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Federal energy regulators are working to consider greenhouse gas emissions and environmental justice concerns when approving new infrastructure like oil and gas pipelines, while easing barriers to renewables and energy storage.

Many of the wells are releasing methane, a greenhouse gas containing about 86 times the climate-warming power of carbon dioxide over two decades. Some are leaking chemicals such as benzene, a known carcinogen, into fields and groundwater.

Residents and activists say the project will increase air pollution and lock in reliance on fossil fuels. They claim institutional racism is involved in the decision.

Just as the fossil fuel industry was starting to worry about demand for single use plastics, along comes a global pandemic that they could leverage to push more of the stuff. And they did! But was it enough to save them entirely?

Environment groups have challenged the Senate to urgently pass a measure that would regulate the production and use of single-use plastics, after the House of Representatives approved a counterpart bill last week.

LA-based Arc Boat company announces $4.25m seed fund to start work on 475-horsepower craft.

Vigilance OGM says they mimic those used to indicate pesticides have just been sprayed and "to remind us of the level of our exposure to pesticides."

The move from the Canadian college comes as Vermont rolls out PFAS testing in the cross-border lake.

Ontario Treaty 3 First Nation says agreement with Ottawa just 'first step' in getting 'mercury justice.'

"i could not have predicted this," says Vernice Miller-Travis, who gathered data for a seminal 1987 study, "toxic wastes and race in the United States."

US President Joe Biden spoke Friday with governors of several western US states where severe wildfires are devastating communities, telling them the crisis highlights the urgent need for action to stem climate change.

US senators were expected to move forward on Sunday on a $1tn package for roads, rail lines and other infrastructure, with text of a bill due to be delivered.

Authorities evacuated dozens of villages in tourist areas in southern Turkey on Sunday as wildfires that have claimed six lives raged for the fifth day, while Greece, Italy and Spain were also hit by blazes.

The UK's target of reducing emissions to net zero by 2050 is "too far away" to be the sole focus of attention, the government's spokesperson for COP26 has said.

Climate change, smoking and long term impact of Covid-19 pandemic could spurt an increase in lung cancer cases, according to experts.

At the beginning of next year, California will begin enforcing an animal welfare proposition approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2018 that requires more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens and veal calves.

In the small village of Kacarlar, on Turkey's southern coast, farmers are facing apocalyptic scenes as wildfires continue to sweep the country.

The Biden administration's Environmental Protection Agency must work to develop the strongest possible clean car standards as quickly as possible.

Smoke from across the Canadian border is seeping into Minnesota. Officials warn unhealthy air quality will persist until next week, fueling concerns over possible health impacts.

A study found potentially harmful chemicals in bottle caps used by Martinelli's but the Watsonville, Calif., company is the process of addressing the issue.

Peter Dykstra joins Host Steve Curwood to talk about G20 nations providing more than $3 trillion in subsidies for fossil fuels despite their pledges to reduce emissions under the Paris Accord. Then, the two turn to the Great Salt Lake, which is becoming an environmental hazard as it continues to dry up. Finally, the two look at the 100th anniversary of the first crop dusting by airplanes and the birth of Delta Airlines.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, State Rep. David Gomberg, State Rep. Janeen Sollman, the Surfrider Foundation, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Environment Oregon, and Oceana united at a press conference at the Oregon Zoo to draw attention to the plastic pollution crisis and the recent legislative measures offering solutions.

'The World We Need: Stories and Lessons from America’s Unsung Environmental Movement' is a gripping new anthology published by The New Press and edited by Brooklyn-based journalist Audrea Lim. It expertly shows how and why environmental science and social justice activism must work together.

They say burning natural gas harms communities of color, exceeds New York's carbon limits and helps make the case for a federal clean energy standard.

Early exposure to lead pollution may lead to less mature personality traits as an adult.
A new law in Maine clarifying that legal cases alleging damage or injury from PFAS can be filed up to six years after the harm was or could reasonably have been discovered may have ramifications outside the state, attorneys said.

German chemical company Bayer A.G. announced Thursday that it would replace the herbicide glyphosate from all lawn and garden products sold in the United States by 2023.

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Some power generators — finding they can make more money supplying electricity to Bitcoin-mining operations than selling it to the grid — are shifting focus.

President Biden is unwinding Donald Trump’s environmental legacy, while forging his own. The Washington Post is chronicling every step.
A handful of "super emitters" are responsible for the vast majority of all emissions in the energy sector.

The electric vehicle boom is driving a surge in demand for metals needed for batteries and other components. Some companies say the solution lies in mining the deep oceans. Scientists say that could irreversibly damage a vast, largely pristine ecosystem.

The push is to get rid of the garbage as fast as possible, even if that means not following the niceties of recycling regulations.
Tracing the impact on the environment from shipping any of these goods is tricky to do.
Decades ago, the federal highway boom tore apart historically Black neighborhoods across the U.S. The legacy of this racist federal transportation policy continues to define urban spaces, even as some cities look to reconnect these communities.

There is so much unwanted gas coming out of American coal mines that federal data suggests it outpaces the carbon emissions footprint of the entire U.S. petrochemical industry. This represents a huge, barely-tapped resource that could prevent emissions.