Packaging for consumer products represents a large share of U.S. solid waste, and barely half of it is recycled.
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Maine and Oregon have enacted laws that require makers of consumer product packaging to pay for recycling or disposing of it. Will other states follow?
Chlorpyrifos is widely used on crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, corn and soybeans.
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What kind of evidence does it require to get a widely used chemical banned? A professor of medicine and former state regulator explains how the case for chlorpyrifos as a threat to public health developed.
The banks of the Hackensack River near an opportunity zone in Jersey City, N.J.
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U.S. opportunity zones can positively impact real estate development and help local communities. But to fully realize the program’s potential, it needs reform.
The Cedar Creek Fire burns in Washington’s Methow Valley in late July 2021.
More than 40 fire scientists and forest ecologists in the US and Canada teamed up to investigate why wildfires are getting more extreme. Climate change is part of the problem, but there’s more.
If you want to stroll the shoreline, know your rights.
In principle, some portion of the shoreline is public land along virtually all US coasts. But these can sometimes overlap with private property interests, creating confusion and conflict.
An orchard near Kettleman City in California’s San Joaquin Valley on April 2, 2021.
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The US has one of the highest groundwater use rates in the world. When wells run dry, households may opt to conserve water, find new sources or sell and move.
Electric utilities will often cut off power to prevent equipment from starting wildfires during hot, windy weather.
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In an era of climate change and extreme weather, a microgrid — a self-sufficient, energy-generating distribution and control system — puts communities on the path to self-reliance.
Debris in Paradise, California, after the Camp Fire, Nov. 17, 2018.
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Two environmental engineers say governments need to do more to protect people from possible water contamination after wildfires.
The Riverside Fire, viewed from La Dee Flats in the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon on Sept. 9.
Debating whether climate change or forest management has caused the devastating wildfires in California, Washington and Oregon is a false choice.
Prisoners clearing vegetation to prevent the spread of a wildfire in Yucaipa, California.
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Relying on incarcerated workers in emergencies such as the wildfires ravaging parts of the US is a cheap alternative for states. But what protections are there for prisoners?
Wildfire smoke creates an orange glow over San Francisco, Sept. 9, 2020.
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How climate change and other human actions have combined to create conditions for explosive wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington state.
A county election worker gets mailed-in ballots ready to be counted, in this file photo from 2016.
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Oregon’s experience shows that mail-in voting can be safe and secure, providing accurate and reliable results the public can be confident in.
Federal officers using large amounts of tear gas against protesters in Portland, Oregon on July 21.
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The lawsuits filed in Portland sparked by the presence of federal law enforcement agents sent there by President Trump are a preview of the legal battles to come in cities across the US.
Surface detail of the Tomanowos meteorite, showing cavities produced by dissolution of iron.
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Tomanowos, aka the Willamette Meteorite, may be the world’s most interesting rock. Its story includes catastrophic ice age floods, theft of Native American cultural heritage and plenty of human folly.
Volunteers are building villages of tiny houses for formerly homeless people.
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Nonprofits and concerned residents are teaming up with the local government to solve a daunting problem in a city with the nation’s highest per-capita rate of homelessnesss.
The presence of mayflies and stone flies indicates clean water is nearby.
Mayflies and stone flies are extremely vulnerable to water pollution, which has implications for the larger food chain.
Aja Conrad, the Karuk Tribe’s workforce and internships coordinator, lights a prescribed fire in Orleans, California.
Instead of suppressing wildfire, the Karuk Tribe in the Pacific Northwest is using it as an integral part of its climate change management plan. Federal, state and local agencies are taking note.
Bill Blazina, 73, uses a high-potency marijuana oil as a medical marijuana patient, but he can’t afford it at a recreational marijuana store.
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Pot taxes will change the ability of some to purchase recreational marijuana.
Mourners in Dayton, Ohio on Aug. 4, 2019 after a mass shooting there killed at least nine people.
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More than 40 percent of U.S. adults have a gun in their household, making it hard to get guns off the streets – even if new gun restrictions are passed.
West Coast opponents of fossil fuel exports have blocked industry plans for years.
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The ‘thin green line’ of resistance against any new infrastructure for shipping oil, gas and coal abroad has won many battles.