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This is part 4 of our 4-part series, "Fractured," an investigation of fracking chemicals in the air, water, and people of western Pennsylvania.

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The continent is crammed with “ghost” stations—just one sign of how this empty, icy place is becoming more crowded.

Texas' experience of last month's deadly winter storm may have grabbed headlines, but its neighbors fared just as badly.

See how extreme weather has affected an vital reservoir in California.
A new satellite finds a surprise: Atmospheric rivers of moisture can dump huge amounts of snow over Antarctica, and now we can track it incredibly closely.
Harbor seals and porpoises in the Salish Sea experience antibiotic-resistant bacteria differently, pointing to worrying implications for orcas.
The Arizona Corporation Commission grilled a West Valley water company Wednesday, asking why it did not respond more aggressively after chemical agents were discovered in water from its wells five years ago.
In the small coastal country, an exploding industry has led to big economic promises, and a steep environmental price.
For nearly 20 years, Robin Baird has been following killer whales, trying to figure out what they eat. At first, he would look to see what was in their mouths as the whales feasted on fish near the surface. But then he and his colleague, Brad Hanson, started looking for more subtle clues in their […]
Recent years have seen a significant uptick in hurricane activity, both in terms of storm numbers and intensity.
Pennsylvania’s bodies of water, including the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and Little Lehigh Creek, are facing an environmental enemy called microplastics, according to new data.

A warming atmosphere is causing a branch of the ocean's powerful Gulf Stream to weaken, some scientists fear. In the past, this has led to dramatic, rapid climate change.

Iconic ecosystems, from coral reefs to Tasmania's ancient forests, are collapsing across the continent and into Antarctica. It's not too late to act — in fact, our lives depend on it.

Officials are giving residents of some long-suffering New Jersey communities tools to push back against polluters.


With warming temperatures, fluctuating water levels and a series of extreme storms, Lake Superior is undergoing dramatic alterations amid climate change.
Navajo Generating Station shut down in 2019 and is now being dismantled. The Colorado River water that cooled the plant is part of a broader legal impasse.
A warming atmosphere is causing a branch of the ocean’s powerful Gulf Stream to weaken, some scientists fear.

That forests are good for the environment is a no-brainer. What isn't as clear-cut: how do newly planted woodlands affect water availability?

Skipjack are the world’s most abundant tuna. They’re resilient, but can they outswim our demand for this pantry staple?
New research confirms Great Slave Lake's water levels during the summer and fall of 2020 were the highest since monitoring began in the 1930s.
A group of Russian climate researchers outline a further multi-degree warming of the Arctic.

It's the end of a thriving era, but the PCB cleanup is ongoing.

As the session passes its halfway point, more than two-thirds of bills related to the environment are now dead. Here's what they would have done.
The Santorini shipwreck of the cruise ship MS Sea Diamond has been a permanent feature of the Greek islands for the last 14 years.
The state mandated every town update their land use ordinances to shore up protections against polluting stormwater runoff.
NMED also sought a civil penalty of $333,000 and called for court-supervised negotiations to set proper targets and a schedule to address contamination.

The National Flood Insurance Program is set to release new rates this fall, and it's likely to result in an increase in premiums for Louisiana homeowners. One study finds rates would need to quadruple for the program to stay afloat.

Some Nicaraguan coffee farmers are experimenting with a more diverse and sustainable mix of crops, which could prove to be more profitable and better equipped to handle rising temperatures.

The UK's largest water company has apologised after it was fined £2.3m for polluting a stream with sewage that killed more than 1,000 fish.

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have found that shrimp living in polluted waters are producing 70 per cent less sperm than the rest of their species.

Remember the movie, "The Day After Tomorrow," in which a catastrophic series of global disasters strike after climate change causes the world's ocean currents to stop? Well, new research reveals Earth's major ocean currents are slowing down.

A new study that counted half a trillion coral colonies between Indonesia and French Polynesia found that most corals are not in imminent danger of being wiped off the planet.

A lot has been written about how air quality has improved over lockdown, as people haven't been using their cars as much to get around. But that doesn't mean the pandemic has been good for the environment across the board.

Scientists in Germany and the United States have developed a new model to predict the pathways of coastal plastic pollution.
We rely on fresh water for drinking, food, and sanitation, and they’re in trouble. But freshwater issues are becoming a higher priority for conservationists.