Environment

Monitoring Deer Health Means a Helicopter Ride for a Utah Herd

About 50 mule deer in Utah were flown recently to a state-owned ranch to allow wildlife biologists to examine and tag them. Officials said the tests give them important insights into the health of the herd as a whole.

Planting a Family of Trees, One Seedling at a Time

A 600-year-old tree fell in New Jersey. Officials will preserve its legacy by sending its seedlings all over the state.

Ban on Hotel Shampoo Bottles is Latest Effort to Curb Plastic Waste

The planet-saving move will cut costs for hotel chains.

With West Coast States Blocking Coal Export Projects, Proponents Keep Pushing

Environmental and public health concerns have doomed some proposals. But the volatile economics of sending coal overseas calls into question how much it can help struggling mines.

A Proposal to Treat Icy Winter Roads with Beet Juice

Lawmakers in Michigan want the Department of Transportation to study the feasibility of adding beet juice to road salt to treat icy roads in the winter.

Using Social Media to Monitor Endangered Species Uncovers Surprising Information

Federal researchers used Instagram to collect information on human interactions with endangered monk seals and found that the posts contained data that was missing from traditional reports.

How Hundreds of Cities Have Simplified Solar

More than 300 municipalities have received designations from SolSmart, a national program that helps streamline permitting and zoning processes to make solar easier to obtain for residents and businesses.

California Fires Back Over Trump Administration’s Water, Air Complaints

State agencies said many of the water and air quality violations flagged by the EPA in a series of letters issued in September were already being addressed or were based on incorrect data.

Dollar Value of Outdoor Recreation For Each State Detailed in New Data

More states in recent years have been devoting special attention to the outdoor recreation economy. The figures help show its size.

Mayors Call For Solar Tax Credit Extension

Citing job growth and investment in the green economy, 231 mayors are calling on Congress to extend renewable energy tax credits through 2027.

Noise Pollution Hurts Wildlife, But States Have Trouble Turning Down the Volume

Increasingly, research shows that human-caused noise can be harmful to many species. But very little regulation exists in the United States to limit the increasing encroachment of noise on the environment.

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Suburban Growth is Pressuring Groundwater Supplies in a Dry Western State

A new report describes how an Arizona program designed to replenish the water is facing challenges.

Invasive Insect That Sucks the Life Out of Crops Is Spreading

The spotted lanternfly is damaging Pennsylvania vineyards and threatening other farm goods and trees. Researchers are looking at a fungus and tiny wasps as options to kill it.

Keeping Tabs on Armadillos

State officials are monitoring populations of the nine-banded armadillo, a non-native species that's spreading quickly throughout the country.

EPA Again Targets California, Now Focusing on Water Quality

The Trump administration says California is “failing” on water quality, the latest EPA action against the Democrat-led state.

The Oceans We Know Won’t Survive Climate Change

Sea-level rise will become unmanageable, and life will flee the world’s tropical oceans, if carbon pollution keeps rising, a new report from the UN climate panel says.

EPA Threatens California with Loss of Highway Funds Over Air Quality

The EPA told the California Air Resources Board on Tuesday that it must resubmit air quality plans or risk sanctions that could include the withholding of federal highway funding.

In Arid Corner of the West, Plan For 140-Mile Water Pipeline Stirs Debate

Leaders in the St. George region of Utah see a pending water pipeline as crucial for accommodating booming population growth. Critics say it’s risky and unnecessary.

This State's Parks are Full of 'Happy Little Trees'

A partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Bob Ross Inc. brought in new volunteers to help with reforestation efforts.

Take Down That Dam: River Ecosystems Bounce Back As Removals Soar

In rivers big and small, migratory fish surge back to life as old energy structures are taken down.