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Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

Scientists say the largest whales face increased risk of death from ship strikes
4 hours ago

EPA to limit enforcement of environmental laws during coronavirus emergency, giving companies more flexibility

The Environmental Protection Agency is putting companies and specific facilities in charge of monitoring themselves for compliance with environmental laws.
March 27, 2020, 5:33 PM
EPA to limit enforcement of environmental laws during coronavirus emergency

National Geographic reveals concept and cover of Earth Day issue

Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg also shares how National Geographic is responding to the coronavirus crisis.
March 26, 2020, 9:13 PM
National Geographic reveals concept and cover of Earth Day issue

For environmentalists, a 'monumental' legislative session

Democrats passed their priority bills, including those long opposed by GOP.
March 14, 2020, 4:17 PM

Wildlife officials issue new warning after moose stands its ground

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife department said the woman seen on video trying to pet the moose was cited for harassing wildlife
March 4, 2020, 12:44 AM
Wildlife officials issue new warning after moose stands its ground

Exxon outlines its steps to reduce harmful methane emissions

Exxon Mobil is outlining how it is reducing the methane its operations release into the atmosphere, detailing its efforts as governments around the globe write new rules to regulate the harmful greenhouse gas
March 3, 2020, 8:54 PM
Exxon outlines its steps to reduce harmful methane emissions

Dutch consortium unveils ambitious 'green' hydrogen plan

A Dutch consortium has announced an ambitious plan to create “green” hydrogen using power from a huge offshore wind farm that has yet to be built
1 month ago
Dutch consortium unveils ambitious 'green' hydrogen plan

US pushes changes to Western land plans that judge blocked

A federal judge in Idaho blocked the Trump administration plans last year.
1 month ago

As plastic bag bans go into effect, some question the unintended consequences

Some are questioning whether banning plastic bags is effective in the fight to clean up the environment.
1 month ago
As plastic bag bans go into effect, some question the unintended consequences

Bee-killing pesticides could be banned in Minnesota under new bill

A bill in the Minnesota state legislature would allow cities to ban all pesticides that are harmful to pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
1 month ago
Bee-killing pesticides could be banned in this state under new bill

Landscape architects shift emphasis to the ecosystem

Landscape architects are finding themselves on the front lines of the climate change crisis
1 month ago

Antelope worries prompt lawsuit over Wyoming gas field plan

Environmental groups are suing to contest plans for a potentially huge gas field they say would endanger antelope in Grand Teton National Park
1 month ago
Antelope worries prompt lawsuit over gas field plan

Sunscreen pollution proves highly toxic to juvenile corals

Chemicals commonly found in sunscreen cause permanent DNA damage to coral.
1 month ago
Sunscreen pollution proves highly toxic to juvenile corals

Bee-killing pesticides could be banned under new Minnesota law

The new bill would give municipalities the authority to ban “pollinator-lethal pesticides.”
1 month ago
Bee-killing pesticides could be banned under new Minnesota law

Maine whale protection plan doesn't go far enough, feds say

Federal regulators say a Maine plan to reduce risk to endangered whales doesn't goes far enough, and that means fishermen in the state could face more restrictions
1 month ago
Whale protection plan doesn't go far enough, feds say

Delta going 'carbon neutral' with $1B pledge

The airline is aiming to become "carbon neutral" and mitigate all emissions starting in March.
1 month ago
Delta going 'carbon neutral' with $1B pledge

'Grounds for optimism': Global carbon emissions level out despite growing economy

Global carbon emissions levelled out in 2019 despite the world's economy growing, thanks to a switch to clean energy in advanced economies.
1 month ago
'Grounds for optimism': Global carbon emissions level out despite growing economy

Asian carp roundup in Kentucky opens new front in battle

This has been a 15-year battle to halt invasive carp that threaten native fish.
2 months ago
Carp roundup in Kentucky opens new front in battle

Tiny indigenous land highlights Brazil's environmental woes

Members of the Guarani Mbya tribe, living in the smallest demarcated indigenous land of Brazil, have mourned hundreds of felled trees beside their village for days
2 months ago

Open sores, lower numbers likely not invasive lionfish's end

A new study says an unidentified disease has caused open sores.
2 months ago
Open sores are lowering the number of lionfish

Researchers ask public to help find bald eagle nests in Ohio

Ohio wildlife researchers are asking residents to keep their eyes open and help find the state's growing population of bald eagles.
2 months ago
Public asked to help find bald eagle nests

Descendants of extinct tortoise species found in Galapagos

Conservationists found 30 hybrid giant tortoises on the Galapagos Islands.
2 months ago

Monarch butterflies at critically low level

The number of monarch butterflies wintering in California remains at a critically low level, according to a new study.
2 months ago
Monarch butterflies at critically low level

Malaysia sends back trash, says won't be world's waste bin

Malaysia has sent 150 containers of plastic waste back to mainly rich countries.
2 months ago

UN sets 2030 biodiversity deadline to combat possible mass extinction

A United Nations agency has released a plan on biodiversity outlining goals to mitigate the possibility of a mass extinction in the upcoming decades.
2 months ago
UN sets 2030 biodiversity deadline to combat possible mass extinction

House passes bill to force EPA regulation of 'forever chemicals' linked to health concerns

The House has passed a bill that would require the EPA to act to limit Americans’ exposure to chemicals connected to health problems.
3 months ago
House passes bill to force EPA regulation of 'forever chemicals'

Acting OMB director discusses changes to landmark environmental law

Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought says the Trump administration wants to speed up projects to mitigate climate change with new environmental law reforms.
3 months ago
Acting OMB director discusses changes to landmark environmental law

After initial goal of 200, 2000 Christmas trees are donated to help sand dunes in New Jersey

Christmas trees will be used to help restore sand dunes in New Jersey.
3 months ago
More than 2,000 Christmas trees donated for sand dunes after park asks for 200

Counting whales from space pitched as key to saving them

An aquarium and engineering firm in Massachusetts are partnering on the project.
3 months ago

Jim Beam fined in massive bourbon spill that killed fish

Jim Beam has been fined $600,000 for a Kentucky warehouse fire that sent bourbon into nearby waterways and killed fish
3 months ago

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation 'home run'

A feel-good environmental story is unfolding in the Pacific Ocean
3 months ago
Fishery rebounds in rare conservation 'home run'

White Sands monument re-designated as US national park

White Sands National Monument in New Mexico is now White Sands National Park.
3 months ago

Swiss to vote on setting climate goals in constitution

Swiss environmental activists have collected enough signatures to force a referendum on setting specific goals for combating climate change in the country's constitution
3 months ago
Swiss to vote on setting climate goals in constitution

Plastic waste fills ocean along South Africa coastline

Plastic bottles and other litter churned in waves along the Durban coast.
3 months ago
Plastic waste fills ocean along South Africa coastline

Goldman Sachs becomes 1st major US bank to pledge no funding for new Arctic drilling

Goldman Sachs became the first major U.S. bank to ban financing for new upstream oil drilling or exploration in the Arctic region.
3 months ago
Goldman Sachs becomes 1st major US bank to pledge no funding for Arctic oil projects

Louisiana sues California over alligator ban

Louisiana is suing the state of California over a law banning the import and sale of alligator products
3 months ago

Biggest environmental stories of the decade

The last decade has brought more attention to climate change and other issues.
4 months ago
Biggest environmental stories of the decade

California fines CVS $3.6 million for failing to recycle

CVS failed to redeem deposits on bottles and cans at some of its locations.
4 months ago

Conservation groups make major land buy along Georgia coast

It's one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast coast
4 months ago
Conservation groups' Georgia coast land buy could help save tortoises

Bosnian capital of Sarajevo hit by dangerous air pollution

Officials cancel all outdoor public events and warn citizens to remain indoors.
4 months ago

NYC set to require 'bird-friendly' glass on new construction

Tens of thousands of birds die flying into the city's buildings every year.
4 months ago

Indonesian government wants to charge tourists $1,000 to access islands with Komodo dragons: Report

The Indonesian government is aiming to charge tourists a $1,000 fee to access the islands native to the Komodo dragon.
4 months ago
Indonesia wants to charge tourists $1,000 to see Komodo dragons in the wild: Report

Sperm whale found dead on Scotland beach with 220 pounds of trash in stomach

A sperm whale found stranded on a beach in northeast Scotland had more than 220 pounds of trash in its stomach when it died, according to the organization that found it.
4 months ago
Sperm whale found dead with 220 pounds of trash in stomach

Sugar field burning plagues poor Florida towns with soot

Farmers are asked to consider not setting fire to their fields before harvest.
4 months ago

Shell shock: Giant invasive mussels eradicated from US ponds

A colony of mussels as big as dinner plates has recently been wiped out from a New Jersey pond
4 months ago
Giant invasive mussels eradicated from US ponds

Kenya flooding death toll rises to 60; 7 others missing

The torrential rain is uncommon for this time of year.
4 months ago

EasyJet says it will operate net-zero carbon flights

European budget airline easyJet says it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting carbon emissions from the fuel used on every flight
4 months ago
EasyJet says it will operate net-zero carbon flights

A present for the earth? How to cut holiday waste

With sustainability on the minds of many, ways to make the holiday season more eco-friendly
5 months ago
A present for the earth? How to cut holiday waste

Air quality sinks to 'severe' in haze-shrouded New Delhi

A thick gray haze of polluted air is hanging over India's capital, with authorities trying to tackle the problem by sprinkling water to settle dust and banning some construction
5 months ago
Air quality sinks to 'severe' in haze-shrouded New Delhi

Michigan family strives for waste-free life

The Augustines have spent years practicing habits to lower their carbon footprint, including the use of fuel efficient cars and eliminating single-use plastics.
5 months ago
Michigan family strives for waste-free life