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These five projects illuminate the science, politics and impact of climate change.
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Michigan Reaches $600M Settlement in Flint Water Crisis Case
The largest benefactors of the settlement are the city’s most vulnerable — the children. Nearly 80 percent of the funds will be distributed to those who were children during the water crisis. 
August 20, 2020
“Deflect, Delay, Defer”: Decade of Pacific Gas & Electric Wildfire Safety Pushback Preceded Disasters
A FRONTLINE review of documents and hearings shows that Pacific Gas & Electric spent the better part of 10 years fiercely resisting calls for critical wildfire safety reforms.
August 18, 2020
Alaska's Controversial Pebble Mine Was Dead. Not Anymore.
The Pebble mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay got a new lease on life under the Trump administration. A decision on whether to permit the mine is expected later this year.
May 27, 2020
During the Coronavirus Crisis, the Trump Administration's Environmental Rollbacks Continue
Watch "War on the EPA" for the backstory on how the battle over environmental regulations and climate science has been waged.
April 10, 2020
EPA Rolls Back Regulations During Pandemic, Shifts Burden To States, Tribes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said last week that because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is allowing regulated industries to use their own discretion to report violations of clean air and water laws.
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April 3, 2020
Companies’ New Pledges to Boost Recycling Face Old Pitfalls
Facing a public outcry over the plastic pollution crisis, some of the world’s biggest consumer brand companies have promised to dramatically boost recycling. Yet some of those same companies have made — and failed to deliver on — similar promises in the past.
March 31, 2020
When Does Recycling Your Plastic Make Sense? The Answer Isn’t So Simple
The vast majority of plastic — about 76 percent — ends up in landfills. Here's what to do about yours.
March 31, 2020
Plastics Industry Insiders Reveal the Truth About Recycling
They never believed it would actually solve the plastic waste problem. Today, it’s estimated that no more than 10 percent of plastic produced has ever been recycled.
March 31, 2020
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Plastic Wars
FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the fight over the future of plastics.
March 31, 2020
“Flint’s Deadly Water” Wins Scripps Howard Award
The award-winning documentary uncovers the extent of a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis — and how officials failed to stop it.
March 3, 2020
Bezos’ $10 Billion Climate Pledge Makes No Mention of Amazon’s Climate Impact
The announcement made no mention of Amazon, even though the company has been criticized by its own employees for business ventures they say contribute to the problem.
February 18, 2020