Because the public health system mostly operates in the background, it rarely gets the attention or funding it deserves ― until there's a crisis.
The Trump administration is stripping clean water protections put in place by President Barack Obama, and some in the industry worry that the regulatory changes will threaten their business.
The controversial rule change dramatically reduces pollution protections for many waterways. Farmers and builders approve, but environmental groups plan to challenge it.
California leaders called these claims "political retribution" and denied that the homeless crisis is affecting environmental issues.
North Carolina is getting a $14 million cash boost to help with environmental preservation and restoration.
The change ends an "egregious power grab," Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler says.
In 1969, oil from an offshore well left beaches in Santa Barbara, Calif., coated with crude and littered with dead birds. The country's reaction helped create the modern environmental movement.
Many consumers don't yet understand the label, but grocery stores are now buying from "salmon-safe" farms, which help protect fish by banning pesticides and keeping manure out of the land's waterways.
On World Toilet Day — November 19 — the goal is to raise awareness about the importance of toilets in reducing diarrheal disease. These pictures show that toilets can come in all shapes and sizes.