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air pollution at Louisiana wood pellet mills
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British company agrees to pay $3.2 million for air pollution at Louisiana wood pellet mills

The company that runs Britain’s biggest power station has agreed to pay $3.2 million to settle air pollution claims against two of its wood pellet mills in northeast Louisiana.
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New study suggests coal ash pollution more widespread than previously thought

The study found large amounts of coal ash in the sediment, or sand, of five recreational lakes across North Carolina. All of these lakes are near former or currently operational Duke Energy coal plants.
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US cities are recycling trees and poop to make compost

Wood and biosolids from water treatment plants can be used to improve the soil—and keep remaining trees healthy.
Earth’s ice melt & land lost to sea
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Memories of the end of the Last Ice Age, from those who were there

As Earth’s ice melts once more, heed these ancient tales of land lost to the sea.
‘Backed into a corner’: Duncan’s First Nation sues Alberta for cumulative impacts of industry
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‘Backed into a corner’: Duncan’s First Nation sues Alberta for cumulative impacts of industry

Lawsuit follows in the footsteps of B.C. Supreme Court’s precedent-setting Blueberry River decision, which could have profound impacts for oil and gas industry
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Can sweetgrass sequester carbon? Piikani Nation plans to find out

Studying the carbon capturing capabilities of sweetgrass is just one part of a larger vision for adapting to climate change in southern Alberta.

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Ruth Greenspan Bell: Wealth and the climate dilemma

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Solving the climate crisis will help both ‘sacrifice zones’ and ‘cute’ puffins

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