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Climate

California legislators urge caution, but greenlight a plan that could lead to the widespread use of forestry offsets

Influenced by a ProPublica investigation, they emphasized the need for “vigorous and proactive monitoring,” noting concerns long voiced by scientists about the integrity of carbon credits.
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Government report acknowledges Hurricane Harvey made worse by climate change

A new climate-change report by the U.S. government offers little doubt that Hurricane Harvey's catastrophic rainfall was worsened by rising global temperatures.
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Justice

“Pretty Much a Failure”: HUD inspections pass dangerous apartments filled with rats, roaches and toxic mold

The system for inspecting federally subsidized properties is failing low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities and undermining the agency's oversight, The Southern Illinoisan and ProPublica have found.

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Climate

Possible conflict of interest clouds West Virginia's natural gas deal with China

A member of West Virginia’s negotiating team on the $80 billion natural gas investment deal with China was asked to repay $23,000 in travel expenses after the Justice administration raised
Climate

FEMA Had a Plan for Responding to a Hurricane in Puerto Rico — But It Doesn’t Want You to See It — ProPublica

The disaster-relief agency, under fire after Hurricane Maria, won’t release the plan, even as a comparable document for Hawaii remains public. -Justin Elliott and Decca Muldowney, ProPublica
From our Newsroom

The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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