Care About Climate Change? Care About Scooters

COMMENTARY | Solving our biggest global crisis of a rapidly warming planet means considering everything through the lens of potential solutions, even something as small as the electric scooter.

New Jersey Said 10 Years Ago It Would Rank Its Most Contaminated Sites. It Never Did.

The rankings were supposed to ensure that the most dangerous sites remained a priority even as the state gave private companies a bigger role in cleanups.

Sewage Case Will Get Airing Before U.S. Supreme Court

The controversy involves questions about when wastewater is subject to Clean Water Act permitting requirements.

Invasive Species Have Some States Seeking Increased Federal Partnership

More than 5,000 invasive species—from plants like cheatgrass to rodents like nutria—inhabit the U.S. causing about $120 billion in economic damage annually.

Cashing In on a Warming Arctic

In Maine, some see the melting ice to the north as an opportunity.

Entrepreneurs May Yet Save Us From Climate Change

COMMENTARY | Adapting to climate change will require new approaches at the local level. On the Chesapeake Bay, entrepreneurs are being incentivized to find the answers.

Logging, Money Battles Delay Wildfire Prevention Work

While the U.S. Forest Service is trying to work with states on projects to lower fire damage, more money is needed to comply with President Trump's "active management" mandate for public lands.

Streamlining Local Health Department Inspections and Permitting

No two agencies are alike, which made designing a software solution for preconfigured forms and procedures difficult in the past.

Colorado Joins States Seeking to Boost Electric Vehicle Sales

Automakers are slow to sell EVs in places without zero emission vehicle mandates, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

A Regional Push to Clean Up Cars, Trucks and Mass Transit

Power plant emissions have fallen in the northeast. Could a new coalition do the same for transportation?

Cuomo Proposes Statewide Plastic Bag Ban in New York

The state would join California in implementing such a ban if it is enacted.

County Leader Seeks to Stop Sewage Spills Along Border Amid Shutdown Fight

With tensions high over a wall, a San Diego County supervisor is focused on funding for waterworks.

First-in-the-Nation ‘Skip the Slip’ Bill Introduced

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida State Capitol sexual harassment settlement … Mayor De Blasio announces NYC Care … and Pennsylvania’s carbon goals.

A Terrifying Sea-Level Prediction Now Looks Far Less Likely

But experts warn that our overall picture of sea-level rise looks far scarier today than it did even five years ago.

What Lies Beneath: To Manage Toxic Contamination in Cities, Study Their Industrial Histories

In a new book, the authors created maps of where and for how long hazardous industrial activities operated in four very different cities—New Orleans, Minneapolis, Portland and Philadelphia.

Michigan’s New Governor Sends Strong Message to State Employees

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pennsylvania pension changes … N.Y. gov.’s about-face on marijuana ... San Diego scooter safety ... and Kentucky open-records lawsuits.

Democrats Establish a New House ‘Climate Crisis’ Committee

But it will likely lack the broad powers favored by supporters of a Green New Deal.