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In-depth coverage of our changing climate and environmental issues

Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 at 03:57 PM CDT

Why Wildfires are Appearing at Unprecedented Rates in the Arctic

Why Wildfires are Appearing at Unprecedented Rates in the Arctic

Throughout June and July, hundreds of wildfires have flared across the Arctic Circle in Alaska, Siberia and Greenland, sending clouds of harmful carbon dioxide emissions into the air. Fires are common in the...

Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 at 12:05 PM CDT

Air Pollution Increases Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke, Researcher Finds

Air Pollution Increases Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke, Researcher Finds

Breathing in air pollutants such as particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) increase your risk of developing cardiovascular illnesses such as atherosclerosis, a new study suggests. Researchers...

Thursday, Jul 18, 2019 at 04:55 PM CDT

The Heat Goes on: June Toastiest on Record — July May Follow

The Heat Goes on: June Toastiest on Record — July May Follow

The heat goes on: Earth sizzled to its hottest June on record as the climate keeps going to extremes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday announced that June averaged 60.6 degrees (15.9...

Thursday, Jul 18, 2019 at 07:52 AM CDT

Think You Know How to Be Eco-Friendly During a Heat Wave?

Think You Know How to Be Eco-Friendly During a Heat Wave?

Take our quiz to see how much you know about green ways to cool your house during these dog days of summer energy consumption.

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 at 03:47 PM CDT

Biophilia: The Design Trend That Promises Less Stress

Biophilia: The Design Trend That Promises Less Stress

Most jobs entail long hours spent indoors under artificial lighting. The harsh concrete and steel that surrounds us doesn't make us feel good or help improve our mood. If you've tried to better your desk...

Monday, Jul 15, 2019 at 07:13 PM CDT

Florida Manatee Deaths Could Reach Record High

Florida Manatee Deaths Could Reach Record High

The number of manatee deaths caused by watercraft could hit an all-time high in Florida this year. From the beginning of this year through June 21, 81 manatees have been killed by watercraft in Florida's...

Sunday, Jul 14, 2019 at 05:26 AM CDT

Fact Check: Trump and An Eco Legacy Not His Own

Fact Check: Trump and An Eco Legacy Not His Own

President Donald Trump and his aides this past week celebrated an environmental legacy that is not theirs to claim. In large measure, the progress they cited pre-dates Trump's presidency. And in some of the...

Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 at 05:42 PM CDT

Toxic Lake in Russia's Siberia Becomes Selfie Sensation

Toxic Lake in Russia's Siberia Becomes Selfie Sensation

Residents of a city in Siberia don't need to fly off to tropical locales for picturesque selfies taken by pristine turquoise waters. Thousands of Novosibirsk residents — ranging from scantily clad women to...

Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 at 03:23 PM CDT

Tropical Storm Barry's Rain and Floods Hammer Gulf Environment

Tropical Storm Barry's Rain and Floods Hammer Gulf Environment

Tropical Storm Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife...

Friday, Jul 12, 2019 at 03:46 PM CDT

EPA Restores Broad Use of Pesticide Opposed by Beekeepers

EPA Restores Broad Use of Pesticide Opposed by Beekeepers

The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing chemical industry private studies that the agency says show the product is only a...

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No School Friday as Chicago Teachers Strike Enters 2nd Day
No School Friday as Chicago Teachers Strike Enters 2nd Day

Chicago Public Schools students officially have off a second day of school as negotiations continue between the teachers' union and the city of Chicago.

Lightfoot Proposes Tax Hike on Downtown, Single Ride-Shares
Lightfoot Proposes Tax Hike on Downtown, Single Ride-Shares

Uber and Lyft rides in Chicago may soon be more expensive. Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday announced a proposal to increase taxes on single rides with ride-share companies, as well as rides that begin or end in...

CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson Released From Hospital
CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson Released From Hospital

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was released from the hospital early Friday after officials say he was examined by medical personnel Thursday after feeling lightheaded while driving near his South...

Winfield Bartender Charged With Sexually Assaulting Female Customer
Winfield Bartender Charged With Sexually Assaulting Female Customer

A bartender in the west suburbs is accused of taking an intoxicated customer to his home in West Chicago and sexually assaulting her.

Chicago Police Celebrate Officer Shot Released From Hospital
Chicago Police Celebrate Officer Shot Released From Hospital

An officer who was shot last month by a wanted suspect was expected to be released from a Chicago-area hospital Friday, officials said.

Electronic Sign Along Lake Shore Drive Seen Friday Read 'Kill Cops'
Electronic Sign Along Lake Shore Drive Seen Friday Read 'Kill Cops'

An electronic sign along Lake Shore Drive Friday morning was seen “displaying inappropriate comments, one of them being 'Kill Cops,'” Chicago Police Department confirmed.