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  • Climate-change talk for grownups

     
    This morning, "my Tribune colleague Michael Hawthorne took readers on a tour through the conflicting claims on global warming. We ran a climate change questions and answers package along with it," writes James Janega at TribNation. Hawthorne underscores what t
  • Chromium-tainted drinking water: Time for a federal crackdown?

     
    A type of chromium linked to cancer is turning up in tap water in more than two dozen cities, including Riverside, according to a study that urges federal regulators to adopt tougher standards. Even though scientists at the U.S. Environmental...

    Tougher smog standards: New EPA proposal would lower limit to 60-70 parts per billion

    Chicago and other urban areas across the U.S. would need to clamp down harder on air pollution under tough smog limits proposed Thursday by the Obama administration, which scrapped a George W. Bush-era rule that ignored the latest scientific advice. More...

    Chicago is the only U.S. metro area that would fail proposed nitrogen oxides limits

    Chicago is the only U.S. metro area that would fail proposed nitrogen oxides limits
    Chicago is the only U.S. metro area that would fail to meet a tougher standard for smog-forming nitrogen oxides proposed Monday by the Obama administration. The more stringent limit is intended to help protect people who suffer from asthma and other...

    BP faces new heat from feds over plant

    BP is facing new questions about its Whiting refinery from federal environmental regulators, who accused the company Thursday of starting a project to process heavy Canadian oil three years before it obtained the necessary permit. The U.S....