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POISONED: Part 3: The Fallout
Gopher Resource promised changes at Tampa’s old lead factory. It kept polluting. Records show the company pumped lead into the air and mishandled hazardous waste.
Tampa Bay Times
December 2, 2021
Kids and Climate Change: Who's Learning What — or Not — and Why?
As COP26 wraps, the new book 'Miseducation: How Climate Change Is Taught in America' and past stories from former FRONTLINE reporter Katie Worth offer more context.
November 12, 2021
Poisoned: Tampa's Lead Problem
For years, hundreds of workers at the Gopher Resource lead smelting plant in Florida were exposed to dangerous levels of lead in the air.
March 25, 2021
As the U.S. Rejoins the Paris Climate Agreement, Revisit FRONTLINE’s Recent Climate Reporting
These five projects illuminate the science, politics and impacts of climate change.
February 19, 2021
The Plastic Industry Is Growing During COVID. Recycling? Not So Much.
Unlike many sectors of the U.S. economy, plastic — an industry examined in the March 2020 documentary "Plastic Wars" — is increasing during COVID. But growth also means more waste in landfills.
February 17, 2021
Big Oil Evaded Regulation And Plastic Pellets Kept Spilling
The oil and plastic industry, which makes plastic pellets, says it has programs in place to prevent any spills. But NPR and FRONTLINE found top officials have known about the problem for decades, even as they successfully fended off regulation that might have kept them in check.
December 22, 2020
As the U.S. Leaves the Paris Accord, Revisit FRONTLINE’s Recent Climate Reporting
These five projects illuminate the science, politics and impact of climate change.
November 4, 2020
Waste Land
Recycling plastic has never worked very well. So who convinced us this was a good idea? In this episode, we might have the answer.
September 11, 2020
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