A Uranium Ghost Town in the Making

Time and again, mining company Homestake and government agencies promised to clean up waste from decades of uranium processing. It didn’t happen. Now they’re trying a new tactic: buying out homeowners to avoid finishing the job.

Senate Approves Democrats' Sweeping Climate and Health Bill

The legislation would unlock billions in new grants for states and local governments. But some lament its lack of help on housing and other issues. It will next go to the House.

Coyotes Are Here to Stay in Cities. Here’s How to Appreciate Them From a Distance

COMMENTARY | Though they can get a bad rap, coyotes often aren't as aggressive as many believe them to be. And in fact, they may bring some benefits to cities.

Texas Skirting Federal Environmental Law to Push For Highway Expansion

The state department of transportation says many of its highway projects have “no significant impact.”

Extreme Rainfall Will Be Worse and More Frequent Than We Thought

Researchers say some climate models are underestimating future floods.

A Key US Energy Efficiency Program Has a Major Flaw. Pennsylvania Is Trying to Fix It

Homes are rejected for efficiency upgrades because they need repairs. Many owners can't afford them.

Support Slips for Phase Out of Gas-Powered Cars and Trucks

A slight but rising majority of Americans are against a transition towards manufacturing only zero-emission vehicles, a new survey finds.

To Reduce Harmful Algal Blooms and Dead Zones, the US Needs a National Strategy for Regulating Farm Pollution

COMMENTARY | There is no shortage of solutions to this problem. What’s needed is technological innovation and stronger political will.

Governors, Lawmakers Infuriated Over Manchin’s Reluctance to Include Climate Funds in Senate Proposal

The revived Build Back Better proposal could have meant billions in federal dollars specifically for states and localities, which government leaders have endorsed.

Toxic Algal Blooms are Driving Up Water Costs in the Great Lakes

In Toledo, Ohio, monitoring and treating algae-contaminated water from Lake Erie costs $100 per family per year.

The Biden Administration Wants States to Set Targets for Vehicle Pollution Cuts

Even though the newly proposed rulemaking from the Transportation Department does not mandate levels for the cuts, it has upset Republicans. The plan includes requirements for metropolitan planning organizations as well.

California Passes Nation’s Toughest Plastic Reduction Bill

Experts say the bill could prevent 23 million tons of plastic pollution by 2032.

Republicans Look to Reverse Biden’s Infrastructure Permitting Changes

They’re raising concerns that reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act will slow down projects, now that the Biden administration has scrapped a Trump-era rules rewrite.

$53.3 Million. 33 Jobs. No Plan. That’s How Mississippi Lawmakers Are Spending BP Oil Spill Money.

Business leaders hoped the state would use money from the 2010 oil spill to transform Mississippi’s coastal economy. Instead, lawmakers are using much of it to fill gaps in local government budgets and fund projects with few metrics for success.

Low-cost Sensors are Helping Communities Find Gaps in Air Quality Data

Portable air sensors are helping citizen-scientists living near fracking or industrial operations collect data on volatile organic compounds -- pollutants not tracked by EPA monitors.

Historic Floods Hammer Yellowstone, Shuttering Park and Stranding Residents

A combination of heavy rain and rapid snowmelt has pushed rivers in the region to their highest recorded levels.

Why Biden Just Declared Heat Pumps and Solar Panels Essential to National Defense

COMMENTARY | Other presidents used the Defense Production Act to boost fossil fuel supplies. Biden is using it to replace them with clean energy. But just ramping up production isn’t enough.

Two States Cancel Highway Expansions After Years of Planning

Advocates in favor of scrapping highway projects hope that increased public pressure and scrutiny from the Biden administration will halt others.

Greener Cities Could Prevent Thousands of Deaths

COMMENTARY | Increasing green space in U.S. cities may substantially reduce mortality from all causes, according to a new study.

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