, State Rep. David Gomberg, State Rep. Janeen Sollman, the Surfrider Foundation, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Environment Oregon, and Oceana united at a press conference at the Oregon Zoo to draw attention to the plastic pollution crisis and the recent legislative measures offering solutions.

Health Care

Berry Healthcare to provide certified circular polymers

The company's two facilities in Italy are certified to sell packaging and plastic components that contribute to a circular economy.

Editorial: Joe Biden’s monumental environmental gambit

Biden has made progress on climate, even if activists can’t see it.

Democrats roll out $3.5 trillion budget to fulfill Biden's broad agenda

“We’re going to get a lot done,” President Biden said, as Senate Democrats began drafting the details on a social and environmental bill that could yield transformative change.

Why you should care about your right to repair gadgets

New legislation could simplify tech maintenance and make buying a new smartphone or computer the last resort.

EU unveils tough climate rules, eyes tax on foreign firms

The European Union unveiled sweeping new legislation to help meet its pledge to cut emissions of the gases that cause global warming by 55% over this decade, including a controversial plan to tax foreign companies for the pollution they cause.

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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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