Critics say EPA moving too slowly on regulating chemicals found in Teflon

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 bags to non-stick pans. This week, the Environmental Protection Agency made a plan to regulate […]

United Kingdom council hires its own "garbage queen"

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.

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

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 industry regulations, but observers say he’s doing it in a more careful way compared to […]
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

“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

Jun 28, 2018
A growing industry is offering a front row seat to extreme weather.
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Critics fear EPA changes will give big industry more sway over science

Mar 29, 2018
Under the new policy, academic study authors will have to share their raw data, leaving it vulnerable to distortion, some worry.
“Data needs to be transparent and objective for the American people to consume,” says Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency administrator. Above, Pruitt answers questions at a White House briefing in June.
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China is drowning in a sea of cardboard — so is the U.S.

Online shopping comes with a lot of packaging, and that packaging is becoming a problem.
Chinese laborers load cardboard onto a truck to be recycled in the Dong Xiao Kou village in Beijing in 2014.
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Entrepreneurs starting to see opportunities in other people's food scraps

Feb 12, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to keep food waste out of landfills. One entrepreneur in rural New Hampshire is pinning her business to that goal.
Jessica Saturley-Hall, founder of the Upper Valley Compost Company, picks up a bucket full of food scraps in Grantham, New Hampshire. 
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Unusual freezing weather means extra costs for Southern states

Jan 4, 2018
A powerful winter storm — or bomb cyclone — is expected to engulf the East Coast today, dumping feet of snow in New England and carrying winds up to 50 miles an hour. But it’s not just the usual suspects in the Northeast who are feeling the effects of this winter weather — Southern states […]