Pollution

California’s algae bloom is like a ‘wildfire in the water’
California’s algae bloom is like a ‘wildfire in the water’
Some scientists are equating the recent phenomenon to a mega blaze, spurred by human mismanagement.
Conserve groundwater. Fallow farmland. Increase dust?
Conserve groundwater. Fallow farmland. Increase dust?
A new study warns that California’s groundwater regulations could create more dust, worsening already poor air quality.
A community sacrificed to uranium mine pollution
A community sacrificed to uranium mine pollution
A mining company and government agencies repeatedly said they’d clean up waste in Homestake, New Mexico. Instead, they’re buying out homeowners.
The climate bill’s blind spot
The climate bill’s blind spot
A closer look at the good and the bad of specific provisions in the historic climate bill, the Inflation Reduction Act.
See the LA River at a fragile crossroads
See the LA River at a fragile crossroads
Photographer Pablo Unzueta explores an urban river at peril and in constant flux.
The rise of the restoration economy
The rise of the restoration economy
Filling the economic void left by the extraction economy by healing the land.
Take a deep breath with this new Utah art exhibit
Take a deep breath with this new Utah art exhibit
‘Air’ at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts wants to pull your head out of the clouds.
Deep-sea mining creates a ‘cylinder of sound’ risking impacts on marine life
Deep-sea mining creates a ‘cylinder of sound’ risking impacts on marine life
A new report shows that noise from just one mine could travel more than 300 miles across the ocean.
Can Colorado solve its ozone problem?
Can Colorado solve its ozone problem?
Some health experts say current state and federal measures won’t lower ozone pollution to safe levels across the state’s Front Range.
The San Juan Basin’s fossil fuel transition slowed by economic and cultural bonds
The San Juan Basin’s fossil fuel transition slowed by economic and cultural bonds
The region’s history with prosperity in the oil and gas industry looms over conversations about how to diversify its economy.
A chronic polluter closes its doors. What’s next?
A chronic polluter closes its doors. What’s next?
The owner of a wood treatment plant is trying to walk away from its mess in West Eugene, Oregon. Neighbors say, not so fast.
A community poisoned by oil
A community poisoned by oil
People living in Wilmington, California, experience higher levels of illness and ailing mental health.
Worrying about the dust next door in this Montana mining town
Worrying about the dust next door in this Montana mining town
Residents of a Butte neighborhood are concerned about what’s wafting from a nearby open-pit mine that can coat their homes and vehicles.
New study finds DDT in California condors
New study finds DDT in California condors
Chemicals dumped in the 1970s are still seeping into the food chain. But the Yurok Tribe is confident their birds will be OK.
Two Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage
Two Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage
Tribal communities in Arizona and Utah face environmental problems connected to the same radioactive resource: uranium.
Following 14,000-gallon fuel spill, Pacific representatives call for U.N. investigation
Following 14,000-gallon fuel spill, Pacific representatives call for U.N. investigation
Indigenous youth caucus calls for demilitarization of Hawai‘i.
Air quality report card flunks the West
Air quality report card flunks the West
Western states dominate lists of where short-term particulate and ozone pollution are the worst.
Revolution, Coast Salish Style now!
Revolution, Coast Salish Style now!
Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe on accepting failure as a path to creative healing in her debut memoir, ‘Red Paint.’
Cleanup of abandoned uranium mines creates a demand for workers
Cleanup of abandoned uranium mines creates a demand for workers
A growing industry for environmental remediation needs a local workforce with the right training.
Report: Over half of U.S. waters are too polluted to swim or fish
Report: Over half of U.S. waters are too polluted to swim or fish
At 50 years, the Clean water Act has had success. But there are key sources of water pollution yet to be addressed.
The far-reaching consequences of woodsmoke pollution
The far-reaching consequences of woodsmoke pollution
Wood burning stoves raise public health and environmental justice concerns.
Dangerous levels of lead found in Montana schools
Dangerous levels of lead found in Montana schools
High lead levels were identified in the water of over 100 of the state’s nearly 600 schools, and only half have provided samples.
How a Tacoma gas facility started a fight over climate change, sovereignty and human rights
How a Tacoma gas facility started a fight over climate change, sovereignty and human rights
A Washington methane gas project is compounding a crisis of tribal consultation, pension funds and national immigration practices.
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