Biden team vetting Haaland for interior secretary

If picked to head the department, Haaland would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary.
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Biodiversity

Want to take your mind off the pandemic and feel more calm? Try birding

Birding expert Jason Ward says now is a good time to take up birding. Not only are many of us at home, but billions of birds are migrating north. He has some tips to get started.
Toxics

Will Oceano Dunes closure prove source of dust pollution?

Riders and residents are wondering if the coronavirus closure will prove how much dust natural and how much is caused by vehicle activity.
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Toxics

San Diego County's war over Roundup

It's everywhere, taking over like the weeds it's meant to kill. Now glyphosate, the bestselling weedbuster of all time, has become a pest.

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Ryan Smith and Hallie Taylor own the Marietta Adventure Company. (Credit: Julie Grant/TheAllegheny Front)
Originals

One Ohio River town that’s using outdoor recreation to boost its economy

Every September, tourists flock to historic Marietta, along the banks of the Ohio River, for a celebration that harkens back to the Ohio Valley's early days.

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Justice

Outdoor Afro celebrates freedom in nature

The group's founder says Outdoor Afro "really doubles down on the black joy and the ability to get out and be free."
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Biodiversity

Fat is fabulous for bears in Alaska's Katmai National Park

Alaska grizzly bears packing on pounds for the winter are competing for more than the season's last salmon. They are also vying for the title of the state's fattest bear.

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Biodiversity

Who owns the wild: grizzlies or humans?

The fight to balance recreation with wildlife is coming to a head.

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Climate

High water levels in Michigan show potential cost of climate change

Recent flooding should be taken as a warning: Michigan will see dire economic consequences should the full impacts of climate change kick in.
Toxics

Kennebec Dam removal signaled new era for rivers

Once considered only for their industrial uses, the waterways are now seen as community assets for other reasons.
Toxics

Does size matter with lead in D.C. playground rubber?

In a statement, DC's Department of General Services admitted it does not know why Truesdell Education Campus playground came back with an elevated, though what it determined as safe, lead level.

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Climate

Climate change set to disrupt Australia's summer sports calendar

Extreme weather events linked to climate change have the potential to disrupt Australia's summer sports obsession at elite and grassroots level, the Climate Council warns.

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Water

Utah lawmakers question watershed protection law

Some lawmakers worried aloud Wednesday that a 120-year-old Utah law could be used as an unwarranted hammer to restrict recreational access to water for the protection of a watershed.

From our Newsroom

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: 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 body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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