The federal Community Emergency Response Teams program enlists thousands of civilians to ease the pressure on professionals during the chaos of an earthquake, a wildfire, a flood, or a blizzard.
The Trump administration made a long-anticipated announcement that proposed keeping US mileage standards at 2020 levels in efforts to keep cars safer and cheaper, but the proposal revokes Obama-era fuel standards that focused on efficiency.
A small number of buildings in Puerto Rico now rely on solar power after hurricane Maria left much of the island in the dark. Industry officials and environmentalists are closely watching the experiment to determine the possibilities of a larger-scale switch to off-grid power.
Given the high costs of imported fuel for energy, several Caribbean islands are considering increasing the number of electric vehicles on their roads. But they face several barriers, including high initial costs and stiff import tariffs on vehicles.
Harsh drought conditions have left vegetation and water scarce in the American West. Federal land managers have begun emergency roundups, while volunteers haul water and food to remote grazing grounds.
The environmentally focused California city is proposing a ban on plastic items such as straws, stirrers, and fluorinated takeout containers by 2020. But opponents claim the ban would be discriminatory toward people with disabilities.
As tourism rapidly increases in Bali, garbage collection services and infrastructure have failed to keep up. But citizens are making efforts with initiatives like self-funded apps, green camps for children, and volunteer cleanups, to counter the growing trash problem.
With frequent droughts threatening the future of Malawi's farming industry, local farmers in the country's Zomba district have created sustainable solutions: solar-powered pumps and water storage dams.
Scientists around the world are making strides in reducing methane emissions from belching livestock by developing probiotic supplements, breeding animals that emit less, and planting trees in pastures to absorb greenhouse gasses.
Since the 1960s Clean Air Act, and its reinforcement in the 1990s, air toxins that trigger acid rain have been reduced, resulting in positive ecological effects. Now, Northeast forests once scarred by acid rain are mostly green, with red spruce trees thriving.
Scientists have been in the field measuring Kilauea volcano's eruptions 24 hours a day, seven days a week since it first exploded two months ago, trying to discover warning signs for future eruptions.
President Trump's approval of Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, as the Environmental Protection Agency's new chief to replace Scott Pruitt has renewed partisan debate about climate change and the environment.