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July 10, 2024 at 8:46 PM

Seeking carbon-free power, Virginia utility considers small nuclear reactors

Virginia’s largest utility says it will explore the possibility of using small nuclear reactors to meet growing electricity demands
July 10, 2024 at 8:46 PM
FILE - This aerial photo shows cooling ponds alongside Dominion Energy's North Anna Power Station along the shores of Lake Anna in Mineral, Va., Aug. 15, 2018. Virginia's largest utility said Wednesday, July 10, 2024, that it will explore the possibility of using small nuclear reactors to help meet growing electricity demands while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
July 5, 2024 at 10:46 PM

Wisconsin Republicans are improperly blocking conservation work, court says

The Wisconsin Supreme Court says Republican legislators are improperly blocking conservation projects
July 5, 2024 at 10:46 PM
FILE - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in Superior, Wis. The Wisconsin Supreme Court says Republican legislators are improperly blocking conservation projects. The 6-1 ruling Friday, July 5, 2024, marks a victory for Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and environmentalists. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 3, 2024 at 11:02 PM

GM to pay $146M in federal penalties over older vehicles' carbon dioxide emissions

General Motors will pay nearly $146 million in penalties to the federal government because 5.9 million of its older vehicles don’t comply with emissions and fuel economy standards
July 3, 2024 at 11:02 PM
FILE - A General Motors logo is seen on a building, April 24, 2024, in Detroit. GM will pay nearly $146 million in penalties to the federal government because 5.9 million of its older vehicles don’t comply with emissions and fuel economy standards. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
July 3, 2024 at 3:47 PM

Contaminated water shuts down popular beach hot spots

Several states, from New York to California, have been forced to close down stretches of their shores due to high levels of bacteria in the water.
July 3, 2024 at 3:47 PM
VIDEO: Contaminated water shuts down popular beach hot spots
June 19, 2024 at 2:00 PM

Environmental protesters spray 'orange powder paint' on Britain's Stonehenge

Environmental protesters sprayed what appeared to be orange powder paint across part of Britain's Stonehenge on Wednesday.
June 19, 2024 at 2:00 PM
Climate protesters spray orange material on Stonehenge in the United Kingdom on June 19, 2024.
June 18, 2024 at 3:23 PM

A look at sustainable alternatives to paper towels

ABC News Consumer Correspondent Becky Worley puts some options to the test that could be better for the planet and your wallet.
June 18, 2024 at 3:23 PM
VIDEO: A look at sustainable alternatives to paper towels
1 month ago

Joshua trees may be showing signs of recovery, experts say

Experts say extra moisture over the past couple of years may be the cause.
1 month ago
Experts say extra moisture over the past couple of years may be the cause.
1 month ago

This distinct polar bear population could soon go extinct: Study

A unique population of polar bears is at risk of extinction should ice-free periods continue to get longer, researchers have determined.
1 month ago
Polar bear moving over thin ice.
1 month ago

Seabird populations at risk amid increased hurricanes and extreme weather: Study

Australia's category 5 hurricane in April 2023 killed over 80% of seabirds on Bedout Island.
1 month ago
Remains of a deceased booby mostly buried under sediment, photographed several months after Cyclone Ilsa.
1 month ago

New geothermal system will cool and heat dozens of homes in Massachusetts

An "environmental justice population" in Framingham was chosen for the system.
1 month ago
New geothermal system will cool and heat dozens of homes in Massachusetts
2 months ago

Northern lights make appearance across US

Millions of people around the globe were able to witness the spectacle of lights, thanks to the strongest geomagnetic storm in the last 20 years to hit the U.S.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Northern lights make appearance across US
2 months ago

3 vulnerable communities in US were severely impacted by climate change

The disproportionate impacts of climate change on the poorest communities are already affecting pockets of the U.S.
2 months ago
Flooded strawberry fields in Pajaro, Calif., March 15, 2023, from a levee breach on the Pajaro River.
2 months ago

Teens face felony charges for dumping trash off Florida coast

Two teens turned themselves in after being caught on camera dumping trash into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. They both face fines and possible jail time.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Teens face felony charges for dumping trash off Florida coast
2 months ago

Arbor Day 2024: How to plant the best tree to combat climate change

The first official Arbor Day was celebrated on April 10, 1872, when prizes were offered to communities and individuals who could plant the most trees in a single day.
2 months ago
This ancient Oak tree, a local natural landmark, is located on John's Island, just outside of Charleston, S.C.
2 months ago

The Power of US: Could eFuels help bridge the gap between gas and electric cars?

As EV demand slows, advocates say eFuels could make cars that are already on the road greener.
2 months ago
A customer pumps gas at a gas station in Hercules, Calif., March 14, 2024.
3 months ago

How vulnerable communities are at higher risk during climate disasters

Residents in some places across the U.S. often don’t understand emergency alerts because the instructions are not in their native languages.
3 months ago
Residents in some places across the U.S. often don’t understand emergency alerts because the instructions are not in their native languages.
3 months ago

Facility seen polluting part of anti-pollution program promoted by plastics industry

A plastics facility accused of polluting a Malaysian river is tied to Operation Clean Sweep, an anti-pollution program promoted by the U.S. plastics industry.
3 months ago
Waste-water being discharged from a Malaysian plastic manufacturing facility where a plastic bag tracker deployed by ABC News last pinged. The discharge empties into a drainage ditch that leads directly to a nearby river.
3 months ago

'The Right Stuff' for Earth Week

Lori Bergamotto is here to help us celebrate Earth Week with a variety of sustainable upgrades for you and your home from brands like Patagonia, Blueland, Native Shoes and more.
3 months ago
VIDEO: 'The Right Stuff' for Earth Week
3 months ago

EPA limits 4 types of power plant pollution with sweeping rulemaking

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a suite of new rules aimed at dramatically reducing pollution from coal and natural gas fired power plants.
3 months ago
In this undated file photo, steam and pollution rise on a cold day at the Arapaho Station Coal Power Plant, a coal fired power plant along the Platte River in Littleton, just outside Denver, Colorado.
3 months ago

Corporations struggle on climate amid backlash over 'woke capitalism,' experts say

"The pushback has been fierce and severe," an environmental advocate said.
3 months ago
Cooling towers at Marathon Refinery in Carson, Calif., on April 3, 2024.
3 months ago

How the UN Plastics Treaty aims to tackle the pollution crisis

The fourth round of United Nations Plastics Treaty negotiations will be held in Ottowa, Canada, from April 23-29.
3 months ago
Scavengers collect plastic waste to sell to a recycling centre at a landfill in Medan, North Sumatra, March 27, 2024.
3 months ago

Are lab-grown diamonds as sustainable as advertised?

Over 60% of lab-grown diamonds are produced in China and India where 63% and respectively 74% of grid electricity results from coal.
3 months ago
Lab-grown diamonds arranged at the Diam Concept laboratory in Paris, France, Thursday, March 16, 2023.
3 months ago

Data centers fuel AI and crypto but could threaten climate, experts say

Energy usage of data centers is expected to soar in coming years, experts say, threatening the climate.
3 months ago
A Google logo at a data center exhibition ahead of the ceremonial opening of the Google Cloud data center in Hanau, Germany, Oct. 6, 2023.
3 months ago

These are the most endangered rivers in the US, report finds

A Supreme Court decision that stripped protections from America's wetlands will have reverberating impacts on rivers that supply drinking water all over the U.S.
3 months ago
Steam rises from the Trinity River following a storm in Dallas, Texas, Jan. 16, 2024.
3 months ago

4th global coral reef bleaching event underway as oceans continue to warm: NOAA

This is the fourth global bleaching event on record and the second in the last 10 years, according to NOAA.
3 months ago
Underwater photo of bleached corals on a coral reef in the Maldives.
3 months ago

Alabama residents fight environmental injustice along a freeway

ABC News' Steve Osunsami travels to Shiloh, Alabama, where Black residents are fighting what they say is apparent environmental injustice, repeatedly causing flooding of their homes.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Alabama residents fight environmental injustice along a freeway
3 months ago

Activity on the ground could be more interesting than the eclipse itself

Scientists will be studying how the solar eclipse will affect plant and animal activity on Earth.
3 months ago
Giant Tortoises on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
3 months ago

EPA's new heavy-duty vehicle emissions standards are effort to fight climate change

The Environmental Protection Agency announced new vehicle emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles on Friday.
3 months ago
Electric trucks parked outside the Volvo AB Trucks Tuve plant in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Thursday, May 4, 2023. Volvo are due to release their latest earnings, July 19, 2023.
4 months ago

More than half of Colorado River waters used in crop irrigation: Study?

The study, published in Nature Portfolio Journals, says irrigated agriculture is responsible for 74% of direct human uses of the Colorado River water.
4 months ago
The study, published in Nature Portfolio Journals, says irrigated agriculture is responsible for 74% of direct human uses of the Colorado River water.
4 months ago

Debate about safety of synthetic turf and 'forever chemicals' raises concerns

Synthetic turf fields are made with "forever chemicals" perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, according to the EPA.
4 months ago
In this Nov. 12, 2023, file photo, kids practicebaseball on an artificial turf field at the 4S Ranch Sports Park in San Diego, Calif.
4 months ago

How 1 company reduces carbon footprint to support sustainability

"GMA" sponsor Michelin recently hosted a Sustainability Summit and continues to innovate with technology for vehicles and for top-tier restaurants.
4 months ago
VIDEO: How 1 company reduces carbon footprint to support sustainability
4 months ago

These are the solutions necessary to reduce methane emissions, experts say

The U.S. is emitting more methane from oil and gas production than previously thought -- and it's causing billions in environmental damage per year.
4 months ago
Workers extracting oil from oil wells in the Permian Basin in Midland, TX, May 3, 2018.
4 months ago

Why some states are discharging much more chemical waste into local waterways: Report

Some U.S. states are discharging much more chemical waste from industrial activity into local waterways than others, according to a new analysis.
4 months ago
Chemical plants and factories line the roads and suburbs  of the area known as 'Cancer Alley' October 15, 2013.
4 months ago

Researchers discover new technique to encourage the restoration of degraded corals

Researchers have discovered a new method that could encourage the restoration of degraded coral reef populations, which have been declining around the world.
4 months ago
In this undated file photo, a vibrantly colored coral reef is shown in the British Virgin Islands.
4 months ago

How the dying populations of king salmon are affecting humans, orcas

The survival of living beings both on land and sea are dependent on king salmon, the most important species of salmon in the world.
4 months ago
Heather Douville cuts king salmon in preparation for smoking.
4 months ago

These universities are switching their energy sources to geothermal

Some of the most established universities in the country are switching to sustainable energy to power their campuses in an effort to meet climate goals.
4 months ago
The construction of a geothermal system to power the Charles P. Stevenson Jr, Library at Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, is underway.
5 months ago

This butterfly is inching closer to extinction, scientists say

The silverspot butterfly, a species native to the U.S., is inching closer to extinction, prompting the federal protections as its numbers continue to decline.
5 months ago
File image of a Silverspot butterfly on California compassplant in central Sierra Nevada of California.
5 months ago

Anaconda, Montana turns the page on its environmental disaster

Decades of work have turned Anaconda, Montana from one of the most polluted sites in the country into a greener, vibrant community.
5 months ago
The Anaconda Smelter Stack looks over the town of Anaconda, Mont.
5 months ago

Wildfire smoke to worsen across US, putting 125 million at risk: Study

First Street Foundation, a non-profit research and technology group that works to define America's climate risk, shared its "Atrocious Air" study on Monday.
5 months ago
In this June 7, 2023, file photo, a view of a hazy New York is shown during a period of bad air quality as smoke of Canadian wildfires brought in by wind.
5 months ago

What scientists learned after strapping a collar camera to polar bears

What is a day in the life of an Alaskan polar bear like? Researchers recently found out after strapping collar cameras to several bears.
5 months ago
Polar bear on land in the Western Hudson Bay region.
5 months ago

How to have a more sustainable Valentine's Day

Show a little love to the planet this Valentine's Day by celebrating in more sustainable ways.
5 months ago
5 months ago

EPA announces new air quality standards for particulate matter, citing health risks

The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new standard on Wednesday for particulate matter pollution, citing the health risks related to exposure.
5 months ago
Aerial view of Jon Amos Power plant shows smoke stacks and cooling, Coal, Poca, W.V., May 8, 2023.
5 months ago

What the study of sea sponges have led scientists to believe about climate change

Earth may have already passed 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming and be soon heading for 2 degrees, researchers have found.
5 months ago
Sea sponges are seen here in an undated stock photo.
5 months ago

How this animal is having an unexpected positive effect on the California coastline

Sea otters are proving to be the Mother Nature's solution to preventing coastal erosion
5 months ago
A sea otter is seen in Elkhorn Slough, California, in 2019.
5 months ago

How sea otters prevent coastal erosion: Study

The marine mammals are the natural predators to shore crabs, which burrow into marsh banks and destabilize shorelines.
5 months ago
The marine mammals are the natural predators to shore crabs, which burrow into marsh banks and destabilize shorelines.
6 months ago

What to know about NYC's new Climate Museum

New York City's Climate Museum is welcoming visitors free of charge to its pop-up exhibit in Soho.
6 months ago
The Climate Museum is located at 105 Wooster Street, in Manhattan’s trendy Soho shopping district.
6 months ago

How old toys are being recycled and reused

An estimated 3 billion toys are sold in the U.S. every year and the company TerraCycle is helping people recycle them once they're no longer being used.
6 months ago
VIDEO: How old toys are being recycled and reused
7 months ago

Eco-friendly ways to declutter your life

Here are ways to clean out your home in an environmentally friendly fashion.
7 months ago
“When we declutter a lot of us don't think about what happens to all of that stuff,” said Anna Robertson, The Cool Down.
7 months ago

Real versus fake Christmas trees: Which is more environmentally friendly?

The typical rules of sustainability do not apply when it comes to choosing the most environmentally friendly option of Christmas tree.
7 months ago
Trees are lineup for sale at the Santa's Garden Christmas Tree site, on Nov. 28, 2023, in Miami, Fla.
7 months ago

Virgin plane makes transatlantic flight using 100% sustainable fuel

A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner from London to New York on Tuesday was powered by sustainable aviation fuel like cooking oil.
7 months ago
VIDEO: Virgin plane makes transatlantic flight using 100% green fuel
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