Warming could open U.S. for more ‘murder hornets’

Reports of bugs nicknamed “murder hornets” in the United States generated a lot of buzz as well as new legislation this week — and climate change could make the problem worse. Vespa mandarinia is the scientific name for the Asian giant hornet, which measures up to 2 inches long and delivers a powerful sting. These hornetsContinue reading “Warming could open U.S. for more ‘murder hornets’”

Congress insists on returning to work, but how?

Manuel Quiñones, Bev Banks and George Cahlink, E&E News reporters The Senate is back on Capitol Hill today and the House may return next week, but leaders are still figuring out the logistics of working during the pandemic. Senators have already scheduled a series of in-person hearings, taking advantage of larger meeting rooms to secure social distancing. “IfContinue reading “Congress insists on returning to work, but how?”

Virus worries halt curbside recycling programs

Dozens of towns and cities across the country have suspended parts of their recycling programs in response to the pandemic. Curbside pickup and electronics recycling have halted in several municipalities as the novel coronavirus has made working conditions less safe and companies have prioritized regular trash pickup. Centre County, Pa., temporarily stopped curbside recycling servicesContinue reading “Virus worries halt curbside recycling programs”

Food Dumped During Pandemic Comes with an Emissions Price Tag

Videos showing floods of milk rushing down the drain circulated on social media this month, vividly illustrating the agriculture industry’s losses during the novel coronavirus pandemic. After businesses and schools closed in response to social distancing measures, large-scale farms lost their normal customers and many had to throw out food. The breakdown of those dumpedContinue reading “Food Dumped During Pandemic Comes with an Emissions Price Tag”

Firefighters: Is our chemically treated gear making us sick?

After he retired from decades of work as a firefighter, Air Force veteran Jeffrey Hermes received devastating news: He had an “aggressive” form of prostate cancer, despite no family history of the disease. Now he’s worried about his exposure to harmful chemicals from both the firefighting foam he used and the very gear he woreContinue reading “Firefighters: Is our chemically treated gear making us sick?”

'Into the unknown': Navy plans PFAS tests at Md. base

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. — Despite the Navy’s assurances, residents near an air base by the Chesapeake Bay are worried about whether chemicals are contaminating their water. The military looms large in St. Mary’s County, where Navy, Marine Corps and Army banners hang in a cafe near Naval Air Station Patuxent River and residents rely onContinue reading “'Into the unknown': Navy plans PFAS tests at Md. base”

One state’s ‘magical’ tool to fight erosion: Christmas trees

Three decades ago, a Louisiana community had an idea to combat shoreline erosion and wetland loss using the most common holiday decoration: a Christmas tree. “It was just magical” to see people in St. Charles Parish so willing to give their trees that first year to save coastal Louisiana, said Robert Thomas, who helped comeContinue reading “One state’s ‘magical’ tool to fight erosion: Christmas trees”

Boomer grandmas take up protesting for the planet

It’s not just millennials leading climate change protests — grandmothers, including film star Jane Fonda, are getting in on the action, worried about the planet becoming uninhabitable for their grandchildren. As Fonda, 81, holds her next “Fire Drill Fridays” demonstration on Capitol Hill today, other grandmothers across the country are also taking a stand. “IfContinue reading “Boomer grandmas take up protesting for the planet”

Dinosaur-Killing Meteorite Caused Acidification That Led to Mass Extinction

Fossils from 66 million years ago have pointed to a potential link between mass extinction of marine life and ocean acidification. A study published yesterday by the National Academy of Sciences revealed how the collapse of marine species occurred following a meteorite’s impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. The meteorite increased carbon levels in theContinue reading “Dinosaur-Killing Meteorite Caused Acidification That Led to Mass Extinction”

Meet ‘The Bee Lady’ Of Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — On an evening in late March, Jan Day is standing outside her red brick rowhouse in Capitol Hill holding a white helmet fastened with black netting. Day’s 8-year-old airedale terrier, Echo, barks as she strolls past the garden, toward the back of her house. Neighbors driving by in a white car wave andContinue reading “Meet ‘The Bee Lady’ Of Capitol Hill”