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Where elsed does the U.S. have an infrastructure problem? Antarctica.

Climate and health - 2 hours 31 min ago
At McMurdo Station, black volcanic dust boils off unpaved roads, sticking to trucks and buildings. People eat canned vegetables, sleep in windowless rooms and routinely wear 20 pounds of clothes to survive temperatures far below freezing.

Dancing with denial: Rick Perry sways on climate change.

Water quality - 2 hours 31 min ago
Rick Perry has danced his way back into the climate denial camp. At his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this year, the secretary of energy admitted that the climate is changing and that “some of it is caused by man-made activity.”

The coal disillusion in Asia.

Solutions - 2 hours 31 min ago
India, adding 8.8GW in new solar capacity this year, will overtake Japan as the third largest solar market worldwide after China and the US.

Worst drought in 16 years threatens food supplies in North Korea – U.N.

Water quantity - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:00
North Korea is facing severe food shortages due to the worst drought since 2001 with food imports needed to ensure children and the elderly do not go hungry, the United Nations' food agency said on Thursday.

How the modern world made cowards of us all.

Pesticides - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:00
Perhaps it seems odd that this is my advice for young people heading out of school and into the world: Be prudent. Yes, it sounds boring, but it may turn out to be a more radical suggestion than most graduates hear.

China's other big export: pollution.

Pesticides - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:00
While President Trump rolls back environmental protections and announces the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate accord, China is trying to position itself as the world's climate leader, pledging to cooperate with other countries to build an 'eco-civilization.' China has established the largest solar panel farm in the world, plans to close over 100 coal-fired power plants, and is committed to spending at least $361 billion on renewable energy by 2020.

Trump to tap coal lobbyist, industry attorney for top EPA posts.

Mercury - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:00
President Trump is expected to nominate a coal lobbyist and an energy industry attorney for a pair of key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Self-evident - and still inconvenient - truths on climate change.

Cancer - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:00
When framers of the Declaration of Independence outlined those famous truths they believed self-evident, we can imagine they unanimously agreed that logic, wisdom, and knowledge are unassailable, rooted — as they wrote — in the “laws of nature and of nature’s god.”

How Trump signed a global death warrant for women.

Women's health - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:00
With one devastating flourish of the presidential pen, worldwide progress on family planning, population growth and reproductive rights was swept away. Now some of the world’s poorest women must count the cost.

How Trump signed a global death warrant for women.

Cancer - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:00
With one devastating flourish of the presidential pen, worldwide progress on family planning, population growth and reproductive rights was swept away. Now some of the world’s poorest women must count the cost.

Tsavo destroyed, faces ‘extinction’ in 15 years.

Water quantity - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:00
Tsavo National Park, home to thousands of animals and a prime tourist attraction, is on the verge of ecosystem collapse, experts have warned.

While other states go along, NY says no to gas pipelines.

Water quantity - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:00
State pleases opponents by denying approval, but developer takes case to court.

Climate change and geoengineering: Artificially cooling planet earth by thinning cirrus clouds.

Water quantity - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:00
A risky geoengineering plan could tackle global warming without reducing emissions.

Cash for the corals.

Water quality - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:00
Education and conservation are priorities for those who study Kauai’s coral reefs, and they’re hoping a recent $715,000 federal grant awarded to the state will amp up both.

Wildebeest drownings feed a river ecosystem for years.

Water quality - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:00
Thousands of carcasses provide nutrients for a succession of other creatures.

Cold-water corals: Tough times ahead in a warming climate.

Water quality - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:00
We tend to associate corals with warm, tropical regions. But there are also species that live in cold, dark, deep waters. What happens to these creatures as climate change warms the ocean and makes the water more acidic?

Trump’s EPA Chemical Safety nominee was in the “business of blessing” pollution.

Pesticides - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:00
Michael Dourson's company was picked by DuPont for its ability to “assemble a package and then sell this to EPA, or whomever we desired.”

Cash for the corals.

Pesticides - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:00
Education and conservation are priorities for those who study Kauai’s coral reefs, and they’re hoping a recent $715,000 federal grant awarded to the state will amp up both.

New York farmer nailed for poisoning raptors.

Pesticides - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:00
A joint state-federal investigation revealed that William Wentling had shipped Carbofuran, a restricted-use pesticide with the brand name Furadan, from Pennsylvania to his farm and directed farm employees to pour it on sheep carcasses to control birds of prey.

Kingston coal ash spill workers treated as 'expendables,' lawsuit by sick and dying contends.

Mercury - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:00
More than 50 coal ash spill cleanup workers and workers' survivors are suiing Jacobs Engineering for unsafe working conditions that they allege lead to sickness and death at the cleanup site.

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