Houseplants (Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

Top 7 Houseplants For Clean Air

Air purifiers and HEPA filters combat indoor air pollution, but for a greener option, use houseplants.


Earth Day (Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

What Is Earth Day And Why Is It So Important?

For many, Earth Day is simply a day that comes and goes, but the meaning behind the day means much more just planting a few trees.


The San Onofre and Diablo Canyon nuclear power plants. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Supreme Court Seems Divided Over EPA Mercury Limits

The Supreme Court’s conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration’s first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.


GOP Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

House Republicans targeted a key element of President Obama’s strategy for fighting climate change, releasing a bill to delay the Obama administration’s plan to limit carbon pollution.


Fracking (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Congressional Democrats Seek To Step Up Fracking Oversight

Democrats on a congressional oversight panel are stepping up their investigation into how well states are regulating the disposal of oil and gas waste, citing continuing public concern about the potential environmental and health risks of hydraulic fracturing.


Keystone XL Protesters (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images)

EPA: Keystone XL’s Climate Impacts Need To Be Revisited

With the recent dip in oil prices, the Environmental Protection Agency wants the State Department to “revisit” how much of a toll the Keystone XL oil pipeline would have on global warming.



Bus Tour Promoting Action On Climate Change Stops In Chicago

The bus stopped at 63rd and Dorchester at the Apostolic Church of God for the Chicago stop of the “I Will Act on Climate” national bus tour drumming up support for the Obama administration’s climate change agenda.


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Hearing On Controversial EPA Plan To Reduce Car Pollution Being Held In Chicago

The Obama Administration is holding a second and final public hearing today in Chicago on its controversial plan to sharply cut air pollution from cars, starting in 2017.


S.S. Badger (Supplied to CBS)

Durbin Calls For Tougher Controls For Polluting Ferry

A coalition of environmentalists joined Senator Dick Durbin on the shoreline where he called the ferry SS Badger the filthiest ship on Lake Michigan. The coalition wants want tougher environmental controls over its emissions.


Alan Baker (Cook County Sheriff's Dept.)

Police: Janitor Stole Laptop, Called Tech Support For Help

Alan Baker, 35, of the 13000 block of South Houston Avenue, was on a temporary assignment at the EPA office at the time a laptop and two smartphones were stolen in December.


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The Unclean Truth: How Five Cities Stack Up On Recycling

From the East Coast to the West Coast, recycling is a big issue for local governments.


Whiting Refinery

BP Settles With Environmental Groups Over Whiting, Ind., Refinery

Plaintiffs who sued BP over its refinery in Whiting, Ind., say a $400 million settlement will improve the health of people who live near the plant.

CBS Chicago–05/24/2012

Des Plaines River Flooding

EPA Claims Untreated Sewage Water Dumped In City Waterways

The federal and state Environment Protection agencies filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday claiming that the city’s Metropolitan Water Reclamation District discharged untreated sewage into waterways in the Chicagoland area.



Report: Air Quality Getting Slightly Worse In Illinois

You might be inclined to hold your breath upon hearing this news – air quality in Illinois is getting a little worse.

CBS Chicago–12/14/2011

S.S. Badger

Fight Pits Pollution Foes Against Fans Of Historic Steamship

The owners of the only remaining coal-powered steamship on the Great Lakes call it an historical asset, but critics say it’s a major polluter.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2011

The Chicago River (CBS)

EPA Approves Plan To Clean Up Chicago River

Plans are in the works to clean up the Chicago River and its connected waterways, following an order by federal authorities.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2011

A worker controls a cement mixer producing the concrete.  (Photo credit: JOCHEN LUEBKE/AFP/Getty Images)

Ozinga Could Build New Plant On Southeast Side

Ready-mix concrete company Ozinga Bros. is considering building a cement plant on the Southeast Side, but it also has been wooed by Indiana officials to locate the plant in that state.


File photo of the EPA logo. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Early EPA Study Finds Lead Levels Too High In Pilsen

A two-mile by two-mile section of the city that includes Pilsen does not meet the nation’s air quality standard for lead, according to a preliminary determination released Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

WBBM Newsradio–06/15/2011

The Chicago River (CBS)

Feds: Make Chicago River Clean Enough To Swim In

The Obama administration is warning that the Chicago River is not as clean as it should be, and state environmental officials must set up tougher clean water standards.

CBS Chicago–05/12/2011

Smoke Stacks (Photo Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

High Levels Of Toxic Lead Found Near Elementary School

Residents in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood complained for years about metallic-tasting smoke rolling down their narrow streets but had little evidence it was harmful.

WBBM Newsradio–03/31/2011