“The right whales are at a point where more are dying than are being born,” biologist Clay George says. “That’s just not sustainable long-term.”
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A German court has ruled that cities may bans diesel cars in order to bring down emissions levels.
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A high court in Germany says a city suffering from excessive air pollution can ban older diesel vehicles from its streets, if officials cannot find other ways to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions to E.U.-mandated levels.
It took a bit of arm-twisting to get on board because of previous encounters with environmentalists. But now, partnered with The North Face, the ranch sustainably produces wool for outdoor clothing.
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Public health agencies are set up to regulate air pollution from cars, trucks and factories. Wildfire smoke presents a different set of threats, prompting some of those agencies to rethink priorities.
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After hurricanes hit St. John’s hard last fall, the island’s coral reefs were badly damaged. Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with marine biologist Peter Edmunds of California State University Northridge.
Two years ago, France introduced a law to force supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities and food banks. Skeptics called it unworkable at the time, but there are signs the effort is succeeding.
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Last summer’s wildfires handed scientists a rare chance to study effects of smoke on residents. Most previous work had been on wood-burning stoves, urban air pollution and the effects on firefighters.
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California’s attorney general has charged former and current employees with illegally burying drums filled with toxic chemicals and using public money for personal items.
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