The EPA announced a $1 billion investment toward cleaning up 22 of the country’s neglected Superfund sites. The newly funded remediation projects stretch across 14 states and Puerto Rico, and include addressing chemical sludge from a dye manufacturer’s dump site in Ashland, Massachusetts, and mitigating mining-related mercury and arsenic pollution in the Carson River in Nevada
Trees don’t just beautify residential neighborhoods. In urban areas, they can save lives. A new study finds that doubling the average amount of tree cover in European cities from 15 to 30 percent could reduce urban temperatures by 0.4 degrees Celsius (0.7 degrees Fahrenheit) — a small but powerful change that could cut heat-related deaths by more than a third.
The city council in Eugene, Oregon, earlier this month voted 5 to 3 to phase out fossil fuels from new homes, making Eugene the first city in the state to pass such a policy. Gas appliances have stirred up a national media storm in recent weeks, igniting a culture-war kerfuffle over an imagined ban on gas, but researchers have long linked them to human health hazards.