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The most important science policy issue in every state: #VOTE
A state-by-state breakdown of science policies that could change your community
One of the South’s largest coal-producing regions pours acids and heavy metals into a major source of drinking water for Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and other Alabama cities. Environmental groups demand action. Will they get it?
Energy companies have angled to drill in Alaska’s 19-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for almost four decades. Now, the industry might get its wish.
Climate change and prolonged drought have contributed to Lake Mead's decline to within 5 feet of the threshold that triggers a water shortage. Arizona and Nevada would take the brunt of any water-delivery cutbacks.
Environmental organizations worry that the estimated 2.5 million gallons of annual animal waste produced by C&H Hog Farms will leak into Arkansas waterways and cause harmful algae blooms (rapidly growing colonies that produce toxins) downstream.
California and its nearly 40 million residents face almost every science policy issue in the country. Where the Golden State sets itself apart, though, is in how its solutions to those issues can often set a national standard.
This summer was one of Colorado's worst fire seasons on record. The burns devastated vegetation, leading to another problem: without roots to hold soil, waterways overflowed and flooded roads. Is a fire prediction system the answer?
Air pollution remains a problem throughout the Northeast, but Connecticut has it worst:
When @realDonaldTrump announced plans to open most of the nation’s coastline to offshore energy development, Delaware fought back. Will it be enough?
With 8,436 miles of coastline, more of Florida is at risk from sea-level rise than any other continental U.S. state. Local lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott have resisted statewide efforts to prepare for a waterlogged future.
Georgia harbors one-third of the East Coast’s remaining salt marshlands, which filter pollutants, buffer against storm surges, and provide habitats for birds, shrimp, crabs, and other wildlife. But the Peach State’s marshes are in trouble.
Hawaii’s only native land mammal is in trouble
Forest management is a political mine field. Has Idaho discovered a safe path forward?
An executive order by @realDonaldTrump, which revoked a 2010 order by @BarackObama to protect and restore Great Lakes ecosystems, could open the door to oil and gas development—and the potential for spills to foul drinking water and harm aquatic life.
Groundwater near 15 Indiana power plants is contaminated with cobalt, lead, arsenic, boron, molybdenum, radium, and thallium. The EPA's changes to Obama-era regulations could expose even more of the state’s water to such pollution.
Phosphorus and nitrogen runoff from Iowa's farms has worsened: Nitrogen alone increased 47% over the past five years. This is in spite of a five-year-old plan to *reduce* nutrient pollution by 45 percent.
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