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Fossil fuels are not a reliable way to generate power

Too often, the operators of fossil fuel plants that emit greenhouse gases can’t perform when customers need them most. They shouldn’t be off the hook for fines when they fail on our power grid.

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Environmental justice and Chicago pollution: Reporting through the eyes of the residents most impacted

BRETT CHASE: As an environmental reporter, I dig for documents through open records requests and court filings, and I interview experts. But the most invaluable lessons come from spending time with families who say they just want clean air and a healthy place to live for their kids.
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Climate change could trigger toxic disasters along Lake Michigan, new report finds

A report released Wednesday warns that rising lake levels, strong wind gusts and high waves are inching closer to flooding hazardous spots in northern Illinois, including coal, nuclear and Superfund sites.
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Can pricing carbon help ease greenhouse gas emissions?

Dozens of nations, including the United States, and many local governments are putting a price tag on these emissions that cause more floods, droughts and other destructive events.
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Birds nesting, laying eggs earlier, Field Museum study by John Bates finds, reflecting climate change

Many species of birds around Chicago are nesting and laying eggs nearly a month earlier than they did 100 years ago, according to a new study by Field Museum researchers, who say they think climate change is why.

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‘Environmental justice’ law appears dead in Illinois as community, business groups clash

Despite pleas from residents concerned about their health, a bill to protect overburdened communities from more pollution doesn’t have the votes in Springfield to pass during an election year.
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How Modi’s Hindu nationalism impairs global fight against climate change

What happens in India may seem a far-off concern, but it has spurred protests in Chicago and is shaping the climate here.