Coal ash is nasty stuff. Full of dangerous metals like lead and mercury, the ash left over after the combustion of coal can increase a person’s risk for cancer and mess with their brain health.
Methane comes from more than cows. As notorious a poster child cattle have become, a huge portion of our methane emissions are produced by the oil and gas industry. A study out Thursday explores how much worse these greenhouse gas emissions actually might be.
Puerto Rico is finally taking its energy system private. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló signed a bill Wednesday to sell pieces of the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority (PREPA). The system’s been in shambles since Hurricane Maria hit last year, and this is seemingly the governor’s final attempt to salvage it.
Michigan won’t be handling water testing in Flint anymore. After assuming that responsibility in 2016, the state is officially handing it back to the city starting in July, according to The Flint Journal/M-Live.
Puerto Rico’s still reeling from the shock of Hurricane Maria, a disaster that may have led to the death of thousands. Nearly nine months later, doctors and physicians are alerting the public to another hidden health crisis: asthma.
The monsoon season can be a matter of life and death for people in South Asia. On the one hand, its rains nourish crops that feed millions. On the other, floods and landslides can create deadly hazards, as evidenced by what’s going on in northeast India and Bangladesh right now.
When it comes to Arizona’s embattled Navajo Generating Station, groups on both sides can’t stop, won’t stop.
Growing up in my predominantly black and Latino town of Uniondale on Long Island, “the outdoors” was never about being healthy. One of my clearest childhood memories involves a group of girls beating me up at a park because they confused me for someone else. As a teenager, parks were where kids went to shoot hoops and…
The Nixon Ridge Pipeline in West Virginia exploded spectacularly Thursday, creating a fireball visible for miles. While TransCanada is still investigating why exactly this brand new, “best-in-class” pipeline blew up, we can offer some informed speculation.
No number of protests are likely to keep a major coal-fired power plant in Arizona open. In fact, its biggest customer finalized a couple contracts Thursday to replace their power source when the plant shutters next year.
In Louisiana, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is disputing a judge’s ruling that it broke the law—all in the name of a crude oil pipeline set to run 163 miles through the state.
Hurricane season has returned, and Puerto Rico isn’t ready. Even a small hurricane could mess up the power grid again, throwing over 3 million American citizens back into the dark.
More than scientific research goes down in Antarctica. With Pride Month officially starting Friday, celebrations are popping off at all ends of the world—including near the South Pole. Who said a continent devoted to ice, climate and Earth science can’t also be a place for the queerios of the world to party? After…
These days, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s got no shame cozying up to polluters. Head to Australia, though, and it’s a whole different game. Ever heard of Dib Hanna? Me neither, but apparently, he’s a notorious criminal in Sydney, Australia. His crime? Serial asbestos dumper. (And no, I’m not…
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is no longer safe.
Lessons on climate change don’t require wonky charts or boring lectures. They can sometimes be as simple—and cute—as an animated video featuring penguins, an elephant seal, and some researchers ready for the freezing temperatures of Antarctica.
At the height of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, 12 people died. A couple studies earlier this year concluded that the water switch that resulted in lead contamination of the water supply also caused an outbreak of Legionnaires disease. Now, some officials at the state level disagree.
Looks like the fraught Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion isn’t happening after all. Or, actually, wait. It is—but only after the Canadian government decided to purchase the damn thing for 4.5 billion Canadian dollars (roughly $3.5 billion).
Seems like Michigan learned its lesson on lead exposure after what happened in the city of Flint. The state is on the verge of implementing the nation’s tightest drinking water rules around lead. If all goes smoothly, the state’s new Lead and Copper Rule should be live by the end of the week.
Thanks to Hurricane Harvey, the homeless population in Houston and surrounding areas increased this year, according to a report out Wednesday from the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County.