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Steel plant apologizes for releasing cyanide into water near Indiana Dunes

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management said it responded as early as Monday to a report of distressed fish in the east branch of the river at the Indiana Dunes.

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Steel plant dumps cyanide into Little Calumet River, killing fish and shutting down part of Indiana Dunes

An unknown substance was spilled in the east branch of the Little Calumet River, causing fish to die.

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July set new global heat record, scientists confirm

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said July was 1.71 degrees warmer than the 20th century average for the month.

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Meeting on impact of Obama Presidential Center shows little has changed at City Hall, nonprofits contend

‘Your administration has promised transparency, accountability and openness to community input. Nothing of the sort occurred,’ stated a sharply-worded letter signed by leaders of Preservation Chicago, Friends of the Parks, the Hyde Park Historical Society and Save the Midway.

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Trump overhauling enforcement of Endangered Species Act

Critics say the move will put more wildlife at greater risk of extinction.

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One of three endangered piping plover chicks that scuttled Mamby on the Beach concert has died

The chick’s mother migrated south over the weekend, leaving parenting duties to dad — a normal development, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Chicago’s 5 dirtiest beaches. Is yours on the list?

Most days of the year, beaches are considered safe. But researchers found bacteria counts can spike on certain days with fecal matter from people or animals as the chief culprit.

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Deal to reopen Sterigenics blasted by residents’ lawyers

They said the company is getting off easy for emitting toxic chemical.

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Scientists warn Americans to brace for ‘a floodier future’

Government scientists predict 40 places in the U.S. will experience higher than normal rates of flooding this year because of rising sea levels and an abnormal El Nino weather system.

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Two little birds are causing a big controversy

Despite pleas to protect the nests of piping plovers, JAM Productions still plans to hold two nights of shows in August in the midst of the Montrose bird sanctuary.

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Increase in dead whales on the West Coast leads the US to seek private beaches

As the number of whale bodies washing ashore increases, those dealing with the bodies are looking to private beaches to let the animals decompose.

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More milkweed in cities could save monarch butterflies, Field Museum researchers find

Milkweed is the only plant the monarch butterfly — Illinois’ official state insect — can lay its eggs on, and the plant is rapidly disappearing.

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Canada to ban single-use plastics ‘as early as 2021,’ Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government is considering banning items such as water bottles, plastic bags and straws.

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US sets new record of 12 consecutive days with at least 8 tornadoes

After several quiet years, tornadoes have erupted in the United States over the last two weeks.

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Community garden in Albany Park aims to protect environment, indigenous culture

The First Nations Garden currently includes a traditional garden for the community’s use. Part of the space — a prairie and soil restoration project and land specifically used for indigenous practices and traditions — remains in development.

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EDITORIAL: Keep coal ash out of water supplies across Illinois

Illinois holds the unfortunate title as the state with the most coal ash pits. Let’s make sure those pits don’t contaminate our environment.

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Online shopping blues: Your cardboard footprint, and what you can do to reduce it

The Chicago Sun-Times and ABC7 looked at whether our love for online shopping is harming the environment and found a mixed bag.

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Teachers wade through propaganda when searching for climate change info

There are materials produced by climate change doubters, lesson plans developed by the oil industry, and countless other sites with misleading info.

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EDITORIAL: Plastic found in Chicago River fish shows we still have a ways to go

A strong commitment to protecting the Chicago River, with zero tolerance for litter and sewage, belongs on the incoming mayor's agenda.

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Carbon dioxide levels highest in human history

Carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere hit a stunning new milestone over the weekend.

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Global warming is easier to believe happening before your eyes

Asia Glacier in Chile proves climate change should be taken seriously.

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Civilization is accelerating extinction, threatening humanity’s own future

It's not too late to fix the problem.

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Skip washing the dishes, laundry until flooding subsides

"If you can defer washing dishes and laundry, taking showers or baths and flushing toilets, that will reduce the load on sewers," Debra Shore said.

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Red wolf pups ‘on the brink of extinction’ born at Lincoln Park Zoo (PHOTOS)

The two males and two females were born to mom, Becca, and dad, Rhett, who were recommended to breed as part of a plan to save the species.

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Brookfield Zoo, a top tourist attraction, deserves state funding for repairs

For a growing number of people, zoos provide their only connection to wildlife, and are the primary place for nature and science learning for children

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EDITORIAL: Leaky water mains drain money from poorer suburbs the most

According to the Citizens Utility Board, Chicago area municipalities last year lost 25 billion gallons — about $9 million worth of water — because of leaky pipes. The biggest losses are in areas with old, deteriorating water lines.

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Lyrid meteor shower to produce up to 20 shooting stars every hour tonight

Lyrid meteor shower will peak on Monday, April 22, 2019 at about 20 shooting stars per hour.

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All the ways to celebrate Mother Earth in Chicago this week

A number of activities, some free, are scheduled this week to commemorate nearly 50 years of celebrating Earth Day.

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Lyft offers free pass for Earth Day rides in Chicago, five other cities

Chicago is one of six cities where Lyft is offering free bike-share rides on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which is Monday — but the promotion comes after a controversial deal making Divvy the city's exclusive bike-share provider for the next nine years.

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Coal-generated electricity remains a local health and environmental crisis

The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency is of mounting concern in the community, and it seems clear that it is not getting the coverage it needs.

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Climate change is a moral issue

The reality is, climate change is the moral issue of our time, and I wonder if we will truly stand up and defend the amazing planet God created?

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Runners gear up for another wet Boston Marathon

Runners were focused on staying dry Monday morning as they awaited the start of the 2019 Boston Marathon.