A Tale Of Two Toxic Cities

By Sharon Lerner, Theintercept.com -

After a crucial division of the Environmental Protection Agency reassessed the dangers of two key pollutants — ethylene oxide and chloroprene — the risk of cancer from air pollution shot up in [...]

Lake Erie Just Won The Same Legal Rights As People

By Sigal Samuel, Vox.com -

It started in a pub. A handful of people, hunched over beers in Toledo, Ohio, were talking about a water crisis that had plagued the city in 2014. The pollution of Lake Erie had gotten so bad [...]

TVA Votes To Close 2 Coal Plants, Despite Political Pressure From Trump And Kentucky GOP

By James Bruggers, Insideclimatenews.org -

Brushing aside pleas from coal-friendly politicians, Tennessee Valley Authority's board voted Thursday to retire a 49-year-old coal-fired power plant in Kentucky. President Donald Trump and the [...]

‘Resist Rockwool’ Holds Sit-In Of Senator Joe Manchin Office

By Anne Meador, Dcmediagroup.us -

Washington, DC — West Virginia residents occupied U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s office today to demand he take a position on a controversial factory under construction in the Eastern Panhandle. U.S. [...]

EPA Criminal Action Against Polluters Hits 30-Year Low

By Ellen Knickmeyer, AP.org -

WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show. The EPA said in a [...]

New U.S. Oil And Gas Drilling To Unleash 1,000 Coal Plants’ Worth Of Pollution By 2050

By Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffingtonpost.com -

The great American fracking boom threatens to undermine efforts to avoid climate catastrophe in this century. Amid mounting calls to phase out fossil fuels in the face of rapidly worsening [...]

American Beauties

By Rebecca Altman, Topic.com -

The story of the plastic bag—the kind that is so ubiquitous in grocery stores, in gutters, in the branches of trees—is a story of persuasion, one that began with a battle between paper and [...]

How Trump’s New Trade Deal Could Prolong His Pollution Legacy

By Nicholas Kusnetz, Insideclimatenews.org -

President Donald Trump's new trade deal with Canada and Mexico makes no mention of climate change, but it's likely to have lasting implications for North America's energy future. In many ways, [...]

What London’s Great Stink Has To Do With Us

By Eleanor Goldfield, Medium.com -

By the 1600s, London residents were already voicing concern over the pollution in their most famed river. Unfortunately, the matter was neither easily solved nor considered serious enough. So the [...]

Flint Water Crisis Ongoing: ‘We Are Still Suffering’

By Ashley Curtin, Nationofchange.org -

The water, which was insufficiently treated, “leached lead from service lines and contaminated the city’s water, exposing 100,000 people,” AlterNet reported. On top of that disaster, there was an [...]

Act Out! [174] – How A Small Town Went From Toxic Lakes To Europe’s Greenest City

By Eleanor Goldfield, Occupy.com -

In the 70s, Växjö was a polluted town nestled in the thick forests of southern Sweden. Today, this small town has been recognized by the EU as the greenest city in Europe. So, what happened? What [...]

5 Ways Trump’s Clean Power Rollback Strips Away Health, Climate Protections

By John H. Cushman Jr., Insideclimatenews.org -

The Trump administration has proposed to replace the nation's landmark climate regulations with a watered-down version that would do next to nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power [...]

Cleanwashing: How States Count Polluting Energy Sources As Renewable

By Staff, Foodandwaterwatch.org -

Our new report finds that poor definitions of "renewable" and weak targets are undermining states' efforts to avoid climate change. Are burning tires clean energy? We don't think so. Twenty-nine [...]

Scientists Accidentally Develop ‘Mutant’ Enzyme That Eats Plastic

By Lorraine Chow, Ecowatch.com -

Researchers in the UK and the U.S. have inadvertently engineered an enzyme that eats up plastic. The enzyme is able to digest PET (polyethylene terephthalate)—the same material used in the [...]

I Kept All My Plastic For A Year – The 4,490 Items Forced Me To Rethink

By Laura Barton, Theguardian.com -

We all know, in theory, that we ought to use less plastic. We’ve all been distressed by the sight of Blue Planet II’s hawksbill turtle entangled in a plastic sack, and felt chastened as we’ve [...]