A sand mining operation in Rangkasbitung, Indonesia. A global building boom has driven soaring demand for sand for concrete and land reclamation, much of it illegal and damaging to ecosystems and communities.
Sand can seem like the most abundant and inexhaustible thing on Earth. But a global building boom is gobbling up sand — and destroying vital ecosystems around the world — for concrete and landfill.
Cody Marshall, with The Recycling Partnership, looks through a recycling bin in Lynn, Massachusetts. His organization is working with cities across the nation, helping them educate residents on how to recycle better.
China is refusing to take impure recycling and that's forcing communities, like Lynn, Massachusetts, to clean up their act.
a woman with her left leg amputated at the knee sits in a doorway
Climate change-related disasters have the potential to disrupt access to caregivers, assistive devices and medical supplies, which many people with a physical disability depend on, says Alex Ghenis of the Berkeley, California-based World Institute on Disability.
Starbucks announced plans to phase out single-use plastic straws by the year 2020. The company says it will eliminate the need for 1 billion straws annually.
Starbucks announced plans to discontinue using plastic straws at its 28,000 locations worldwide. It's a positive development for the environment. But is it worthy of celebration?
US Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh is shown looking down at a microphone.
Kavanaugh believes climate change is a threat, but takes a narrow interpretation of the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
South-central Wyoming has some of the strongest winds in the United States. The Department of Energy estimates that by 2030, Wyoming has the potential to power the equivalent of 3.4 million homes.
Wyoming is a coal state. But it’s becoming a wind state, too.
A haul truck at Peabody Energy's Rawhide coal mine near Gillette, Wyoming. The past few years have been tough for the coal industry in Wyoming — the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2016.
Coal has driven Wyoming’s economy for decades. The state sits on hundreds of years of coal reserves. But the world is slowly moving away from coal, leaving some towns at a crossroads.
Penguin in Antarctica
“Climate change has all the hallmarks of an issue which is difficult for people to engage with psychologically,” says an environmental psychologist.
Wood scraps
Europe and the US say wood pellets are a carbon neutral alternative to coal. Many experts say otherwise.
Miners leave after working the final shift at Kellingley Colliery
The UK will stop burning coal for electricity by 2025. The US, meanwhile, is trying to end the “war on coal.”

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