Environment/Environmental Justice Stories

  • Is your electric bill higher? Independent analysis says don't blame clean energy Advancing clean energy sources can be a tricky topic in oil-producing states like North Dakota. But a nonpartisan analysis says the facts are clear about what causes electric bills to climb, and renewables aren't among them. This month, a report from the independent […]
  • Report: Biodegradable plastics more marketing than environmentally friendly As West Virginia opens its door to the plastics recycling or "advanced recycling" industry, a recent report found only a fraction of plastics are recycled and plastics labeled as biodegradable in reality can take years to degrade. One study found biodegradable plastic bags were still fully intact […]
  • Study finds IL birds feel the effects of climate change A new study by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign suggests the long-term effects of climate change could create a higher risk of extinction for certain bird species. Between 1980 and 2015, researchers studied more than 400 general and specialist bird species across North America. While […]
  • New guidelines aim for sustainable growth of MA aquaculture New global guidelines for aquaculture aim to address growing concerns about the industry's impact on the oceans. Scientists have suggested ways to protect aquatic ecosystems, reduce antibiotic use, and even prevent ocean litter from discarded aquaculture gear. Danielle Blacklock, director of the Office of Aquaculture at […]
  • Report: Biodegradable plastics more marketing than environmentally friendly As West Virginia opens its door to the plastics recycling or "advanced recycling" industry, a recent report found only a fraction of plastics are recycled and plastics labeled as biodegradable in reality can take years to degrade. One study found biodegradable plastic bags were still fully intact […]
  • A high-tech approach to studying Iowa's future soil health Farmers in Iowa are studying interactions between crops, water usage, carbon and nitrogen storage, and how those factors combine to affect longterm soil biodiversity. It's part of a seven-state project in the Midwest. Researchers are looking at the effects of crop combinations on soil and moisture […]
  • MN poised to complete one of nation's largest solar farms after permit vote Construction could begin in Minnesota later this year in the final phase of one of the nation's largest solar energy developments, after state regulators greenlighted a key permit. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved the site permit requested by Xcel […]
  • Science Moms work to foster meaningful talks on climate change So far, states like Wisconsin have largely escaped the worst of the summer heat affecting much of the nation but a group of scientists wants regional residents to pay closer attention to patterns affected by climate change, including weather disasters. Science Moms bills itself as […]