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Amid concerns over health, dry cleaners look to "wet" alternative

by Eilís O'Neill Jun 7, 2019
In Seattle, grants have been offered to dry cleaning companies who will trade a potentially dangerous chemical for safer alternatives.
Hyen Sook Kang and Tae Park have owned Sun Dry Cleaners since 1985.
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What makes a grid "smart"?

by Lynne Peskoe-Yang Apr 5, 2019
Advocates say the environmental benefit are compelling.
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Company wins court battle over exploratory oil drilling in Florida Everglades

by Maria Bakkalapulo Mar 20, 2019
After years of legal battles, a Miami-based company won the right to carry out exploratory oil drilling in the Florida Everglades.
After years of legal battles, a Miami-based company won the right to carry out exploratory oil drilling in the Florida Everglades.
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Can a lake have legal rights? Voters in Toledo, Ohio, will decide

by Adrian Ma Feb 22, 2019
Ballot measure supporters want to stop pollution in Lake Erie. Opponents say the measure could unleash a torrent of frivolous lawsuits.
Members of a grassroots group called Toledoans for Safe Water set up a sign on a highway overpass urging people to vote for the Lake Erie Bill of Rights.
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Critics say EPA moving too slowly on regulating chemicals found in Teflon

by Scott Tong Feb 15, 2019
There’s a family of chemicals inside our bodies that’s linked to birth defects, immune system problems and, possibly, cancer. The chemicals — known by the acronym P.F.A.S. — are contained in Teflon, which is found in everything from microwave popcorn…

United Kingdom council hires its own "garbage queen"

by Stephen Beard Dec 19, 2018
Brighton is getting creative with its waste disposal methods.
Cat Fletcher, Brighton's "Garbage Queen," stands outside of the Waste House, clad with carpet tiles.
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For you, it's a tax on a hotel stay. For Florida, it's money to clean up a large lagoon.

by Renata Sago Sep 27, 2018
The state rakes in a pretty penny on overnight hotel stays, and how that money should be spent has been a contentious issue lately.
Stephen Sharkey, who works for the Marine Resources Council, says the Indian River Lagoon had, at one point, the most biodiverse ecosystem in North America.
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Here’s how the EPA might be different under Andrew Wheeler

by Scott Tong Jul 30, 2018
The acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency appears to be approaching his job differently than his predecessor, Scott Pruitt, at least in the early going. Andrew Wheeler is likely to still advance President Donald Trump’s push to dispense of…
Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler waits to testify before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee August 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Wheeler testified during the committee's hearing titled 'Examining EPA's Agenda: Protecting the Environment and Allowing America's Economy to Grow.'
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Ten years later, what we learned from WALL-E

by Molly Wood, Danielle Chiriguayo, and Janet Nguyen Jul 16, 2018
“It's a wicked satire of American consumerism and of environmental degradation, but it also has this cheerful little character," according to sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson.
Wall-E arrives at the world premiere of Disney-Pixar's film Wall-E held at the Greek Theater on June 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. 
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How storm chasers turn tornadoes into tourist attractions

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Jun 28, 2018
A growing industry is offering a front row seat to extreme weather.
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