Crackdown on East Chicago air polluter stalls under Trump EPA.

The EPA has stalled its crackdown on a company still operating nearby that is a major contributor to chronically dirty air in the community and the broader Chicago area. more…

Making North Carolina well water safer.

Since so many North Carolina residents draw drinking water from unmonitored private wells, a push is on to improve testing and treatment. more…

Paris plunge: Daily queues after city opens cleaned-up canal to swimmers.

Free swimming at La Villette is first step in Paris’s efforts to reopen some of its murky waterways to casual bathers, and the Seine could be next. more…


California shows how states can lead on climate change.

The state is making a bold global statement with its cap-and-trade program. more…

Let's stop failing our children, address lead issue.

Illinois needs to lower the actionable level of lead in a child’s blood to 5 micrograms per deciliter; 10 is far too high. more…

Trump's EPA threatens kids' health by rejecting pesticide ban.

Now the New Jersey Legislature is taking a welcome stand against Trump's Environmental Protection Agency and its chief, Scott Pruitt, over a pesticide called chlorpyrifos. more…


Control Detroit’s dust pollution.

Detroit is open for business, but development must respect the environment and the health of all residents. more…

Enjoy cod’s revival, but the extent of our ruination of the sea remains unknown.

Yes, stocks may have recovered in the North Sea, but overfishing is not the problem in sustaining marine health. more…

The great caterpillar factory.

The bankruptcy of the great caterpillar factories impoverishes entire regions and endangers some bird species wholesale. more…

In the News

For farmers without land, a Long Island lawn will do.

A couple is trying to grow a business by cultivating crops on land that homeowners usually mow. New York Times

Eat, love, pay.

Hilsa are small fish with a huge fan base, and people will pay to protect them. Hakai Magazine

Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think.

A new study has shown that the pollution your car churns out isn’t just a problem for people walking outside, but is twice as dangerous for drivers and those inside the car as previously believed. HuffPost UK, United Kingdom

After state ruling, glyphosate weed-killer going but not yet gone in Yountville.

A week and a half after California added one of the world’s most heavily used weed-fighting chemical to its list of cancer-causing substances, Yountville detailed its progress toward lessening its use – but added it will not yet shelve it completely. Napa Valley Register, California

'No political interference,' DOE study author says.

A veteran energy consultant who penned the leaked draft of a high-profile grid study for Energy Secretary Rick Perry is speaking out about speculation that the report has been politically tainted. EnergyWire

Fukushima’s melted nuclear fuel likely sighted in ghostly underwater images.

Thanks to an underwater robot nicknamed “Little Sunfish,” authorities in Japan may have reached a critical stage in the cleanup effort following 2011’s Fukushima disaster. Washington Post

The battle over 2,500-year-old shelters made of poop.

A falcon war in Greenland’s frigid north is a preview of habitat contests to come. The Atlantic

A rich town's choice: Protect its homes or save the beach?

The sandy beach in front of homes in this north San Diego County town is shrinking, and the high tide is edging closer. ClimateWire

If you’ve ever had Lyme disease, blame the anti-vaxxers.

In 1998 the FDA approved a a drug called Lymerix, and it was pretty effective until the chronic Lyme crowd and the anti-vaxxers started ranting: Mother Jones

‘No jab, no play’: How Australia is handling the vaccination debate.

States are moving to punish child care centers that enroll the unvaccinated, dismissing the objections of those who resist immunization without a valid medical reason. New York Times

New C.D.C. chief saw Coca-Cola as ally in obesity fight.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said she would consider taking money from Coke for C.D.C. programs despite the agency’s having cut ties with the company in the past. New York Times

He thought he just had blisters from a hike. He had flesh-eating bacteria and nearly died.

When Wayne Atkins went to a doctor for a painful blister that wouldn't go away, he learned that his body was being consumed by flesh-eating bacteria. Washington Post

With more ships in the Arctic, fears of disaster rise.

A decline in sea ice is allowing more marine travel, but experts say the remote region is unprepared to face an emergency at sea. New York Times

Seoul to sue central government for US base cleanup costs.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government will file a lawsuit against the central government for the cost of cleaning up contaminated underground water near the US military base in Yongsan, central Seoul. Korea Herald, South Korea

Water tainted with perfluorocarbons by US military is focus of legislation.

House of Representatives passes bill that would require study of health effects, impacts of potential drinking water regulation on development of substitutes. Chemical & Engineering News

Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast pools efforts against climate change.

It is a recurring pattern among Central American countries and each country is seeking its solutions. Inter Press Service

What do 10,000 Europeans know about climate change and the sea?

An ambitious survey reveals that when it comes to marine issues, most Europeans show greater awareness of pollution and overfishing than the effects of specific climate change threats, such as ocean acidification. Anthropocene Magazine

As the climate changes, Kenyan herders find centuries-old way of life in danger.

Nomadic herders have lived off the vast expanses of grass in the Rift Valley for centuries. But recently, as the climate has changed, the grass here has died and a way of life that has existed for centuries is in danger. Weekend Edition, NPR