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FILE - Cans and plastic bottles brought in for recycling fill containers at a recycling center in Sacramento, Calif., July 5, 2016. California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced Thursday, April 28, 2022, that a subpoena has been issued to ExxonMobil as part of what he called a first-of-its-kind investigation into the petroleum industry for its part in causing a global plastics pollution crisis. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California Subpoenas ExxonMobil in Probe of Plastics Waste

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general on Thursday subpoenaed ExxonMobil as part of what he ...
FILE - This colorized electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health shows a human T cell, indicated in blue, under attack by HIV, in yellow, the virus that causes AIDS. In a study released in the journal Nature on Thursday, April 28, 2022, climate change will result in thousands of new viruses spread among animal species by 2070, which is likely to increase the risk of emerging infectious diseases jumping from animals to humans. (Seth Pincus, Elizabeth Fischer, Austin Athman/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH via AP)

Increased Infectious Disease Risk Likely From Climate Change

Climate change will result in thousands of new viruses spread among animal species by 2070 — ...
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Surge of Desert Surf Parks Stirs Questions in Dry California

Hours from the California coast, surfers are hoping one of the next spots where they can ...
Sharon Lavigne, founder of environmental justice group Rise St. James, is second from the left as she and members Myrtle Felton, Gail LeBoeuf and Rita Cooper

Catholic Award for Louisiana Environmental Justice Advocate

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A retired special education teacher turned environmental justice advocate will receive what ...
A sign posted by opponents to a wastewater treatment plant

Tennessee Community Fights to Save Their ‘Exceptional’ Creek

PRIMM SPRINGS, Tenn. (AP) — Greg Deen and his family have farmed along Lick Creek in ...
Women walk past as flames

Months After Pledge, India Yet to Submit Emissions Targets

NEW DELHI (AP) — Four months after India announced its "net-zero" target at the United Nations ...
Kevin Stack with the Berrien County Road Department fills up jugs

EPA Confirms Filters Reduce Lead in Michigan City’s Water

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The filters distributed in Benton Harbor, Michigan during the city's recent lead ...
large-scale deforestation

Green Groups Say Romania Failing to Stop Illegal Logging

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Environmental groups say Romania has failed to tackle illegal logging and nature ...
A train hauling thousands of tons of coal

As Climate Change Costs Mount, Biden Seeks to Price Damages

HARDIN, Mont. (AP) — In the coal fields of eastern Montana, climate change is forcing a ...
A firefighter

Firefighters Sue Companies Over Use of ‘Forever Chemicals’

BOSTON (AP) — Fifteen retired and active-duty firefighters from Massachusetts say in a federal lawsuit filed ...
President Joe Biden

Biden: Infrastructure Plan Gives $1B for Great Lakes Cleanup

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — President Joe Biden declared Thursday that a $1 billion infusion from the ...
Pile of avocados

Mexico’s Avocados Face Fallout From Violence, Deforestation

MEXICO CITY (AP) — With clever Super Bowl ads, an irresistible fruit and apparently insatiable appetite ...
Thai customs officials display seized ivory originating from Nigeria

DNA Analysis of Elephant Ivory Reveals Trafficking Networks

WASHINGTON (AP) — As few as three major criminal groups are responsible for smuggling the vast ...
A young koala

Koala Declared Endangered as Disease, Lost Habitat Take Toll

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Koalas were declared officially endangered Friday in eastern Australia as they fall ...
Janie Agyagos, a biologist, pulls a length of barbed wire

Exchange: Volunteers ‘Essential’ to Get Forest Projects Done

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — "Hopefully you've had your tetanus shots," said Janie Agyagos as she put ...
FILE - Ashley Williams Watt walks near a wellhead and flowline at her ranch, Friday, July 9, 2021, near Crane, Texas. The wells on Watt's property seem to be unplugging themselves. Some are leaking dangerous chemicals into the ground, which are seeping into her cattle's drinking water. And she doesn't know how long it's been going on. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Interior Department Approves $1B to Clean Up Abandoned Wells

The Department of Interior is spending $1.15 billion to cap abandoned oil and gas wells across ...
The Flint water plant tower

US Pushes for Better Tap Water but Must Win Over Wary Public

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Angela Stamps won't drink water from her faucet, showers less and no ...
Alaska Supreme Court Justice Craig Stowers

Alaska Court Rules Against Youths in Climate Change Lawsuit

The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 16 young ...
FILE - EPA Administrator Michael Regan, right, speaks to reporters at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant, a Ridgeland based facility near Jackson, Miss., about longstanding water issues that have plagued the city, on Nov. 15, 2021. The Environmental Protection Agency is taking a series of enforcement actions to address air pollution, unsafe drinking water and other problems in minority communities in three Gulf Coast states that Administrator Michael Regan visited as part of a "Journey to Justice" tour last fall.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

EPA Acts to Curb Air, Water Pollution in Poor Communities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency announced a series of enforcement actions Wednesday to address ...
Rihanna

Rihanna’s Foundation Donates $15 Million to Climate Justice

Rihanna is backing her belief that climate change is a social-justice issue by pledging $15 million ...
South Pacific, scientists have explored a rare stretch of pristine corals

Rare, Pristine Coral Reef Found Off Tahiti Coast

Deep in the South Pacific, scientists have explored a rare stretch of pristine corals shaped like ...
A butterfly flies near a cluster of butterflies gathered on a pine tree at Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. The number of Western monarch butterflies wintering along California's central coast is bouncing back after the population reached an all-time low last year. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

After Record Low, Monarch Butterflies Return to California

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (AP) — There is a ray of hope for the vanishing orange-and-black Western ...
Connor Sonnenberg, foreground left, and Billy Kinn, foreground right, drink wastewater that was sterilized at the PureWater Colorado Mobile Demonstration using a method that involves carbon-based purification, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Across the U.S., cities are increasingly embracing the idea of sterilizing wastewater from toilets, sinks and factories, and piping it back into homes and businesses for drinking. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)

As Cities Grow, Wastewater Recycling Gets Another Look

DENVER (AP) — Around the U.S., cities are increasingly warming to an idea that once induced ...
This image released by PBS shows elephants approaching a waterhole in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya in a scene from the documentary series "Nature." The PBS series is celebrating its 40th anniversary this season. (Waterhole Films Ltd/PBS via AP)

Drones, Viral Videos Help ‘Nature’ Thrive After 40 Years

NEW YORK (AP) — Forty years ago, the programmers at PBS were eager to experiment, so ...
FILE - A male alligator snapping turtle is held after being trapped by the Turtle Survival Alliance-North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, as part of the process of tagging turtles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, that it is proposing threatened status for alligator snapping turtles, huge, spike-shelled reptiles that lurk at the bottom of bayous and lakes, luring prey to their mouths by extending a wormy-looking lure. Every state in their range now protects them, but the lingering effects of catching the turtles for alligator soup are among reasons their numbers are now so low. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Feds Propose Threatened Status for Alligator Snapping Turtle

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that it is proposing ...
Workers install solar panels

Biden’s Solar Ambitions Collide With China Labor Complaints

BEIJING (AP) — The Biden administration's solar power ambitions are colliding with complaints the global industry ...
ornate box turtle

Illinois Researchers Working to Save Ornate Box Turtles

FRANKLIN GROVE, Ill. (AP) — A team of Illinois researchers is using dogs to track down ...
methane plumes

UN: Cutting Methane Quickly Key to Curbing Dangerous Warming

Cutting the super-potent greenhouse gas methane quickly and dramatically is the world's best hope to slow ...
Meteorologists in the U.S. use temperature datasets spanning 30 years to calculate temperature normals. The U.S. normal annual temperature is now 53.3 degrees Fahrenheit.

Republicans Ask Why White House Removed Climate Scientist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House Republicans are asking the White House for documents to explain why ...
United States Fish and Wildlife Service

US Sets Aside Habitat Critical for Survival of Rare Songbird

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers have set aside vast areas across several states as ...
The sun rises between the trees as bluebells

Pandemic Puts Tulips, Bluebells, Cherry Blossoms in Hiding

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — There is no stopping flowers when they bloom, blossoms when they burst ...
Tarawa atoll, Kiribati

Climate Change Creates Migrants. Biden Considers Protections

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ioane Teitiota and his wife fought for years to stay in New ...
oil pump jacks

Business Leaders Urge Biden to Set Ambitious Climate Goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 300 businesses and investors, including such giants as Apple, Google, Microsoft ...
Person pushes a jet boat into the low water

Tensions Rise in Water Battle Along Oregon-California Line

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of the worst droughts in memory in a massive agricultural region ...
President Joe Biden

Biden Budget Seeks More for Schools, Health Care and Housing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden released a $1.5 trillion wish list for his first federal ...
a firefighter battles the Creek Fire

California Plans $536M For Forests Before Wildfire Season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will authorize $536 million toward forest management projects and efforts to ...
scientists in a research boat pursue a Pacific leatherback turtle

Steep Decline in Giant Sea Turtles Seen Off US West Coast

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Scientists were documenting stranded sea turtles on California's beaches nearly 40 years ...
houseboats float

Study: Drought-Breaking Rains More Rare, Erratic in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rainstorms grew more erratic and droughts much longer across most of the ...
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Want to Help Fight for Health Justice? It May be Time to Listen

A pandemic, protests and politics have highlighted the nation's long-standing, deep-seated racial issues and how they ...
Sen. Rob Olson, right, R-Olathe, confers with Senate Vice President Rick Wilborn, left

GOP Legislators Disagree Over Kansas Unemployment Upgrades

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators don't yet agree on how much time to give the ...