Every day, people across the world will make decisions or innovations that affect the way Hoosiers live. We’ll track the changes so you’re ready for them.
Federal Court Temporarily Halts Controversial Forest Management Project at Hoosier National Forest
Court halts Houston South Vegetation Management and Restoration Project days before planned start date.
IU Researchers to Study PFAS in Monroe County Private Wells
Researchers want "citizen scientists" who own private wells in Monroe County to participate in the project.
Cook Medical offers Free Community Electronics Recycling Day
The event will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 26 at the Cook Profile Park Facility in Bloomington
Researchers find PFAS chemicals in hundreds of cosmetic products
Nearly all the products tested contained PFAS indicators.
IDEM Accepting Comments on Updated Wetland Permits
IDEM will accept comments on the draft General Permit for Field Tile Maintenance in Class II State Regulated Wetlands until June 29.
Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline Officially Canceled
The company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline has officially pulled the plug on the controversial project.
Indiana Humanities Offers New Statewide Program “Unearthed”
A new statewide initiative is encouraging Hoosiers to discover and discuss their relationships with the natural world.
EPA seeking East Chicago residents for USS Lead Superfund site interviews
The EPA is looking to interview people who live or work near the USS Lead Superfund site in East Chicago as part of a 5-year cleanup review.
Indiana 4-H to offer hybrid youth environmental workshops this summer
Workshops include science, technology, engineering and math subject matter.
EPA proposing change in groundwater treatment at Indianapolis’ Reilly Tar & Chemical Superfund site
A decades-old plan to clean up a Superfund site in the near west side of Indianapolis could be significantly altered in the coming months.
The Cicadas are coming, and they can be eaten
Cicadas will soon emerge in Indiana, and according to experts, eating these insects is good for your health and the environment.
EPA wants three Bloomington sites removed from Superfund list
The EPA is proposing deleting three Bloomington Superfund sites from a list of the nation’s most polluted sites.
EPA removes part of Gary Landfill from Superfund list
The Lake Sandy Jo Superfund site in Gary has been removed from the National Priorities List.
EPA releases drinking water treatment options for 11 PFAS compounds
Drinking water treatment officials now have new ways to treat nearly a dozen PFAS compounds.
EPA memo calls for strengthened enforcement in polluted communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has moved to boost inspections and enforcement in environmental justice areas.
Environmental Groups sue over US program allowing pipelines on wetlands
Environmental groups are challenging a U.S. program that allows oil and gas pipelines to be constructed across wetlands, rivers and other bodies of water.
New study finds undisclosed inert ingredients in popular herbicide killing bumble bees
British researchers found that undisclosed inert ingredients in certain Roundup weedkiller products are highly toxic to bumblebees.
Inland stream trout season in Indiana opens April 24
Indiana Department of Natural Resources staff have stocked more than 23,000 rainbow trout.
Bill establishing state coal ash permitting program heads to the governor
Bill would allow state to apply for a state coal ash permitting program under federal law.
Federal judge says BP violated federal limits at its Whiting refinery on Lake Michigan
A federal judge ruled that BP's Whiting Refinery in northwest Indiana was legally obligated to remedy the problem and retest emissions but failed to do so.
Indiana investigating second bald eagle death
DNR conservation officers are investigating the shooting deaths of two juvenile bald eagles near Shelburn.
Beat the Heat program now accepting applications
Two communities could receive up to $121,940 to fund a full-time staff person for two years and costs associated with the Beat the Heat program.
Senate Confirms New EPA Administrator
The U.S. Senate confirmed Michael Regan as the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, making him the first Black man to lead the agency.
Researchers find parasite hijacks honey bee’s iron supply
Researchers have found that a parasite that causes the most widespread disease in honey bees affects the bee by “hijacking” its iron nutrients.
IDEM offers teachers free, interactive virtual Earth Day presentations
IDEM is offering free virtual classroom presentations to students across the state of Indiana.
ERCOT: Frozen instruments at natural gas, coal and nuclear facilities most significant factors in Texas blackouts
Despite claims, the organization that manages a vast majority of Texas' power grid said that wind power has been the least significant factor in blackouts.
EPA begins review of USS Lead Superfund site cleanup
The EPA has begun a review of the first five years of cleanup efforts at East Chicago's USS Lead Superfund site.
EPA abandons Clean Power Plan, saying reinstatement “would not make sense”
A memo reveals the Biden administration is moving on from the Obama-era Clean Power Plan
Coca-Cola bottles to sell sodas bottles made with 100% recycled plastic material
Coca-Cola Co. said it will begin selling its soda in bottles made with completely recycled plastic material to reduce its carbon footprint.
EPA seeks public comments for Former GM Delco Plant Cleanup in Kokomo
The EPA wants to know what you think about a plan to clean up the former GM Delco Plant 5 in Kokomo.
Environmental study suggests turning off camera during virtual meetings
Leaving your camera off during virtual meetings could reduce your carbon, water and land footprints, according to a new study.
New Nature Preserve in Madison County Protects Wildlife, State History
The 50-acre Hidden Canal Nature Preserve will give wildlife a place to search for food away from humans and protect remnants of a failed 19th century hydraulic canal.
Nation experienced 22 separate billion-dollar disasters in 2020
The US experienced the most billion-dollar disasters ever in 2020, according to the NOAA.
EPA receiving applications for grants to remove trash from Great Lakes
The EPA is seeking applications for $5 million in grants to remove trash from Great Lakes harbors, river mouths and waterfronts.
Massachusetts plans to ban sale of new fossil fuel-powered cars by 2035
The announcement is part of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 2050.
Biden climate team: “Hard work ahead” to rebuild climate efforts
Members of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team said rebuilding the ability to combat climate change will be more difficult than initially thought.
EPA finalizes airplane greenhouse gas emissions regulations
Critics said the rule lags a decade behind in technology, could be ineffective for reducing emissions.
Biden makes diverse environmental cabinet nominee picks
President-elect Joe Biden has made a series of cabinet nominee decisions that could be historic firsts for the environment-related posts.
Paint made from coal mine waste created by University College London graduate
British scientist creates emulsion paint made from 100% recycled coal mine sludge.
World experiences warmest November land surface temperatures ever
The NOAA found that the global land surface temperature for November 2020 was the highest on record.
Public comment period open for Indianapolis Rolls-Royce cleanup plan
The EPA is accepting public comments for its proposed plan to clean up environmental pollution at parts of the Rolls-Royce turbine manufacturing plant in Indianapolis.
EPA watchdog to review state and local air monitoring compliance during pandemic
The EPA OIG will evaluate how the COVID-19 pandemic affected air compliance monitoring activities at state and local agencies.
Air monitors routinely miss air pollution, investigators find
A government network of monitoring devices across the country routinely missed major toxic releases and daily pollution dangers.
Scientists Create Global Map of Bee Species
A global map of the distribution of 20,000 bee species has been created to aid in the conservation of the insect.
Indiana VW Committee awards 31 cities funding for electric vehicle charging stations
Committee awards 31 cities funding for electric vehicle charging stations.
Forest Service revises environmental policy review rules
The USDA announced it finalized changes to how the Forest Service undertakes environmental reviews of its actions under federal law.
Electric company lobbyists charged with trying to bribe Illinois official
Four former electric utility company executives face federal bribery charges.
Indianapolis Thriving Schools Challenge now accepting fall applications
Fall applications for the Indianapolis Thriving Schools Challenge are now being accepted through Nov. 20.
IU professor wins national public policy award
Professor Sanya Carley was awarded the World Citizen Prize in Environmental Performance by the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management.
Governor Declares Nov. 15 “America Recycles Day” in Indiana
Indiana’s governor has approved the recognition of a day to consider the importance of recycling.
Veterans, Gold Star Families to get lifetime free access to national parks, refuges
Veterans, Gold Star Families can now get free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands.
Purdue Wildlife Ecology Professor Wins National Teaching Award
A Purdue University professor was one of four educators to receive a national teaching award from the USDA.
EPA announces installation of monitoring wells at Kokomo Superfund site
The EPA announced it began installing six groundwater monitoring wells at a Kokomo Superfund site.
State receives $544,000 for lead projects in schools and childcare facilities
The EPA awarded the Indiana Finance Authority a $544,000 grant to identify and reduce lead in school drinking water.
NIPSCO announces new solar projects in central Indiana
NIPSCO continued its transition away from coal with new agreements that will power about 270,00 Indiana homes.
IDEM awards $1 million in state recycling grants
A state program to promote and encourage recycling has awarded $1 million in grants.
Report Shows Continued Climate Science Disinformation in Facebook Ads
According to a new investigation, climate science disinformation continues to exist in Facebook ads.
New research suggests that a change in diet could help protect the environment
A shift in American diets could reduce the environmental impacts of food production and consumption by up to 38%.
Free career training and high school equivalency test available for Marion County residents
An Indianapolis organization is offering free career training and high school equivalency testing for Marion County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organization to expand Meltzer Woods Nature Preserve, plant 20,000 more trees
A preservation organization will plant more than 20,000 trees at the newly-expanded Meltzer Woods Nature Preserve in Shelbyville.
IDEM to hold virtual seminars on public watershed protection and restoration
IDEM will host a free virtual webinar series to teach about watershed protection and restoration efforts within the Lake Michigan basin.
State Board of Animal Health Offering Free RFID Cattle Tags
The Indiana State Board of Animal Health is offering a limited number of free radio frequency identification tags for cattle farmers.
Some researchers want new drought definition
New research is urging scientists to redefine the term “drought,” specifically when it comes to crop-relevant drought in the Corn Belt.
Madison County group seeks volunteers for Pendleton tree planting
A Madison County organization is seeking volunteers to plant hundreds of trees to replace others destroyed by a tornado in 2019.
General Electric announces No Coal Goal
General Electric announced plans to stop making coal-fired power plants and focus on more renewable sources of power.
Court Ruling Could Threaten Oil and Gas Developments on Federal Lands
A federal court ruling has cast doubt over several of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's efforts to drive oil and gas development on federal lands.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves environmental legacy
The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves behind an environmental legacy.
After pledging to stop climate misinformation, Facebook suspends many environmental accounts
Facebook "mistakenly" suspends many environmental accounts of climate activists and environmental organizations.
Six organizations recognized with state’s top environmental award
IDEM Commissioner announced six recipients of the 2020 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
Tribal and environmental groups sue Trump administration over methane emission rollbacks
Tribal and environmental groups have filed lawsuits challenging a Trump administration rule that weakened methane emission regulations.
Multinational oil and gas company says global oil demand may have passed peak
BP, the company formerly known as British Petroleum, said demand for oil may have reached its peak and faces a decades-long decline.
Defense officials say pandemic delayed research for PFAS alternative
The DoD said the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a delay in finding a replacement for PFAS firefighting foam.
Study: Animal populations have decreased 68% since 1970
Animal populations across the globe have decreased an average of 68% since 1970, a new study finds.
Illegal devices that defeat pollution controls in diesel vehicles spreading across U.S.
Devices designed to illegally defeat federal emissions controls on diesel vehicles are spreading across the U.S., according to a new investigation.
Pope Francis calls for environmental "rest"
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church said that the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated how the earth can recover if allowed to rest.
Environmental groups seek more conservation after the establishment of two new Indiana state forests
Gov. Eric Holcomb recently established two new state forests in Morgan and Brown Counties from land that was already part of state forests.
Mexico plans to phase out glyphosate use by 2024
The president of Mexico announced Mexico will phase out the use of glyphosate in the country by the end of his administration in late 2024.
Governor signs Clean Energy Week Proclamation
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a proclamation recognizing the week of Sep. 21 through 25 as Clean Energy Week in the state.
EPA completes assessment of Superfund sites in path of Hurricane Laura
The EPA said it completed an assessment of Superfund sites in the path of Hurricane Laura.
EPA Announces $3.7 million watershed improvement grant for Indiana
The EPA announced a $3.7 million grant to improve the health of Indiana watersheds.
Michigan files suit against PFAS manufacturers, claiming companies hid environmental dangers
Michigan’s attorney general has filed state and federal lawsuits against PFAS manufacturers.
Hawaii officials plan to leave WW2 ordnance in place near bird sanctuary
Hawaii officials will leave undetonated World War II ordnance found near the Molokini Shoal in place until a non-explosive removal option is found.
Governor appoints four new members to Recycling Market Development Board
Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed four new members to a board that approves grants for waste reduction and recycling programs in Indiana.
Michigan settles Flint water lawsuit for $600 million
Michigan will pay $600 million to settle a lawsuit brought by thousands of Flint residents supplied with lead-tainted drinking water.
Indiana man pleads guilty to illegally distributing pesticides
A La Porte man pleaded guilty to distributing unregistered pesticides from China to apartment tenants.
EPA to hold public meeting on Indianapolis Antique Chrome Shop cleanup
The EPA will hold a virtual public meeting about a plan to clean up contaminated soil at a former manufacturing shop on Indianapolis' Near East Side.
Former EPA heads say EPA needs “reset” after election
A group of former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrators is calling for a “reset” of the agency’s course after the 2020 presidential election.
Environmental groups say water use at border wall threatening endangered species in Arizona
An environmental group said a government assessment shows use of a water well to construct a border wall in Arizona has led to low water levels in local wildlife habitats.
Court strikes down legal opinion used to justify rollback on migratory bird protections
A federal court overturned a Trump administration rollback of a law protecting migratory birds and their habitats.
Agriculture replaces fossil fuels as biggest source of sulfur in the environment
New environmental research has found that fertilizer and pesticide applications have replaced fossil fuels as the largest human source of sulfur in the environment.
Trump signs bipartisan bill that guarantees funding for federal land use efforts
The Great American Outdoors Act establishes a fund for maintenance and provides permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Government watchdog recommends creation of federal program to help Americans migrate from climate change-stricken areas
The GAO said the federal government should create a pilot program to help communities that will need to relocate because of climate change effects.
EPA awards Purdue University nearly $800,000 to develop test for chemical neurotoxicity
The EPA awarded Purdue University nearly $800,000 to research a computer model that helps determine chemical neurotoxicity.
Exposure to flaring linked to 50% increase in chance of preterm birth
Exposure to flaring at oil and gas production sites could cause an increase in premature birth.
Changes to NEPA could negatively affect minorities
Recent changes to one of the nation’s central environmental laws is predicted to negatively affect minorities.
“Blinking” nanoparticles turn carbon dioxide into fuel
A team of scientists and engineers has created ultra-small titanium dioxide crystals that could convert carbon dioxide into fuels.
Navy SEAL veteran starts biodegradable signage company
A Navy SEAL veteran has established a company that hopes to make the political campaign industry environmentally friendly.
Comment period for NIPSCO Bailly plant in Chesterton underway
The EPA has opened the 45-day public comment period for the proposed cleanup plan of an inactive power plant in Chesterton.
Climate scientist claims Facebook is restricting fact-checks on climate misinformation
A climate scientist claims Facebook is restricting her ability to share research and fact-check posts with climate change misinformation.
Researchers find flood risk in U.S. much greater than government estimate
Researchers found that millions more Americans are threatened by flooding than suggested by government estimates.
NIPSCO announces delay in Michigan City coal ash pond retirements
NIPSCO announced it delayed work to close five coal ash ponds at its Michigan City Generating Station until spring 2021.
Bayer agrees to pay $10 billion to settle Roundup cancer lawsuits
The maker of Roundup agreed to a $10 billion payment to settle tens of thousands of lawsuits filed against it.
Tribes, advocacy groups sue EPA over rule narrowing scope of federal waterway protections
A group of native American tribes filed suit to stop a new federal rule that limits the scope of waterways under federal protection.
Study: Plants can absorb plastic through roots
A team of researchers found that small pieces of plastic can accumulate in plants.
EPA administrator signs National Pollinator Week Proclamation
EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the agency’s first proclamation recognizing the week of June 22 as National Pollinator Week.
Purdue professor appointed to EPA agricultural committee
A Purdue professor was appointed to the EPA’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Committee.
Indiana utilities move away from coal despite legislature’s efforts
Another utility company announced it will move away from coal soon, despite legislative efforts to slow down the transition.
US ranks 24th in environmental performance index
The U.S. was beat out by 23 countries in a new analysis ranking worldwide performance on sustainability issues.
EPA awards Indiana Finance Authority $300,000 to clean up contaminated properties
The EPA awarded the Indiana Finance Authority $300,000 in supplemental funding for brownfield cleanups.
British researchers map underground Roman city without digging
British archaeologists mapped an entire underground Roman city using ground penetrating radar.
White River State Park Visitor Center to Reopen June 11
The White River State Park’s Frank Lloyd Visitor Center will reopen June 11 after a nearly three-month closure.
Trump issues executive order allowing federal agencies to waive environmental laws to speed up federal project approvals
A new executive order will allow federal agencies to waive environmental laws to speed up federal approval for infrastructure projects.
Study finds thousands of tons of ocean pollution can be prevented by changing washing habits
British researchers have found that up to 30% of ocean pollution can be prevented by changing the way we wash our clothes.
Study: Global environmental changes are making forests shorter, younger
U.S. Department of Energy researchers found that climate change has altered the world’s forests, making them shorter and younger.
EPA limits states’ ability to challenge energy project construction
The EPA finalized a rule that would limit the time states, tribes and the public have to object to federal permits for energy projects.
Coalition of states seeks to stop think tank lawsuit against fuel efficiency standards
A coalition of 20 states seeks to intervene in a lawsuit brought by a conservative think tank against a plan to weaken fuel efficiency standards.
Purdue Climate Change Research Center to hold climate change training for educators
Purdue University’s Climate Change Research Center will hold a free virtual training series to teach educators about climate change.
EPA to add 172 PFAS chemicals to Toxics Release Inventory
The EPA added more than a hundred PFAS substances to the nation’s official list of toxic chemicals.
Central Michigan residents under threat as floods approach chemical complex and toxic Superfund site
Central Michigan residents face possible contamination as floodwaters from dam failures approach a chemical complex and a toxic Superfund site.
Lawmakers introduce bill to block Trump rule limiting scope of federal water protections
The bill would block the implementation of a Trump administration rule limiting the scope of bodies of water that fall under federal jurisdiction.
EPA introduces first U.S. airplane carbon regulations
The U.S. EPA has sent the nation’s first rule on airplane greenhouse gas emissions to the White House for approval.
Central Indiana Land Trust to plant first of 1 million trees
The Central Indiana Land Trust will plant the first of its promised 1 million trees in Johnson and Parke Counties.
Global insect population decreasing on land, increasing in freshwater
Researchers have found the number of land-dwelling insects is on the decline while the number of insects living in freshwater has increased.
Gas appliances found to increase air pollution, negatively affect human health
A new study has found that gas appliances found in homes cause unhealthy air and negative health effects in humans.
European scientists discover highest level of microplastics ever found on seafloor
An international group of researchers found the highest levels of microplastics ever recorded on the seafloor.
Major Indiana coal company receives $10 million small business loan
Terre Haute-based Hallador Energy received $10 million from a federal loan program designed to help small businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
INDOT’s highway proposal could threaten rare habitat
An INDOT highway proposal could result in the harm of rare habitat and natural resources in the southern part of the state
EPA Proposes to Retain NAAQS for Particulate Matter
The U.S. EPA said it plans to retain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter, including both fine and coarse particles.
Report finds decrease in EPA enforcement and rise in violations in Midwest
Industries are polluting more and getting penalized less due to reduced EPA enforcement, according to a new report.
IUSB researcher creates glyphosate-detecting biosensor
An IUSB researcher and his students developed a biosensor that can detect the presence of a chemical linked to certain types of cancer.
Airlines will fly nearly empty planes regularly as part of bailout deal
An airline bailout agreement will force airliners to fly nearly empty flights to meet minimum deal requirements.
NIPSCO to hold virtual public meeting for Michigan City coal ash pond closure plans
NIPSCO will hold a virtual public hearing to discuss its plans to close coal ash ponds in Michigan City.
U.S. Lenders to take over bankrupt fossil fuel companies
Some of the largest lenders in the U.S. are preparing to take over oil and gas assets facing bankruptcy in order to avoid losses in energy company loans.
Notre Dame study looks at the lasting effects of the first Earth Day
Researchers from the University of Notre Dame found that the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 had lasting, measureable effects on the people who celebrated it.
Indianapolis air pollution down 38% due to COVID-19 restrictions
COVID-19 restrictions have led to a 38% drop in emissions of nitrogen dioxide.
EPA Region 5 donates PPE to help the fight against COVID-19
U.S. EPA Region 5 said it plans to donate more than 10,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to help health professionals treat COVID-19 patients.
Climate change found to affect migration of American robins
Researchers found that American robins have adjusted their migration patterns to keep pace with the earlier spring arrivals caused by climate change.
Air pollution could make COVID-19 more deadly
Researchers said air pollution could be the reason two of Italy’s hardest-hit regions have drastically different COVID-19 mortality rates.
Social distancing leads to spread of bogus animal stories on social media
Some of those uplifting animal resilience stories being shared online are completely fake.
Scientists find source of mysterious ozone-killing emissions
Scientists believe they have found the source of mysterious emissions of ozone-destroying chemicals.
DoD finds 50% more installations contaminated with PFAS
The U.S. Department of Defense said PFAS chemicals may have been used or released at many more installations than initially reported.
Trump administration pressures coastal communities to evict homeowners from flood-prone areas
The Trump administration is using the threat of withholding federal money to force communities to evict homeowners living in flood zones.
Study: Wider lanes don’t reduce congestion
A new study has found that expanding the number of lanes on a roadway does not necessarily reduce traffic congestion.
Laser printer toner nanoparticles linked to genetic changes, increased disease risk
A new study found that laser printer toner could cause changes in the human body that would make catching diseases much more likely.
Scientists may have explained why sea turtles are attracted to sea plastic
Researchers in Florida say they may have found out why sea turtles keep seeking out plastic trash.
Indiana cities to develop greenhouse gas emissions plans
Nearly a dozen Indiana cities said they would develop plans to address their greenhouse gas emissions before the end of 2020.
FDA, FTC warn companies to stop selling fraudulent coronavirus treatments
Two federal agencies have issued warning letters to seven companies to stop selling products that claim to treat or prevent COVID-19.
TCE report “altered radically” at White House direction
The White House reportedly ordered the rewrite of a report that linked a chemical compound used in dry cleaning and as an industrial solvent to birth defects.
Coronavirus quarantine leads to improved air quality in China
The space agencies for the U.S. and Europe have found that the outbreak of a new coronavirus has had a positive side effect in China.
Cleaning products at child care centers could expose kids to toxic PFAS
Indiana University researchers found that high levels of potentially toxic PFAS chemicals are making their way into child care centers through cleaning products.
Study: Oil and gas industry reward lawmakers who oppose environmental protections
A new study is providing more evidence for the long-held belief that campaign contributions influence the decisions of lawmakers.
State-wide invasive species conference set for March 26
A state-wide conference for people and groups working to stop the spread of invasive species in Indiana will be held in Noblesville on March 26.
Indiana organization awarded EPA grant for nutrient reduction in Great Lakes
A West Lafayette organization was awarded a nearly $480,000 grant to enhance nutrient reduction efforts in the Great Lakes.
Learning from the monkeyface prickleback
Scientists are turning to an oddly-named vegetarian fish species for a climate-friendly protein source.
Investment bank warns climate change threat to “Human life as we know it”
One of the world’s largest investment banks warns that the most extreme risks of climate change could actually happen.
Governor signs executive order to protect Lake Michigan shoreline
An executive order mandates Indiana state agencies take a series of steps to protect the Lake Michigan shoreline from the effects of rising water levels.
Utah lawmakers create long-term climate change plan to protect ski slopes, economy
Republican lawmakers from Utah are backing a long-term plan that addresses climate change in order to save the state’s ski slopes and growing economy.
Plastic waste thought to be recycled clogging U.S. landfills
A new survey of recycling facilities across the U.S. has found that many plastic items put into recycling bins are not being recycled.
Almost half of U.S. states working on PFAS legislation
Lawmakers from 23 states, including Indiana, have written guidance, regulations or legislation that would address PFAS chemicals.
Virginia legislature passes major renewable energy policy bill
The Virginia House and Senate approved legislation that sets out a plan to get the state to 100% renewable energy generation .
Lilly grant funds study on alternative I-65/70 interchange concepts
The Indy Chamber Foundation has received funds to study alternative designs for the downtown inner loop of the Interstate 65/70 interchange.
EPA makes available $55 million for Indiana infrastructure projects
The EPA announced the availability of $55.5 million in loans and grants to fund future state water infrastructure projects in Indiana.
Trump administration proposing major cut to EPA
In a new budget proposal, the Trump administration announced its intent to cut the budget of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget by more than a fourth.
Pope schedules visit to Italian region polluted by toxic waste
Pope Francis has scheduled a visit to a southern Italian region polluted by decades of toxic-waste dumping by a local criminal organization.
Melting Arctic ice is changing ocean currents
NASA scientists have found that rapid sea ice melt from the Arctic is affecting the flow of a major ocean current.
Scientists debunk part of Arctic Ocean methane claim
Swedish researchers have found that the amount of methane leaking into the atmosphere from the Arctic Ocean is much lower than previously believed.
Light pollution leading to firefly mating failures
Fireflies are having difficulties reproducing because their flashing mating signals are getting lost in light pollution.
Japan to build 22 coal-fired power plants
The transition away from nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster has led Japan to build 22 new coal-burning power plants within the next five years.
Trump administration removes penalties for “incidental” bird kills
The Trump administration has proposed removing the threat of punishment to businesses that kill birds “incidentally.”
Low price of natural gas expected to increase CO2 emissions
The switch to natural gas may only result in a minor decline in carbon emissions from the power sector through 2040.
Insecticides becoming more toxic to honeybees
A new study has found that insecticides have become significantly more toxic to honeybees over the last two decades.
Top DOJ Environmental Attorney Apologizes After Practicing with Lapsed License
The U.S. Department of Justice’s top attorney for environmental issues apologized to a federal court for practicing law with a lapsed bar license.
Elevated Lead Levels Found at Marion County Schools
Children in Marion County may have been exposed to elevated lead levels in drinking water, and agencies in charge failed to alert parents.
China tightening restrictions on single-use plastics
China’s national planning agency and national environmental ministry will ban plastic bags in all cities and towns by 2022.
Living near major roads linked to risk of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS
Researchers found that living near a major road or highway is associated with a higher risk of neurological disorders.
EPA announces completion of sewer and soil cleanup in Franklin, Ind.
The EPA announced that Amphenol Corp. completed a mandated sewer line and soil cleanup near its former facility in Franklin, Ind.
Bayer mulls $10 billion settlement for Roundup claims
The makers of Roundup weedkiller are considering a $10 billion payout to settle tens of thousands of lawsuits claiming the product causes cancer.
Proposed Indiana legislation could threaten environment, raise electric bills
A new bill could raise electric bills, threaten the environment, and make it more difficult for Indiana utility companies to transition away from coal.
Indiana DNR releases five-year plan for outdoor recreation
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has released its five-year plan for outdoor recreation in the state.
A greenhouse gas 12,000 times more potent than CO2 is on the rise
Since 2014, a greenhouse gas 12,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide has been on the rise
Smoke from Australia’s bushfires having worldwide environmental impact
Researchers have discovered indicators of Australian brushfire smoke in nearly every ocean basin across the globe.
Proposal seeks to remove environmental consideration from highway, pipeline planning
A new proposal would make it easier for federal agencies to start infrastructure projects without taking environmental impacts into account.
Indiana NAACP advocates for clean energy and energy equality
The NAACP is encouraging Indiana chapters to evaluate how utility and fossil fuel companies are responding to environmental justice issues.
Indiana city part of coalition fighting climate change
A report has found that the actions of communities, businesses and other entities can work to significantly reduce emissions.
Home falls off Lake Michigan bluff thanks to erosion
A cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan has tumbled down a bluff and into the lake, thanks to more rapid and severe shoreline erosion.
EPA appoints new Region 5 administrator to oversee Indiana, surrounding states
The EPA has appointed a new Region 5 administrator to oversee the agency’s business in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Statewide birding trail introduced in 60 Indiana birding locations
The Audubon Society has opened a new birding trail in three northern Indiana counties.
Report finds EPA redundancies are wasting tax dollars
New report: EPA redundancy is wasting tax dollars and harming agency's ability to prepare for natural disasters.
IDEM budget reduced by $35 million in last decade
The budget for the state's environmental management agency has been reduced by approximately $35 million in the last decade.
U.S. experiencing slowdown in population growth
Drops in natural population increases and international migration have caused the nation’s population growth to slow down for the fourth year in a row.
Jim Beam fined for Kentucky bourbon spill, fish kill
Jim Beam Brands Co. was fined $600,000 for a warehouse fire that caused a bourbon spill and fish kills in the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers.
EPA orders online store to stop selling illegal pesticides
The EPA has ordered a Seattle-based website to stop selling a dozen pesticides not legal for sale in the U.S.
USDA gathering data to evaluate agriculture economy
This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will begin gathering data from Indiana farmers and agricultural workers.
IDEM awards $1.4 million for recycling expansion projects
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has awarded recycling expansion grants totaling approximately $1.4 million to 12 organizations, cities and waste management districts.
Gulf Coast tick spotted in Indiana
Researchers at Indiana University have located an adult female Gulf Coast tick in Indiana. These ticks sometimes carry diseases like Tidewater fever and are most commonly found near the Gulf of Mexico.
Two environmental groups sue Indiana steelmaker for Clean Water Act violations
Two environmental groups have joined forces to sue Indiana steelmaker ArcelorMittal, which has allegedly accumulated more than 100 Clean Water Act violations in the last five years.
Increased winter coyote numbers not cause for alarm, DNR says
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says that Indiana residents should expect more frequent sightings of coyotes during the winter months.
IDEM seeks to improve electric vehicle infrastructure
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is seeking public input on ways to improve Indiana’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Scientists create largest-ever botanical biodiversity data set
Over the last 10 years, 35 researchers have compiled 20 million observational records on the Earth’s land plants in order to create the largest-ever botanical biodiversity data set.
EPA awards restoration grant to Grand Calumet River Area of Concern
The EPA has awarded the Indiana DNR a $100,000 grant to help restore the Pine Station Nature Preserve near the Grand Calumet River.
A new, natural biodegradable spray can help protect crops
A natural, biodegradable spray made from cornstarch could help farmers protect their crops from toxic substances from fungi.
Mercury spilled into Grand Calumet River
Flooding near the Gary Works steel mill in Gary, Indiana, on Nov. 26 has released mercury into the Grand Calumet River.
Christmas tree farms decline in Indiana
Researchers have identified a 40% decrease in Indiana Christmas tree farms since 2002.
Christmas sweaters contribute to plastic pollution
The materials that make up Christmas sweaters could contribute to plastic pollution in the oceans.
Software allows humans to see images as animals would
Scientists have created a free software that allows humans to see how the world looks for various animal and insect species.
Hair dye and chemical straighteners found to increase risk of breast cancer
Recent research has discovered that women who use permanent hair dyes or chemical hair straighteners are at greater risk for breast cancer.
DNR launches new harvest website for deer hunters
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has launched a new website that allows deer hunters to access and report data on white-tailed deer harvesting throughout the state.
Increased number of “blocking events” to create deadly weather systems
Manmade climate change will increase the number of stalled weather patterns and create more deadly extreme weather events.
Hurricanes will continue to bring record-breaking rainfall
Big storms like hurricanes are expected produce more record-breaking rainfall in coming years.
EPA seeks public input on new PFAS chemical classification
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public input about adding per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals to the Toxics Release Inventory, a list of chemicals that companies are required to report to the EPA.
Urbanization delays growth of plants
Researchers found that urbanization delays the time that plants bloom in the spring, which has an effect on the seasonal timing in cities.
Pope Francis considers making environmental destruction a sin
At the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law, Pope Francis suggested adding “ecological sin against the common home” to the catechism.
Coldplay won’t tour in order to reduce carbon emissions
Musical group Coldplay has declined to tour for their new album until they can figure out how to reduce their carbon emissions and stage more environmentally friendly concerts.
Solar startup creates technology that could replace industrial use of fossil fuels
Heliogen, a secretive energy startup backed by well-known people like Bill Gates, has created a way to use artificial intelligence and hundreds of mirrors to create a solar oven.
IU developing lab to help first responders through technology, data science
Indiana University is developing a lab to help first responders like firefighters and police officers prepare for floods, wildfires and other disasters.
Indianapolis Airport Authority recognized with award for water infrastructure innovation
This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented an award to the Indianapolis Airport Authority for excellence and innovation in clean water infrastructure.
Worldwide children’s health at risk from climate change
Children are at greater risk of health effects from climate change than other groups, according to a report from The Lancet.
Online returns contribute five billion pounds of waste to landfills annually
In December alone, more than 1 million packages will be returned to retailers each day.
Climate change increases risks to 60% of Superfund sites
A report issued by the Government Accountability Office has found that 60% of U.S. Superfund sites are vulnerable to climate change.
West Lake Corridor project receives award for environmental preparedness
The West Lake Corridor project, which will add to the South Shore Line, has been recognized for Excellence in Environmental Documentation Preparation
Former Republican Congressman to speak at environmental event in Indianapolis
Former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis will deliver the keynote speech at the annual “Greening the Statehouse” event in Indianapolis this Saturday.
Boxed water cartons are less recyclable than plastic bottles
Boxed water brands such as Just Water, Flow, and Boxed Water Is Best often market themselves as more sustainable options for on-the-go hydration, but the nature of their packaging prevents them from being recyclable.
Trump administration suggests adding Wi-Fi, food trucks, Amazon deliveries to National Parks
A Trump administration committee is seeking to “modernize” national park campgrounds by potentially introducing food trucks, WI-FI, and Amazon deliveries.
NASA satellite shows 77,768 acres of damage from California’s Kincade Fire
NASA satellite images from Nov. 3 show that California’s Kincade Fire has damaged 77,768 acres of land and destroyed 374 structures.
Insects with certain genes may be able to better survive climate change
Researchers have discovered genes that allow some insects to adjust their biological clocks to survive shorter or longer winters, improving their chances of adapting to climate change.
White River State Park introduces recycling initiative
White River State Park has introduced a recycling initiative that’s expected to keep approximately 30 tons of waste out of Indiana landfills annually.
More than 11,000 scientists declare climate emergency
More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have released a report declaring a climate emergency.
Illinois company accused of illegally dumping construction debris near Gary, Indiana
Illinois-based demolition contractor IESCO has been accused of illegally dumping construction debris near Gary, Indiana, according to Inside Indiana Business.
Plants may consume more water as climate warms, taking supplies from humans
As the planet warms, people living in North America, parts of central and South America and Eurasia may face water shortages as plants adjust to higher levels of carbon dioxide.
Lowe’s bans PFAS chemicals in rugs and carpets
By January 2020, Lowe’s will no longer sell carpets or rugs containing PFAS chemicals, the National Resources Defense Council reports.
Friends of Lake Monroe to develop plan for Lake Monroe watershed
The Friends of Lake Monroe have been awarded federal funding through the State of Indiana to develop a management plan for the Lake Monroe watershed.
The Midwest is one of the best places for renewable energy
A study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has determined that building renewable energy in the upper Midwest helps maximize environmental and health benefits.
Rising sea levels could threaten homes of up to 300 million people
A recent study published in Nature Communications has determined that the homes of up to 300 million people will be threatened by rising sea levels – more than three times the previous estimate.
EPA to award $3 million in educational grants, Indiana applicants welcome
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting grant applications for environmental education programs.
Waste from vapes is polluting environment
Plastic waste from vaping is now polluting beaches and other natural environments, and may be finding its way into the ocean.
RecycleForce receives $200,000 EPA grant to train students for environmental jobs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Indianapolis-based RecycleForce $200,000 to train formerly incarcerated citizens in environmental jobs.
Expansions coming to northwest Indiana wind farm
Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has announced the upcoming expansion of a wind farm in White County
Exxon Mobil accused of lying about profitability as climate changes
Texas energy company Exxon Mobil has been sued for deceiving investors about the impact of climate change on the company’s profitability.
Climate change will impact spread of Ebola
As global temperatures warm, Ebola outbreaks could become more common and spread to new parts of the world.
Climate change may cause European peatlands to release CO2
Peatlands absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in the soil, but as they dry, they can have the opposite effect.
LARE grants to improve water bodies in 23 Indiana counties
More than $1.1 million in grant money has been awarded to 23 Indiana counties for the improvement of seven lakes and 15 rivers and streams.
Climate resilience industry worth $1.3 trillion in America
Research conducted at University College London has found that America’s “green economy” generates more than $1.3 trillion annually and employs nearly 9.5 million Americans.
Banded bald eagle gives DNR insight into population recovery in Indiana
The recent discovery of a banded bald eagle near Vincennes has given the Indiana Department of Natural Resources insight into the success of bald eagle reintroduction efforts.
Two-thirds of America’s bird population at risk from climate change
Two-thirds of America’s bird population is at risk of extinction from climate change, according to a new report from the Audubon Society.
New York man, “God” sue EPA to tighten restrictions on pesticide use
A New York man filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that God commanded him to do so.
Four Indiana locations receive funding for water infrastructure projects
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it is investing $201 million in rural water infrastructure projects, including four in Indiana.
NASCAR to introduce hybrid-powered cars
As early as 2022, NASCAR could introduce hybrid race cars powered by both gas and electricity.
Indiana Environmental Reporter to host high school journalism contest
IER will host a high school journalism contest, inviting students from around the state to submit news features about environmental issues impacting their communities.
DNR warns hunters of prominent deer diseases
Indiana hunters need to beware of possible deer diseases during this fall’s hunting season, according to a statement by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Indiana company recognized as environmental leader by EPA
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Indianapolis-based Delta Faucet Co. as a 2019 Sustainable Excellence Award Winner for water conservation.
EPA to host open house about USS Lead Superfund site in East Chicago, Ind.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has announced two open house discussion sessions about the work completed in 2019 on the USS Lead Superfund site in East Chicago, Indiana.
DNR announces changes to Lake Michigan fish stocking
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has announced upcoming changes to fish stocking in Lake Michigan.
Race a determining factor in access to clean water
A recent report of EPA data has confirmed the suspicion that water contamination disproportionately affects majority-black communities.
Purdue University researchers find link between herbicides and breast cancer
Indiana researchers have discovered a link between herbicide ingredient glyphosate and breast cancer.
Mosquito-killing pesticide may also harm bee population
A chemical sprayed last week in three Indiana counties to stop the spread of a virus deadly to humans may have killed a number of bee hives in the process.
Study shows that fetuses are affected by air pollution
A new study has shown that air pollution particles can penetrate the placenta and expose unborn babies to toxic chemicals.
IDEM awarding grant money for community recycling
Community Recycling Grants will be awarded to projects that promote sustainability, education and waste reduction.
EPA announces grants to replace old diesel buses
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced approximately $10 million in grant money to help public schools replace older school buses, which can emit more air pollution.
Report reveals which world leaders emit the most CO2 during travel
Data analyzed by travel site fromAtoB found that President Donald Trump created the second-largest carbon travel footprint of G20 leaders in 2018.
Plastic teabags found to contaminate tea with microplastics
A new study published in Environmental Science & Technology has found that plastic teabags contaminate tea with microplastic particles.
Indiana University awarded nearly $6 million for air pollution research
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded nearly $6 million to Indiana University to continue research on toxic air pollutants in the Great Lakes region.
Video game companies pledge to go greener
At the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday, 21 gaming companies pledged to do their part in ending climate change through the Playing for the Planet industry-wide initiative.
Indiana DNR invites Hoosiers to volunteer in support of public lands
On Sept. 28, Indiana will participate in the largest nation-wide single-day volunteer effort for public lands, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced on Tuesday.
IDEM urges consumers to recycle old smartphones
Earlier this week, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management took to its Twitter page to encourage Hoosiers to recycle their old smartphones through the Indiana E-Cycle program.
Six Indiana institutions awarded Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence
The Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence were given to honor Indiana initiatives that went above and beyond to protect the environment in 2018.
New nature preserve approved in Indiana
An 84-acre tract in northeastern Indiana known for its biodiversity has been approved by the state of Indiana as a state nature preserve.
Greta Thunberg and 15 other teens sue carbon polluting countries
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and 15 other teenagers have filed a lawsuit against five major carbon polluting countries.
Invasive bug species threatens agriculture in Pennsylvania
The invasive spotted lanternfly, thought to have come to the U.S. in a shipment of stones from Asia around 2014, has descended upon Pennsylvania in the hundreds of thousands.
EPA awards nearly $900,000 to Purdue University for PFAS research
Purdue University will receive just under $1 million in grant money from the Environmental Protection Agency for research on reducing a group of synthetic chemicals in drinking water.
Interactive database shows locations of wind turbines in the U.S.
Indiana is home to some of the tallest wind turbines in the country, according to a database of the country’s turbines.
This week is Pollution Prevention Week in Indiana
Governor Eric Holcomb has declared this week ‘Pollution Prevention Week’ in Indiana.
Portion of Trump’s border wall to disturb federally protected areas
Three federally-protected national conservation areas in the southwestern U.S. face negative environmental consequences from the Trump administration’s border wall expansion.
Indiana health officials warn against EEE virus from mosquito bites
Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus has been detected in three horses and one group of mosquitos in Elkhart County, state health officials report.
University of Cambridge replaces beef, lamb with plant-based substitutes
The University of Cambridge has removed beef and lamb from its menus and replaced them with plant-based products.
Toxic PFAS chemicals found in schools
Toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl, or PFAS, chemicals have been found in the drinking water of several schools in Stow, Massachusetts, about 21 miles west of Boston.
FEMA officials arrested on fraud charges after stealing Hurricane Maria relief funds
Three individuals have been arrested on charges of disaster fraud, accused of stealing more than $1.8 billion in disaster relief funds that were intended to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid.
Survey from WFYI explores Indiana’s forestry management
A survey from WFYI, published August 31, found that Indiana approaches forestry in a similar manner to other industry professionals in North America.
Oil spill caused by Hurricane Dorian brings further devastation to the Bahamas
The Equinor South Riding Point oil facility on Grand Bahama admitted to releasing an unknown amount of oil into the surrounding area during Hurricane Dorian.
310 miles of coral reef have been discovered in the Gulf of Mexico
A team of scientists from the National Institute of Technology at Mexico’s University of Veracruz have discovered 310 miles of coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.
Plastics in sediment may mark new geological era
As plastic use has increased, more plastic microfibers have made their way into ocean sediment.
Indiana state tree nursery will pay residents to collect seeds
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has offered to pay individuals for seed collection if the seeds meet the DNR’s standards.
IDEM to fund pollution prevention projects
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is accepting applications for Pollution Prevention Program grant funds
September is Archaeology Month in Indiana
By delving into this history, modern-day Hoosiers can also explore important environmental questions regarding these sites.
Hurricane Dorian may spread toxic coal ash across Florida
As Hurricane Dorian hits the eastern coast of Florida this week, toxic coal ash may be spread to local water systems.
Bees found to consume microbial meat, making them omnivores
A study has found that bee larvae don't consume a strictly vegan diet.
Famous Rapture Reef disappeared after 2018 hurricane
Scientists have discovered that Rapture Reef, a renowned coral reef northwest of the Hawaiian Islands, is gone.
Air pollution accelerates lung disease as much as smoking
Researchers have discovered that air pollution can accelerate emphysema of the lung as rapidly as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.
Agriculture contributes to climate change. Is plant-based farming the answer?
A new U.N. study has found that, in order to curb the damage done by climate change, humans must change the way they grow food and raise livestock.
Two million gallons of sewage spilled into the river in Flint, Michigan
On Aug. 18, a collapse in wastewater infrastructure spilled an estimated 2 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Flint River.
Mako shark, commonly used for shark meat, now labeled as endangered
Conservation experts voted the shark onto the endangered species list last week.
Amazon fires produce massive amounts of carbon monoxide, NASA says
Using satellite imagery, NASA has created a time-lapse video depicting the clouds of carbon monoxide produced by the Amazon rainforest fires this month.
NASA helps stop wildfires using satellite technology
Using satellite imagery, NASA helps firefighters tackle wildfires by directing them to the most critical sites first.
Ancient plant able to reproduce in UK due to climate change
For the first time in 60 million years, an exotic plant called the cycad is able to reproduce outdoors in Britain.
Air pollution may cause degenerative eye disease
Age-related macular degeneration, which results in a gradual and permanent loss of vision, may be influenced by air pollution, a new study finds.
Wisconsin pledges to go carbon-free by 2050
Wisconsin has become the first midwestern state to release a carbon-free plan.
Icelandic glacier disappears due to climate change
The Icelandic glacier known as Okjökull has been lost to climate change.
Disposable takeaway bowls found to pollute environment with PFAS chemicals
The disposable plant-based bowls used by many fast-casual restaurants have been found to contain toxic PFAS chemicals.
Indiana beach fronts face erosion
Indiana’s beaches along Lake Michigan have faced dramatic erosion in the last decade thanks to rising water levels.
IDEM advisory warns against adverse health effects from algae in Indiana lakes
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has released a recreational advisory after high levels of toxic blue-green algae were discovered in Indiana lakes.
Fatal disease threatens Indiana deer population
A virus known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, may result in significant local losses to deer populations.
Pacific Islands call for end of fossil fuels following ‘climate crisis’ declaration
The Pacific Islands have joined Canada, the United Kingdom and United States cities such as New York City in declaring a climate crisis.
European movement discourages air travel due to emissions concerns
A European movement known as “flight shaming” is encouraging travelers to take the train rather than to travel by air, citing concerns about the emissions put off by aviation.
California becomes first state to require notification of PFAS chemicals
On July 31, California became the first state to require that water suppliers notify consumers of the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals in the local water supply.
Ethiopia planted over 350 million trees in a day
On July 29, Ethiopia broke a world record for the most saplings planted in a single day.
Climate change starved more than 200 reindeer in Norway
More than 200 reindeer starved to death on the Norwegian island of Svalbard, where climate change has disrupted the animals’ access to edible plants.
Activist Greta Thunberg will sail to UN climate summit on a zero-emissions yacht
Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg will sail across the Atlantic on a zero-emissions yacht to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit.
Natural disasters releasing toxic contaminants
Recent extreme weather and fires are dislodging chemicals and toxins from soil, homes, industrial waste sites and other sources, putting people at a greater health risk.
Melding fast fashion with sustainability
Inditex, the parent company of fashion brand Zara, announced plans to transition to a more sustainable model after making its name as a frontrunner in the fast fashion industry.
Meet Candida auris, the drug-resistant fungus made dangerous by climate change
Researchers warn that the fungus Candida auris may begin to pose a serious global public health threat as climate change makes it adjust to warmer temperatures.
Ocean snail added to endangered species list amid deep-sea mining
The scaly-foot snail has been added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of endangered species because of threats from deep-sea mining.
Climate change shrinking body sizes of animals
Evidence collected by researchers at the University of Cape Town over a 23-year period show that animals’ body sizes are shrinking in response to climate change.
Arctic wildfires threaten sea ice
Amid an unusually warm and dry stretch in the Arctic this summer, wildfires have raged across Alaska, Greenland and Siberia, posing a threat to sea ice.
Joshua trees face extinction
New research from the University of California Riverside shows that Joshua trees are threatened with extinction without dramatic action to reduce climate change.
Food insecurity worsened by climate extremes
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported that climate change, conflict and economic instability are increasing food insecurity around the world.
California wildfires largely result from climate change
Researchers from the Earth Institute at Columbia University have concluded that many California wildfires are a result of a warming climate.
Climate change makes New Orleans vulnerable to flooding from tropical storms
New Orleans is exceptionally prone to flooding, partly as a result of climate change.
Rising sea levels threatening historic US sites
As climate change causes rising sea levels, preservation experts are faced with new challenges for saving historic buildings and other sites.
Genetic breakthrough in corn may improve crop yields worldwide
Clemson University scientists have found a way to keep corn producing food for longer, which could dramatically improve crop yields worldwide.
Online video streaming produces 300 million tons of CO2 per year
Scientists say the growth of online streaming will ultimately be unsustainable.
Elephant extinction could decrease carbon-absorbing trees, accelerating climate change
Elephant extinction could allow 7% more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
China’s greenhouse gas emissions up 50% since 2005
China’s environment ministry said its emissions reached 12.3 billion tons in 2014, up 53.5% since 2005.
Deforestation in the Congo Basin releasing carbon held for thousands of years
Carbon escaping from deforested sites is about 1,500 years old.
Climate emergency declared in New York City
New York City became the most recent, and largest, city to declare a climate emergency in late June.
Alaskan heatwave brought record high temperatures
This 4th of July, Alaskans experienced record high temperatures, with Anchorage reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time in the city’s history.
World’s largest seaweed belt stretches from Africa to Mexico, endangers Caribbean species
A belt of seaweed originating along the west coast of Africa that has been recurring for the past several summers recently extended 5,500 miles into the Gulf of Mexico.
USDA announces plan to control wild hogs across the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last month that it’s offering $75 million in funding for the eradication and control of feral swine.
The U.S. produces 12% of world’s waste, recycles 35%
Americans contribute a disproportionately high amount of the world’s waste and recycle far less than the rest of the world.
Unusual summer hail storm covers Guadalajara, Mexico, in ice
Guadalajara residents woke up at the end of June to more than 3 feet of ice after a hailstorm broke the stretch of hot summer days.
Attenborough applauds Glastonbury plastic ban
Glastonbury festival in England banned single-use plastic bottles in an effort to decrease the event’s impact on the planet.
Airplane contrail effects expected to triple by 2050
Researchers have known for some time the cloud trails left by aircrafts have an atmospheric greenhouse effect, but the impact of these trails is expected to triple by 2050.
Poor air quality in walkable neighborhoods offsets health benefits
Pollution from traffic poses health risks.
Forest thinning may help trees be more climate resilient
Researchers have determined that thinning forests is an effective technique for recovery and maintenance of forests dealing with climate change.
Plant milkweed, avoid pesticides to help monarch butterflies
Preserving the butterfly's natural environments is the best way to help.
Microbes that support all life are being affected by climate change
More than 30 microbiologists signed a statement last week warning about risks to microbes.
A changing climate could limit food choices, warns environmental journalist
Amanda Little, an environmental journalist and professor at Vanderbilt University, warns that food diversity could be limited due to environmental issues.
The rains aren’t over yet for the Eastern U.S.
It's been a particularly rainy June for the Eastern U.S.
Just 2 hours of nature time per week can improve health, study finds
Spending time in nature can reap both physical and psychological health benefits.
Despite existing legislation, American air quality still suffers
Despite regulations put into place to improve air quality, millions of Americans still breathe unhealthy air.
U.S. military emits as much carbon dioxide as the entire country of Portugal
A recent report claims that the U.S. military emitted 59 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2017.
Rooftop solar is growing; utilities are pushing back
As solar energy becomes more popular, utility companies are seeking reductions to net metering, meaning it will take far longer for rooftop solar to pay for itself.
Recycling EV batteries could decrease lithium and cobalt mining
Experts say companies should recycle electric vehicle batteries to avoid massive increases in harmful mining.
3 seed-bearing plant species have disappeared each year since 1900
An alarming study shows that nearly 600 species of seed-bearing plants have gone extinct since 1753.
Scientists suggest insects as the source for a sustainable meat source
Scientists may be able to use insect cells to grow muscle and fat in a lab, creating food that tastes and chews like steak, chicken, lobster or shrimp.
Ammonia fertilizer industry emits 145 times more methane than EPA estimate, study finds
The ammonia fertilizer industry produces far worse emissions than previously estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The American diet includes 70,000 particles of microplastics per year
Microplastics have been so far found in rivers, lakes and the air in Indiana.
First transparent solar technology invented at Michigan State
Researchers at Michigan State University have successfully created the first completely transparent solar panels.
Fewer Americans insure against flooding despite growing disaster risks
The number of flood insurance policies in the Midwest has dropped by at least one-third since 2011.
Wind energy industry increasingly moving offshore
The UK turned on the first part of what will be the world’s largest and furthest offshore wind farm this week, forging its way further into the forefront of the offshore wind industry.
Tourism Places Stress on Natural Wonders
Environmentally conscious travelers are at a crossroads, balancing their desire to see wonders like the Great Barrier Reef or Iceland’s glaciers with the environmental impact of traveling to these destinations.
For companies around the world, the financial impacts of climate change are on the horizon
According to a new analysis of corporate disclosures, companies around the world foresee climate change as a negative effect on their bottom lines.
Warming global temperatures threaten tree species diversity
Thanks to climate change, tree diversity may be decreasing.
Organization to Hold Solar Power Installation Workshop
Solarize Indiana seeks to teach citizens how to accelerate the spread of solar energy projects
Farmers pressured by trade tariffs, soaking rains
Farmers across the U.S. are faced with tough decisions this planting season, as President Donald Trump’s trade war with China continues and heavy rains make it difficult to plant crops.
Climate change, deforestation, hunting among causes of large animal die-off
New research suggests large birds and land mammals will face extinction over the next century due to climate change, deforestation, hunting and increased urbanization.
Unchecked greenhouse gas emissions threaten 60% of Colombian land suitable for rice
A new study published in Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change found that, left unchecked, greenhouse gas emissions will reduce Colombian land suitable for rice production by 60% by the 2050s.
Record-setting run of tornadoes in the US may be ending
A record-setting spell of severe storms has rocked the U.S. over the last two weeks.
Humans caused 2018 summer heat waves
Heat waves threatened people and crops across the globe throughout the summer of 2018, according to Nexus Media, researchers have concluded that humans are to blame.
Scientists to start a forest fire to better understand wildfires
A research team is planning to light a fire in a Utah forest at the end of June to clear out dead conifer trees and allow quaking aspen to regain a place in a national forest.
Norwegian salmon the most recent victim of algae blooms
Algae blooms have been known to suffocate marine wildlife and The New York Times reports that 8 million farmed salmon in northern Norway met this fate over the past week.
Bans and regulations lead to dramatic decrease in elephant poaching in Africa
African elephant poaching hit its peak in 2011 and the mammals faced a high risk of extinction at the hands of poachers.
Man-made changes to animal environments are making humans prey
Due to issues like climate change and the urbanization of their native habitats, some predators may begin to hunt humans for their meals.
Increased tick population leads to higher instances of tick-borne diseases
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that tick-borne diseases are increasing at a record pace.
Increase in ozone-damaging emissions linked to China
Researchers have discovered that eastern China is responsible for more than 60% of the recent rise in CFC-11 emissions.
Impeded River Flow Damages Ecosystems, Reduces Resources
Researchers have found that half the world’s rivers are obstructed in some way, thanks to human infrastructure.
Hunting Overlooked in Climate Mitigation Efforts, Impacts Carbon Storage
Researchers have found hunting animals has a negative impact on a forest’s carbon storage, a factor that is often overlooked in climate change mitigation efforts.
Educating Kids on Climate Change May Influence Parents’ Climate Concerns
Educating children about climate change could influence the climate concerns of their parents.
With Climate Change, Animal-to-Human Disease Transfer May Worsen
Scientists have found that certain environments may make it easier for animals to infect humans with diseases like bird flu and Ebola.
Fungal Disease, Lethal to Ash Trees, Will Cost British Government £15 Billion
Ash dieback, an invasive fungal disease, is expected to kill 95% to 99% of the UK’s native ash trees if local governments do not intervene.
Fast Food Companies Begin Using Meat Substitutes
U.S. sales of plant-based meat substitutes increased 17% last year thanks in part to the fast food industry.
Synthetic Fibers in Clothing Contribute to Pollution
Clothing that contains synthetic materials such as polyester and nylon contributes to microplastic pollution, which can end up in the ocean and the seafood that humans eat.
Rising Sea Levels Force Relocation of Indonesian Capital
For the first time in Indonesian history, the city of Jakarta will no longer be the country’s capital due to environmental and infrastructural challenges.
Humans Have Been Influencing Drought for More Than a Century
Greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles produced by humans have influenced global drought since at least the early 20th century, according to a NASA study.
Thawing Arctic Soils Accelerating Global Warming
The permafrost layer in the Arctic is thawing and releasing greenhouse gases more quickly than predicted and is accelerating global warming.
Study: California Tap Water May Cause Cancer
A research team that analyzed California tap water during a five-year period concluded contaminants in the water could cause more than 200 cases of cancer each year.
Carbon Pollution to Deprive Tropical Forests of Iconic Clouds
Human-caused climate change could cause iconic clouds in tropical rain forests to disappear with the next 25 years.
Warmer Winters May Be Helping Rats Thrive
Complaints about rats in New York City almost doubled between 2010 and 2017, and one rat expert thinks the population explosion may be linked to climate change.
Biodegradable Bags Still Hold Groceries After Three Years
A study found that biodegradable bags in soil or marine environments were still able to hold a full load of groceries after being exposed to the natural environment for three years.
Record Year for Wildfires in the UK
The United Kingdom is experiencing record-breaking amounts of wildfires in a year just four months into 2019.
Emperor Penguins in Antarctica Struggling, Study Finds
After three years of breeding mishaps, Antarctica’s second-largest colony of emperor penguins is not recovering.
Cold Stress Threatens Honey Bees Used for Pollination Across the U.S.
Honey bee colonies are important pollinators, and in the U.S., millions of colonies are hauled across the country in semi-trailers to pollinate crops like California almonds. But some of these colonies don’t survive the trek due to cold temperatures.
Rising Sea Levels Will Make New Orleans Levees Inadequate in Four Years
Just 11 months after the completion of a $14 billion network of levees and flood walls in New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers says the system will stop providing adequate protection in as little as four years due to rising sea levels.
Microplastics Found Atop Pyrenees Mountains
Science hasn't yet proven that microplastics are everywhere, but they're sure showing up in some remote places. Scientists have found microplastics far away from urban sources, atop the Pyrenees in France.
The Great Barrier Reef is Struggling to Stay Alive
According to a new study published in Nature, there is a limit to the amount of damage the reef can withstand, and the coral is not doing well.
Air Pollution from Corn Causing Thousands of Deaths
According to a new study, corn production in the U.S. could be responsible for thousands of air pollution deaths annually.
Fungus Causing Amphibian Extinction
This fungus has massacred frogs and salamanders around the world for decades by eating their skins alive.