Unless we immediately reduce the burning of coal and oil and gas that drive up global temperatures, a new UN report warns the world will suffer tremendous consequences as early as 2040. William Brangham talks with Rafe Pomerance of the…
While The Ocean Cleanup has been hailed as one solution for ocean plastic pollution, some researchers have expressed concern.
By Jamie Leventhal
Humans produce 420 million tons of plastic annually, most of which lands in the environment. With these two innovations, plastic could have a useful second life.
By PBS NewsHour
Microplastics -- tiny fragments of plastic contained in microbeads and microfibers of everyday household products -- have infiltrated the landscape, oceans and living organisms. By studying microplastics, scientists hope to better understand their impact and how to limit their damage.
Smoke from this year’s wildfires in western states has been observed across the country as the jet stream sweeps it east. Climate Central reports that smoke pollution from the wildfires are negatively impacting air quality, leading to impacts on public…
Critics say a proposed rule would allow asbestos to make a comeback. EPA officials say it will do the opposite, filling a loophole that companies could use to manufacture asbestos. Here's what you need to know.
Over President Obama's tenure, rules were put in place that would have nearly doubled the average fuel economy standard in the U.S., which the Trump administration has argued goes too far. Now a new EPA proposal would set standards to…
The Trump administration called on Thursday for rolling back the Obama-era fuel standards to make cars get better gas mileage and emit less pollution. Judy Woodruff gets reaction from Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who plans to join the legal…
By Daniel Ackerman, Scientific American
A new study shows ozone levels in National Parks are similar to the levels in the largest U.S. cities. But most of this ozone may originate outside of the parks.
By Amel Ahmed, KQED
A new report indicates California's much-heralded carbon trading program may actually be harming the neighborhoods it was designed to protect.
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