Environment

VTDigger publishes stories about Vermont environmental issues, including water quality, toxic waste, climate change and biodiversity. Our environmental reporter is Mike Polhamus. He can be reached at [email protected]

Randolph site once up for development now to be protected

Conservationists are raising money to buy the final piece of the parcel at Exit 4, while the owners have agreed to sell most of the land to another group to be run as a farm.

Scientists track Vermont’s moose to learn why they’re dwindling

Jacob DeBow picked up something that was purplish-gray and the size of a shriveled grape: an adult winter tick engorged with the moose’s blood.

State’s bird population in decline, according to study

The most dramatic reductions were seen among species that live off flying insects. A number of factors are believed to contribute, scientists say.

UVM study: Lake Champlain is saltier

Salt in the lake can promote the spread of blue-green algae, according to scientists.

Photo gallery: High school students mob Vermont Statehouse for climate change rally

“It’s our future that’s really going to be paying” for inaction, said Kassidy Abair, a senior at Harwood Union High School. “It’s important that legislators who can make these changes realize that the youth want something to be done.”

Tests find radon issues at more Windham Central schools

The NewBrook and Townshend elementary schools have readings above the federal “action level.” Mitigation steps are planned, but officials say there are no immediate health concerns.

Scott pans carbon tax tradeoff as costly for Vermonters

Lawmakers have proposed reducing or eliminating various current taxes through a levy on carbon dioxide pollution. The idea promptly ran into opposition.

New carbon tax proposals look to shift burden onto pollution

The sponsors say the four bills would not increase taxes or generate any additional government revenue. The GOP chair called that “just not true.”

Carcinogens found at St. Johnsbury state offices

Eighty-five Agency of Human Services employees who work in three office spaces were moved after chemicals typically associated with dry cleaning were found under the foundation of the building Thursday.

Shelburne wetland proposed for strictest protections

An environmental group is seeking the state’s highest classification for the LaPlatte River Marsh, which would slow or prevent development in the immediate area.

Delegation assails latest move in Trump ‘anti-science agenda’

“America should not be taken back to a time when it was hard to breathe, when our cities were filled with haze and smog,” Sen. Patrick Leahy said of rescinding power plant emissions limits.

Advocates: State action needed now to fund Lake Champlain cleanup

Environmental advocates say a long-term revenue source for pollution mitigation needs to be put in place quickly.

South Burlington councilors seek ‘seat at table’ on airport noise

Two councilors spoke up at a meeting of their Burlington counterparts, with one asking how they’d feel if South Burlington owned 800 acres on the edge of downtown Burlington.

Paris negotiator: Climate change deal will hold up under GOP pressure

Todd Stern predicted that vehicle emissions standards would be rolled back, utility sector rules would be weakened and regulations on the emission of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, would be eliminated.