Bringing coal back

Alberta has reshaped a decades-old balance in the Rockies and Foothills, opening the door to more open-pit mines in the mountains.
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What's in the water? A breakdown of some of the pollutants around Montreal

The St. Lawrence River is the lifeblood of Montreal, providing a commercial highway for shipping, drinking water and, for many, a recreational playground.

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Louisiana’s mercury testing program for fish in peril

If there was a particularly bad time for Louisiana to stop testing waterways for toxic fish, it would be now.

‘Ghost fleas’ bring toxic mercury up from the depths of prairie lakes

Migratory invertebrates move pollutant to the surface, where it accumulates in fish.

Maryland’s signature fish is under assault from mercury pollution

EPA enforcement has been largely on stand-down during the pandemic but high amounts of mercury recently detected in Maryland rockfish suggest it will take more than a return to business-as-usual to address worrisome levels of environmental pollution.

Chief beaten by police is longtime fighter for Indigenous rights

Allan Adam leads a Dene nation that famously fought the Canadian government and oil lobby in its territory.

A shipwreck’s incalculable toll on a remote reef

After a fishing boat ran aground on a fragile atoll, the consequences for the ecosystem were alarming—and curious.

After the gold rush

In Myanmar, a played-out bonanza foretells the end of a global industry.

Dr. Akash Goel, Dr. Philip Landrigan: The EPA's emissions rollbacks will be devastating for Americans' health

This administration is ignoring medical science, undermining preparedness and politicizing the methodology that underpins public policy.

Eula Bingham, champion of worker safety, dies at 90

As head of OSHA under President Carter, she dispensed with “nit-picking” regulations and went after serious health and safety violations.

Environmental groups sue EPA over new water rule

The groups contend the new navigable waters rule would gut regulation of polluted streams and storm runoff flowing into major waterways such as the Rio Grande.

Mercury pollution has reached ocean’s deepest valley

Two groups of scientists from China and the US found toxic mercury in fish and crustaceans living more than 11,000 metres below the surface of the ocean in the Mariana Trench.

Mercury with that? Shark fins served with illegal doses of heavy metals

Shark fin soup is said to be the food of emperors, but a new study finds this “luxury" dish may not be so favorable to the person who eats it.

Disaster looms for indigenous communities as COVID-19 cases multiply in Amazon

Indigenous communities in Brazil suffer from the virus on one hand and "genocidal" interlopers on the other, rights groups say.

Trump, citing pandemic, moves to weaken two key environmental protections

Twin environmental actions set for Thursday underscored the president’s push to roll back regulations as the coronavirus crisis continues.
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Join the “Agents of Change” discussion on research and activism

Four of the fellows who participated in the program this year will discuss their ongoing research, activism, and experiences with publishing their ideas in the public sphere.

The dangers of opinion masquerading as fact in science journals: Jerrold J. Heindel

A call for unbiased, honest science in peer-reviewed journals.

Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

With job loss and stifled development in the renewable energy sector, economists, politicians, and advocates say policy action is necessary to stay on track.

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An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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