Greenland’s rare-earth election

A vote last month answered an important question about the world’s largest island.
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Cleanup of Rayrock mine, the 'Tłı̨chǫ Giant,' to receive public scrutiny

Kwetıı̨ɂ̨aà, one of the most contaminated sites on Tłı̨chǫ land, is about to be cleaned up – again. Federal plans will receive a public examination next week.

How an election in Greenland could affect China — and the rare-earth minerals in your cellphone

Sitting on vast, untapped reserves of uranium and rare-earth minerals, Greenland holds the keys to massive wealth. But many Greenlanders have grave doubts about whether they should allow the world to exploit those resources.

Greenland election shows divide over rare-earth metals mine

Greenland is holding an early parliamentary election focused in part on whether the semi-autonomous Danish territory should allow international companies to mine the sparsely populated Arctic island's substantial deposits of rare-earth metals.


‘Wall of water’ if Piney Point Reservoir in Florida breaches, officials warn

The authorities on Sunday said they were making progress in draining a leaking wastewater pond south of Tampa but urged residents to heed evacuation warnings.

The bombs that never went off

The fall of the Soviet Union left behind a grim legacy of nuclear danger. After 30 years, the last weapons-grade uranium has been eliminated.

America's dirty divide: How environmental racism leaves the vulnerable behind

The health effects caused by decades of systemic racism are staggering. The Guardian is launching a year-long series to investigate.


Scientists concerned with radioactive fallout from America's nuclear plants

For decades, the U.S. government has compensated employees who got cancer from working inside plants that made America's nuclear weapons. Now, a growing number of scientists say this radioactive threat may not stop at the fence line.


Deb Abrahamson, powerful advocate for environmental justice on Spokane reservation, dies at 65

Deb Abrahamson, whose fight for environmental justice made her a major figure in the push to clean up the legacy of uranium mining on the Spokane Indian Reservation, has died of cancer.


Indigenous activists speak out against plans to import radioactive material to southeast Utah

When locations were chosen more than half a century ago for the dozens of uranium mills that dot the Four Corners landscape, one common factor was almost always considered: proximity to productive uranium mines.

Timeline set for nuclear waste cleanup in Pennsylvania's Armstrong County

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says work at the Shallow Land Disposal Area in Parks Township and Apollo will begin in 2023 and run through 2031.


Georgia Power lawsuit says Plant Scherer coal ash is ‘poisoning’ locals

45 residents living near America's largest coal-fired plant claim Georgia Power contaminated their community's drinking water source.


Radioactive waste may be dumped near Bears Ears

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe warns of groundwater contamination from Bears Ears area uranium mill—Utah seeks your comment.

Earthquake, pollution threats at nuke plant raise concerns

South Carolina regulators are pressing the federal government to look more carefully at an atomic fuel plant's potential threat to Lower Richland before giving the factory a new 40 year license to operate.

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Climate change, chaos, and cannibalism

Forty eight years ago, a sci-fi thriller predicted a future with all three—in the year 2022.

U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.

LISTEN: The allure of regenerative agriculture

"Every being is the full expression of themselves."

Fertility & Environmental Justice: A conversation with Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang

"These toxics chemicals are affecting you—not just the polar bears, the insects, and the birds."

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.

Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

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