The world lost a remarkable person when Wangari Maathai, 71, died of ovarian cancer on Sunday. Wangari founded the Green Belt Movement, an effort to reforest her native Kenya by paying poor women to plant trees. In 2004, she became the first African woman in history to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Heard Island is a very remote place. About two-thirds of the way between Madagascar and Antarctica, deep in the Indian Ocean, the ice-covered island boasts a population of zero and a 9,006-foot volcanic peak.
Residents of the Southeast Side have faced pollution from nearby Indiana coal plants. The decision to shut down an aging plant in the early part of 2011 brought hope for fresher air. But a new plant reignited concerns--and several Southeast Side community groups have since joined forces.
Scientists are beginning to get a picture of the environmental impact of Tropical Storm Irene, which ripped through some of the East Coast's most pristine rivers, triggering hundreds of oil, chemical and sewage spills.Now, some environmental groups worry that the cleanup could cause even more harm