The increasing flow of plastic is positively choking the waters and their life: 90 percent of sea birds have consumed some form of plastic.
The full story about the administration's true role in this disaster may have to wait for the outcome of federal-level investigations.
A settlement with victims of an oil train crash in Lac-Mégantic still leaves the train's engineer and dispatcher, both Steelworkers, facing trial.
The well from which it came lacked a working safety valve; while one was supposed to be implemented back in 1979, the company failed to do this.
If greenhouse gas emissions continue at their present rate, ice shelves could collapse by the end of the century.
For the first time, there are signs of foliage die-back on sequoia seedlings, a rare and worrying prospect.
"Once again, we must confront a powerful blow from nature."
With 700,000 acres burned so far this year, there's no end in sight for the inferno; or firefighters and victims, the numbers represent an uphill battle.
Ten years after Katrina the racial disparities in New Orleans, in the richest country in the world, have actually widened.
When Katrina hit, the nation saw tens of thousands left behind in New Orleans. Ten years later, it looks like the same people have been left behind again.