Pollution

The impermanence of wonder and whales
The impermanence of wonder and whales
A writer comes to grips with the plight of the Puget Sound orca.
Interior Department issues order to avoid settlements
Interior Department issues order to avoid settlements
Critics say the decree will slow down the implementation of enacted laws.
Latest: Wildfire smoke deaths could double by century’s end
Latest: Wildfire smoke deaths could double by century’s end
New research shows fire-polluted air could kill up to 44,000 people per year by 2100.
Meet the artist who makes trash into art     
Meet the artist who makes trash into art     
How one painter recreates the sublime beauty of nature on the plastic bottles you threw away.
The Cold War’s nuclear legacy still leaches
The Cold War’s nuclear legacy still leaches
Washington’s Hanford site is a lesson for politicians considering new nuclear weapons.
A new generation of activists, born next to an oil refinery
A new generation of activists, born next to an oil refinery
Long in the grips of industry, working-class parents take a lesson from their children.
Resistance to drilling grows on the Navajo Nation
Resistance to drilling grows on the Navajo Nation
Indigenous activists try to quell a rising tide of oil and gas exploration in Chaco Canyon.
An unfrozen North
An unfrozen North
The world’s permafrost holds vast stores of carbon. What happens when it thaws?
A look into a climate-altered Alaska
A look into a climate-altered Alaska
Experiments in the permafrost zone near Denali simulate a warmer North.
The big public land sell-out
The big public land sell-out
Even without wholesale land transfers, public lands are already being conveyed to industry.
When Copper Kings leave, what happens to the slag?
When Copper Kings leave, what happens to the slag?
To jolt its economy, a town explores the many uses of the byproduct of its smelting history.
Libby, Montana, tries to shake its ‘Superfund stigma’
Libby, Montana, tries to shake its ‘Superfund stigma’
Rebranding could help the town distance itself from past asbestos pollution.
Want to revitalize a depressed economy? The EPA can help.
Want to revitalize a depressed economy? The EPA can help.
A Montana town is using an obscure program to help clean up contaminated areas.
In a shuttered mill, a Montana town sees business potential
In a shuttered mill, a Montana town sees business potential
Frenchtown is waiting on a Superfund designation to clean up toxic remnants.
‘Orphaned’ oil and gas wells are on the rise
‘Orphaned’ oil and gas wells are on the rise
Wells left behind by industry threaten to overwhelm Western states.
Latest: Idaho gets nation’s first International Dark Sky Reserve
Latest: Idaho gets nation’s first International Dark Sky Reserve
Designation recognizes decades of work to reduce light pollution.
The 26,000 tons of radioactive waste under Lake Powell
The 26,000 tons of radioactive waste under Lake Powell
The West’s uranium boom brought dozens of mills to the banks of the Colorado River — where toxic waste was dumped irresponsibly.
Latest: The EPA drops mine cleanup proposal
Latest: The EPA drops mine cleanup proposal
Obama-era plan required mining companies to prove they can pay for remediation.
In a burning West, wildfire smoke threatens public health
In a burning West, wildfire smoke threatens public health
Montana hospitals handled an increase of respiratory-related problems this year.
Interior Department’s return to the ‘robber baron’ years
Interior Department’s return to the ‘robber baron’ years
Secretary Ryan Zinke will be known better for cynicism than conservationism.
A map of $1.1 billion in natural gas pipeline leaks
A map of $1.1 billion in natural gas pipeline leaks
In seven years, pipeline incidents have killed nearly 100 people nationwide.
A tale of two parks: How the Bakken boom transformed a landscape
A tale of two parks: How the Bakken boom transformed a landscape
While a North Dakota national park is an oasis from drilling, a nearby state park is thrown open.
Threatened plants on state lands have few protections
Threatened plants on state lands have few protections
Politics, land ownership and imperiled plants collide in New Mexico.
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