A November ballot initiative is being proposed in Washington State that would require fossil fuel companies to pay carbon fees for their emissions. Supporters say it increases accountability for the companies, opposers say it will increase gas and oil prices.
For the past two years, researchers have been studying Kenya's underground water resource system with the ultimate aim of determining sustainable water practices in a country struggling to meet water demand.
The Colorado River is predicted to suffer water shortages in the coming years that could affect 40 million people. That's why Arizona is working to develop a conservation plan for the river network by the end of the year.
After five years of civil war, opposing factions in South Sudan signed a cease-fire on Wednesday that could eventually resolve the conflict. Some are skeptical if the deal will hold, however, given that previous agreements have collapsed.
Conservation efforts are often portrayed as being in opposition to economic interests. But to most Maine lobstermen environmental sustainability is an economic imperative – and a source of pride.
After near extinction in the 1970s due to famine and disease, African wild dogs have been re-introduced in Gorongosa National Park as part of a carefully planned project to restore the species in a diverse ecosystem where it can thrive.
The United States, Japan, Germany, and others have long used China as a dumping ground for plastic waste, exporting an estimated 116 million tons of waste since 1992. Now, the country's recent ban is serving as a wake-up call for countries to manage waste better.
Electronic waste – while a lucrative business for processing plants – releases harmful lead, mercury, cadmium, and other toxins into the environment. E-waste is a growing problem in Southeast Asia as China cracks down on its recycling and e-waste imports, the world's main dumping ground for e-waste for the past two decades.
Over the next five years, the Environmental Protection Agency will work to remove or control toxic contaminants from campgrounds, mine waste piles, ponds, and rivers.
Deadly wildfires in Portugal killed 106 people in 2017. Now, government officials are focusing on prevention. One part of the solution: hiring dozens of goat herds to eat vegetation that could otherwise be potential kindling for forest fires.
Extreme drought in southwestern Colorado has caused San Juan National Forest officials to close many parks and trails in an effort to resolve ongoing wildfires and prevent more from starting, a move that has already been made in both Arizona and New Mexico.
Lost or discarded fishing gear known as 'ghost nets' float unsupervised in today's oceans, and they're trapping fish and disturbing underwater ecosystems. Volunteer divers are working to retrieve an estimated 640,000 tons of gear from the ocean floor.
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is providing scientists with new insights on how volcanoes work and the patterns they follow. Scientists are now predicting volcanic activity, especially eruptions, more accurately, which will help nearby residences evacuate to safety earlier.
The International Mayors Climate Summit, being held at Boston University, is where officials will meet to discuss how their cities will adapt to climate change. Boston is working to develop new policies and structures that can stand sturdy against a changing environment.
On the eve of the United Nations World Environment Day, which is being hosted by India this year, citizens are addressing their country's garbage problem. Many are coming together to cut down on plastic – from simply recycling waste for a profit, to engineering biodegradable bowls from palm leaves.