EPA to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, blocking major gold mine

The Biden administration’s move to invoke its Clean Water Act authority marks a major blow for the project, which is near the world’s largest sockeye salmon run.
  • Sep 9, 2021

Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico is one of more than 2,000 reports of water pollution after Ida

The U.S. Coast Guard and oil companies are working to identify and contain spills as environmental officials assess the damage.
  • Sep 7, 2021

A tiny Northwest town was suffocating in smoke. A company in Chicago sent $600,000 in air purifiers to help.

Instant Brands was moved to make the donation following coverage of air quality in Winthrop, Wash.: 'We’re all connected, even 2,000 miles away.’
  • Aug 19, 2021

Federal judge rejects Trump-era permits for major Alaska oil project

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason threw out key permits for ConocoPhillips' Willow project Wednesday on the grounds that federal officials failed to adequately analyze the project's climate impact and other possible development plans, and didn't specify how polar bears would be protected.
  • Aug 19, 2021

A once-vanquished insurgent returns as Afghanistan’s likely next leader

Abdul Ghani Baradar remains a mysterious figure, both within and outside of his country.
  • Aug 17, 2021

First-ever water shortage declared on the Colorado River, triggering water cuts for some states in the West

Low water in the river's largest reservoir, Lake Mead, is a bleak marker of the effects of climate change in the drought-stricken American West. The river is a critical water source for 40 million people in seven states.
  • Aug 16, 2021

‘This is a very dangerous combination’: New study says wildfire smoke linked to increased covid cases, deaths

A study by researchers at Harvard University's school of public health attributed excess covid cases and deaths to counties in the West that suffered high levels of wildfire smoke last year.
  • Aug 13, 2021

In a summer of smoke, a small town wonders: ‘How are we going to do better than survive?’

Wildfires are burning across the American West, with smoke reaching across much of the United States. In one small Washington town, residents are used to the haze.
  • Aug 7, 2021