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Maine Yankee ISFSI site

A bird’s-eye view on Maine Yankee, where 60 casks of spent nuclear fuel and four casks of irradiated steel, a type of low-level radioactive waste, stand in a square formation. (Courtesy of Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company)

Northwestern University
Thirty-seven years ago, Congress decided the federal government should be responsible for disposing of the waste from the nation’s nuclear power plants. But it's still in limbo.

Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee voted repeatedly to reject Republican amendments to bills that would limit mining around the Grand Canyon and slow uranium mining, before voting to pass the bills out of committee Wednesday. (Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News)

Arizona State University
Democratic lawmakers beat back a series of Republican amendments before advancing bills to restrict mining around the Grand Canyon and on other tribal lands, Miranda Faulkner reports.

Despite an increase in extreme weather, like that of 2012's superstorm Sandy, research tends to suggest that extreme weather does not have a lasting impact on public opinion. Shown here are areas of Long Island, N.Y., following Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 30, 2012. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson/U.S. Coast Guard)

Planet Forward Reporter | SUNY Purchase
Jeremy Deaton, a journalist for Nexus Media News and creator of Climate Chat, talked with Planet Forward about navigating climate change deniers, conservative interest in the environment, and climate policy.
SUNY ESF
Without the field, science communication, science would cease to exist the second a scientist left the laboratory. If the found data cannot be synthesized in a manner that people can understand, what is the point of doing the research? 

The Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Medill News Service)

Northwestern University
The recent government shutdown’s effect on climate research could have unfortunate consequences in the near future, according to climate scientists.

House members listen to testimony from climate change experts at a committee hearing on February 13, 2019. (Brock Hall/Medill)

Northwestern University
Democrats on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee invited experts on Wednesday to lay out climate change concerns before their sometimes skeptical Republican colleagues in the panel’s first hearing of the new Congress.
EPA Washington DC

The Environmental Protection Agency has been running under Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, formerly the deputy administrator, since Scott Pruitt resigned in July 2018. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Middlebury College
Meet Andrew Wheeler, the quieter, more potent follow-up to Scott Pruitt's tumultuous EPA reign. But at more than 100 days out, the agency has not confirmed the acting administrator.
San Francisco sunset

San Francisco at sunset. (Vicki Deng/Reed College)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Reed College
What will the world look like if science gets lost in the reds and blues when it is most needed? As politics and science stray from each other, scientists must inject themselves into the political conversation to save our planet.
Nebraska's PBS & NPR stations
In Episode 5 of NET's “On the Table,” we grapple with the shift toward polarization in American politics. Today’s political landscape is marked by partisan ideology and the farm bill is no exception.
Bitcoin

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Northwestern University
Blockchain technology could make the U.S. more energy efficient in the long run, but right now the cryptocurrency miners using blockchain actually are consuming large amounts electricity. Minghe Hu from Northwestern's Medill reports.

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