Environment

Some States Stall Plastic Bag Bans During Coronavirus Outbreak

Lawmakers and some store chains are temporarily banning reusable bags amid fears that their usage could help spread coronavirus.

Bee Lawns Generate National Buzz

At least 28 states have enacted pollinator health laws in recent years.

Deer, Bear and Everywhere: Animals Move Into the City

Many wildlife agencies are shifting to a more hands-off approach to animals in urban areas instead of treating every sighting as a problem to be solved.

Lawmakers Push to Restore Waterway, Coastal Storm Assessment Funds

The Trump administration has proposed significant reductions to a program that funds cleanup in the Chesapeake Bay and stopped funding studies that seek to address threats posed by coastal storm-related flooding.

Voters in Western States Back Climate Action, Land Protections, Survey Finds

The poll captures the views of 3,200 registered voters in eight western states.

Poop, Screams and Divebombing Birds: How One City Plans to Deal With a Peacock Problem

The Miami City Commission will begin humanely trapping and relocating peacocks from one neighborhood after years of complaints from residents.

How Louisiana Lawmakers Stop Residents’ Efforts to Fight Big Oil and Gas

Louisiana has pioneered ways for other states to discourage environmental protests around “critical infrastructure” projects. Much of it can be traced back to efforts by corporate lobbyists.

An Invasive Species Hunt: Inside the 'Python Bowl'

The 10-day competition sent 750 snake hunters into the Florida Everglades, with the goal of removing as many Burmese pythons as possible.

States Take Lead Regulating Chemicals That are Contaminating Drinking Water

But funding is a concern. In Vermont, a new law required water systems to test for PFAS without providing money for the few that found they had contamination problems.

2019 Capped the Hottest Decade on Record

The past decade was the hottest in recorded history, and 2019 was the second-warmest year, according to data released Wednesday by NOAA and NASA.

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.