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NYC to charge shoppers for using paper, plastic bags

New Yorkers are going to start paying if they don't bring reusable grocery bags to the store.

Bento Rodrigues

Romerito Pontes from São Carlos/Commons

Brazil sues miners for $44 billion after dam collapse

The fallout from a deadly Brazilian dam collapse is far from over for two of the world's biggest miners.

Federal prosecutors have filed a civil lawsuit against Brazil's Vale and Anglo-Australian miner BHP Billiton, seeking 155 billion reais ($44 billi...

Flint water plant

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Flint employee reaches plea agreement in water crisis

Michael Glasgow, a former Flint city employee charged in connection with the city's water crisis, has reached a deal with prosecutors.

Flint family 151 water bottles

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The faces of the Flint water crisis

When President Barack Obama visits Flint today, he will find a community that has been through strife and tried to find the positives -- but is struggling to see progress.

Kenya Ivory Burn

NTV Kenya

Kenya to torch record amounts of ivory

Twelve ivory towers burned in Kenya on Saturday, sending thick plumes of ash and smoke over Nairobi National Park as elephant and rhino tusks smoldered.

A rainy Saturday afternoon brought together heads of state from several African nations and hundr...

Tacoma school drinking fountain

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Lead found in school water 1 year ago, ignored

High levels of lead were discovered in the water at two Tacoma elementary schools in May, 2015, but the district didn’t review the results for nearly one year.

KCPQ in Tacoma reports that water in Reed Elementary and Mann Elementary both showed high levels of lead, with results at Reed Elementary as high as 2,330 parts lead per billion and results at Mann Elementary at 784 parts lead per billion.

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Another fracking pipeline is rejected

New York State has rejected a planned 125-mile long natural gas pipeline that was strongly opposed by environmentalists.

Amazon River

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Massive coral reef discovered in the Amazon River

The Amazon River, known for its array of wildlife from pink dolphins to flesh-eating piranhas, has revealed a new treasure -- a massive coral reef that stretches for some 600 miles, scientists say.

A team of scientists from Brazil and the United State...

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San Francisco to require new small buildings to add solar panels

San Francisco will start requiring all new buildings under 10 stories to add solar panels.

Earth on Earth Day

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5 reasons to celebrate Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, a day on which more than 155 countries were signing a landmark U.N. agreement on climate change, here are five reasons Earth is not as doomed as you think.

Did You Know?

  • Oregonians drive in excess of 31 billion miles a year.

  • Most families spend more on transportation than healthcare or food.

  • About 67% of all trips are non-work related.

  • Transportation accounts for 34% of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon.

  • The average car releases nearly a pound of C02 for each mile driven.

  • Green your commute - try carpooling, biking or taking the bus just twice a week.
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