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The latest news on the environment and global climate change, the impact it is having on communities everywhere, and what is being done (or not being done) to save the planet.
Read more about Germany maps path to reaching 'net zero' emissions by 2045
Read more about Germany maps path to reaching 'net zero' emissions by 2045

Germany maps path to reaching 'net zero' emissions by 2045

May 13, 2021
Read more about Germany maps path to reaching 'net zero' emissions by 2045
Read more about Germany maps path to reaching 'net zero' emissions by 2045
The German government adopted an ambitious plan Wednesday to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions to "net zero" by 2045, five years earlier and with deeper cuts than previously planned. The roadmap approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet sets out a number of measures for achieving the new target, including spending more to expand renewable energy sources and tougher financial penalties for polluters.
Read more about Mining ban considered to protect bird species in US West
Read more about Mining ban considered to protect bird species in US West

Mining ban considered to protect bird species in US West

May 12, 2021
Read more about Mining ban considered to protect bird species in US West
Read more about Mining ban considered to protect bird species in US West
The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will consider a ban on new mining on large expanses of public lands in Western states to protect a struggling bird species, the greater sage grouse. The Interior Department review comes in response to a federal court order and is expected to cover millions of acres of sage brush habitat considered crucial to the bird's long-term survival.
Read more about EPA sets grants to restore 'brownfields' at blighted sites
Read more about EPA sets grants to restore 'brownfields' at blighted sites

EPA sets grants to restore 'brownfields' at blighted sites

May 12, 2021
Read more about EPA sets grants to restore 'brownfields' at blighted sites
Read more about EPA sets grants to restore 'brownfields' at blighted sites
The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced more than $66 million in grants to 151 communities nationwide to assess and clean up contaminated or abandoned "brownfields'' — industrial and commercial properties that contain a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. An estimated 450,000 brownfields, including abandoned industrial facilities, waste disposal sites and former gas stations, plague cities, towns and rural areas throughout the country.
Read more about Offshore wind project seen as key to clean energy gets OK
Read more about Offshore wind project seen as key to clean energy gets OK

Offshore wind project seen as key to clean energy gets OK

May 12, 2021
Read more about Offshore wind project seen as key to clean energy gets OK
Read more about Offshore wind project seen as key to clean energy gets OK
An offshore wind project off Massachusetts that would create enough electricity to power 400,000 homes and is touted by backers as a key piece of America's transition to renewable energy was approved Tuesday by the federal government. The 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind project, south of Martha’s Vineyard near Cape Cod, would be the first utility-scale wind power development in federal waters. The nearly $3 billion project is a critical part of the Biden administration’s plan to grow renewable energy in the U.S.
Read more about Illinois researchers working to save ornate box turtles
Read more about Illinois researchers working to save ornate box turtles

Illinois researchers working to save ornate box turtles

May 11, 2021
Read more about Illinois researchers working to save ornate box turtles
Read more about Illinois researchers working to save ornate box turtles
A team of Illinois researchers is using dogs to track down a threatened species of turtle. Researchers believe ornate box turtles, once living in half of Illinois' 102 counties, are found in less than 10. One known home for the species is in Lee County, and a team from the Chicago Zoological Society and the University of Illinois spent Friday surveying the 3,800-acre Nachusa Grasslands.
Read more about California expands drought emergency to large swath of state
Read more about California expands drought emergency to large swath of state

California expands drought emergency to large swath of state

May 11, 2021
Read more about California expands drought emergency to large swath of state
Read more about California expands drought emergency to large swath of state
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday expanded a drought emergency to a large swath of the nation's most populous state while seeking more than $6 billion in multiyear water spending as one of the warmest, driest springs on record threatens another severe wildfire season across the American West. The Democratic governor said he is acting amid “acute water supply shortages" in northern and central parts of California as he called again for voluntary conservation. Yet the state is in relatively better shape than it was when the last five-year drought ended in 2017, he said, as good habits have led to a 16% reduction in water usage.
Read more about David Attenborough to address leaders at UN climate summit
Read more about David Attenborough to address leaders at UN climate summit

David Attenborough to address leaders at UN climate summit

May 11, 2021
Read more about David Attenborough to address leaders at UN climate summit
Read more about David Attenborough to address leaders at UN climate summit
Veteran British broadcaster David Attenborough has been appointed the "people's advocate" at the global climate summit this year, where he is expected to address political leaders about the need for urgent action to tackle the "crippling" threat of climate change. The 95-year-old, best known for his documentaries on the natural world such as "Planet Earth," said the coronavirus pandemic has shown how crucial it is to secure international agreements to solve worldwide problems.
Read more about Biden's plan would boost conservation of US lands, waters
Read more about Biden's plan would boost conservation of US lands, waters

Biden's plan would boost conservation of US lands, waters

May 07, 2021
Read more about Biden's plan would boost conservation of US lands, waters
Read more about Biden's plan would boost conservation of US lands, waters
The Biden administration on Thursday detailed steps to achieve an ambitious goal to conserve nearly one-third of America’s lands and waters by 2030, relying on voluntary efforts to preserve public, private and tribal areas while also helping tackle climate change and create jobs. A report, with the lofty title "America the Beautiful,'' calls for a decade-long commitment on projects nationwide to make the conservation and restoration of lands and waters an urgent priority. The plan would purify drinking water, increase green space, improve access to outdoor recreation, restore healthy fisheries, reduce the risk of wildfires and recognize the “oversized contributions” of farmers, ranchers, forest owners, fishers, hunters, rural communities and tribal nations.
Read more about US proposes ending rule that weakened wild bird protections
Read more about US proposes ending rule that weakened wild bird protections

US proposes ending rule that weakened wild bird protections

May 07, 2021
Read more about US proposes ending rule that weakened wild bird protections
Read more about US proposes ending rule that weakened wild bird protections
Longstanding protections for wild birds would be restored under a proposal unveiled Thursday to bring back prosecutions of avian deaths by industry that were ended under former President Donald Trump. The Interior Department announcement came as President Joe Biden has sought to dismantle a Trump policy that ended criminal enforcement against companies over bird deaths that could have been prevented.
Read more about UN: Cutting methane quickly key to curbing dangerous warming
Read more about UN: Cutting methane quickly key to curbing dangerous warming

UN: Cutting methane quickly key to curbing dangerous warming

May 07, 2021
Read more about UN: Cutting methane quickly key to curbing dangerous warming
Read more about UN: Cutting methane quickly key to curbing dangerous warming
Cutting the super-potent greenhouse gas methane quickly and dramatically is the world’s best hope to slow and limit the worst of global warming, a new United Nations report says. If human-caused methane emissions are cut by nearly in half by 2030, a half degree (0.3 degrees Celsius) of warming can be prevented by mid-century, according to Thursday's report by the United Nations Environment Programme.