The Florida Activist Is 78. The Legal Judgment Against Her Is $4 Million.

The Florida Activist Is 78. The Legal Judgment Against Her Is $4 Million.

Maggy Hurchalla kayaking near her home in Stuart, Fla., this summer. Eve Edelheit for The New York Times

STUART, Fla. — Maggy Hurchalla’s piece of Florida heaven is a patch of pristine Atlantic shore accessible only by boat in St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park. She and her husband nicknamed it the “End of the World” when they first came upon it half a century ago, after paddling south along … [more…]

Alabama: Birmingham opposes coal mine near drinking water source

Birmingham opposes coal mine near drinking water source

Dennis Pillion | dpillion@al.com A drinking water intake facility for the Birmingham Water Works Board along the Black Warrior River’s Mulberry Fork is about five miles from the site of a proposed coal mine in Walker County, Ala. This facility provides drinking water for 200,000 people.

The Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Water Works Board both spoke out this week against a proposed coal mine on the Black Warrior River,

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China’s Underwater Hunt

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What do you find 3 kilometres under the sea?

In China’s Underwater Hunt, a team of Chinese scientists embark on a daring deep-sea mission to find out – travelling to places no human has ever been, rich with rare resources and unique creatures.

Sailing on one of the oldest research ships in the world, the group face high seas, cyclones, and constant seasickness as they explore the depths of the … [more…]

The EPA can’t wait to reopen the mine that poisoned North Idaho

The EPA can't wait to reopen the mine that poisoned North Idaho

Photo: Tubbs Hill on Lake Coeur d’Alene. – Kyle Johnson for Bloomberg Businessweek

The Bunker Hill Mine deposited 75 million tons of toxic sludge in Lake Coeur d’Alene, and the lead and zinc are still flowing.

For a century, the mines of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains in North Idaho produced much of the heavy metals that made the U.S. a global superpower. Starting in the 1880s, through the rise of … [more…]

“Wild, Wonderful” West Virginia’s Decapitated Mountains and Deformed Fish

photo: mountaintop removal by coal mining industry in "Wild, Wonderful" West Virginia - possible cause of deformed fish in the area

Photo credit: Mandel Ngan Getty Images

A scientist documents the poisoning of the state’s waters by the coal industry

I spot a mountain peak covered in dense forest, then another and another. But then, where I expect to see yet another forested mountaintop, I see instead a stunted plateau—a mountain whose once distinct peak has been chopped off, flattened and denuded of vegetation.

My eyes continue to scan the distance … [more…]