Air and Water
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The U.S. currently has 14 National Marine Sanctuaries; in total they encompass some 150,000 square miles of habitat. These protected areas are like national parks for marine life. Within their waters, giant humpback whales breed and temperate reefs flourish. [Read more…] about When a ship and a whale collide, the whale loses
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Globally, human demand for freshwater is tremendous. We capture half of the available water flowing to the ocean. Several of the world’s greatest rivers—including the Nile, the Ganges, and the Colorado— are so tapped by human demands that they experience dry periods where they no longer flow to the sea. [Read more…] about We humans have an appetite for freshwater
Rancorous public debate surrounds the Clean Air Act and whether the EPA should have strict authority to regulate the emission of air pollutants. Opponents call the EPA the “job-killing” agency, since it costs power plants significant money to remove pollutants from the air we breathe. [Read more…] about Is The Air We Breathe Worth Paying For?
Runoff from farming operations and other sources has resulted in an excess of phosphorus in Great Lakes waters. [Read more…] about Invasive species and pollution have dealt a double blow to the Great Lakes
The Environmental Protection Agency has embraced a new program that will substantially reduce air pollution and acid rain in the Northeast. [Read more…] about Cleaner air gets held up in court
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The price tag on protecting our beaches and coastal properties from rising seas could be tremendous. [Read more…] about How Fast is the Water Rising?