Pollution

Ozone pollution is on the rise in the West
Ozone pollution is on the rise in the West
Wildfires, oil and gas drilling, vehicle emissions, and climate change all combine to create more days with unhealthy levels of the colorless, odorless gas.
California oil spill contaminates restored wetland
California oil spill contaminates restored wetland
The Talbert Marsh is refuge to at least 90 species of shorebirds, and now it’s slicked with oil.
Climate change increases rare earth elements in Colorado’s Snake River
Climate change increases rare earth elements in Colorado’s Snake River
A new study suggests lower stream flows as a primary culprit.
Black Americans bear the brunt of Trump’s environmental rollbacks
Black Americans bear the brunt of Trump’s environmental rollbacks
The connections between the environment, race and the COVID-19 crisis are many.
Questions surround Pebble Mine’s environmental review
Questions surround Pebble Mine’s environmental review
As a decision on the open-pit mine nears, documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act unveil agency critiques.
Who wins and who loses with these 4 regulatory rollbacks?
Who wins and who loses with these 4 regulatory rollbacks?
Under a pandemic, Trump backslides pollution and wildlife protection standards.
How to protect nature during uncertain times
How to protect nature during uncertain times
Opportunity, not opportunism.
Trump admin sprints to weaken environmental protections during pandemic
Trump admin sprints to weaken environmental protections during pandemic
‘There’s a lot they want to get done before the election, just in case.’
Air pollution and COVID-19 could be a dangerous cocktail
Air pollution and COVID-19 could be a dangerous cocktail
Pollution already makes breathing harder for some. Will the pandemic follow similar patterns?
Air Force pushed to find alternative to ‘forever chemicals’ for firefighting
Air Force pushed to find alternative to ‘forever chemicals’ for firefighting
Can air bases come up with a less toxic foam and work with local communities affected by contamination?
Trump’s EPA halts environmental law enforcement during coronavirus pandemic
Trump’s EPA halts environmental law enforcement during coronavirus pandemic
The decision has caused an uproar among former agency officials.
For skiers, there’s a contaminant underfoot
For skiers, there’s a contaminant underfoot
Premium wax is affecting alpine food webs.
New Mexico grapples with its ‘forever’ chemicals
New Mexico grapples with its ‘forever’ chemicals
The City of Clovis has a water contamination problem but no easy way to fix it.
Trump targets a bedrock environmental law
Trump targets a bedrock environmental law
Three years of rollbacks have taken a toll, without delivering real benefits.
Trump administration manipulated wildfire science to promote logging
Trump administration manipulated wildfire science to promote logging
Emails show Interior appointees crafted a narrative that blamed forest protection efforts for wildfires.
Can new bus lines chart a course to better travel options in the West?
Can new bus lines chart a course to better travel options in the West?
A European bus company is expanding options for regional travel. High-speed rail could be next.
Effort to lock Hanford’s radioactive waste in glass faces more delays
Effort to lock Hanford’s radioactive waste in glass faces more delays
Feds aim to push back the opening of ‘glassification’ plants, while state officials say the Department of Energy has been underfunding the cleanup of America’s most poisoned site.
Smog and smoke: The West’s air is the dirtiest it’s been since 2009
Smog and smoke: The West’s air is the dirtiest it’s been since 2009
A growing economy, looser regulations and uptick in fires are all factors.
Can a campaign for nature and community rights stop aerial spraying in Oregon?
Can a campaign for nature and community rights stop aerial spraying in Oregon?
The push for more local control upends the typical pattern of Westerners fighting against regulation.
No relief from fracking industry on Colorado’s Front Range
No relief from fracking industry on Colorado’s Front Range
Advocates hope new laws will bring changes, but they aren’t seeing much yet.
National politics put California’s air quality in the crosshairs
National politics put California’s air quality in the crosshairs
On the ground, one teen deploys pollution monitors to make his community safer.
The Mormon Church supplied tainted water to its members for years
The Mormon Church supplied tainted water to its members for years
Utah regulators turned a blind eye to faulty water systems at a girls’ summer camp, trusting the LDS Church would eventually fix the problem.
Trump administration rolls back methane pollution regulations
Trump administration rolls back methane pollution regulations
The EPA will reverse Obama-era standards intended to curb leaks of the potent gas that contributes to the climate crisis.
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