The Largest Wind Farm in the U.S. Is Growing in Oklahoma. It’s a Sign of the Times

Read the full story at Climate Central. A new wind farm that could become the largest in the U.S. will be taking shape across the blustery plains of the Oklahoma Panhandle over the next three years, helping to wean four Southern states off of electricity produced with climate-polluting coal.

The wonderful reason this woman is selling bags made from retired theater backdrops

Read the full story at Upworthy. What happens to those massive gorgeous painted theater backdrops when a show ends? Jen Kahn who has been a stage manager on and off Broadway for years, never gave a second thought to what happened to the stage scenery when a show ended until a road trip in 2015. …

Many Chicago Park District Fountains Are So Contaminated With Lead That They Can’t Be Turned Off

Read the full story from WBEZ. More than 100 Chicago Park District drinking fountains have been running nonstop for months — their on and off buttons intentionally disabled by the district. This week, park officials revealed why. They made the move, they said, because tests showed these fountains deliver dangerously high lead-levels when they are …

100,000 pages of chemical industry secrets gathered dust in an Oregon barn for decades — until now

Read the full story in The Intercept. For decades, some of the dirtiest, darkest secrets of the chemical industry have been kept in Carol Van Strum’s barn. Creaky, damp, and prowled by the occasional black bear, the listing, 80-year-old structure in rural Oregon housed more than 100,000 pages of documents obtained through legal discovery in …