Science & Environment

January 2, 2024

Nine Times More ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in Water Near Sludge-Spread Fields

New York State and waste management entities promote the use of sewage sludge as fertilizer, but recent tests show high levels of PFAS pollution in water near sludge-spread fields

December 26, 2023

Giving the Unsung Heroes of River Life a Fighting Chance

The unlikely comeback of one of the most imperiled animals in North America

December 21, 2023

Biogas Boondoggle: Wisconsin’s Clean Energy Dollars Are Spent to Transform Livestock Waste Into “Renewable Natural Gas”

Federal funding for solar panels and wind turbines is being used to greenwash CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations)

December 18, 2023

A Texas Corporation’s Multi-Billion-Dollar Plan to Bypass New York’s Fracking Ban

How carbon capture and storage could usher in a massive fracking spree

December 11, 2023

Guess Who’s Crawling to Dinner?

Scientists warn that reducing our demand for meat is needed to mitigate climate change. Do insects provide the answer?

December 7, 2023

Following PFAS Up the Food Chain

‘Forever chemicals’ are commonly found in freshwater fish, but most states don't warn residents

Hannah Norman, KFF Health News
November 29, 2023

‘What We’re Up Against’: North Dakota Towns Stand Up to Farm Bureau for Clean Water

Pelican Township gets dragged into a national campaign to upend local zoning rules.

Keith Schneider, Circle of Blue
November 13, 2023

Madeline Island Moves Toward Zero Waste

How residents on a remote Wisconsin island turn trash to treasure

November 6, 2023

The $8 Billion Plan to Solve America’s Groundwater Crisis

The Biden administration seeks to revive dormant plans for water pipelines and reservoirs in rural areas across the West. Critics say the government is overlooking concerns about sustainablity in an age of climate change.

Jake Bittle, Grist
October 19, 2023

Alabama County Tells Wisconsin, “We Don’t Want Your Toxic PFAS”

“A state that is predominantly white is sending its waste that’s toxic to the Black Belt,” says sociologist Robert Bullard.

Bennet Goldstein, Wisconsin Watch; Sarah Whites-Koditschek, & Dennis Pillion,
Native Life
October 11, 2023

When It Comes to Mining on Sacred Lands, Some Tribal Members Say Their Voices Have Been Overlooked

The planned Thacker Pass lithium mining project in northern Nevada is hoping to provide the lithium needed to fuel the green energy transition. While the company has done its own outreach, regional tribes say they weren’t properly consulted by the government.

Noah Glick & Alejandra Rubio, Sierra Nevada Ally
October 4, 2023

Citizen-Scientist Coalition Works to Protect Native Mussels on the St. Croix River

The river’s future, however, remains uncertain under a Supreme Court-gutted Clean Water Act

Cari Shane, photography by Caroline Yang
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