Deadly bacteria lurk in coastal waters. Climate change increases the risks

Health workers see Vibrio as a rare danger, if they’ve heard of it at all. But it’s already causing more cases of flesh-eating disease. And it’s poised to get worse.
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‘Nunca esperé perder mi libertad’: trabajadores de una empresa de tomates fueron confinados en granjas

Se ha prohibido a los trabajadores temporales que salgan, a menos que sean desplazamientos controlados para evitar que contraigan o propaguen la COVID-19. “Es una violación de nuestros derechos”, dijo uno de ellos.

Environmental risks remain as Blackjewel bankruptcy nears its end

Environmental advocates worry a coal company liquidation plan will leave dozens of coal permits in eastern Kentucky unreclaimed.

A national report says Virginia is failing in climate change education. State officials dispute that

A report by two major educational nonprofits released last week on how states' science standards for public schools handle climate change gave Virginia a failing grade, citing “abysmal scores across the board.”

Lawyer behind Roundup lawsuit jailed in extortion scheme

Timothy Litzenburg, who was part of the trial team that won a landmark verdict against Monsanto, was sentenced to two years for attempted extortion.

Native American Monacan capital among 11 most endangered historic sites

If two Virginia counties have their way, a low-lying stub of forest jutting into the James River will host a small water pumping station to meet the needs of their growing populations.

Virginia, Maryland, D.C. sue EPA over failure to enforce Chesapeake Bay cleanup plans

Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. filed a lawsuit in federal district court today against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accusing the agency of violating the Clean Water Act by failing to enforce Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction limits for upstream states Pennsylvania and New York.

EPA, leaders of Bay States commit to action on diversity

Amid nationwide racial protests and a pandemic that has exacerbated longstanding inequalities, state and federal leaders in the Bay restoration effort took a major step on Tuesday toward healing that divide.


Contura Energy will accelerate exit from thermal coal business, citing global transition away from fossil fuels

Contura Energy announced last week it will speed up its exit from producing coal used to generate electricity.

‘Flood City': Norfolk’s issues with sea level rise at center of new national podcast

Norfolk's no stranger to the limelight when it comes to sea level rise and climate change. Home to the world's largest naval base, our slice of Tidewater has been featured in countless government and nonprofit reports and in the dateline of national news stories on the issue.

Rising seas could menace millions beyond shorelines, study finds

As climate change raises sea levels, storm surges and high tides will push farther inland, a team of researchers says.

To save the hemlock, scientists turn to genetics, natural predators

A tiny aphid-like insect known as hemlock woolly adelgid has been devastating the trees since the 1970s.

Marine heat wave along East Coast may intensify Hurricane Isaias

Warm waters from a marine heat wave are a major concern with Hurricane Isaias forecast to ride up the eastern seaboard.

With coal in crisis, will Virginia be saddled with millions in mine cleanup costs?

As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates King Coal’s decline, Virginia could be on the hook for millions in cleanup costs if an anticipated wave of bankruptcies destabilizes its bond pool system for managing the risks of company failures.

Environmental justice concerns stall Virginia power project

A $350 million gas project spanning much of eastern Virginia has been put on hold, in part due to environmental justice concerns.
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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.

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.

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.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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