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Scientists have found that coal ash has up to 10 times more naturally occurring radioactive materials than the parent coal it comes from.

Burning coal for energy leaves behind toxic coal ash waste, and that waste may be even more harmful than researchers suspected. In a paper published today in Environmental Science and Technology, scientists and engineers from Duke University and the University of Kentucky found coal ash has up to 10 times more radioactive material than the parent coal it comes from because burning coal concentrates its natural radioactivity.

Wolf party attendees howl for the camera as they prepare their #JoinThePack video to honor wolves.

It began with a howl. Actually, to be more accurate, it began with a brainstorming session about how we wanted to spread the message about threats to wolves in a non-traditional fashion. And then the meeting ended with everyone in the room spontaneously howling. It wasn’t on the agenda, but it felt so good!

Ben & Jerry’s joins other Vermont businesses and consumer groups in defending Vermont’s new labeling requirements for GE foods against a federal court challenge brought by the food industry.

The Green Mountain State holds the coveted title in American history as the first admitted to the Union after the ratification of the Constitution. Locals also recognize Vermont for its record high cow-to-human ratio. There are fewer than three people to every cow, making it the perfect headquarters for Ben & Jerry’s. Today, the famous ice cream company is standing up alongside a handful of other businesses to defend another of Vermont’s firsts as one of the only states to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods in the country.

A kelp forest, dominated by giant kelp growing off the coast of California.

Have you ever wanted to swim with humpback whales as they comb the Pacific for schools of silver anchovies? Maybe you would prefer to dive with sea otters as they search for sea urchins in forests of dancing kelp or fly with dolphins as their pods surf through sea and air. Every August, sea animals on migratory journeys, as well as year-round residents, converge in Monterey Bay to feast in its bountiful waters. This year, you can join them—live.

CA Fish & Wildlife trail cameras have recorded five wolf pups and individual adults in Siskiyou County in Northern California. These are the first pups documented in the state since wolves were driven out in the 1920s.

Gray wolf pups—a bonafide rarity in California—have been spotted after nearly a century-long absence. The five pups, along with a pack of adult wolves, nicknamed the Shasta Pack, were found in Siskiyou County in the northernmost part of California. Wildlife officials have photographed the animals with remote trail cameras and are considering placing a radio collar on at least one individual from the pack to track its movements. The young wolves in particular hold special significance since they are the first pups documented in the state since the 1920s.

A new EPA proposal for national standards on methane can help reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Even for dedicated do-it-yourselfers, finding and fixing leaks can be a hassle. So when a few drops of water appear under the sink or a dark stain forms on the ceiling during a heavy rain, many of us might look for any excuse to procrastinate in tackling the problem.

The oil and gas industry can relate.

The South Tahoe Public Utility District is working to help homeowners convert their thirsty lawns to drought-friendly landscaping with the district’s turf buy-back program.

California’s record-breaking drought robbed Lake Tahoe of 182 billion gallons of water last year through evaporation alone. The lake’s temperature is now higher than ever recorded. Meanwhile, dozens of wildfires have charred acreage throughout the state and claimed the lives of two firefighters so far this season.


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