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A breakthrough for mobile air quality data – and 3 deceptively tough challenges that paved the way

With these groundbreaking insights, we can scale up mobile sensing technology to track and map pollutants in cities everywhere.

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How a tech startup and nimble non-profit exposed toxic releases during the Houston flood

As federal and state agencies failed to monitor air pollution after Hurricane Harvey, we measured and mapped a leaking carcinogen in real time.

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Interior Department celebrates sage grouse anniversary with changes to plans

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of the sage grouse conservation plans – the largest landscape-level conservation effort ever undertaken that involved years of collaboration and hard work by 11 western states and their governors, multiple federal agencies and stakeholders throughout t

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New report shines spotlight on important wild lands that must be protected

Sarah Graddy

A new report released today by The Wilderness Society raises the alarm about wild lands threatened by extractive industries eager to exploit the resources on or underneath them, including oil, gas and coal.

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The list is out: Trump administration wants to gut protections for these public lands

We finally have a list of some of the places where the Trump administration will move to roll back protections under its “review” of wildlands and cultural sites protected by the Antiquities Act. 

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Green Tip of the Season

As we gear up for fall & winter, people begin to prepare for the impending snow and ice by buying rock salts to melt ice away from driveways and sidewalks.  In the United States alone, over 20 million tons of salts are tossed on the road each winter, more than 13 times the amount used by the ENTIRE food processing industry and while effective, salt can be very damaging and expensive to remove.  Not only can the salt cause rust on cars, it can also create runoff which can kill plants, seep into streams & drinking water, and also cause damage to lawns & roads over time.  Try to use more environmentally friendly alternatives such as calcium chloride, sand, or cat litter to melt away snow and ice.  They are just as effective as road salt and do not have a negative impact on the environment as salt can. 

Monthly Poll

What do you think is the best way to use fall leaves in your yard?

Pile them up to use as compost
Mow them down to use as mulch
Use them for fall decorations and craft projects
Bag them (whole or broken down) to use as a weed barrier in the spring