California Mayors Slam Increased Fee to Abandon Utilities as Corporate ‘Giveaway’

Switching to an environmentally friendly community choice energy program will cost customers a bit more every month.

Hurricane Michael Could Turn Florida’s 'Red Tide.' But How?

If the storm lowers water temperatures, it might temper the growth of algae blooms.

Throwing Shade: Reducing Urban Temperatures by Planting Trees

A Maryland county is planting free trees in urban areas to increase shaded areas and lower temperatures.

Small Town vs. Big Pollution: Black Residents Allege Environmental Racism

Residents of an Alabama town say they are living with pollution that causes a host of health problems.

Google Tool Offers Look at City Emissions, Solar Power Potential

The company's Environmental Insights Explorer features only five localities for now, but there are plans to expand it to thousands.

After the Storm Come the Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are all over North Carolina after Hurricane Florence. Counties will get $4 million in emergency funds to battle the pests.

Will It Ever Stop Raining?

Cities across the country smashed rainfall records, thanks to a set of factors.

Potential Insurance Bill From Hurricane Florence Could Take Toll on Wallets Far From North Carolina’s Coast

Insurance companies retreated from some communities amid stronger storms, leaving a “last-resort” plan to fill the growing gap.

Hovercraft Case in Alaska Tests Federal Rules on Rivers in National Parks

A 9th Circuit decision—now before the U.S. Supreme Court— is being viewed by some as a potential “springboard for the expansion of federal control over state-owned navigable waters throughout the country.”

Despite Warnings, States in Florence’s Path Continued Coastal Development

Despite their vulnerability to both climate change and hurricanes, North and South Carolina have put in place a series of policies and laws that favor coastal developers and property owners.

California’s Record on Climate Change Is a Stark Rebuttal to Trump

Governor Jerry Brown is pushing the boundaries of what a single state can do to combat the threat, which grows more tangible with each record wildfire and hurricane.

What Comes Next As States Meet Renewable Energy Goals?

Half of the 29 states with a renewable portfolio standard will reach their final target year by 2021.

Mayors Seek to Offset 'Diminished' Federal Role on Climate Change

They're meeting with business leaders in San Francisco this week to discuss the issue.

When the Beach Is Out of Reach—Coastal Access Becomes a Growing Concern

As Americans crowd toward the coasts, states and municipalities are caught in passionate battles about public access, while lawsuits seem headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Emerging Plan Would Rework Payments for Forest Counties

Two senators are working on a proposal meant to get local governments in logging country off a funding "rollercoaster."

Nuclear Plant Closures Bring Economic Pain to Cities and Towns

Four states have passed financial packages to help bolster nuclear plants.

Back-to-School Time Means Kids Are Back to Breathing Their Parents’ Auto Exhaust

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Tropical Storm Gordon moves onshore … Chicago mayor’s big re-election news … a big test for Denver’s new wireless alert … and Maine files Medicaid expansion plan.

‘Clearing the Way’ for More Strict Plastic Bag Rules in N.J.

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Obama Blvd. in Los Angeles … Michigan’s sky-high child care costs … and an education funding survey in Kansas.