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An Army of Deer Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Is Advancing and Here’s Why It Will Only Get Worse

Mother Jones illustration; nechaev-kon/Getty Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Maine’s invasion came early this year. In recent hotbeds of tick activity—from Scarborough to Belfast and Brewer—people say they spotted the eight-legged arachnid before…

Your Chicken’s Salmonella Problem Is Worse Than You Think

Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Americans love chicken, but it doesn’t always love us back. We eat way more of it than any other meat, and it triggers more foodborne disease outbreak-related illnesses than any other food, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The main…

A Judge Just Ruled the Trump Administration Has Failed in Protecting the World’s Rarest Marine Mammal

The vaquita porpoiseOmar Vidal/ZUMA Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. In a win for environmentalists Thursday, the United States Court of International Trade ruled that the federal government failed its “statutory duty” to protect the critically-endangered vaquita porpoise. With as few as 15 individuals remaining in the wild, the vaquita is the world’s…

Lawmakers Just Stripped Anti-Environment Riders from the Defense Bill

the greater sage grouseJeannie Stafford/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. In a rare victory for environmentalists in the Trump era, the latest draft of a major defense spending bill has been stripped of provisions that targeted environmental protections, according to documents from the House-Senate Conference Committee released early this week. The policy riders…

Chicago’s Last Waterfall Is About to Disappear

Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally published by Atlas Obscura. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It’s hard to chase waterfalls in the city of Chicago. Although there is a smattering of decorative cascades—Stearns Quarry Park, for example, has a water feature made out of recycled sidewalk…