A rising tide of climate-related lawsuits across the U.S. could represent an important new front in the fight to limit harm from a warming planet, and force energy companies to foot the bill for measures to address it. But against the staunch opposition of energy producers and federal agencies also targeted in some of the suits, it's uncertain how much impact the litigation will have.
A recent study found that contaminants in tap water could cause 100,000 cases of cancer over the course of 70 years.
For a huge swath of Northern California, the air suddenly became hazardous last November. Thick smoke from the most destructive wildfire in state history was delivering a secondary blow to nearly ten million Californians.
Many Americans live within a city block of aging, natural gas storage wells that lack safety features to prevent major leaks.
While 40 percent of the nation's food supply winds up in landfills, a federal effort to curb waste is slow-moving, a new GAO report finds.
Growing cannabis indoors requires a huge amount of energy, but states are doing little to limit or monitor usage.
The Department of Energy is struggling to clean up the country's "biggest and scariest" radioactive waste sites, says the GAO
More than three years after federal agencies launched their investigation of crumb rubber fields, they have yet to issue any safety findings--frustrating parents, coaches, and the recycling industry.
Pesticides released by bug bombs can linger in homes for weeks at a time, which some researchers claim is a potential health risk.
When wild horses and burros were threatened with extinction nearly 50 years ago, Congress rode to the rescue with a law providing broad protections. Horse numbers have soared, however, along with government costs to manage the herds. And the animals increasingly compete with privately owned livestock for food and water on public lands. There is broad agreement that something has to give.
Farmers in California, the nation’s top agricultural state, are applying near-record levels of pesticides despite the rising popularity of organic produce and concerns about the health of farmworkers and rural schoolchildren.
Dicamba, an herbicide sold by agribusiness giants Monsanto, BASF and DowDupont, doesn’t just kill weeds. Last year, dicamba damaged an estimated 3.6 million acres of soybeans across 25 states when it drifted from farms planted with seeds genetically engineered to resist the chemical onto regular soybean fields.