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Why Did Michigan Just Drop All Charges in the Flint Water Crisis? Why Did Michigan Just Drop All Charges in the Flint Water Crisis?

The people of Flint, Michigan, deserve justice. More than five years ago, the city switched its water source and exposed nearly 100,000 residents to lead-tainted drinking water. Yet the state has failed to hold anyone accountable for this event, and now the Department of Attorney General is dropping all charges…

I Tried to Get Plastic Out of My Beauty Routine

I love makeup. The ugly truth, however, is that makeup is helping ruin the planet. Take a look at your makeup bag. What do you find? Plastic, plastic, and more plastic.

Study Finds Lakes Are Still Filled With DDT 50 Years After It Was Banned Study Finds Lakes Are Still Filled With DDT 50 Years After It Was Banned

The lakes of New Brunswick, Canada, carry a toxic legacy. Researchers have found traces of the pesticide DDT in sediments of five of its remote lakes, more than 50 years after the government stopped administered the chemical to fight outbreaks of the nasty spruce budworm. This is the same infamous chemical that…

Your Synthetic Clothes May Be Polluting the Ocean Your Synthetic Clothes May Be Polluting the Ocean

Our actions carry consequences, and that includes the clothes we buy. Off the coast of Tarragona in northeastern Spain, the waters are full of microplastics. Most come from clothing fibers, according to new research.

Presidential Candidate Julian Castro Releases Plan to Eliminate Lead Poisoning in America Presidential Candidate Julian Castro Releases Plan to Eliminate Lead Poisoning in America

Many presidential candidates have released climate change plans, but what about plans to address environmental health hazards like lead? Democratic candidate Julián Castro released a formal lead elimination plan Monday—making him the first White House hopeful to do so—and while the candidate is currently polling at …

Thanks to El Niño, the Philippines Is Swimming in Mangoes Thanks to El Niño, the Philippines Is Swimming in Mangoes

A mango festival is coming to the Philippines later this month. Mango lovers can thank El Niño, the climate phenomenon that causes temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific to rise. That results in a number of changes around the world—one of which is a surplus in mangoes in the Philippines, apparently. More than…

Just One Tiny Industry May Emit More Methane Than EPA Had Estimated for All of Them Just One Tiny Industry May Emit More Methane Than EPA Had Estimated for All of Them

People tend to equate methane with cow farts (though their burps are worse), but we may be pointing our fingers in all the wrong places, according to a new study. The production of ammonia for fertilizer may result in up to 100 times more emissions than has been previously estimated for this sector. And that alone is…

The Sydney Opera House's New Artificial Reefs Look Like Works of Art The Sydney Opera House's New Artificial Reefs Look Like Works of Art

The Sydney Opera House is a dope-ass work of architecture. Nestled along the Sydney Harbor in Australia, the building is a sight to see. Now, the sea wall at Bennelong Point, where the opera house sits, features 18 hexagonal-shaped steel frames meant to serve as artificial coral reefs.

Embattled Keystone XL Pipeline Is Back on After Court Sides With President Trump Embattled Keystone XL Pipeline Is Back on After Court Sides With President Trump

Looks like the controversial, off-again-on-again Keystone XL Pipeline is back in business. An appeals court dismissed an ongoing lawsuit Thursday that was challenging the legality of the energy project. This means that developer TC Energy can begin construction of the 1,179-mile pipeline from Canada to Nebraska.

Olay Tests a Refillable Moisturizer as Beauty Industry Grapples With Its Giant Trash Problem Olay Tests a Refillable Moisturizer as Beauty Industry Grapples With Its Giant Trash Problem

Fresh, soft skin comes at a cost—to the planet. Specifically, I’m talking about all that packaging your favorite lotion or cream comes in, which is likely made of hard-to-degrade plastics. That’s why Olay—y’know, that bougie stuff your abuelita is always putting on—is dipping its toes in the refillable packaging…

Jay Inslee Is Actually Taking the Climate Refugee Crisis Seriously Jay Inslee Is Actually Taking the Climate Refugee Crisis Seriously

In a future where storms are more powerful and entire communities are destroyed, people are going to need somewhere to go. They’re gonna need new homes—and a leader willing to let them in.

Thousands More Americans Will Die in Heat Waves Unless We Meet Paris Climate Goals Thousands More Americans Will Die in Heat Waves Unless We Meet Paris Climate Goals

The world is heating up and no one is safe, even in the richest country on Earth. Rising temperatures could kill thousands of us in the U.S., a new study finds.

Donors Give Mozambique Less Than Half of What's Needed for Cyclone Recovery Donors Give Mozambique Less Than Half of What's Needed for Cyclone Recovery

When Cyclone Idai slammed into the African nation of Mozambique in March, the world knew recovery would be an uphill struggle. Then, just a month later, Cyclone Kenneth came roaring through with speeds reaching 174 miles per hour. Recovery from the twin cyclones is going to be a costly, uphill struggle.

Closing the West's Largest Coal Plant Will Leave the Navajo Nation With $40 Million in Missing Revenue Closing the West's Largest Coal Plant Will Leave the Navajo Nation With $40 Million in Missing Revenue

The Navajo Generating Station in Arizona is closing, and that’s terrible news for the Native American communities that rely on the coal plant for their income. A new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) is calling on the federal government to step in for this major economic…

More Than Half a Million Corals Died to Bring Bigger Ships Into Miami Port More Than Half a Million Corals Died to Bring Bigger Ships Into Miami Port

Off the coast of Miami, corals are dying. Why? Because of a 16-month-long project to expand the harbor channel. A new study shows how the project killed over half a million corals between 2013 and 2015.

How Climate Change May Be Linked to a Puffin Mass Die-Off How Climate Change May Be Linked to a Puffin Mass Die-Off

Puffins’ bright beaks and black and white coats make them look like a tropical penguin, but they favor cold coastal waters and cliffs. However, climate change is threatening their chill life by the seashore. A new study published Wednesday in the PLOS ONE journal links a mass die-off of tufted puffins to climate…

Loophole Allows NYC Uber and Lyft Cars to Pollute More Than Yellow Cabs Loophole Allows NYC Uber and Lyft Cars to Pollute More Than Yellow Cabs

New York City’s yellow cabs are iconic of the city itself, though many locals like myself prefer the cost and ease of ridesharing apps like Lyft. Turns out, however, that the yellow cabs can keep the air cleaner than ridesharing vehicles.

Even Under a Coal-Loving Leader, Australia Is Leading the Charge for Renewables Even Under a Coal-Loving Leader, Australia Is Leading the Charge for Renewables

In Australia, record-breaking rooftop solar installations are helping the country increase its renewable energy generation. By 2030, renewables could make up more than half the electricity generated in the land down under, according to an analysis out Wednesday from a team of researchers.

These Tornadoes Left Ohio Communities Looking Like a War Zone These Tornadoes Left Ohio Communities Looking Like a War Zone

Few things in this world are as terrifying as tornadoes. The wrath of Mother Nature just shooting from above in a whirlwind of destructive winds and debris is nothing to underestimate.

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