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NORTH POLE, Alaska—Linda Brown would one day look back with regret on her family's optimism as they dug into the cold, hard soil.

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Buffalo has so far evaded the risk that was buried beneath the city more than a century ago.

Industry is pushing back against California's use of this rationale to regulate these chemicals as a class.

The fuel pellet industry is thriving. Supporters see it as a climate-friendly source of rural jobs. For others, it’s a polluter and destroyer of nature.

By some accounts, Pennsylvania has the worst accumulation of old, unplugged, ownerless oil and gas wells in the nation.

Study of 35 years of satellite imagery shows significant water quality changes in one-third of the nation's rivers, many near dams and cities.

Some union workers aren't on board with a transition to cleaner energy: "I know how to weld. I know how to build power plants."
Hazards from abandoned wells and coal mines plague Appalachia. Cleaning them up could be an economic boon for the region.
The EPA inspector general found that Bill Wehrum, who ran the agency’s office of Air and Radiation, buried data about cancer risks from ethylene oxide pollution.
Sheriffs in Minnesota worried about who would oversee an escrow account, funded by pipeline giant Enbridge, to reimburse the costs of policing protests.
The testimony will occur as President Joe Biden hosts a climate change summit with 40 world leaders.
Despite deep skepticism from union allies, Democrats are determined to make their “Just Transition” away from fossil fuels work.
Around the world, people are finding animals affected by masks, gloves, and other PPE. “The material that is helping us is harming others,” says one scientist.
Louisiana’s wetlands are being lost to sea level rise, leaving eerie "ghost forests." Where does ecotourism fit into the recovery plan?
A new ALEC working group is promoting long-shot tactics like nullification and a constitutional convention.
The cleaned bottles are recovered from friends and family and “a little bit of dumpster diving in Midtown Manhattan.”

Ventilation is important for more than just preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Advocates demand action against a product that has increased illnesses and death in Black communities.
Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry just traveled to Shanghai to push for more ambitious action ahead of upcoming summits.
The future could be bad, or it could be better. You can help decide.
A new tool developed at LANL will analyze moisture levels in wildfire smoke plumes and study how water binds with soot particles.
How Florida blew a chance to close Piney Point for good in favor of a risky plan to turn a profit at the abandoned phosphate plant.
Democrats are debating proposals to cap wells and their methane leaks. But we don’t even know the scale of the issue yet.

After years of trying to get the province to protect an important salmon watershed, one northwest B.C. First Nation is taking matters into its own hands.

Caddo Parish lawmaker seeks to protect fossil fuel business from Biden policies; analysts scoff.

A new study shows mercury in the estuary sediment was left by industry decades ago. It continues to build up in fish, making some unsafe to eat.
An invasion of up to 5,000 illegal miners is underway in the Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous Reserve in Brazil’s Roraima state, Indigenous leaders estimate. Analysts say Jair Bolsonaro’s rhetoric has emboldened the miners.
State’s hands-off approach to smaller concentrated animal feeding operations is taking a toll on the environment, critics say.
Researchers identified "antibiotic resistance genes" in waterways and soils near factory farms in the U.S., according to a report shared exclusively with Newsweek.
Shawn Bath switched his underwater focus after experiencing an epiphany about the state of Newfoundland and Labrador's shorelines. As Andie Bulman writes, his work is the subject of a new documentary.

Green campaigners have urged higher prices for so-called bags for life after dramatic sales increases at some retailers since the ending of sales of single-use plastic carrier bags.

U.S.-based multinational chemical company Chemours says it will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years on a path to effectively eliminating all emissions by mid-century.

Sheba Medical Center found a 65% decrease in the hospitalization of severe asthma patients and a 45% drop in the number of urgent visits to the hospital's emergency room by asthma sufferers in 2020 versus 2019.

The EPA has been aware for more than a decade that companies are underreporting emissions, using equations developed by the petroleum industry that are often wrong.

Five months before national elections, a Green party that once styled itself as the rebel of German politics is finding itself in an unusually respectable position.

A project aimed at reducing plastic pollution along the Mississippi River is deploying new technology in an ancient form: This is not your average message in a bottle.