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Construction has started on more than a dozen key projects in Shanghai's northern Baoshan District to turn a once polluted industrial site into eco-friendly high-tech parks and communities.

Tests that are less able to detect cancer-causing chemicals in water would replace Los Alamos National Laboratory's current, more acute testing under a regulatory change the U.S. Department of Energy is proposing.

In a rare pushback against the radioactive pollution industry, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission — well known as a rubber stamp for the nuclear lobby

In 1987 the U.S. and Canada entered into a Great Lakes agreement to start the process of cleaning up the most polluted sites, 43 of them, that dot the waterways in and between the two countries. The sites, officially known as Areas of Concern, contain legacy toxic sediment from the industrial era when dumping pollutants ...

Some residents in Colchester County are worried about the effects of the herbicide glyphosate being sprayed on land near waterways, and new research out of McGill University shows they are right to be concerned.

For the past 200 years, a rapidly rising population has consumed the earth's resources, ruined the environment, and started wars. But humanity is about to trade one population bomb for another, and now scientists and policymakers are waking up to a new reality: The world is on the precipice of decline, and possible extinction.

More than 90 scientists, doctors, and public health researchers are calling on U.S. and European regulators to conduct new safety reviews of acetaminophen, pointing to mounting evidence that fetal exposure to the commonly used pain reliever could increase the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders and reproductive system effects.

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Trans Mountain, a Canadian government-owned pipeline and energy company, says it is investigating allegations that one of its consultants has ties to the Proud Boys, a group on a federal list of terrorist organizations.

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings sues an agrochemical company for long-lasting damage to the state’s natural resources.
Our pollution of the planet with heavy metals, plastics, industrial chemicals, pesticides and more is pushing Earth systems to the limit, and us closer to crossing a dangerous planetary boundary we don’t understand.
The state’s new Climate Action Plan focuses on cutting emissions in the state’s three most-polluting sectors: electricity generation, industrial energy use, and transportation.
US Steel, other industrial companies will submit plans to lower emissions during weather ‘episodes.’
The purveyors of “grass-fed” beef want you to believe that it solves meat’s environmental problem. But this is merely a branding exercise, not a climate solution.
With politicians failing to take climate action, activists from Asia to South America to Europe are taking governments and polluters to court in a last-ditch bid to reduce emissions — and global heating.

Most forest trees that persist in areas dominated by oil palm plantations die before they can mature, a new study shows.

Bill Winder, a retiree, said it was worth it, noting the climate crisis has reached ‘code red.’
Russian oil companies bid for licenses along Russia's remotest and most vulnerable shores.
The new Environmental Protection Agency rules target the use of coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are potent greenhouse gases.
Consumers in some Northern Virginia communities will have to pay for plastic bags starting next year.

The World Health Organization has cut its recommended limits for air pollution and urged nations to tackle dirty air and save millions of lives.

The World Health Organization says areas like Colorado's Front Range counties need stringent new air pollution limits, firing a daunting challenge at Colorado leaders already scrambling to catch up to less-onerous restrictions imposed by the EPA.

Some radical Republicans also raise a favorite bogeyman, arguing that global warming is a plot to get the country to embrace “socialism.”
Environment Victoria has launched action against the state's environmental watchdog and brown coal power plant operators over pollution levels.
Two conservation groups and an environmental law firm are poised to sue the Yellowstone Club alleging the club is illegally discharging nitrogen into the South Fork of the Gallatin River.
An alarming new study finds that infant feces contain 10 times more polyethylene terephthalate (aka polyester) than an adult’s.
More than 175,000 barrels of oil per day in production will shift from one major company to another.
The hauling of rope on maritime vessels could result in billions of microplastic fragments entering the ocean every year, according to new research.
New Brunswick’s largest forestry company and its wealthy owners have urged members of the provincial legislature to not give in to what they call “misinformation” about the herbicide glyphosate.
Beijing is to end support for overseas coal-fired power projects and plans to up investment in low-carbon energy. It's big news ahead of the November climate summit, but private investors need to follow suit.
Addressing a growing number of permit questions, the coastal policy and rulemaking body has approved a prohibition on artificial turf within the 30-foot shoreline buffer in areas of environmental concern.
COP26 is being called our “last hope” for meeting the world’s Paris Agreement goal, and the role of youth is more important than ever.
The path forward requires a new understanding of our burning world.
Natural-gas supply shortfalls have led to record prices for the fuel and for electricity, leading to fears of a shortage and spotlighting European efforts to slash greenhouse-gas emissions.

Under the Kigali Amendment, Chinese chemical companies must stop emitting a super-pollutant called HFC-23. The challenges are enormous.