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The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution
Tens of thousands of Londoners died of cholera from the 1830s to the 1860s. The causes were simple: mass quantities of human waste and industrial contaminants were pouring into the Thames, the central waterway of a city at the center of a rapidly industrializing world. The river gave off an odor so rank that Queen Victoria
Scientists Call for Drastic Drop in Emissions. U.S. Appears to Have Gone the Other Way.
The signals are blaring: Dramatic changes to our climate are well upon us. These changes — we know thanks to a steady drumbeat of alarming official reports over the past 12 months — could cripple the U.S. economy, threaten to make vast stretches of our coastlines uninhabitable, make basic food supplies scarce and push
Ocean Temps Rising Faster Than Scientists Thought: Report
Ocean temperatures are rising faster than scientists previously concluded, according to an alarming report released Thursday.
EPA backs down from plan that could have allowed youth farmworkers to handle pesticides
The Environmental Protection Agency has abandoned plans to roll back a set of protections for farmworkers, including a proposal to ease Obama-era regulations requiring anyone working with dangerous pesticides to be at least 18 years old.
California set a goal of 100% clean energy, and now other states may follow its lead
It’s been less than four months since California committed to getting all of its electricity from climate-friendly sources by 2045. But the idea is already catching on in other states.
Suspect shipyard contractor gets huge state deal for Camp Fire cleanup
The state agency in charge of wildfire cleanup has awarded a contract worth as much as $250 million to the company at the center of San Francisco’s Superfund scandal — an environmental engineering firm that was caught falsifying soil tests and is being sued by the U.S. Justice Department, whistle-blowers and homeowners.
With 86% Drop, California’s Monarch Butterfly Population Hits Record Low
They arrive in California each winter, an undulating ribbon of orange and black. There, migrating western monarch butterflies nestle among the state’s coastal forests, traveling from as far away as Idaho and Utah only to return home in the spring.
Trump Orders FEMA To Cut Off Aid For California Wildfire Recovery
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cut off wildfire relief aid for fire-scorched California until state officials “get their act together” and do a better job of managing forests.
The most exciting corporate sustainability moves of 2018
In times of political inaction at the national level in the U.S., people anxious for positive news have been looking to businesses and the corporate sector to step up.
Will Gavin Newsom change the state’s water course? Fish and farmers will soon find out
In the final weeks of Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration, his appointees on a state board ordered some powerful water districts to cut their historic river diversions to protect endangered salmon populations.