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November 30, 2022

How an Early Oil Industry Study Became Key in Climate Lawsuits

For decades, 1960s research for the American Petroleum Institute warning of the risks of burning fossil fuels had been forgotten. But two papers discovered by a crusading lawyer are now playing a key role in lawsuits aimed at holding oil companies accountable for climate change.


February 22, 2022

How a dramatic win in plastic waste case may curb ocean pollution

A major citizen suit against a giant plastics company resulted in a huge payout and a commitment to do better. The case has set off ripples of change across an industry that often pollutes with impunity.


July 15, 2022

The Clean Air Act Is a Model for Protections We Need More Than Ever

The Clean Air Act, now undermined by the Supreme Court, exemplifies how the U.S. government once tackled “major questions”—and could again


November 30, 2021

Inside a Ukrainian war zone, another fight rages— for clean air

The port city of Mariupol battles pollution from iron and steel plants decades out of date, but activists are making headway.


April 13, 2022

Amid Hopes and Fears, a Plastics Boom in Appalachia Is On Hold

The rise of fracking in Appalachia has fed visions of turning the Ohio River Valley into a petrochemical and plastics hub. But overproduction of plastic, opposition to natural gas pipelines, and public concern about rampant plastic waste are upending those plans.


April 2021

Air pollution kills millions every year, like a ‘pandemic in slow motion’

COVER STORY: Dirty air is a plague on our health, causing 7 million deaths and many more preventable illnesses worldwide each year. But the solutions are clear.

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