Environment

Why Cutting Car and Truck Emissions Is So Hard

Transportation produces 29% of U.S. carbon emissions.

Texas Can’t Quit the Aoudad

Some Texans are calling for the extermination of this exotic African transplant. But others depend on it.

Investigating Illegal Elk Poaching

Five elk were poached from mid-November to mid-December in Michigan, the most ever illegally killed in one month.

AGs Argue Federal Railroad Law Shouldn’t Override State Permitting Power

Six Democratic attorneys general weighed in on a legal dispute about Washington state’s denial of environmental permits for a coal export facility.

Oil and Gas Group Bristles at Prospect of Fracking Ban

Some Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination have voiced support for such a policy.

A State Restarts Its Electric Vehicle Rebates

Massachusetts extended its rebate program through at least 2021 after legislators provided funding for the program in the most recent budget.

To Save the Redwoods, Scientists Debate Burning and Logging

Some scientists question whether controlled burns and logging are really the best way to preserve California’s redwoods.

In “Cancer Alley,” Toxic Polluters Face Little Oversight From Environmental Regulators

Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality has been accused of protecting the chemical industry it regulates. The agency is facing cutbacks as new plants are slated for communities that already have some of the country’s most toxic air.

Latest State Effort to Ban ‘Styrofoam’ Will Target Food Containers, Packing Peanuts

New York's governor is backing the plan. Lawmakers in three other states passed similar foam restrictions earlier this year.

Honolulu Passes Strict Single-Use Plastics Ban

The Honolulu City Council last week passed a sweeping single-use plastics ban that affects the entire island of Oahu, home to 70 percent of Hawaii residents.

Swim Classes for Truck Drivers? Utilities Adapt to Climate Change, Flooding Threats

Water and sewer utilities are on the front lines as local governments grapple with severe weather, natural disasters and other climate-related fallout.

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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.