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Young, wild and free: Wolverine spotted in California for only second time in last 100 years

A wolverine was spotted three times last month in the eastern Sierra Nevada.
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May 31, 2023, 6:18 PM

Small town, big landfill: New York’s largest garbage dump could grow larger

The Seneca Meadows Landfill, the biggest of its kind in New York, could close in 2025, but its owners want to expand the facility instead.
May 31, 2023, 6:18 PM
Small town, big landfill: State’s largest garbage dump could grow larger
May 31, 2023, 12:22 PM

Delta Air Lines hit with lawsuit over claims of carbon neutrality

A consumer class action lawsuit filed Tuesday claims Delta Air Lines inaccurately billed itself as the world’s “first carbon-neutral airline” and should pay damages
May 31, 2023, 12:22 PM
May 29, 2023, 1:02 PM

UN talks on a treaty to end global plastic pollution open in Paris

A United Nations committee is meeting in Paris to work on what is intended to be a landmark treaty to bring an end to global plastic pollution, but there is little agreement on what the outcome should be
May 29, 2023, 1:02 PM
UN talks on a treaty to end global plastic pollution open in Paris
May 29, 2023, 10:24 AM

State Farm will no longer accept applications for homeowners insurance in California, citing wildfire risk

One of the largest and most reputable insurance agencies in the company will no longer be accepting applications for home and business insurance in California.
May 29, 2023, 10:24 AM
Why State Farm won't be accepting applications for homeowners insurance in California
May 27, 2023, 7:29 PM

The urgent mission to save our fine feathered friends in North America

Conservation scientists at Cornell University say that "billions of birds" have vanished from North America over the past 50 years, and one couple is making it their mission to save the birds.
May 27, 2023, 7:29 PM
The urgent mission to save our fine feathered friends in North America
May 24, 2023, 3:26 PM

Red Sea corals threatened by mass sea urchin die-off, Israeli researchers say

Scientists say that sea urchins in Israel's Gulf of Eilat in the Red Sea are dying at an alarming rate, threatening the sea's prized coral reef ecosystems
May 24, 2023, 3:26 PM
Red Sea corals threatened by mass sea urchin die-off, Israeli researchers say
May 24, 2023, 11:43 AM

Inside America's plastic bag recycling problem

ABC News tracked dozens of plastic bags placed in retailers' recycling bins as part of an investigation into the effectiveness of America’s recycling streams.
May 24, 2023, 11:43 AM
Inside America's plastic bag recycling problem
May 20, 2023, 4:31 PM

Will Biden's hard-hat environmentalism bridge the divide on clean energy future?

Perhaps most unlikely feature of budget negotiations is a debate over permitting
May 20, 2023, 4:31 PM
May 16, 2023, 1:04 PM

Ex-Audi chief pleads guilty in automaker's diesel emissions scandal

The former head of Volkswagen’s luxury division Audi has pleaded guilty to charges tied to the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal
May 16, 2023, 1:04 PM
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US agency plans deeper study of sea turtles, dredging threat

A U.S. agency is agreeing to participate in an in-depth study on whether dredging a Georgia shipping channel in the spring and summer would pose threats to rare sea turtles
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Groups to sue federal officials over manatee protection

Several conservation groups have announced that they’re planning to sue federal wildlife officials, citing a failure to protect the West Indian manatee following record death rates in recent years
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Dutch plan to cut nitrogen emissions gets EU green light

Dutch government plans to drastically cut emissions of nitrogen pollution have cleared a key hurdle
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Asian elephants have lost 64% of their suitable habitat, scientists say

Asian elephants have been losing significant portions of their suitable habitat for the past several centuries.
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The heartbreaking reason why elephant populations are dwindling
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Microplastics in Lake Erie highlight growing concern over potential health effects

Microplastics are getting renewed attention amid broader concerns about potential health effects and and a hydro-fracking boom in the Midwest.
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Microplastics in Lake Erie highlight concern over potential health effects
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For Arbor Day, plant a tree resilient to climate change

Trees are long-term investments that often outlive the people who plant them.
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Honoring Earth Day

People across the country are gathering to raise awareness about environmental issues.
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Honoring Earth Day
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Revived lake threatens California communities

The re-emergence of the dried-out Tulare Lake due to recent heavy rain in California has put homes, buisnesses and farmland underwater.
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Revived lake threatens California communities
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Faith Friday: 'Green Queen' intertwines faith and environmentalism

Faith-based environmentalist and self-proclaimed "Green Queen" Nana Firman explains how you can integrate sustainability into faith.
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Faith Friday: 'Green Queen' intertwines faith and environmentalism
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Sea level rise could wash away turtle breeding grounds around the world, researchers say

Sea level rise is likely presenting more threats to sea turtles, an already vulnerable species, according to new research.
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The alarming reason turtle nests around the world are in danger
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G7 vows to step up moves to renewable energy, zero carbon

Plans to phase out carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.
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Federal government proposes landmark water cuts to conserve Colorado River water

Federal officials are proposing a plan to cut water allotments to states dependent on the Colorado River system to combat dwindling water levels on one of the country's most important bodies of water.
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Federal government proposes landmark water cuts to conserve Colorado River water
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Federal government proposes landmark water cuts to conserve Colorado River water

Federal officials are proposing a plan to cut water allotments to states dependent on the Colorado River system
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Federal government proposes landmark water cuts to conserve Colorado River water
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Jury holds key to fate of $1 billion transmission project

Transmission line won regulatory approvals only to be rebuked in a referendum.
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Florida could become the 'summer of seaweed'

The giant bloom of seaweed off the coast of Florida stretches about 5-thousand miles and is big enough to be seen from space.
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Florida could become the 'summer of seaweed'
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Green living: How families can save money and reduce food waste

Rocket scientist and author Anita Vandyke shares her tips for living a zero waste life.
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How this zero-waste family saves money and wastes less food
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EPA approves California rules phasing out diesel trucks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is clearing the way for California rules that will phase out the sale of diesel-powered trucks
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EPA approves California rules phasing out diesel trucks
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Report by feds, anglers cites offshore wind impacts on fish

A joint study by two federal government scientific agencies and the commercial fishing industry documents numerous impacts that offshore wind power projects have on fish and marine mammals
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Residents sue Louisiana parish to halt polluting plants

Residents of a Louisiana parish located in the heart of a cluster of polluting petrochemical factories filed a lawsuit in federal court raising allegations of civil rights, environmental justice and religious liberty violations
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Nations approve key UN science report on climate change

Rich and developing countries haggled over wording of key phrases in the text.
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Biden administration sued by conservation groups over approval of Willow oil project

Alex DeMarban, reporter with the Anchorage Daily News, breaks down the controversial Willow oil project, which was approved earlier this week by President Joe Biden.
3 months ago
Biden administration sued by conservation groups over approval of Willow oil project
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Don't leave Global South out of green tech growth, UN warns

The majority of developing nations are set to miss out on the economic benefits of booming green technologies, slowing progress toward their climate goals and widening the inequality gap between rich and poor countries, a United Nations report warned T...
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Only 13 countries and regions achieved normal air quality standards last year: Report

Last year, only 13 countries, territories and regions globally have met WHO guidelines for healthy air quality, according to a report.
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Only 13 countries and territories achieved good air quality in 2022: Report
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The new EPA chemical rule explained

ABC News’ Erielle Reshef breaks down the agency’s rule that intends to set drinking water standards for PFAS "forever chemicals."
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The new EPA chemical rule explained
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EPA announces limits on some 'forever chemicals,' but just a fraction are covered

The EPA announced its first-ever rule to reduce the amount of PFAS chemicals also known as "forever chemicals" in drinking water on Tuesday.
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EPA announces limits on some 'forever chemicals,' but just a fraction are covered
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EPA announces limits on some ‘forever chemicals’

PFAS have been linked to several health issues.
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EPA announces limits on some ‘forever chemicals’
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Alaska oil drilling Willow Project approved, despite viral protests

Why the Willow Project was confirmed despite heavy protests
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A viral Tik Tok campaign wasn't enough to stop the Willow Project
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Confirmed: Global floods, droughts worsening with warming

The events are leading to extremes like crop failure and infrastructure damage.
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Burning eyes, dead fish; red tide flares up on Florida coast

Concerns rise that it could continue to stick around for a while.
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Biden expected to greenlight Alaskan drilling project

This would be the single largest oil operation in the U.S., and mark a major policy shift for President Joe Biden.
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Biden expected to greenlight Alaskan drilling project
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Red tide levels in Southwest Florida are increasing and moving up the coast

A harmful algae bloom killing marine life and diminishing air quality as it creeps up the coast of Southwest Florida.
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Red tide is blooming on these Florida beaches
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How environmental disasters affect ecosystems: Ohio train derailment could affect local ecosystem for years, experts say

Scientists will be likely monitoring the ecosystem surrounding the areas affected by a massive chemical spill in Ohio for years to come.
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How the Ohio train derailment will affect the local ecosystem in the coming years
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Costa Rica ponders ways to sustain reforestation success

Costa Rica went from having one of the world’s highest deforestation rates in the 1980s to a nation centered on ecotourism
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The environmental threats facing Easter Island

The landscape of the island has been affected by plastic that's been washing up on the shores and inundating the beaches, but locals are coming together to fight back.
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The environmental threats facing Easter Island
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US climate envoy Kerry stresses will for Amazon cooperation

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry has concluded his second day of meetings with Brazilian government officials
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Biden faces dilemma in fight over large Alaska oil project

It could be economic lifeline for Indigenous communities but hurt environment.
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Dam owner guilty in field turf pollution of Washington river

A company that operates a hydroelectric dam near Mount Rainier National Park and its chief operating officer have each pleaded guilty to a single criminal count in connection with a spill of field turf into the Puyallup River in 2020
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Energy agency: SUV growth weighs on emissions, batteries

The International Energy Agency says ever bigger cars pose a growing problem for the environment because they produce more greenhouse gas emissions and need larger batteries than their smaller cousins
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New Mexico governor pans Forest Service amid wild cow fight

New Mexico's governor has stepped into the fight over how federal land managers are eradicating wild cows in the Gila Wilderness
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California beach city OKs balloon ban to protect coast

The scenic seaside city of Laguna Beach, California, has banned the sale and public use of balloons
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