The uranium industry continues to poison U.S. groundwater

For the first time, ProPublica has cataloged cleanup efforts at the 50-plus sites where uranium was processed to fuel the nation’s nuclear arsenal. Even after regulators say cleanup is complete, polluted water and sickness are often left behind.

Groups ask SC: Stop GMO rice, eggplant cultivation

Groups of farmers, scientists, environmentalists and concerned citizens have filed a petition before the Supreme Court to seek the issuance of a writ of kalikasan and a Temporary Environmental Protection Order against the commercial cultivation of genetically modified...

Coal-fired plant imploded in NJ for battery array

A former coal-fired power plant in New Jersey was imploded Friday, and its owners announced plans for a new $1 billion venture on the site, where batteries will be deployed to store power from clean energy sources including wind and solar.

Peter Dykstra: Public disservants

The U.S. Department of the Interior oversees public lands, national parks and wildlife refuges, and has a major impact on the nation’s environmental direction. Here’s a look at four previous men who led the department in less-than-admirable ways. They...

Opioids, Surgery, and Spouses

Another “study” of the war on opioids for acute surgical pain. It turns out that the spouses of patients may be the ones filling those prescriptions. Oh my! Are these spouses diverting the opioids? Are physicians unethically prescribing them? How many are becoming...

MnTAP publication highlights work of 2022 P2 interns

The 2022 MnTAP Solutions magazine highlights the projects led by our 16 talented interns and the companies that supported their recommendations to reduce waste, water, energy. These projects resulted in proposed solutions that could save the companies $3,068,000...

Why Heinz spent 185,000 hours redesigning this ketchup bottle cap

Read the full story at Fast Company. In Heinz’s squeezable upside-down ketchup bottle, the plastic cap is designed to dispense a standard blob of sauce without spilling. It works. But it can’t easily be recycled, so the Kraft Heinz Company decided to design an...

The flexible film recycling conundrum

Read the full story at GreenBiz. The major challenge with flexible packaging remains its recyclability. TerraCycle founder Tom Szaky discusses likely scenarios for what’s ahead.

Cities’ zero emissions (over) ambition faces reality check

Read the full story at Politico. Cities raised eyebrows when they announced they’d embarked on a race to hit zero-emissions by 2030. As reality sets in, some now admit the target may be more aspiration than achievable. As part of an EU-funded scheme announced earlier...

Saying ‘no’ in science isn’t enough

Read the full story in Nature. In August 2022, a group of female scholars wrote ‘Why four scientists spent a year saying no’: an article about what they had gained by saying no to 100 work-related requests over the course of year. We knew we had found kindred spirits...

Rules for a net-zero energy strategy

Read the full story at GreenBiz. This week, a United Nations-sponsored panel took aim at greenwashing, creating a framework for what a credible net-zero emissions plan looks like. The report, “Integrity Matters: Net zero commitments by businesses, financial...

Please stop licking psychedelic toads, National Park Service warns

Read the full story in the Washington Post. The U.S. government has an unusual request: Please don’t lick psychedelic toads. The National Park Service issued a warning this week to visitors to refrain from licking the large Sonoran Desert toad as they try to reach a...

In one state, every class teaches climate change — even P.E.

Read the full story in the Washington Post. Two years ago, New Jersey became the first state in the country to adopt learning standards obligating teachers to instruct kids about climate change across grade levels and subjects. The standards, which went into effect...

“EPA Seeks To Mandate More Use Of Ethanol And Other Biofuels”

“The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed increasing the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supplies over the next three years, a move welcomed by renewable fuel and farm groups but condemned by...

Denver gets go-ahead from EPA after progress on lead pipes

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday approved a nearly $700 million plan to remove all lead water pipes in the Denver region, saying the local water utility’s approach for reducing lead levels is succeeding and making swift progress.

Evidence of PFAS in sanitary and incontinence pads

Twenty-two sanitary pads, panty liners and incontinence pads have detectable levels of fluorine, an indicator of the group of chemicals known as PFAS, according to a new report from Mamavation. Partnering with EHN.org, the environmental wellness blog and community had...

White House elevates Indigenous expertise to inform policy

Indigenous people have closely observed changes to the climate for centuries. Now their knowledge — including firsthand experience passed down by oral tradition for millennia — will help inform federal research and policy decisions.

Amid the sprawl, a Long Island prairie makes a quiet comeback

Tucked into quintessential suburbia, the Hempstead Plains Preserve is a small sliver of the grassland that once covered a vast area of Long Island. New research shows that thoughtfully planted yards and gardens can bolster the biodiversity in such urban wildland...

How global warming has changed Wasington winters

If you’ve lived in the Washington region for a while, you might have noticed winters aren’t as harsh as they used to be. While it’s true that the area has never been particularly cold or snowy, it has become less so with time.

Droughts and climate change

After years of severe drought, the situation in northern Kenya is desperate. Animals are dying, fields have dried up and people have little to eat. A women’s initiative is hoping to turn their community’s fortunes around with the help of new wells.

Hurricane Ian caused the second-largest insured loss after Katrina

Analysis found that extreme weather disasters, including winter storms in Europe, flooding in Australia and South Africa, and hailstorms in the U.S. and France, caused an estimated total economic loss of $260 billion in 2022, well above the 10-year average of $207...

India shakes up global approach to climate change as G20 chair

The world’s second-most populous nation (soon to be the first) intends to use its new position to secure green investment and shift global governance to the benefit of the “Global South,” a grouping that largely includes lower-income nations in Latin America, Asia,...

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