New York State Urged To Lower Lead Levels In Schools

“We know that in particular young children are at risk of neurological and behavioral health consequences associated with developing bodies and that is something that lasts forever.”

Piping plover

Little Eggs And High Waves: A Piping Plover Rescue Story From Pennsylvania

Piping plovers are little shorebirds, and they’re an endangered species in the Great Lakes region. But they’re making a comeback thanks to conservation efforts and even some heroics. Last year was pretty exciting for Mary Birdsong. She’s a shorebird monitor at Presque Isle State Park, on the Pennsylvania side of Lake Erie. “Previously I had only reported the presence of piping plovers, and this last year I got to actually watch over the first successful nest in more than 50 years,” she says.

Are We Killing the Colorado River?

“Killing the Colorado,” a joint reporting project by ProPublica and Matter, set out to tell the truth about the American West’s water crisis. As serious as the drought is, the investigation found that mismanagement of that region’s surprisingly ample supply has led to today’s emergency. Among the causes are the planting of the thirstiest crops; arcane and outdated water rights laws; the unchecked urban development in unsustainable desert environments; and the misplaced confidence in human ingenuity to engineer our way out of a crisis — with dams and canals, tunnels and pipelines.  See images that tell a bleak future. 

 

Listen in as Renee Montagne talks to Propublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten about the Colorado River’s falling water levels, and how flawed water policies and mismanagement are to blame — in addition to the drought.