District Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled the U.S. government must consider the cumulative nature of climate change when leasing public lands for oil and gas drilling. His ruling will block drilling across about 500 square miles in Wyoming.
California is pulling National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border to help prevent wildfires. The state is doubling its efforts to thin miles of forest after the drought left millions of trees dead. The effort has drawn criticism from both environmentalists and President Donald Trump.
Dozens of cities across the country have already banned foam plastic containers, but Hawaii’s effort could be the first state-wide. Discarded, slow-to-degrade plastic has shown up at sea and on beaches. But local eateries worry about the higher costs of biodegradable containers.
It has been up for debate whether or not the gray wolf’s status as an endangered and threatened species will change. A new proposal gives authority to state wildlife agencies and furthers the trend of environmental deregulation.
A late-winter blizzard has closed schools, wrecked roadways, and caused widespread blackouts. The extreme temperature is due to a dramatic drop in air pressure in Colorado – the most severe since 1950.
The massive fire in Paradise, California, last November burned thousands of pounds of wiring, plastic pipes, and building materials. As wildfires become more frequent scientists are searching for new strategies to study the longterm effect on humans and animals.
Sixty-seven species from warmer southern waters migrated into the Northern California region over an unusually long period of severe heat waves. The significant migration might not be negative, but it will affect the ecosystem.
Hispanics breathe in 63 percent more than the pollution than they make, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For African-Americans the figure is 56 percent. White Americans are exposed to 17 percent less air pollution than they make.
Business interests and conservationists are often at odds. But in a busy shipping line near Sri Lanka that is also a feeding ground for blue whales executives are willing to move their traffic to lower ship strikes at their own expense.