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How a Pediatrician Became a Detective

Dr. Hanna-Attisha exposed the lead poisoning of children in Flint, MFLINT, Mich. — Lead. It was real. I could see it in the blood of kids who visited my medical clinic here. It was the end of the summer of 2015, and children were being poisoned. Ever since the city’s water source had been switched from Detroit’s municipal system to the Flint River 17 months before, residents had been complaining, holding meetings and...

Will Scott Pruitt Decide We’ve Been Reducing...

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced several plans, the latest on June 13, to revise the economic analysis that undergirds the nation’s limits on pollution, including the emissions of greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. Pruitt’s basic assumption in the agency’s rulemaking seems to be that the United States has reduced pollution too much, because government analysts have overestimated its adverse effects. ...

Zinke, Burgum tout innovation over regulation at o...

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum shared similar visions Wednesday for regulating oil development, focused on partnering with industry to spur innovation. “I don’t think the government should be in a position to be an adversary,” Zinke said as he delivered the keynote speech at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck. “We have to, as Interior, be a better partner. We have to work...

Utah High Schoolers Convinced State Lawmakers to A...

Utah’s state lawmakers aren’t exactly friendly to climate change legislation. Their Republican governor said in 2015 that man-made climate change is “a little debatable.” In 2010, the state legislature overwhelmingly passed a resolution that implied global warming is a conspiracy and urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop all carbon dioxide reduction policies and programs. But thanks...

Majority of Americans Want Climate Education in Sc...

 In a rebuke to efforts by the Heartland Institute and at least 10 state legislatures, a large majority of Americans believe climate change should be taught in schools, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) reported Wednesday. When the YPCCC asked Americans, “Should schools teach our children about the causes, consequences, and potential solutions to global warming?”, a national average of 78...

5 Environmental Victories to Inspire You This Eart...

Planet Earth is at a crisis point. Researchers say we have to begin reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 2020 if we want to meet the temperature goals outlined in the Paris agreement and avoid catastrophic climate change. The work to be done can seem overwhelming. A survey published this week found that only 6 percent of Americans think we will succeed in reducing global warming. But Earth Day weekend is no time to give up!...

Stand up for science: More researchers now see eng...

As the first anniversary of the March for Science approaches, researchers continue to reflect on the relationship between science and society. A recent survey of 2017 marchers indicated that nearly all were also actively participating in other types of science advocacy. In the past year, inspired by the call to stand up for science, scientists have written editorials, contacted members of Congress, attended public...

Trial Date Set for Groundbreaking Kids’ Clim...

A trial date of Oct. 29 has been set for a landmark climate change lawsuit brought by a group of young Americans despite the Trump administration’s efforts to halt the case. Juliana v. United States was filed in 2015 on behalf of 21 plaintiffs who ranged between 8 to 19 years old at the time. They allege their constitutional and public trust rights are being violated by the government’s creation of a...

Trump’s Climate Change Denial Is Already Reshaping...

A new Gallup survey shows that independent voters are less concerned about climate change than they were a year ago. In the last year, independents have become less likely to accept that global warming is happening and that humans are the cause, and less likely to perceive that there’s a scientific consensus about global warming. In 2017, 71 percent of independent voters were aware that most scientists believe global warming...

85,000 Petition Supermarket Giant to Open Plastic-...

An online petition calling on the nation’s largest supermarket chain to open a plastic-free aisle has surpassed 85,000 signatures. The Care2 petition, launched less than a week ago, asks Kroger Co. to curb plastic packaging in its 2,800 branches. The campaigners were inspired to take action after Dutch grocery store chain Ekoplaza launched the world’s first plastic-free aisle in one of its Amsterdam markets last...

One Mom’s Campaign to Save the Swimmers

“I want grandkids one day, so sperm is important to me because I’ve got three young boys,” said mom, author and social media genius Leah Segedie in a video introducing her “Save the Swimmers” campaign. “This is where my youngest rolls his eyes at me and says, ‘I know Mom. Avoiding plastics can help save my swimmers, oooh kay.’ But to me this is no laughing matter. Over 25 years...

College Republicans Propose an Unusual Idea From t...

As the Republican Party struggles to find its footing with the next generation of voters, several conservative college groups have banded together to champion something anathema to the party: a carbon tax. The group is led by the Yale College Republicans, the main campus student organization for young Republicans at Yale, and includes other prominent Republican groups at 22 other schools around the country including Clemson...

A new brand of Republicans: The rise of conservati...

Sarah Spence is a Republican through and through. Her dad taught her how to shoot a gun when she was around 14. As a teenager, she baby-sat for the children of conservative candidates for the Ohio House. President Donald Trump won more than 75 percent of the vote where she’s from: Oak Hill, a southern Ohio coal- and brick-producing village with a population of 1,551. “When I left, my parents said, ‘Please...

Psychosocial implications of unconventional natura...

As unconventional natural gas development (UNGD) activities such as “fracking” have proliferated across the U.S., research has begun to examine their impacts on human life. Much scholarship has centered on possible health and environmental impacts. However, a range of plausible psychosocial impacts has begun to emerge. Utilizing grounded theory methods and data from qualitative interviews with residents of two counties in...

Iowa town’s municipal utility effort is financiall...

A northeastern Iowa community could lower its electric bills by creating a municipal-owned utility, according to a feasibility study presented to its city council Tuesday. Supporters of an effort to create a city-owned electric utility in Decorah, Iowa, got a boost this week from a consultant’s report that concludes the move is financially feasible. “We think the results are very robust,” said Andy Johnson, one of the...