Australia has been suffering a summer of extreme weather and dire consequences. Thunderstorms and hail have been pelting eastern sections of the country, while strong winds have produced dust storms. Plus, drought conditions and devastating bushfires remain a major problem. PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports from Australia on why this fire season and […]
Coal ash is a particularly dangerous byproduct of our dependence on fossil fuels. In communities that have dealt with coal ash spills, the incidents sparked concerns about toxins potentially seeping into water. Utilities have been pushed to adopt tougher safety standards — but activists say the companies are resisting rules necessary for public health. PBS […]
From a science angle, President Trump’s State of the Union address had little to offer. There were a few mentions of human health advances, but not much else. One line, however, caught our attention: “We have ended the war on American Energy — and we have ended the war on clean coal,” said President Trump. […]
The Department of the Interior says it’s reviewing any project with grants over $100,000, but has only asked one specific human health study to be suspended.