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Beijing declares dramatic success in fighting air pollution

by Jennifer Pak May 8, 2019
China says it has succeeded in cutting the city's pollution over 5 years.
Photos taken from the same spot in Beijing for 365 days in 2013
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The single-use plastic pollution problem

by Danielle Chiriguayo Apr 22, 2019
This Earth Day, let’s do the numbers on single-plastic use.
This photo taken on May 12, 2018 shows a dog on a garbage-filled creek in Manila.
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EPA poised to roll back what waterways are protected

by Ben Bradford Dec 11, 2018
The Trump administration is set to release a plan that would redefine which bodies of water are protected by the 1972 Clean Water Act.
The Trump administration is set to release a plan that would redefine which bodies of water are protected by the 1972 Clean Water Act. 
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Would moving government offices out of Mexico City solve its overcrowding problem?

by Jorge Valencia Nov 30, 2018
The country’s incoming president has a plan to reduce congestion by moving government offices out of the capital.
Mexico's incoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has promised to move federal offices out of the capital, and longer commutes are on the horizon.
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Study links air pollution to early death

by Scott Tong Nov 19, 2018
A new report ranks air pollution as the greatest threat to human life, above war and disease.
A Chinese man wears a mask as he waits to cross the road near the CCTV building during heavy smog on November 29, 2014 in Beijing, China. 
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The U.S. is cutting carbon emissions despite Trump policy

by Jed Kim Sep 12, 2018
A coalition of elected officials and business leaders sees progress toward Paris climate agreement targets.
Emissions spew out of a large stack at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station in 2014 in Newburg, Maryland.
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U.S. businesses worried over Chinese policy initiative

by Jennifer Pak Apr 16, 2018
"Made in China 2025" aims to make China the technology leader in several sectors.
Security guards walk past the Chinese national flag at the Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution on March 1, 2008 in Beijing, China. 
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Top German court gives cities a green light for diesel restrictions

by Aaron Schrank Feb 27, 2018
Germany’s top administrative court today ruled that cities can now ban older diesel vehicles from high-pollution areas. Before Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal a few years ago, more than half of the new cars sold in Europe had diesel engines. They’ve been…
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China is drowning in a sea of cardboard — so is the U.S.

by Molly Wood, Stephanie Hughes, Jennifer Pak, and Shaheen Ainpour Feb 26, 2018
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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The EPA adds sites to its Superfund list, but no budget increase for oversight

by Jed Kim Dec 11, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced 21 new places to be deemed Superfund sites, areas with toxic pollution around the country. Being added to the Superfund list means federal officials oversee the cleanup. Yet the White House budget proposal includes…