Pollution

‘I’m scared of getting sick from the water’
‘I’m scared of getting sick from the water’
Some rural California communities have waited nearly a decade for state regulators to repair their tainted drinking-water systems.
The toxic, soupy biomass choking water systems in California
The toxic, soupy biomass choking water systems in California
Algae blooms in Clear Lake are a public health risk and increase water treatment costs.
Captured methane can address climate change and offset electricity costs
Captured methane can address climate change and offset electricity costs
As coal mines continue to close, there’s a use for the greenhouse gas that continues seeping from operations.
The health hazards of California’s neighborhood drilling
The health hazards of California’s neighborhood drilling
Much of the state’s oil extraction takes place in residential areas, often in Spanish-speaking communities, but there’s a lack of research detailing its impact.
What the narwhal can tell us about the climate crisis
What the narwhal can tell us about the climate crisis
An analysis of the species’ 10-foot-long tusk shows an accumulation of mercury and a change in diet as sea ice retreats.
Study finds wildfire caused massive bird die-off
Study finds wildfire caused massive bird die-off
Research using crowdsourced data found a correlation with the birds’ deaths, nearby fires and toxic air.
California tackles microplastics in drinking water
California tackles microplastics in drinking water
Despite no standard method for testing, the state looks to help consumers with the threat of the ubiquitous contaminants.
Energy companies have left Colorado with billions of dollars in oil and gas cleanup
Energy companies have left Colorado with billions of dollars in oil and gas cleanup
As the state tries to reform its relationship to drilling, an expensive task awaits.
Put unemployed miners and drillers back to work in restoration
Put unemployed miners and drillers back to work in restoration
There’s economic development in reclaiming coal mines and plugging idled wells.
Nevada lithium mine kicks off a new era of Western extraction
Nevada lithium mine kicks off a new era of Western extraction
The hastily approved project went forward without comment from the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe.
New Mexico eyed for major nuclear waste storage facility
New Mexico eyed for major nuclear waste storage facility
Critics say virtual meetings bypassed rural communities and raise concerns about the company behind the proposal.
Drowning the derelicts: Yesterday’s boats are today’s problems
Drowning the derelicts: Yesterday’s boats are today’s problems
States and municipalities from Alaska to California struggle to dispose of old vessels without federal support.
New Mexico is on track to have the weakest methane emissions regulations in the nation
New Mexico is on track to have the weakest methane emissions regulations in the nation
Laguna Pueblo Gov. Wilfred Herrera, Jr., urges the state to strengthen its proposed air quality rules.
In California, 1 million people lack access to clean water
In California, 1 million people lack access to clean water
Why one community has struggled with arsenic in its water for so long, despite the state’s Human Right to Water law.
Are wildfires contaminating your drinking water?
Are wildfires contaminating your drinking water?
Manufactured substances known as volatile organic compounds pollute water around the U.S., and they’re heightened in the aftermath of fires.
How conservation groups confront distrust from communities of color
How conservation groups confront distrust from communities of color
In order to attract a broader constituency, organizations must first address a history of missteps and exclusion.
Should you recycle your disposable mask?
Should you recycle your disposable mask?
How masks are manufactured is important for the environment, too.
Colorado’s wildfires require a drastic and collective fix
Colorado’s wildfires require a drastic and collective fix
Climate change should be seen as a number one priority.
Will the extraction industry’s economic turmoil blight Colorado?
Will the extraction industry’s economic turmoil blight Colorado?
Questions about gas well maintenance, clean up and public safety rise amid bankruptcies in the sector.
Once a boom town, now a ghost town. Always a hometown.
Once a boom town, now a ghost town. Always a hometown.
Over generations, the Soto family has lived through cycles of mining booms and the broken promises that come with them.
When home is next to an oil refinery
When home is next to an oil refinery
All I knew about Wilmington, California, was poverty, so I long hid my connection to it.
In a small Montana town, there’s a thing with feathers. Hope? Not so much.
In a small Montana town, there’s a thing with feathers. Hope? Not so much.
Maxim Loskutoff’s debut novel explores the fraught history of the Bitterroot Valley.
The ‘wreckreation’ in our wild places
The ‘wreckreation’ in our wild places
Too many people and too much poop.
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