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Science May 02Solar, wind energy struggle as coronavirus takes toll
The U.S. renewable energy industry is reeling from the new coronavirus pandemic, which has delayed construction, put thousands of skilled laborers out of work and sowed doubts about solar and wind projects on the drawing board.
Nation Apr 09Great Lakes get extra funds for cleanups, invasive species
Federal officials say additional funds provided by Congress will help clean up toxic sites and otherwise protect the Great Lakes.
Economy Feb 06Factory farms provide abundant food, but environment suffers
An industry once based on small, independent farms is evolving into large operations housing thousands of animals under one roof. The change is helping make beef, poultry and pork more affordable. But animal waste from the mega-farms has fouled waters.
Health Jun 03FDA food testing finds contamination by PFAS and other ‘forever chemicals’
The levels in nearly half of the meat and fish tested were double or more the only currently existing federal advisory level for any kind of the widely used manmade compounds.
Nation Mar 14U.S. proposes lifting protections for gray wolves
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to revoke the gray wolves' endangered and threatened species status, which could allow them to be hunted.
Nation Mar 06U.S. wildlife officials plan to remove protections for gray wolves
The decision to lift protections is based on the resurgence of the gray wolf population, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman said.
Politics Feb 14EPA announces plan for dealing with toxic chemicals in water
Under strong pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it will move ahead this year with a process that could lead to setting a safety threshold for a group of highly toxic chemicals in drinking water.