The First Tribal Climate Emergency Declaration Is Here—and It Won't Be the Last

In the Arctic, people don’t have time to wait around for others to take action to stop climate change. This region of the world is warming faster than everywhere else, so they’re feeling the impacts of the global fever our planet is running much quicker than the rest of us. That’s, in part, why an indigenous community…

More Coal Miners Are Dying From Black Lung, and These Researchers May Know Why

New research presented Monday at the annual American Thoracic Society Conference shows that the worst form of black lung—a disease most prevalent among coal mine workers—is on the rise, placing recent generations of miners at greater risk of dying from the respiratory disease than earlier ones. And a shift in mining…

This Town Didn't Want to Be a Radioactive Waste Dump. The Government Is Giving Them No Choice.

PIKETON, OHIO—David and Pam Mills have grown tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and okra on their secluded Appalachian property for about 18 years now. This will be the first year the retired couple doesn’t. They just can’t trust their soil anymore. Not with what’s being built barely a five-minute walk away.

Giant Pile of Toxic Coal Ash Is Being Moved From Puerto Rico to Florida, Sparking Outcry

On the south coast of Puerto Rico, a five-story mountain of coal ash once sat in the town of Guayama. It’s contaminated the surrounding drinking water with things like boron, lithium, and sulfate—all dangerous to human health above certain levels. Now, all that ash, a byproduct of coal production, is being shipped to…

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