Last fall, black dust began to blow through residential neighborhoods on the southeast side of Chicago. Only it wasn't really dust; it was a fine black residue that clung to everything it touched, including noses and throats. Residents eventually learned that it was an oil byproduct called petroleum coke — petcoke for short — and it was being stored in massive uncovered piles at facilities owned by the Koch brothers. VICE News's Danny Gold traveled to Chicago to see what happens when clouds of toxic oil dust blow through the Windy City.
India Wants to Let Polluters Self-Report Pollution. Now, Groups Against This Stupid Plan Have Had Their Sites Blocked
Environmental groups have until August to oppose the plan. Frustratingly, three online campaigns were blocked this month without explanation.Shamani Joshi
Australia experiences several earthquakes every year, according to experts—despite sitting in the centre of a tectonic plate.Gavin Butler
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Photographing tigers and counting the photos seems like a bad data collection technique.Satviki Sanjay
Deforestation and rampant resource use is likely to trigger the 'irreversible collapse' of human civilization unless we rapidly change course.Nafeez Ahmed
BP, one of the world's most polluting oil and gas companies, is donating $2 million and its expertise to help Houston become carbon neutral.Geoff Dembicki